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Calendar Girls programme, Woodford Players Nov 2012

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present by tim firth based on the miramax motion picture by juliette towhidi and tim firth


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serving amateur theatre since 1899 national operatic and dramatic association headquarters noda house 58-60 lincoln road peterborough pe1 2rz tel 0870 770 2480 fax 0870 770 2490email the national operatic and dramatic association noda was founded in 1899 and has a membership of some 2,300 amateur societies and 3,000 individual enthusiasts throughout the uk staging musicals operas plays concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues ranging from the country s leading professional theatres to village halls noda is divided into eleven areas each headed by an area councillor who sits on the national council the ruling body of the association supported by a network of regional representatives these 180 volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the association the amateur theatre companies the association is administered from its headquarters with a knowledgeable and friendly staff able to deal with virtually any enquiry relating to amateur theatre there is a broad spectrum of ages involved in amateur theatre nationwide from a burgeoning number of youth groups to adult companies which meet the needs of all levels of both performers whether dramatic or musical and enthusiasts involved backstage front of house or in administration each production created is a genuine community event noda aims to give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector to help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance to provide leadership and advice to enable amateur theatre to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century benefits of membership include access to noda s advice service at national and area level representation to government funding agencies rights-holders and the media and access to conferences workshops and seminars to help share information on best practice noda also holds an annual residential summer school with bursaries available offering training from professional tutors in drama performance music directing musical theatre stage management and other courses for performers directors and technicians it publishes regular area magazines and its quarterly noda national news and holds annual national and area programme and poster competitions to encourage the highest standards in design the noda library and meeting room provides access to a comprehensive research archive of scores libretti and reference books as well as an attractive room for meetings woodford community players gratefully acknowledges the vital support of the following christ church woodford for rehearsal facilities mark wilkinson bob rigby photographic bollington all our advertisers and those who have assisted with our publicity.


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chairman s address as i write this welcome you all to our november production of calendar girls i am looking out of my window the day is dull it is in fact drizzling a typical november day not one to inspire anyone to a literary masterpiece extolling the virtues of woodford players and now my eyes are drawn to the image on the front of the scripts that we are using to rehearse the play it is a simple picture of a sunflower it seems to radiate warmth and immediately transports me back to warm summer evenings often spent with good friends just talking and enjoying each other s company i hope our production will take you all to a place outside the hustle and bustle of daily life it is based on a true story about love and friendship happiness and loss there will be moments of laughter and no doubt some tears as we follow these women through their individual reactions to a tragic event an event that tested their friendship to the limit but eventually and finally renewed and strengthened that friendship the story delivers a message of hope to us all a donation of £1 is being made to leukemia and lymphoma research for every ticket sold for this production we hope that in some small way this may help towards the search for treatment and hopefully one day to the eradication of this disease as always we are playing the roles of ordinary people who do extraordinary things i hope this play inspires us all to face our daily trials by coming together to achieve goals and perform tasks that may be difficult or impossible to do by oneself woodford players continues to go from strength to strength we are working hard towards increasing and varying our productions so please keep checking our website as ever we thank you most sincerely for your support best wishes tom dawson by tim firth based on the miramax motion picture by juliette towhidi and tim firth with kind permission of samuel french ltd presented by woodford community players 20th 24th november 2012 the woodford centre chester rd woodford sk7 1ps woodford community players are members of greater manchester drama federation and national operatic and dramatic association noda serving amateur theatre since 1899 woodford community players registered charity no 1110155


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the woodford centre chester road woodford cheshire sk7 1ps please visit for full details of what the centre has to offer tel 0161 439 1651 registered charity no 520141 the centre is in a magnificent location in its own extensive grounds close to manchester airport wilmslow bramhall and poynton it is a superb venue with excellent facilities for parties corporate functions meetings wedding receptions shows and seminars.


