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Posted on: February 21, 2019

[ARCHIVED] ‘Calendar Girls’ premiers March 1 at Center for the Arts

Calendar Girls Full Cast

Calendar Girls, a comedic stage play, follows six women as they pose for a calendar that raises money for Leukemia research, opens at the Center for the Arts March 1. The Center has partnered with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise awareness of their programs.  Calendar Girls runs Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 10.

This hilarious show takes place in England and is based on the 2003 Miramax Film featuring Helen Mirren as the lead character.

“This play is all about women supporting one another in the later stages of life,” says director Vickie Bailey. “There is no full nudity, just suggestive poses with inanimate objects like a tea set and pastries--it’s hilarious and fast-paced and sure to be a hit with audiences!”

The play tells the story of Annie (Connie Downer) and Chris (Denise Parton), who after the passing of Annie’s husband, John (Ryan Green), decide to raise money to buy a new, comfortable settee in the hospital waiting room. Together, they recruit four other women: Celia (Leah Williams), Cora (Wendy Travis), Ruth (Debbie Kraski), and Jessie (Layne Sasser). They, along with amateur photographer Lawrence (Mark David Williams), create an “alternative” calendar, which they will sell to raise the money.

However, news soon spreads of the ladies’ endeavor, and their small village is flooded with press, all eager to get the scoop. This tale of friendship, fame, and learning to love yourself will take center stage in March.

Tickets start at $14 and are currently on sale at, by calling 615-904-ARTS (2787), or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 110 West College Street, in downtown Murfreesboro.

This production is rated PG-13 for suggested nudity, some language and drug-related material.

Fridays - 7:30 pm
Saturdays – 7:30 pm
Sundays – 2:00 pm

Adult $18.00; Seniors (65+)/Students/Military: $16.00; Children: $14.00
Discount of $2.00/ticket for groups of 10 or more. Call 615-904-2787 for group reservations.


The mission for the Center for the Arts, Inc. is to enhance the quality of our community by providing a variety of arts and opportunities which will educate and entertain people of all ethnicity, ages, and income levels. The Center for the Arts will advance art awareness through quality theatrical productions, musical performances, art exhibits, educational programs, life-long learning and community activities thus improving overall quality of life in our community.  The Center for the Arts opened to the public on December 1, 1995 and was originally funded by the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. In 2008 The Center became a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization and now depends on the generosity of the public for funding. Since it’s opening, the Center for the Arts has been presenting theatrical productions, visual art exhibitions, music concerts, dance performances and educational classes.

Calendar Girls Cast List:

  • Chris - Denise Parton

  • Annie - Connie Downer

  • Celia - Leah Williams

  • Cora - Wendy Travis

  • Ruth - Debbie Kraski

  • Jessie - Layne Sasser

  • Marie - Bethany True

  • Lady Cravenshire - Keri Lambert

  • John - Ryan Green

  • Rod - Chris Gurley

  • Lawrence - Mark David Williams

  • Liam - Russell Forbes

  • Elaine - Amanda Sullivan

  • Brenda Hulse - Emily Evans

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