Sunday and Monday – July 16 & 17 2017 – 7 PM to 10 PM
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Performances are Sept. 8 – 24, 2017, on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, Sundays at 2:30pm. All auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be at the theatre located at 18091-33 Upper Bay Rd., Nassau Bay, TX 77058
Clear Creek Community Theatre kicks off its 53rd season with “Calendar Girls”, by Tim Firth, and directed by Kathleen Richardson. Kathleen previously directed “A Christmas Story” and “All In The Timing” for CCCT.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Actors auditioning for the part of Cora should prepare a short cut of a song of your choice, a capella.
Resumes/head shots are appreciated, but not required.
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.
Please email Kathleen Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
*Chris, 50s – You want Chris at your party. She will talk to people she doesn’t know, find things to say to fill silences and generat laughter. Part of this is because Chris is at home in crowds, holding court, being the centre of attention. Without Chris in her life, Annie would be better behaved, her life less fun. The two of them are like naughty schoolgirls. Ideal car – who cares, as long as it’s a cabriolet. Ideal holiday – Algarve.
*Annie, 50s – Annie will join in mischief but is at heart more conformist and less confrontational than Chris. After Chris has put a waiter’s back up in the restaurant, Annie will go in and pour calm. The mischievousness Chris elicits saves Annie from being a saint. She has enough edge to be interesting, and enough salt not to be too sweet. Ideal car – who cares, as long as it’s reliable. Ideal holiday – walking the English countryside.
Together these two are greater than the sum of their parts. They would be lesser humans had they not met each other. Each is spiritual mustard to the other’s meat.
*Cora, around 40 – Cora’s past is the most eclectic, her horizons broadened by having gone to college. This caused a tectonic shift with her more parochial parents. She is the vicar’s daughter/ex-rock chick. She came back to them pregnant and tail-between-legs, but Cora has too much native resilience to be downtrodden. She is the joker in the pack, but never plays the fool. Her wit is deadpan. It raises laughter in others, but rarely in herself. Her relationship with her daughter is more akin to that between Chris and Annie. Cora sings and plays piano during the play, but does not need to sing like a diva – just well enough to start the show with Jerusalem and sing the snatches of other songs required. Ideal car – who cares, as long as the sound system is loud. Ideal holiday – New York.
*Jessie, late 60s/70s – Get on the right side of Jessie as a teacher and she’ll be the teacher you remember for life. Get on the wrong side and you will regret every waking hour. A lover of life, Jessie doesn’t bother with cosmetics – her elixir of life is bravery. Jessie goes on rollercoasters. Her husband has been with her a long time and is rarely surprised by her actions. Jessie bothers about grammar and will correct stallholders regarding their abuse of the apostrophe “s”. Ideal car – strange looking European thing which is no longer manufactured. Ideal holiday – walking in Switzerland or Angkor Wat.
*Celia, age 35-50 – The fact that Celia is in the WI is the greatest justification for its existence. A woman more at home in a department store than a church hall, she may be slightly younger than Chris or the same age, but she always feels like she’s drifted in from another world. Which she has. She’s the trophy wife. She is particularly enamored of Jessie, and despite the fact Jessie has very little time for most Celias of this world, there is a rebelliousness in Celia to which Jessie responds. IT’s what sets Celia apart from the vapid materialism of her peer group and made her defect. Ideal car – Porsche, which she has. Ideal holiday – Maldives, where she goes often.
*Ruth, 40s – Ruth’s journey is from the false self-confidence of the emotionally abused to the genuine self-confidence of the woman happy in her own skin. Ruth is eager to please but not a rag doll, and despite being Marie’s right-hand woman she is desperate to be the cartilage in the spine of the WI and keep everyone happy. She has spine herself – if she was too wet, no-one would want her around. But they do, and they feel protective of her because the sense there is something better in Ruth than her life is letting out. They are proved right. Ideal car – at the start, whatever Eddie wants; at the end, whatever she wants. Ideal holiday – at the start wherever Eddie is, at the end, wherever he isn’t.
Marie, 50s – Marie has gradually built the current “Marie” around herself over the years as a defence mechanism. She went to her Oz, Cheshire, and found Oz didn’t want her. She came back scorched. The WI is a trophy to her, which justifies her entire existence. There is a lingering part of Marie that would love to be on that calendar. Ideal car – something German and well-valeted. Ideal holiday – a quasi-academic tour of somewhere in Persia advertised in a Sunday supplement which she could then interminably bang on about.
John, Annie’s husband, 50s – John is a human sunflower. Not a saint. Not a hero. Just the kind of man you’d want in your car when crossing America. When he dies it feels like someone somewhere turned a light off.
Rod, Chris’ husband, 50s – You have to be a certain kind of guy to stick with Chris and Rod loves it. He can give back what he gets, and has a deadpan humor which has always made Chris laugh. He drinks a lot but never so much as to have a problem. He would work every hour to make his shop a success. And John was his mate, even though the relationship was originally channeled through their wives.
Lawrence, late 20s – Hesitant without being nerdy, Lawrence is a shy young man with enough wit to make a joke and enough spirit to turn up at the WI hall in the first place. When he arranges the shots he is close to female nudity but sees only the photos.
Lady Cravenshire, 60s – Lady Cravenshire really doesn’t mean to be so patronizing. But the WI girls seem from another world. The world of her estate workers. Dress: When she makes and entrance she must make an entrance. Largely white or cream to outplay the others, with a bigger hat than Marie. She is not a tweed wearer. She must glide in like a galleon.
Elaine, 20’s – Elaine really doesn’t mean to be so patronizing. But Jessie seems from another world. The world of her gran. Dress: Clinical whites slice through like a knife. You feel you could cut yourself on that dress.
Liam, late 20s – Liam would like to be directing other things that photoshoots for washing powders. He’s not so unprofessional as to let it show, but we can sense a slight weariness at having to deal with these women. There’s a resigned patience to his actions and each smile he makes we feel is professional. For Liam, this photoshoot is a job, and not the job he wanted.
*Characters maked with * will take part in the “nude” photoshoot. There is no actual nudity in this production, but there is the carefully staged “appearance” of nudity.
CCCT prides itself as being a place for people who have always wanted to get involved in theatre but never had the chance. We often cast people with little experience – our job is to serve our community by providing an artistic release for everyone. We’d love to have you join us
CREW MEMBERS & NEWBIES:
Audition nights are a perfect time to come out, meet the director, and express your interest in helping out backstage, be it in the role of a stage manager, lights & sound operator, concessions, or whatever else you might like to do.
“Clear Creek has a great depth of talent in its acting pool and it’s always good to see all roles, large and small, performed to a high standard.”
Shannon Caldwell , The Galveston Daily News