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Calendar Girls coming to local stage

TRURO - It’s a story set around the lives of six women, who take a non-traditional approach to fighting cancer.

Sacha Brake, left, and Monica Bailey rehearse one of the scenes for Hubtown Theatre’s production of Calendar Girls. The play, based on the film starring Helen Mirren, runs Nov. 16 to 19 at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

Calendar Girls is the next production of Hubtown Theatre, with four performances in November. The play, running Nov. 16 to 19, is written by Tim Firth and is based on the Miramax film, which used the women of the Rylstone and District Women’s Institute as inspiration.

“For a while, I’ve been wanting to direct this play,” said Nicola Scales. “The women who did it – originally made the calendar – they were all very brave and very courageous. It was the first time women had done an all-nude calendar, and the support they’d gotten because of it was incredible.”

A group of women get together after one loses her husband to leukemia, and pose nude for an “alternative” calendar to use as a fundraiser. Word spreads, and the press descend on their small village, putting the women’s friendship to the test.

“There are some dramatic elements, but there’s lots of comedy as well,” said Scales. “There are probably lots of people who will relate to some of their storylines.”

Much like the calendar was a fundraiser for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Hubtown Theatre is using the performance as a fundraiser for the local We Care About Cancer Fund.

With a cast of 12, the play will feature some familiar Hubtown faces, but also debut some new ones.

“Some of these roles require a love of courage and bravery on the part of the actors,” said Scales.

The crew, she said, has also been an incredible addition.

“The props are amazing and they’ll contribute greatly to the production.”

The play is open to all ages, with the illusion of nudity.

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WHO: Hubtown Theatre

WHAT: Calendar Girls

WHEN: Nov. 16-19, 7:30 p.m. each date

WHERE: Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro

TICKETS: $24 each, purchased at the Marigold box office or MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade

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