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free estimates family run independent and local excel in customers service from selection to fitting wealth of product knowledge fully employed qualified fitters turners carpets wish woodford players every success with their production of calendar girls turners co carpets ltd 224 moss lane bramhall stockport cheshire sk7 1bd tel 0161 439 5623


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director s notes calendar girls has been released to the amateur theatre circuit for a limited period of 18 months during this time over 500 groups from the united kingdom and several hundred worldwide will undertake the challenge to be part of a guinness world record for a play performed most during this period woodford players have taken up the challenge to be part of this illustrious group who will be raising money for leukaemia and lymphoma research to date calendar girls has raised over £3 million and counting £10 from each night of the royalties paid to the publishers is being donated along with £1 for each ticket sold i would like to thank everyone who has been part of this exciting project and has made my job so enjoyable special thanks must go to a bunch of very brave ladies who have dared to bare all in the name of art and fundraising i feel very privileged to be directing this play for woodford players and being a part of a history i am now all calendar girled out having been part of a calendar appearing in a production of calendar girls and now directing calendar girls my thanks also to a fantastic backstage team who have worked so hard to make it possible for our fabulous calendar girls to tread woodford s boards we do hope you enjoy the production as much as we have enjoyed the experience best wishes sue mooney director woodford wi founded in 1939 woodford wi has around 103 members meetings are normally held on the first thursday of the month at the the woodford centre chester road starting at 7.30 pm visitors and new members are very welcome woodford wi has several sub groups which meet frequently the bridge group is not a competitive serious one members play social rubber bridge and meet every monday the singing for fun group also meets on a monday table tennis group plays on tuesday afternoons craft group meets on the first and third wednesday of the month the darts group meets on a thursday afternoons the walkers have a programme of walks for the year the gardening group is working hard on the jubilee garden at the centre and the book club meets in bramhall library a classical music appreciation group meets regularly in each other s houses and art lovers visit galleries in manchester and liverpool the entertainment group put on a special production for the jubilee party we are a busy group fund raising for our charities one of our members made the walk crossing morecambe bay in july raising £200 for our charities altogether we have raised £1,100.this will be distributed between our four charities beechwood cancer care in stockport st anne s hospice the wellspring centre for the homeless in stockport and the mill youth centre in bramhall jubilee garden at the centre we have received a grant from nfwi for the gardening project which has enabled us to buy plants and some benches for our garden we have now finished planting and putting in benches and a pergola the team has worked hard in all weathers and the plants are now beginning to establish themselves the garden was opened at the wi birthday garden party at the beginning of august woodford wi is delighted to be associated with woodford players and their production of calendar girls.


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director technical director and lighting design stage manager and set construction production manager continuity set design set construction team and stage crew sue mooney trevor mckelvey derek snowdon pat snowdon tracy seville derek snowdon trevor mckelvey sue mooney derek snowdon matt mascarenhas bill cross tom dawson trevor jones derek carolyn manton david trevor graham ackers melloney lenk colin whitehead john lomax jude craig graham scurfield matt mascarenhas pat and derek snowdon jude craig the committee jude craig ian m butterfield tracy seville rosalie griffin paul brook melloney lenk graham ackers tom helicon teresa dawson david wilkinson heather and malcolm braddock woodford wi chris annie cora jessie celia ruth marie john rod lawrence liam lady cravenshire brenda hulse elaine lindsay statham carol ackers sylvia arnold janet mullen nikki lees barbara bennett pat helicon alan statham tom dawson john lomax john lomax heather braddock hazel dove sarah stewart sound engineer properties wardrobe publicity programme design photography front of house team ticket secretaries refreshments


