Calendar Girls empowers Airdrie’s older women

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Airdrie’s Ladies Out Loud and Nose Creek Players have teamed up to present Calendar Girls, Oct. 26 and 27 at Bert Church Live Theatre.

“It’s a heartwarming comedy but it’s all about friendship and women coming together,” said Karen MacDonald, the play’s producer and founder of Ladies Out Loud.

The play is centered around a group of mature English women who raise money for one of their dying husbands by posing for and selling a nude calendar.

“It’s empowering because you’re coming together and you’re going to be nude with other women, so you’ve got to be comfortable with your own body. And then you’re on stage doing the same thing with all the other actors, including men,” said MacDonald. “I think it’s empowering to be able to do that.”

The money raised through ticket sales will go to the Airdrie and District Hospice Society. MacDonald said she wanted the money to stay in Airdrie and go directly to residents.

She added, she hopes this play can empower older women and mature female actresses.

“We may be old, but we’ve still got a lot of life in us and a lot to give back,” she said.

Robin McKittrick, director for the production and member of the Nose Creek Players said the play was a great opportunity to work with the community.

“I think any time we have the opportunity to collaborate with another organization that’s invested in the community – I think that’s a really great opportunity for growth,” he said.

The Nose Creek Players is a community theater association with the belief in the power of theater and the impact it can have on communities.

“There’s quite a wide spectrum of ability levels,” McKittrick said.

The play gives an opportunity for experienced actors to hone their skills and others who just want to give the stage a try.

“It’s a really beautiful experiment because it gives an opportunity to learn from each other so even the most seasoned actors are learning from them,” he said.

McKittrick said he thinks Airdrie is very fortunate to be able to experience theater.

“Art is very much alive in Airdrie and it’s just a matter of finding that really robust, rich experiences because they’re here in our city,” he said. “People should check them out.”

For more information about Calendar Girls or to purchase tickets, visit ladiesoutloud.ca/calendar-girls

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