The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. Every stage of their growth has its own beauty. But the last phase is always the most glorious!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!
Show Dates –
April 21st, 22nd, 29th 2017 at 7:30 pm
April 30th 2017 at 2:00 pm
with performances to be held at the
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Center.
Audiences will not only have the opportunity to see a poignant and uplifting comedy but $5.00 from every ticket purchased will go to support the St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Cancer Center. Together we can make a difference as we continue to fight this dreadful disease!
When Annie Clarke's husband, John, is diagnosed with leukemia, her close friend, Chris Harper, anxious to purchase a comfortable sofa for the visitors' lounge in the hospital where he was treated hatches a plan. She hits upon the idea of printing an “alternative” calendar featuring some of the members of the Knapely branch of the Women's Institute engaged in traditional WI activities, such as baking and knitting, in order to raise funds. Her proposal initially is met with great skepticism, but she eventually convinces a few other women to participate in the project with her. The head of the local Women's Institute branch refuses to sanction the calendar, and Chris and Annie go to a national congress of the Women's Institute in London to plead their case. They are told the final decision rests with the local leader, who grudgingly agrees to the calendar's sale. The initial printing quickly sells out, and before long the tiny village is bombarded with members of the international media anxious to report the feel-good story.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors when purchased in advance, with an additional $2 per ticket if purchased at the door. Tickets are on sale now and are available through our on-line box office here on the website and at our distributors, Busch's ValuLand in Pinckney and Brighton Tux Shop in Brighton.
Calendar Girls is directed by Lynn Wilde Concannon and produced by Ann Langford and features a talented cast from all over Livingston and Oakland counties. Be sure to mark your calendars and support the Pinckney Players and the St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Cancer Center. This show is perfect for an adult evening with family or friends and is recommended for ages 16+
Our beautiful cast:
CHRIS - Laura Mandernack
ANNIE - Kathi Aron
CORA - Lynn Hoseney
JESSIE - Betty Lang
CELIA - Amy Goble
RUTH - Dana Blaszkowski
EXTRA WI MEMBER - Lyn Summers
MARIE - Ann Langford
JOHN - Karl Bangert
ROD - Thom Shea
LADY CRAVENSHIRE - Mary Lukowski
BRENDA - Claire Timko
ELAINE - Tiffany Cogswell
LAWRENCE - Nick Greene
LIAM - Micah Woods
Meet the cast. Each week we will add two cast members. Have fun getting to know our fun characters.
Chris Harper aka Laura Mandernack, grew up in the Village of Knapeley, Yorkshire. Being the only child, her parents doted on her. She loved to dress up and put on little skits and shows for them. In high school, she had the lead role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Her dearest wish was to go to London after school and to become the weather girl at one of the broadcast stations. Chris’s wish to leave the village of Knapeley did not materialize. Her mum got very sick and required care so Chris stayed to tend her. She also planned her mum’s funeral and that is where she became reacquainted with her old schoolmate, Rod Harper. She purchased flowers from his local flower shop and he asked her on a date. A couple of years later, they were married. Chris met her best friend Annie on a lark. Goofing around, trying to get all the patrons to sing Jumping Jack Flash at a Chinese restaurant, she practically fell into Annie’s lap. They became lifelong pals after that. Annie is the angel that sits on Chris’s shoulder talking sense to the devilish imp sitting on Chris’s other shoulder. Together, they make the perfect woman.
While Chris’s life may not have turned out as exciting as she might have wished, she lives comfortably with her family and friends in the village of Knapeley. If she can grab some time in the spotlight every so often, she is happy.
Annie Clarke aka Kathi Aron, had the great good fortune of meeting the two most important people in her life on the same day. While studying to be a nurse, she decided to spend her school holiday visiting in a Chinese restaurant. It was there she met her soon-to-be best friend, Chris, and the love of her life, John, when Chris fell off the table trying to get the whole restaurant to sing, Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Covered in noodles, Annie began to care for Chris’s broken arm while John tried to clean up the mess Chris had made. It soon became evident that Annie and John had more in common than a desire to care for complete strangers. For Chris and Annie, it was the start of the kind of friendship that takes a lifetime to develop. Where Chris goes, Annie follows...partners in crime.
Even though it is usually Annie who often goes back to smooth over the damage done when the shenanigans get out of hand, she wouldn’t trade this friend for anything in the world. As for John, after their first date in the Odeon Cinema, she knew it was love at first sight. Six months later they were married and they are now looking forward to their 30th wedding anniversary next year. Annie joined the WI three years ago, after her youngest child got married and moved to London. She convinced Chris to join with her, and even though it is not really Chris’s “cup of tea,” they have both enjoyed this circle of fun and supportive women. However, now Annie’s friendship with Chris is tested as she deals with John’s illness and what she perceives as Chris’s need to once again be in the spotlight.