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pat helicon since joining woodford players pat has been in fourteen plays her favourite roles to date are ruth in blithe spirit mrs northrop in when we are married margaret craddock in murdered to death and finally marie in calendar girls when not treading woodford s boards pat is the players secretary tom dawson this is a complete role reversal for tom whose last appearance for the players was as the evil mastermind baron scarheart in dick barton special agent this time he plays rod the husband of chris who makes a living running a struggling florist s shop and tries to come to terms with his wife s ambitions tom is currently the players chairman janet mullen janet has been a valued member of woodford players for several years her previous roles include madam arcati in blithe spirit and queen mary in crown matrimonial janet says that she surprised herself by auditioning and landing the role of jessie in calendar girls but is thoroughly enjoying the challenge sylvia arnold has taken part in various shows and plays most recently playing marta heartburn and daphne fritters in dick barton special agent and queenie in this happy breed both with woodford players sylvia loves dancing and singing as well as acting and has performed with stockport operatic society and wilmslow operatic society she would like to thank everyone involved in this production of calendar girls for making it such an enjoyable funny moving and challenging experience and she thanks all of you for coming along to support the calendar girls carol ackers carol has trodden the boards for woodford players on many occasions playing a wide variety of roles both large and small she feels both privileged and delighted to be playing the part of annie clarke in their production of calendar girls this role has proved to be both challenging and uplifting carol says that rehearsals have been an emotional rollercoaster for all the cast with laughter tears and great camaraderie she hopes that you enjoy watching this heart-warming and inspiring play as much as the cast are enjoying performing it when not appearing on stage carol is our social secretary.


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john lomax from having no involvement in calendar girls john was asked to do `just a few lines as liam which then grew to him being asked to take on the part of lawrence as well and he thought he was `resting despite all this john is delighted to be part of this production and is looking forward to directing woodford community players april 2013 production of outside edge lindsey statham it is a delight to welcome lindsey back to the woodford stage in the role of chris her last role was edith frank in the diary of anne frank so playing the role of chris is a welcome contrast for lindsey as an actress lindsay is disappointed not to have inherited her character s gift with flowers alan statham playing the role of john clark has resulted in alan being required by a demanding director to lose both his hair and his immaculate moustache which had taken forty-four years to cultivate this was achieved by calling upon the services of alan s grandchildren alan took the opportunity to raise money from this event for the east cheshire hospice and has been very successful thus far and alan would like to thank all those who have supported his effort to date nikki lees having taken two years out to start her family nikki is delighted to be returning to the woodford stage for their production of calendar girls nikki is very much looking forward to playing the role of celia with whom she shares many of her attributes and aspirations except for golf that is barbara bennett barbara has been with woodford players for a number of years and has experience in many areas on and off stage ranging from continuity to general front of house activities barbara was a land army girl in woodford s fabulous production of when the lights go on again to celebrate the players diamond jubilee more recently she has played lady boxington in stockport amateur operatic society s production of my fair lady at the plaza theatre.


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hazel dove hazel has been a member of woodford players for over nine years after her appearance as irene ruddock in our theatre supper production of talking heads earlier this year hazel is making a welcome return to the woodford stage in their production of calendar girls she looks forward to waxing lyrical about broccoli sarah stewart this is sarah s fourth appearance for woodford players and she is playing to type as the blond airhead sarah s own words ed sarah thought her luck might change for her next appearance in outside edge but has since discovered that she is again playing the same role sarah is however delighted to be involved in this production of calendar girls heather braddock heather is a stalwart of woodford players she has graced the boards here at woodford more times than she cares to remember along with her husband malcolm heather is our ticket sales team a vital role heather is thoroughly enjoying playing lady cravenshire a somewhat different character to her previous role in our november 2011 production of this happy breed.


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woodford community players would like to acknowledge the following private patrons chris fryer graham ackers robert cowan george and jessica bray dorothy corware graham and emma rivers terry and margaret simms stephen mills mrs s scurfield paul brook bill waters richard garner michael and sarah trotman if you would like to become a patron of woodford community players please email us at or speak to any of our front of house stewards


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paul brook mcsd concept creative design wilmslow tel 01625 526 mob 07837 658 672


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judith craig couture bridal evening and occasion wear hand made to measure beautiful bridal gowns hand made in glorious silks and other fine fabrics little numbers for that very special function the races weddings wimbledon balls attending the theatre and all other glittering and glamorous occasions 379 chester road woodford sk7 1qq 0161 440 0118


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