‘Calendar Girls’ hits the stage at the Willingham Theater

Jean Wentz, Christine Booher, Lisa Drum, Julia Rushing, Joy Kay and Becky McCarson pose for a photo. The six are all in ‘Calendar Girls’ at the Willingham Theater from April 22-24. (photo sent)

The Yadkin Arts Council and the Willingham Theater invite viewers to witness the true story of the ‘Calendar Girls’ who went all out to raise money and awareness for leukemia research. This touching play filled with poignant moments about friendship, determination, hope and acceptance will have viewers laughing and crying and making them feel better about life in general.

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and her best friend Chris decide to raise money for a new couch in the local hospital’s waiting room. They manage to persuade four other members of the Women’s Institute to pose nude with them for an “alternate” schedule, with the help of hospital doorman and amateur photographer Lawrence. News of the women’s charitable enterprise spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is tested under the pressure of their newfound fame.

Based on the true story of eleven members of the Women’s Institute who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girls” opened at the Chichester Festival Theater and has since become the best-selling play in British theater history.

The local play is directed by Amanda Barnard with musical direction by Charlie Klutzz and is rated PG-13. The play will be performed April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 3 p.m. at the Willingham Theater at 226 E. Main St. in Yadkinville. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at www.yadkinarts.org or at the box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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