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Baring it all for a good cause: "Calendar Girls" take it all off on stage

"Calendar Girls" comedy raises money for cancer
Posted at 1:24 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 13:24:05-04

Middle-aged women are on a mission to bare all for a good cause, in the heartwarming and hilarious comedy Calendar Girls by Tim Firth. The Farmington Players will open the season Friday September 22nd with this popular play adapted from the hit British film. The show runs through October 14th, with tickets now available at www.farmingtonplayers.org  or at the box office 248-553-2955.

 

Posing In “Birthday Suits” – A True Story

Calendar Girls is based on a true story of a tight group of friends who team up to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation by posing for a calendar in their “birthday suits.”  Director Nancy Cooper of Farmington Hills says, “These women touched by grief, used the strength of their friendship to do the unthinkable… they literally took their community, and in fact the world by storm, and raised thousands of dollars in the process.” With that in mind, some fabulously funny actresses are preparing to provide you quite a “revealing” experience at the Farmington Players Barn in Farmington Hills.

 

The Plot Thickens

When Annie’s husband John dies, her best friend Chris hatches an idea to help the hospital raise money. The organization’s typical fundraising calendar is quite dull. So Chris convinces several of her friends to liven it up by “taking it all off.” Chris then hires an amateur photographer to handle the nude photo shoot.  The calendar suddenly becomes a huge hit; each woman is changed in some way by her unexpected success; and they all eventually realize friendship can help conquer any obstacle.

 

Keeping it PG

The calendar shoot is rather amusing and a stunning display of bravery on behalf of both the actresses and their characters. Yes, they really do strip, but in a tasteful yet tantalizing way, keeping it PG as they send their clothing sailing across the stage.

 

Fighting Cancer

This production hits home for Cooper who lost a 15-year-old nephew to Leukemia last year, and she’s thrilled the Farmington Players are taking the following important steps to help in the fight against cancer:

 

Much like the original Calendar Girls, the cast and crew of The Farmington Players production have created an exciting 2018 Calendar that will be available for purchase at all performances as well as online at www.farmingtonplayers.org The cost is $10, and all proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

In addition, the Leukemia Association will attend opening night of Calendar Girls September 22nd.  The 50-50 Raffle that night will focus on raising money for that group, with all proceeds going directly to the charity.

 

The Beautiful Story

“This beautiful story reminds us that cancer can and does touch millions of lives,” says Cooper.  “It also reminds us that middle-aged women, of which I am one, should never be discounted or underestimated.”

 

Cooper also feels the show is a real treat for anyone who enjoys theatre. She hopes her crew will make you laugh and cry and hopefully leave “The Barn” feeling pretty good about life.

 

Calendar Girls is sponsored by Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C., Holistic Estate and Eldercare Planning Attorneys. Reserved seats are available now at www.farmingtonplayers.org  or by calling the box office at

248-553-2955.

 

SHOW DATES & TIMES

Friday, September       22       -8pm

Saturday, September   23       -8pm

Sunday, September     24       -2pm

Saturday, September   30       -8pm

Sunday , October           1      -2pm

Friday, October              6      -8pm

Saturday, October          7      -8pm

Sunday, October            8      -2pm    

Thursday October       12      -8pm  (Thrifty Thursday: All Tickets $16

                                                            including students and seniors)  

Friday, October           13      -8pm

Saturday October         14      -8pm 

 

TICKETS

Reserved Seats are available at both www.farmingtonplayers.org and the box office at 248-553-2955.   You can also send an email to boxoffice@farmingtonplayers.org

*  Adults: $18

*  Students: $16

*  New Senior Pricing:  $2 off any performance except Thurs. Oct 12th when all tickets cost $16; Seniors Must be at least 62 years old.

Group Discount:  $2 off adult price on any show with a group of ten or more people. Group discounts do not apply on Thurs. Oct. 12 when all tickets ($16) are $2 off

*  Thrifty Thursday all tickets: $16 on Thurs. Oct. 12th – senior, student and

    group pricing does not apply.

 

LOCATION

The Farmington Players Barn is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Michigan 48334. It’s the big white barn on the north side of 12 mile between Orchard Lake and Farmington Rd.

 

SPONSOR:

Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C.

Holistic Estate & Eldercare Planning Attorneys

 

CAST MEMBERS

Chris                Mary Ann Tweedie                 Novi   

Annie              Laurel Stroud                          Redford

Cora                Suzy DuCharme                      Clarkston

Jessie               Margaret Gilkes                      Farmington Hills

Celia                Sharon Baynard                      Huntington Woods

Ruth                Donna Pelon                           Livonia

Marie               Dara Blaty                               Farmington Hills

Brenda            Deborah Anderson                  Farmington Hills

Lady

Cravenshire     Ellen Doman                           West Bloomfield

Elaine              Kandi Krumins                        Waterford

John                 Jim Moll                                  Farmington Hills

Rod                 Nick Szczerba                         Brownstown Twp.

Lawrence        James Pierce                            Southfield

Liam                Stephon Terrell                        Detroit

 

 

PRODUCTION LEADERS

Director                       Nancy Cooper                         Farmington Hills

Asst. Director              Jared Kovach-Saalman           Detroit

Producer                      Amy Poirier                             Farmington Hills

Producer                      Jason Wilhoite                        Farmington

Stage Manager            Jill Jones                                 Southfield

Lights                          Allison Boufford                    Livonia

Props                           Maureen Mansfield                 Farmington Hills

Costumes                    Cynthia Tupper                       Farmington Hills

Costumes                    Sue Rogers                              West Bloomfield

Set Design                   Jason Wilhoite                        Farmington

Set Dressing                Margaret Gilkes                      Farmington Hills

Set Construction         Brian Tupper                           Farmington Hills

Sound                          Eric Nogas                              Farmington