Emma Jane Jones
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Bourne Footlights Production of Calendar Girls

Emma Jane Jones
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22 Jul 2013

Well done to Bourne Footlights whose production of  Calendar Girls raised an amazing £2,250.

Director, Angie Rowell descibed how they went about putting on such an amazing event:

"I saw the film version of Calendar Girls when it first came out and enjoyed it greatly. Over the next few years I noticed a stage version of the film was being presented professionally nation wide. I am always on the ‘look out’ for plays for Footlights and hoped that one day it would be given amateur rights. Imagine my delight last year when, checking the Samuel French web site for new releases, I saw that Calendar Girls was being released for a limited period of time. We immediately sent for a copy and I hosted a reading at my house. Everyone loved the play. I was concerned whether enough ladies would mind “taking their clothes off” but found quite the opposite most of the ladies in Footlights were raring to go!!! We sent off our fees to Samuel French for the license to perform!! A group of us also went to see a professional and a local amateur production of the play. We had just over a year to go!!

We held another reading and then auditions in January this year and began rehearsing late in February. Rehearsals were certainly a labour of love in our very cold rehearsal room in the middle of an arctic Winter!!!!
We soon came to love the play, one moment sad the next hilariously funny. We were also lucky enough to find David Glover to teach us the Tai Chi routine and all the ladies mastered it well.

Any worries about the ladies “taking off” their clothes quickly disappeared, and the photo call scene was meticulously choreographed until everyone was happy. We also had a fabulous photo shoot of our own as we had decided to produce a calendar. It took place on a sunny Sunday morning in a beautiful old house and gardens with the generous permission of the owners. Gordon’s Photographic took some superb photographs and Fovia agreed to do Art work and print them for us at a generous rate.

We rehearsed twice weekly for 3 ½ months and a fantastic bond developed between us all, especially the six Calendar Girls. It was a special time for everyone.

Posters, tickets, banners etc were organised and we were surprised and elated to be able to put up SOLD OUT notices the week before the play.

Calendar Girls was performed to full houses at the beginning of June at Bourne Corn Exchange. Our audiences sit at tables “café style” and are able to enjoy drinks from the bar and an interval supper. We were pleased to welcome members from a local WI branch and from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research who set up stalls at the back of the hall.

We had a fabulous week and all our audiences really enjoyed the play and we were thrilled to be able to present Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research with a donation of £2,250."