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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Katrina Ferguson in ‘Calendar Girls’ at Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut

 

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US Premier of the Number 1 UK Comedy Calendar Girls by Tim Firth
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

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The summer season has opened in Ivoryton, Connecticut with the US professional premier of one of the UK’s most popular shows, Calendar Girls.  Adapted by Tim Firth from his smash hit Miramax film of the same name, it is based on an inspiring true story that is both poignant and hilarious.  A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women’s Institute, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose au natural for a charity calendar with a difference!  As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned!

In the cast is Katrina Ferguson of Morristown, New Jersey (right in group photo above). Katrina received the New Jersey Footlights Best Actress Award two years ago for her ‘Master Class’ at the Women’s Theater Company in Parsippany.

Dazzlingly funny, shamelessly sentimental and utterly captivating, this is one of the best- selling shows in British theatre history. It will make you laugh, cry and walk out singing Jerusalem!

The fundraising phenomenon of the Calendar Girls was inspired by the death of Angela Baker’s husband, John Richard Baker, an Assistant National Park Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, who died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 54 in 1998. During his illness Angela’s friends began to raise money, initially IMG_0290with the aim of purchasing a sofa for the visitors’ lounge in the hospital where John was treated. Nothing could have prepared them for the way their original calendar took off (selling 202,000 copies in its first year). To date they have raised over £3 million for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research, the UK’s leading blood cancer charity.

Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic/Executive Director, is directing the production and is also stepping on stage in the role of Annie. Beverley Taylor, Ivoryton Company Manager, will be joining her in the role of Chris.

“We are both Northern English lasses” says Hubbard, “I spent four years trying to get the rights to produce this wonderful play and though directing and performing at the same time will be a challenge, I knew I had to do it. These women are in our bones and it will be a rare treat to get to step in front of the curtain for a change” (see photo below).

IMG_0289-300x214 Joining them on stage are Vickie Blake, Danielle Bonanno, Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, R. Bruce Connelly*, Lily Dorment*, David Edwards*, Katrina Ferguson*, Maggie McGlone Jennings, and Maria Silverman*.

Set design is by Tony Andrea, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Cully Long.

Calendar Girls opened at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 3rd and runs through June 21st, 2015. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
*denotes member of Actors Equity

JacBevredcarpet044eCALENDAR GIRLS  is based on an inspiring true story that is both poignant and hilarious. A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women’s Institute, spark a global phenomenon by posing au naturel for a charity calendar with a difference!”

CALENDAR GIRLS opened on June 3rd and runs through June 21st.

For tickets visit  www.ivorytonplayhouse.org or call the Box Office at 860 767 7318

Background on the theater: Starting out as a recreation hall for the employees of the Comstock-Cheney factory in 1908, the Ivoryton Playhouse has come a long way. The Ivoryton Playhouse became the first self-supporting summer theater in the country when they opened in June of 1930. The reputation at the little theater grew quickly over the coming years and newcomers like Katharine Hepburn and Cliff Robertson came along to help the Ivoryton legend.

Over the past 28 years, the Ivortyone Playhouse Foundation completed a total renovation of the building, including new shingles, a new heating and air-conditioning system, new seats and state-of-the-art theatrical sound and lighting systems. The Playhouse has maintained its reputation as a first-class summer theatre and now produces a year-round professional season of musical, comedies and dramas.

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