Acting isn’t about baring it all emotionally, but being vulnerable and revealing enough to make a scene compelling.
That same thinking went into Woodford Theatre’s latest production, a 2016 “Women of Woodford” or WOW! calendar that raises money for the Versailles theater group.
The 14 women pictured (April and June each have two subjects) show legs and bare shoulders but nothing else. None posed in the nude.
All are business owners in Versailles, Midway or the county who were photographed at their businesses, said Trish Clark, artistic and executive director of Woodford Theatre.
“To me, it’s just celebrating life and who these women are,” Clark said. “What I most wanted to make sure is that we were celebrating the women of Woodford as business owners and as women.”
Proceeds from the calendar sales will raise money for the theater. “We need stage curtains so badly,” Clark said.
Clark wasn’t sure how the idea would be received when she posed it to a group of businesswomen during a lunch at Woodford Inn in Versailles. She need not have worried.
“They started giggling and laughing and saying, ‘We could do this’ and ‘We could do that,’” she said. “I couldn’t get a word in edgewise, they were so excited.”
When we got to the position of actually sitting for the photos, we were out of our comfort zone. But I kept my thought on promoting the theater, and that took care of it. And I was fine with that.
Emilie McCauley, Irish Acres Antiques
Photographer Kenny Smith of Kennydid Gallery of Gifts and Fine Arts in Midway said some subjects were apprehensive.
“They were thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m going to be on a calendar and I don’t even like to have my picture made.’ But I think the end result was well worth it,” Smith said.
Emilie McCauley acknowledged that she and her sister, Jane DeLauter, the owners of Irish Acres Antiques and The Glitz restaurant in Nonesuch, were “a little uncomfortable” with the idea.
“When we got to the position of actually sitting for the photos, we were out of our comfort zone,” McCauley said. “But I kept my thought on promoting the theater, and that took care of it. And I was fine with that.”
Cynthia Bohn of Equus Run Vineyards, a former IBM excutive, said she did a double-take when Clark proposed the idea.
“I’m normally a very conservative person,” Bohn said. “I grew up in the IBM world of pinstripes, heels and hose, you know? And when Trish called me, I said, ‘You want me to do what?’”
The project is inspired by Calendar Girls, a 2003 movie based on the true story of a group of middle-age women in England who raised money for leukemia research by posing for photos that discreetly obscured their bodies.
“I loved the movie and I thought it would be a fun thing to do,” said Rachel Vasilakes of Wildside Winery. “I didn’t have any qualms about it at all.”
Bohn said she was photographed as she sat atop barrels in a refrigerated area where the temperature was about 44 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Those barrels were cold!” Bohn said, laughing.
The calendar has been received well in the community.
“A lot of the people in the (Falling Springs Center) lobby that we’ve shown them to, they just love it,” Clark said.
The calendar also acts as a promotion for the upcoming production of the stage play of Calendar Girls. It will run for three consecutive weekends beginning March 4.
The “Women of Woodford” calendar is $15 and is available at Steppin’ Out Boutique, Addie’s at the Woodford Inn, Animal House Pet Hotel and Grooming, Marketplace on Main, Equus Run Vineyards, Irish Acres Gallery, Historic Midway Museum Store, Wildside Vinery, Le Marche, Icehouse Oddities, The Crushed Violet Fragrance Boutique, Sweet Lilu’s, and Woodford Theatre. To place an order, call Woodford Theatre at (859) 873-0648. A small packaging fee will be charged.
For more information about the Calendar Girls play, go to Woodfordtheatre.com/calendar/current-season.