POTENTIAL actors are being invited to make a date to audition for Repertory Invercargill’s upcoming play Calendar Girls.
To be performed in October, auditions are being held on Saturday, July 8, at Repertory House from noon to 4.30pm.
The play is based on the 2003 film of the same name starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, which was based on the true story of a Women’s Institute in the United Kingdom which created a discreetly posed nude calendar to raise money for charity.
Repertory director Angela Newell said in the play the women decide to come together and make the calendar following the loss of one of the women’s husbands to cancer.
“I think it will be a wonderful play because it’s a really great script, it has a lot of great characters, there’s a lot of humour,” she said.
“There’s also a little bit of pathos and poignancy.”
The play also explored things like conventionality, friendship and camaraderie, she said.
“Eventually they all embrace the fun of doing this project which is going to raise money. What is interesting is they have no idea how popular and what an impact it makes.”
The women end up having interviews on radio and television – and the calendar sells out.
“The success of the project goes far beyond their wildest expectations and it’s very empowering for them.”
Newell said they were looking for women aged between 30 and 60, with several male roles also available.
There were also cameo and supporting roles, she said.
And will the women be required to “get their kit off”?
“In the spirit of burlesque and cabaret it’s more about what’s not revealed than what is revealed. It’s implied nudity. The people will have their clothes off but it will be done in a very tasteful and subtle way.”
Newell said she imagined that the actors in the show would mirror the characters’ insecurities and feelings of putting themselves out there.
“I think that the actors will be able to portray those characters’ insecurities because that’s probably what they’ll be feeling as well.”
Part of the fun of Calendar Girls was the calendar – and they will be creating one. The proceeds would go to a local charity, she said.
“It’s an important part of the promotion and concept. The calendars will be available as a fundraiser and also double as a programme.”