Meet the Cast of CALENDAR GIRLS

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The Pennington Players has announced the cast and creative team for their January 2020 production of CALENDAR GIRLS. Let’s meet the performers!


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The cast includes:

  • SUZANNE ARDITE as “Chris”
  • MELANIE STAFF-PARSONS as “Annie”
  • ERIN LEDER as “Cora”
  • SUSAN SCHWIRCK as “Jessie”
  • KELLIE COOPER as “Celia”
  • LAURI HARDY as “Ruth”
  • MEG WALDOWSKI as “Marie”
  • CARLOS GONZALEZ-NAJERA as “John”
  • DANIEL SPALLUTO as “Rod”
  • CHRISTOPHER SCHMALBACH as “Lawrence”
  • JUDI PARRISH as “Lady Crevenshire”
  • SAMANTHA OTTO as “Elaine”
  • CHARLES ACOSTA as “Liam”
  • CATHY CORYAT as “Brenda”

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and her long-standing best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. With varying levels of encouragement, they persuade four friends and fellow members of the Women’s Institute (W.I.) to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar. They are assisted by hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence, who looked after John in his final days. This is much to the horror of the their local W.I. chairman, Marie. The success of the calendar goes beyond their wildest dreams and they have soon raised the money needed and much more. Their efforts also catch the attention of the national and international press, who soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales, England, where the play takes place. Although the calendar is a huge success, Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test with their new-found fame and Chris is forced to question her real motivation behind doing the calendar. Tim Firth’s hilarious play takes place in the present day and is based on the true story of eleven W.I. members who famously posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund in 1999.

The creative team includes:

  • COMPANY: The Pennington Players
  • PRODUCER: Frank Ferrara
  • DIRECTOR: Susan Galli
  • SET DESIGNER: Haley Schmalbach
  • STAGE MANAGER: Melissa Gaynor

Tickets for CALENDAR GIRLS go on sale in August 2019. For more, visit The Pennington Players website.

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