Calendar Girls cast to lose their inhibitions

Ruth, played by Carla Martland.
Ruth, played by Carla Martland.
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Actresses are getting ready to let go of their inhibitions, after being chosen to take part in a revealing Chorley production.

Casting has officially been announced for Chorley Little Theatre’s latest CADOS production, Calendar Girls, after an intensive selection process on April 1.

About 32 people auditioned for the various roles, but the panel, Barbara Wilcox, Brian Clarke and Sandra Dickinson, were left with the difficult task of only being able to cast 14.

Barbara, 56, who is directing the show and who is currently studying screen writing at UCLan, said: “I have never seen anything like it at Chorley Little Theatre – there was a lovely atmosphere.

“We were totally taken aback.

“It was a very difficult decision to make, because there was so much talent there.

“I didn’t think for one minute that so many people would turn up.

“I have worked with a lot of the cast before, and I know what they can do.

“I did have to reiterate to the ladies that they will be taking their bras off.

“For me it is such a privilege – I can’t believe I have got my own theatre for the week.

“My heart stays at Chorley Little Theatre.”

Chairman of Chorley Little Theatre, Ian Robinson, said: “Everyone was very talented and it’s always a shame to have to turn people down but we were lucky enough to have so much choice and have put together a great cast.”

The true story tells of a Women’s Institute, who decide to produce a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

Having been turned into a star studded film and taken on many a professional tour, Barbara, who has previously directed Noises Off, Funny Money and Stones In Their Pockets for CADOS, is delighted that the production has now obtained amateur rights.

She said: “I went to see Calendar Girls in Manchester, and it is a wonderful story.

“It is funny, sad, and incorporates everything.”

The show will run from September 1 – September 8, with the exception of Sunday, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £8 and are available now from Malcolm’s Musicland. Ring 01257 264362 or visit www.chorleytheatre.com for more details.