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New Westminster actor onstage in Calendar Girls

What happens when women "of a certain age" need to raise money for a good cause? Stage 43's next production tells a familiar tale.
Lisa Pope, Sue Davey, Corrine Out, Lorene Stuart, Colleen Brow and Kate du Cros star in Calendar Girls. The Stage 43 production runs Jan. 12 to 21 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

A New Westminster actor is in the spotlight as Stage 43 continues its 40th anniversary season with a familiar — and much-loved — story.

Calendar Girls is onstage at the Evergreen Cultural Centre Jan. 12 to 21.

New Westminster’s Corrine Out is featured as Ruth in the production, which is based on the popular 2003 British comedy film of the same name.

Tim Firth’s play follows the story of Annie (Kate du Cros) who teams up with her best friend Chris (Colleen Brow) to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room after Annie’s husband dies of leukemia.

The two manage to persuade fellow members of the Women’s Institute to pose nude with them for a fundraising calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence (Casey Por).

The production, directed by Tiffany Markwart, also features Lisa Pope as Celia, Lorene Stuart as Cora, Sue Davey as Jessie, Ross Friesen as John, Liam Coughlan as Rod, September Stokes as Marie, Judy McLellan as Lady Cravenshire, Sharon Notarrigo as Brenda Hulse, Kelsey Robertson as Elaine and Dominic Renaud as Liam.

The play is based on the true story of a group of middle-aged Yorkshire women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.

Catch Stage 43's Calendar Girls: How to get tickets

The Stage 43 Theatrical Society production is on at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam (next to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station).

It runs Thursday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. It then finishes up with 7:30 p.m. evening shows from Wednesday, Jan. 18 through Saturday, Jan. 21.

Tickets are $28 regular, or $24 seniors and students. Buy online or call 604-927-6555.

There’s special two-for-one pricing on regular adult tickets on Wednesday, Jan. 18; use the discount code CALENDAR.

Another Calendar Girls: Leather and Lace Theatre

If you thought you recently read about another production of Calendar Girls, you weren't wrong. You can also catch local performers Erin Jeffery, Christi Arellano and Sandra Medeiros in the Leather and Lace Theatre production of the same show on the North Shore. It's on at the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre Jan. 12 to 15. 

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