Meet the Women Behind “Calendar Girls” at the Manatee Performing Arts Center | Suncoast View

Video: Calendar Girls October 16, 2018

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - "Calendar Girls" opens at the Manatee Performing Arts Center this week, and here's a warning. It may shock you." Calendar Girls" is based on the true story of 11 British women, middle aged and beyond, who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for leukemia research and their local hospital.

And as it opens at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, a warning is posted. The play does contain some nudity.

Director, Pam Wiley and two actresses from the play, Jan Wallace and Joanie Anton discuss the play.

Director Pam says, forget the nudity, Calendar Girls is a beautiful story of women going way past their comfort zone, to accomplishment something very important for their community.

But it does contain some nudity of women who are beyond the first bloom of youth. Is this really necessary?

Actresses Jan and Joanie say yes, because it shows the bravery and courage of these women who were willing to deal with embarrassment ,and criticism to reach their goal. The actresses talk about how they are managing to deal with scenes that require a lot less clothing than they have ever worn on stage before, and do so without embarrassment.

We hear how they handle rehearsals, and preserve their modesty, and what they hope people take away from this play. Calendar Girls is at the Manatee Performing Arts Center October 18th thru November 4th.

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