Calendar Girls

With heartache can come good. When Annie loses her husband to leukemia, she and her best friend, Chris, decide to raise money for the hospital by making a calendar… in the nude. The biggest challenge? Convincing their friends to drop everything for a good cause. Based on a true story of 11 Women’s Institute members, Calendar Girls is about letting go, accepting love, and giving yourself permission to enjoy life.

Please join us in the West Lobby 30 minutes prior to each curtain for a pre-show talk presented by Playhouse staff.

Our safety guide has been updated and reflects these main changes: The Playhouse no longer requires masks to attend a performance. However, masks are welcomed! If it makes you more comfortable, please feel free to wear a mask. We understand that individual healthcare is a matter of personal practices and choices.

We do ask that:

  • if you are feeling sick, or
  • have a positive test, or
  • have had exposure to someone who has COVID

please call the ticket office and reschedule your performance. Our refund and exchange policy remains in effect: You have up to 7 days following your performance date to request an exchange or refund.

Please note: The Playhouse remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for volunteers and guests. Should circumstances change once again, mask mandates return, or the CDC alters their recommendations, we will follow the most stringent guidelines. Click here to read our changes as of Mar. 2, 2022.

Note: Streaming and video-on-demand rights are not available for Calendar Girls. This show will be in-person only.

Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays & 2:00 PM Sundays
John Viars Theatre
Run Time:
Content Advisory:
The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.


  • Lady Cravenshire / Brenda

    Karen Andrew

    Lady Cravenshire / Brenda
  • John

    Jim Benda

  • Cora

    Mary Bricker

  • Jessie

    Debra Garner

  • Celia

    Brooke Guinn

  • Lawrence

    Jacob Hayworth

  • Ruth

    Melissa Kellar

  • Chris

    Jolene Laning

  • Annie

    Preshia Paulding

  • Rod

    Charlie Reese

  • Marie

    Tammy Sposeto

  • Liam

    Oliver Thrun

  • Elaine

    Crystal Winklepleck

  • Director

    Kathy Pingel

  • Scenic Designer

    Tom Hansen

    Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer

    Jessica Van Essen

    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer

    Alex Snodgrass

    Lighting Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Jen Green

    Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

    Emma Norman

    Stage Manager
  • Assistant Director

    Nancy Darsee

    Assistant Director
  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Joy Mielke

    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Production Intern

    Noah Hackbart

    Production Intern
  • Artistic Director

    Katy Merriman

    Artistic Director

Show Credits

Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth

Calendar Girls is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel Frank, Inc.

Sponsored by

  • AARP