Owosso Community Players will debut Calendar Girls this summer at the Lebowsky Center June 10 – 12 and 17 – 19. Audiences will laugh along – and shed a few tears – during this hilarious tale of English women.  The stage adaptation of the beloved original film, Calendar Girls follows a group of women who decide to pose nude for a calendar to raise money for a local hospital after one of their husband’s dies of leukemia.
 
The news of the women's charitable project sparks a global phenomenon, and masses of press soon descend on their small hometown. The calendar is a success, but their friendship is put to the test in light of their new-found fame.
 
"It’s a show full of poignant moments – about friendship, determination and loss,” says Anna Owens, playing the role of Chris. “But it also offers plenty of hilarious moments as the six friends decide to pose nude for a calendar."
 
Based on the true story of 11 Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls has become the fastest selling play in British theater history.
 
The cast lineup features both OCP veterans and newcomers, including Lynn Culp as Cora, Anna Owens as Chris, Kathy Kowalski as Annie, Deb Knipe as Jessie, Mary Jo Damm-Strong as Celia, Carol Henley as Ruth, Susan DeRosa as Marie, Lisa Bradley as Brenda Hulse, Mark Shaheen as John, Keith Mino as Rod, Audrey Thayer as Lady Creavenshire, Michael Windnagle as Lawrence, Kelly Oginsky as Elaine and Cody Valade as Liam. Garrett Bradley and Mandy Bashore co-direct.
 
“This show is unique as it’s both hilarious and incredibly touching,” says Bradley. “Our talented cast is sure to charm both frequent theatergoers and newcomers throughout the entire Calendar Girls runs June 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and June 12 and 13 at 3 p.m. at the Lebowsky Center in Owosso. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors and students and $7.50 for children 13 and under. Tickets are available by calling 989-723-4003 or online at www.owossoplayers.com/tickets. Calendar Girls is generously sponsored by Memorial Healthcare and Care N Assist.