Based on the Miramax film by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth
(Yadkinville, North Carolina) – The Yadkin Arts Council and the Willingham Theater invite patrons to Witness the true story of the “Calendar Girls” who went all out to raise money and awareness for leukemia research. This touching piece filled with poignant moments about friendship, determination, hope and acceptance will have you laughing and crying, and making you 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 a little help from 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 WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Girls Calendar opened at the Chichester Festival Theater and has since become the best-selling play in British theater history.
Directed by Amanda Barnard with musical direction by Charlie Klutzz. Rated PG-13.
Calendar Girls is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets and additional information
what when: “Calendar Girls” – April 22-23 at 7:30 p.m.; April 24 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $22. Tickets for these shows can be purchased at www.yadkinarts.org or at the ticket office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Or: Yadkin Cultural Arts Center / Willingham Theatre, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville
About the Yadkin Arts Council
The Yadkin Arts Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to transforming the lives of our community through the arts by providing opportunities for encounter and creation. We believe that art is transformational. The arts open minds, free the imagination and help people see the world from different perspectives.
About the Willingham Theater
The Willingham Theater hosted its first performance in December 2012, just two years after the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened to citizens of Yadkin County. While many might dismiss the power of a small urban theater, we like to prove that we can indeed bring the excitement and experience of a big city to our small town. Our state-of-the-art theater seats 193 spectators and presents a variety of engaging shows ranging from music, dance, drama, comedy and even film. In addition to ample seating, the Willingham Theater has remarkable state-of-the-art technology. The Willingham Theater is owned and operated by the Yadkin Arts Council.