January 26 - February 26
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
By Tim Firth
Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth
The revealing true story
When middle-aged Annie Clarke loses her husband to leukemia, her best friend suggests a—ahem—cheeky new way to raise money for research. But their fellow Women’s Institute members balk at baring—well, almost baring—it all! Gradually, though, these prim tea-and-crumpets ladies “of a certain age” come around and learn to delight in their newfound pluckiness and status as international sensations.
Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission
"Funny and heart-warming…put Calendar Girls on your calendar" —Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier [Read More]
"The high-energy ensemble cast is fantastic…funny, rich in character and storyline, and also has moments of intense emotion" —Taryn Hubbard, Press Plus One [Read More]
"Hilarious and touching…a visit to Calendar Girls ensures an entertaining evening" —Annie Boulanger, Burnaby Now [Read More]
Praise for the film Calendar Girls:
"It’s a real-life story adapted into a grown-up comedy that is warm, winning, and sexy" —The Hollywood Reporter
"Calendar Girls is a delight, full of great one-liners" —BBC
"The film’s appeal is universal, not just female, and, best of all, it’s based on a true story" —The Miami Herald
"Very tastefully done. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you for the wonderful evening"
"Fabulous! Great cast—loved them all. Really enjoyed Anna Galvin—we've seen her before but this was a wonderful showcase for her talent"
—Bev, North Vancouver
"The Calendar Girls production was a delightful way to spend an evening. A great story (touching, and funny) performed by a wonderful cast. Bravo"
"Saw the matinee yesterday. Excellent, very well done, lots of laughs. Good luck with further productions. They should definitely come back again"
"Enjoyed so much. Laughed out loud and identified with some of the characters very closely. My first time at the Stanley and I will return!"
"Great show. Very funny and a pleasure to watch"
"Really enjoyed Calendar Girls. Great performance!"
"A great show. Lots of laughs and well-performed. We enjoyed every minute"
"Well done, Arts Club! I haven't laughed so much for ages"
"Amazing play - and the actresses/actors were fabulous. Screamingly funny. Thank you for entertaining us for the evening"
"Great fun and not only for "girls"! Well done, very tasteful"
"I loved the way the production focused on the essence of the story, stripping away any fluff. The staging was brilliant, the players were well cast, and the performances were delightfully irreverent. Well done!"
"The show was fantastic. Very funny and acting superb. One of the best I've seen. I love The Stanley as it’s beautiful and no matter where you sit you have a great view and can see all. The service is also excellent.
I go to shows as often as I can. My favorite thing to do. Thank you"
"Really enjoyed the show! Such brave women and great actors!"
"Fabulous show! Very human and poignant… Loved it"
"Took a girlfriend who didn't know anything about the story. We laughed all the way through with a few tears shed in one scene as well. Great production! I recommend it highly!"
"This was the best production ever! Great job everybody. I am so glad I bought a season’s pass"
"Very tastefully done. We enjoyed the play very much"
"This was excellent play and I have already recommended it to friends. We could see the cast was having a good time with the laughing and giggling. Well done. Hope there was not to many slips with the props"
"Phenomenal performance! The expression on the actors faces, the script, the setting, the emotions, all combined to provide a very believable story that captivated the audience from start to finish"
"Brilliant! What an enjoyable evening. These girls have 'knocked it out of the park.' Go and see this production. You are guaranteed to laugh and you just might cry.
Shows like this are why we go to the theatre!"
"We really enjoyed Calendar Girls. It was superior to the movie. The actors were very talented and the dialogue was current enough that our 20-somethings who attended with us were engaged throughout.
We are all looking forward to seeing the next production"
"Great show!! Way more than I expected—very funny with some sad and uncomfortable moments—so true to life. A wonderful portrayal of the friendships and connections between the characters. As always, great acting, costumes, set design....loved it:) and Ms. Broderick - you are our own Betty White!"
"It was great! The cast was excellent. Would I see it again? Definitely yes!"
"Thank you for such a wonderful, fun-filled production. Loved it. Kudos to all the ladies and gentlemen who were acting in the play"
"I thought it was a wonderful show, very funny and quite sad at the same time.
