Founded in 1937, by Newfoundland and Labrador playwright Grace Butt, the St. John's Players is the oldest theatre group in the province. Since its inception, the group has been active in the local theatre scene with the exception of two periods of inactivity in 1976-82 and 2005-2012 The group returned to the local theatre scene in 2013. It is an amateur group and all are welcome. No previous theatre experience is required. See our listing in the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
Calendar Girls has become the fastest selling play in British theatre history and is based on the true story of eleven Women's Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
It begins when Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia and she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new sofa in the local hospital waiting room. The two ladies manage to persuade four other fellow Women's Institute members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar fundraiser with a little help from shy hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.
The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and soon hordes of Press descend on the small Yorkshire village. Even though the calendar quickly becomes a huge success, Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame