Audition Notice for Calendar Girls
by Tim Firth
Sunday June 11th from 1- 4
Monday June 12th from 7- 10
Call Backs on Tuesday June 13th.
Burl-Oak Studio - 1290 Speers Rd , Unit #12 , Oakville ( between Fourth Line and Third Line south of QEW. )
August 1-September 28/ 2017
Tuesday &Thursday evenings: 6:30 - 9: 30 pm.
Sundays: 1-4 pm.
September 28, 29, 30 at 8 pm and Oct 1 at 2 pm. at
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts,
130 Navy St.
You MUST be available for all performances.
To Request Audition:
Phone: 905 825 0138 ( answering machine)
Please list character you are interested in auditioning for.
Sides will be sent out prior to audition.
Requirements: English accent is preferred
CALENDAR GIRLS CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.
It’s a show full of poignant moments – about friendship, determination and hope; about loss in many forms; about the importance of acceptance and knowing when to let go. It also offers plenty of humour.
*CHRIS – 50’s, leader amongst women, confrontational. She is the “instigator” or driving force behind the idea of “stripping off” for the local Women’s Institute Calendar. Outgoing personality and enjoys being the center of attention. Best friend and support of Annie. Ideal car? Convertible.
*ANNIE – 50’s, Her husband John’s cancer death serves as the basis for Chris’ idea for the calendar. Quiet and sensitive she is inseparable with Chris and willing to join in with any of her antics. She was very much in love with John and never quite gets over his death. Ideal car? Anything reliable as she prefers to walk in the countryside.
*CORA – Late 30’s early 40’s, a shop owner and divorced single mother. Early life was a little on the wild side. The organist for the WI. She is the joker of the pack. Must be able to sing. Ideal car? Anything with a good sound system.
*JESSIE – 60’S/70’S, a retired teacher, a lover of life. Prim and proper but also realizes that this is her opportunity to live and little on the “wild side”. An adventure at heart with a good sense of humor. Ideal car? A strange looking European thing.
*CELIA – Mid 30’s - mid 40’s, A major’s wife. More at home in a department store than a church hall. Slightly rebellious and the sexy one of the group. Ideal car? Porsche.
*RUTH – Late 40’s – mid 50’s, A carpet dealer’s housewife. Initially rejects the offer to pose nude for the calendar. She develops from a lack of self-confidence and emotional abuse to a genuine woman happy in her own skin. Marie’s right-hand woman. She likes to keep everyone happy. Ideal car? Whatever her husband wants.
*MARIE – 50’s, Chairwoman of the WI. Snobby and judgmental and in very much against the calendar. She is this way as a defense mechanism. The WI is a trophy for her that justifies her entire existence. Ideal car? German and well-valeted.
*LADY CRAVENSHIRE – 60’s/70’s, Larger than life with a big hat and doesn’t mean to be patronizing. She glides like a galleon. The WI women seem from another world to her. Ideal car? Rolls Royce.
*ELAINE – 20’s, Flighty and a bit of an airhead. Make up artist who likes flirt.
JOHN – 50’S, Annie’s husband who dies of leukemia. Very kind man who is described as a human sunflower. Not a saint or hero.
ROD – 50’s, Chris’ husband, a successful florist. Rod loves Chris. He has a deadpan sense of humor. He drinks a lot but never too much. John’s best friend.
LAWRENCE – any age up to late 40’s, John’s porter and photographer of the calendar. Slightly nerdy and shy. Although he is close to female nudity he sees only the photo.
LIAM – Any age, He would rather direct other things than a photo-shoot for washing powder, but it’s a job. Slight weariness at having to deal with these women. There is patience and professionalism to his actions.
*- brief but tasteful nudity scene.