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Catch New West, Burnaby actors in this North Shore Calendar Girls

Leather and Lace Theatre celebrates mature women in its production of the British comedy.
Christi Arellano, Erin Jeffery and Sandra Medeiros are onstage in the Leather and Lace Theatre production of Calendar Girls at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre Jan. 12 to 15.

Three local performers are onstage in a North Vancouver production of Calendar Girls.

Two New Westminster actors and one from Burnaby are part of the cast of the Leather and Lace Theatre production at the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre Jan. 12 to 15.

New Westies Christi Arellano, as Cora, and Erin Jeffery, as Celia, join Burnaby’s Sandra Medeiros, as Ruth, in the production.

Calendar Girls is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Foundation.

The play by Tim Firth, based on the critically acclaimed 2003 British film, follows the story of Annie, who loses her husband John to leukemia and then teams up with her best friend, Chris, to raise money for a new settee in the hospital waiting room.

Together, they convince a group of their fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar.

Calendar Girls is a hilarious play featuring roles for mature women,” said Sarah Harlow, founder of Leather and Lace Theatre, in a press release. “We wanted to provide the opportunity for as many wonderful women as possible to be cast, as these opportunities are few and far between. We’re celebrating these women, just as the original Calendar Girls did.”

The show also features Susanna Bell-Irving as Jessie, Keri Bennett as Annie, Ange Cruikshank as Brenda Hulse, Sarah Harlow as Chris, Rachel Ruecker as Lady Cravenshire and Elaine, Yasmin Tayob as Marie, Kennedy Goodkey as Rod, Marcel Perro as John, Jarod Campbell as Lawrence, and Andrew Fraser as Liam.  

It’s directed by Maryth Gilroy and Karen Hamm.

Get tickets for Leather and Lace Theatre's Calendar Girls

The show runs Thursday, Jan. 12 to Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre (4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver). Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets start at $22.23. Buy through

Another Calendar Girls: Stage 43 Theatrical Society

If you thought you recently read about another production of Calendar Girls, you weren't wrong. New Westminster's Corrine Out is featured in the Stage 43 Theatrical Society production of the same comedy, on from Jan. 12 to 21 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

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