SPRING HILL — Tim Firth's British comedy, Calendar Girls, opens this week at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. Based on a true story, the adaptation of the 2003 film tells the story of a group of friends who decide to make an "alternative" calendar to raise money for a hospital. After Annie's husband dies, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They recruit four other members of the Women's Institute to pose nude for the calendar. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire.
The local production is directed by Sandy Penwarden and stars Emily Nettnin as Annie and Lynda Dilts-Benson as Chris. Other performers include Mark Burdett as John, Gary Depp as Rod, Paige Cetnor as Celia, Cindy Smith as Cora, Betsy Glasson as Jessie, Kathy Capelle as Ruth, Ellen Hutt as Marie, Cheryl Roberts as Brenda and Elaine, Pamela Baur as Lady Cravenshire, Anthony Agnelli as Lawrence, and Andrew Hackworth as Liam.
The show opens at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows continue with weekend performances through May 20. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 11, 12 and 18; matinees are at 2 p.m. May 13, 19 and 20. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 students. Call (352) 683-5113. stagewestflorida.com.