Local ‘Calendar Girls’ 2015 publication to benefit Hospice of the Foothills
December 18, 2014
You may recall the Helen Mirren movie "Calendar Girls" wherein a club of "women of a certain age" decide to make a racy calendar to raise money for a local charity. Quest Theaterworks is one of the first companies in the nation to secure the rights to produce the funny, yet poignant, play and will tour the show from Grass valley to Truckee to Auburn in the spring, according to the nonprofit theater company.
As in the play, Quest Theaterworks has teamed up with nonprofit organization Hospice of the Foothills to benefit from a calendar featuring the local actresses who star in the upcoming production.
Tastefully photographed by Alicia Berardi of Ivy Photography, the calendar closely matches the poses in the original, true life calendar made by the ladies of the Women's Institute in Yorkshire, England. There are poses of women gardening, knitting, reading, serving tea, painting, all wonderfully and modestly nude, except for some strategically placed props.
Both the calendar and the play celebrate the beauty of older women, for, as a character in the play says, "The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. They are at their most glorious in their final phase."
"Hospice was a great fit for us because we firmly believe their work matters. If you are going to die, you may as well do it right," said Quest Theaterworks artistic director Scott Ewing. "There is a character in the play who dies of cancer. That death plays prominently in the play, making it not only a great, cheeky comedy, but lending real emotion to the piece.
"At Quest, we pride ourselves on doing theater that matters. That's really what we're all about. And Hospice of the Foothills does work that makes that final transition as relaxed and peaceful and comfortable as possible. That matters. So our calendar is cheeky and positive and fun and tasteful and we've included just a few snippets of information to let you know a little more about the benefits of hospice care to raise awareness about the important work they do, both there at the facility and in people's homes. So it's a local calendar that matters. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Foothills and the calendar makes a great gift," he added.
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The calendar is available for purchase online at http://www.QuestTheaterworks.com or at BriarPatch Co-op, SummerThyme, The Bookseller, Ben Franklin, Blue Moon, Gold Mountain, Harmony Books, Nevada City Winery and other local retailers and salons. For more information, call Quest Theaterworks at 530-802-1800 or go to http://www.QuestTheaterworks.com.