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Caroline Wollis, Carlee MacQuarrie, Lara Riehl, Laurie Aitken, Lene MacLean, Helen Craigie shown above at a Calendar Girls dress rehearsal.

BY LYNNE TURNER FOR SOUTHGREY.CA — Tickets for the Friday, May 10 dinner theatre presentation of The Calendar Girls are almost sold out. But, the Holstein Drama Group will also be on stage at the Egremont Community Centre in Holstein on May 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 12 at 2 p.m. The play is based on the Miramax motion picture and it is suitable for mature audiences.

Calendar Girls is the story of seven middle-aged girlfriends posing for a calendar, almost naked, as a fundraiser after one of the friend's husband dies of leukemia. All proceeds from the play in Holstein are being donated to the Mount Forest Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation.

Alison Moran is directing the play with a cast of 14, drawn from the Holstein and Mount Forest areas. "They are a mix of seasoned actors and newcomers," she says, "some of whom haven't been on a stage since high school."

Moran is assisted by Michelle Matheson as stage manager, Sean Riehl on lights and Campbell Aitken on sound.

The play has been in rehearsals since the end of January, two times a week.

The Holstein Drama Group has a venerable reputation when it comes to presenting plays in the tiny hamlet of Holstein. The group came together 31 years ago.

Known for its comedies, the group moved to meatier productions and then evolved into doing musicals every other year. Its last presentation was Music Man in 2016.

"This is our first comedy in five years," says longtime Holstein Drama Group member and actor Neil Aitken. "Alison (Moran) came to us and asked if we would be interested in doing Calendar Girls." Aitken is a member of the cast.

"I hope we live up to the standard that's been set," Moran says. Calendar Girls is her debut as a director.

The play is being presented in partnership with the Egremont Optimist Club.

Tickets or more information can be obtained by calling 519-334-3310, 519-323-3482  or 519-369-6815.

 calendar girls dress rehearsal

Lene MacLean, Lara Riehl, Caroline Wollis, Laurie Aitken, Helen Craigie and Carlee MacQuarrie at dress rehearsal.

calendar girls dress rehearsal

Sheryle Spencer, Roslyn Fortier, Lene MacLean and Pat Morrison. at dress rehearsal.

calendar girls dress rehearsal with sunflowers

Lene MacLean and Bruce Chapman at dress rehearsal.

Photos by Lynne Turner

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