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January 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 26, 2019
An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until January 27, 2019
East Falls’ historic Old Academy Players celebrates its 96th season, and the new year by presenting CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth.
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller, CALENDAR GIRLS (2008) is a stage play by British dramatist, screenwriter, and songwriter, Tim Firth based on a true story of eleven Yorkshire women who posed nude to produce a calendar to raise money for Leukemia Research under the auspices of the Women’s Institutes. In 2003, it became a blockbuster movie, starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.
When Annie’s husband, John, dies of Leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new sofa for the family room where they waited while John had his chemotherapy treatments. They persuade fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar in John’s memory and raise money for Leukemia research. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small English village of Knapeley, where hilarity ensues.
The calendar was launched in 1999, the aim had been to raise five thousand pounds, as of 2107, they have raised five million pounds. Their act of love and courage has touched and changed the lives of millions of people, who have gone through their own grief from this devastating disease. It also spurred other women’s organization to do their own nude calendar as well. Come to laugh, cry, enjoy and be moved by the Calendar Girls!
Old Academy hopes to be selling its own nude calendar as a fundraiser. You won’t want to be without one!
Old Academy’s amazing cast includes: Benjamin Edward Fried as John, Bonnie Grant as Annie, Bonnie Kapenstein as Ruth, Christopher Wunder as Lawrence, Dale Mezzacappa as Lady Cravenshire, Eric Jonathan Cox as Liam, Janet Wasser as Marie, Kimberly Hess as Elaine, Michael Jeffrey Cohen as Rod, Michelle Moscicki as Brenda, Susan Blair as Chris Susan Lonker as Jessie, Susan Triggiani as Cora, and Terri Fries Bateman as Celia.
CALENDAR GIRLS is the fastest selling play in British theatre history. This 517th production is stage managed by Janine Lieberman and produced by Joan Shupp, Mary Jane Fullam, and Randy Shupp. Show dates are: January 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, & 27, 2019; Friday and Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM.
Parking for all performances is free. Ticket price is $20 per person. Buy tickets online at www.oldacademyplayers.org.; Old Academy welcomes groups! Take advantage of group discount pricing ($17 per person with 15 or more people in a group). Call 215-843-1109 for more information and tickets.