Show Dates: February 3 – 19
Show Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM / Sundays at 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $25 for VIP / $19 for General Seating (Student & Senior Discounts Available)
By Tim Firth
This revealing comedy, inspired by the Hollywood hit movie, opens LTM’s 2017 Season.
When her husband dies, Annie and her friends come together to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room by posing for a calendar… COMPLETELY IN THE NUDE (tastefully positioned behind flowers, cakes, and knitting projects!). The women discover what it means to be confident in their own skin and the shining beauty within themselves. Gloria Trombley directs this hilarious and touching play.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY!
In real life, the women (ranging in age from 45 to 65) used the calendar to raise money to fight leukemia after Angela Baker’s husband, John, died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in July 1998. From the onset of his illness, John grew sunflowers, hoping to recover by the time they bloomed. Unfortunately, this was not the case, yet the image of the sunflower remained as a symbol of the group’s fundraising. The image of the sunflower is present throughout the calendars released in April 1999. With an initial print of only 3,000, the ladies expected they would struggle to sell, but they eventually sold over 80,000 copies! To date, they have raised over £3 million for leukemia and lymphoma research.
IT WAS A MOVIE FIRST!
Tim Firth also wrote the screenplay for the now-famous film of the same name, starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. The film went to number one in the UK, becoming one of the most successful British films of all time and one of the top grossing in UK cinema history. In the US, the movie and actresses garnered numerous nominations and awards.
- Marie – Stephanie Chernoff
- Rod – Bill Emerson
- Ruth – Lori Feldman
- Jessie – Barbara Gallow
- Lawrence – Mitch Hess
- Cora – Colleen Kaplan
- Chris – Michelle Kettlety
- Brenda Hulse – Stephanie Kull
- Liam – Sean Leser
- Annie – Dawn Maselli
- Lady Cravenshire – Sherrie Schallack
- Elaine – Lindsay Sledzik
- Celia – Rachel West-Balling
- John – Mike Zizka