Girls prepare to bare all for Beat It! Appeal

Woolpit drama club are putting on Calander Girls and donating �1 from each ticket to the BFP Beat It appeal
Woolpit drama club are putting on Calander Girls and donating �1 from each ticket to the BFP Beat It appeal
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An drama group is baring all as it chips in for the Beat It! Appeal with a revealing stage production of a classic feelgood comedy.

Woolpit Drama Club is putting on a production of hit 2003 film, Calendar Girls, with funds raised going to our appeal.

The play’s plot centres on a Women’s Institute group’s efforts to raise money by making a calendar featuring them in discreet nude poses.

Clare Baker, the club’s treasurer, said the group had picked the Beat It! Appeal as men’s cancers did not always receive enough attention.

“We knew we wanted to do something for prostate cancer and the appeal fitted that perfectly.

“Someone in the group has been affected by prostate cancer and this allows us to keep the money we raise local,” she said.

Rehearsals began in January, but Ms Baker said the cast were yet to rehearse the pivotal scenes in full costume - or out of costume.

In the film version, various props are carefully placed to conceal the actors’ nudity.

“We are rehearsing that in a couple of weeks and the men have got to leave the room.

“We’ve done it fully clothed though and it’s going to be very tasteful and we will make sure we are hiding our modesty,” she said.

The club expect to sell up to 500 tickets for the three performances, with a pound from each ticket set to go to the appeal and Barclays Bank matching that figure.

Ms Baker said she hoped the group would raise at least £1,000 for the appeal.

Woolpit Drama Club’s performances of Calendar Girls will take place at Woolpit Village Hall on May 9, 10 and 11.

Tickets are priced at £10 and are available on 01359 242196.

To donate to the Beat It! Appeal, go to our Just Giving page at

You can also send a cheque made out to the Bury Free Press Beat It Appeal 2013 to Bury Free Press, Kings Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3ET.

You can also donate by texting Beat59 followed by a space and your donation amount (e.g. Beat59 £5) to 70070.