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Players Theatre of Southern Oaks

Calendar Girls: Audition Information

ADVANCE READINGS:

October 11, 2022, 6:00pm at Aviary Recreation Center

We do not have advanced scripts to share, but for those interested, we shall have scripts available for candidates to read, copy, practice-read with friends. If interested, please attend this OPTIONAL SESSION on October 11, 2022 at Aviary Recreation Center.

Open Auditions:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:00pm at Aviary Recreation Center

Saturday, October 22, 2022 TBA (time/place)

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 6:00pm at Aviary Recreation Center

Calendar Girls – Synopsis

Set in Yorkshire England, when Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for better seating in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade fellow Women’s Institute (WI) members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, the calendar raises millions, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

The play is based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia

Research Fund.

AUDITION MATERIALS/ADDITION INFORMATION:

You will read (cold-read) selections from the script.

Accents? The show takes place in England. Americans are notorious for “creating/copying” accents based on their favorite characters in films. While our ears are not as sensitive to the dozens and dozens of English regional variations as UK citizens are, Brits can identify locales of legit English accents just as quickly as spotting American would-bes. Let’s just say, for this art, our art, “correct” English accents are less important than sincere acting.

If you want to “try” an accent, go for it. If not, that’s okay too. The important thing about speaking onstage is that our audiences can hear and understand your words… and that is the goal we’ll aim for!

There is some group-singing in the show. The singing applied in the show is more like “singing in church” NOT “singing in a church choir”. As such, everyone will participate in a small-group sing of “Happy Birthday”. One character, Cora, however, will sing a solo and having a suitable-pleasant singing voice would be ideal.

To prepare for the show, to get a “feeling” of the show, storyline, characters, and requirements/expectations, we suggest you watch Calendar Girls starring Mirren Mirren (available on PRIME for $3.99 rental) OR check-out video from local library OR you may find video clips of the movie/trailer on YouTube.

Open-Call Auditions February 8 & 15 at 6:00pm at Aviary Recreation Center… this show is a new “one-hour” adaptation for 6 men/2 women…