When I woke up this morning I heard Anna Galvin(Chris) being interviewed by the morning host of CKNW which was interesting particularly as she said the original Chris (Calendar Girl) was in attendance at the first night of the production. I thought they were all wonderful and particularly Shirley Broderick, good on her for being in this lovely production! Thank you and I am looking forward to seeing the Bill Richardson production of Craigslist this Thursday"
—Juliet, North Vancouver
"There was such warmth and intimacy in this production of Calendar Girls. It was so funny that at times the whole theatre audience exploded with laughter--and at other times, I doubt there was a dry eye in the house. A perfect show to take your mom, sister, or best girlfriend to"
"This was a lovely comedy that had me and the guests around me laughing out loud"
"Great show and performance. Amusing and very well presented. Laugh out loud funny in some places with witty and dry dialogue. Thought the actors did a good job with the regional accents. Would highly recommend to others and have already suggested that a friend attend the performance"
—Johanna, New Westminster
"EXCELLENT production!! I thoroughly enjoyed the show and the laughter... bar none... I'm still chuckling to myself as I remember some of the scenes. Well done and the ladies were so "artfully" draped! I've spread the word today and have encouraged all that I've spoken with to go and see the show!!"
"Made me laugh, made me cry, made me think. Wonderfully well done and love the fact the seats were full, the audience engaged and appreciative. Got a few people, myself included on their feet with applause. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Beautifully done from start to finish. The accents were perfect, the humor rich, and the laughter near constant with many good lines. Those of us touched by cancer were able to relate to the play very well, and this aspect of the story was covered with appropriate sensitivity. Well done throughout"
"What a great production, we absolutely enjoyed it"
"Wonderful, funny, my husband and I had a wonderful time and the ladies were fantastic. I can't wait for the next production"
—Karen, Maple Ridge
"A fabulous performance. The story, cast and set were delightful. I laughed, I cried and left the Stanley feeling so happy that I had the experience"
"Very entertaining. Awesome local talent"
"My sister-in law and I went to Calendar girls and loved it…shed a few tears and laughed a lot. It was a truly fine performance"
—Madelon, Powell River
"Great show. Lots of laughs"
—Marilyn, White Rock
"Loved it!....Great Yorkshire accents. Looking forward to the next performance at the Stanley....I also love this theatre"
"Moving and hilarious in turns, (and sometimes at the same time), this is a well-crafted and well-presented play. As in the true story and in this portrayal, it is delightful to see that our seemingly youth-obsessed society is ready for and even eager for a broader-based definition of beauty. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Calendar Girls and salute the actresses for their bravery, graceful skill and keen sense of comic timing"
"I loved this play. It made me cry, and made me laugh out loud. For awhile, I was in England with them. Wonderful!"
"We found the production of Calendar Girls and all the actors delightful and would certainly recommend the show"
"My mom and I went to see Calendar Girls yesterday. We had loved the movie. I had cancer 2 yrs ago and now my mom has just been diagnosed with it. This play version of the movie lacked nothing but the English countryside. In fact, we laughed more and cried more than the movie. We are from England and thought the accents were good. It was very touching and very well done. We also were quite impressed with the set and staging . Great job all around...I would see it again and recommend it to anyone (over 18 ...lol)"
"Loved it, funny, entertaining, an all around enjoyable performance and night out!"
"All four of us loved the play!! It was clever, funny and heartwarming. We were thoroughly impressed with the Yorkshire accents, and thought all the actors did an amazing job. Thanks for a fabulous night out, and for our seat upgrades!"
"An interesting and thought provoking production on a subject dear to the hearts of many....worthy of anybody's time....congratulations to all the dynamic and brave cast members.....the entire production... acting, stage lighting, set design and directing were outstanding.....thank you all"
"Non-stop laugh from start to finish! Superb performance & direction!! It's truly one of a kind!!!"
Behind The Scenes
By Tim Firth
Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth
Starring Shirley Broderick, Anna Galvin, Aslam Husain, Shawn Macdonald, David Marr, Jane Noble, Wendy Noel, Lisa Norton, Linda Quibell, Kerry Sandomirsky, Colleen Winton
Director Rachel Ditor
Set Designer Drew Facey
Costume Designer Nancy Bryant
Lighting Designer Adrian Muir
Sound Designer Mike Rinaldi
Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs
Assistant Stage Manager April Starr Land
For more information or to make a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, please visit www.llscanada.org.