"A truly wonderful night of entertainment and I very much look forward to my next visit to see TFTR perform!"
Supporting local theatre is always an honour, so imagine my delight when I was invited to the Third From The Right’s (TFTR) production of Calendar Girls The Musical at my local Cornbow Hall in Halesowen.
I have seen this show twice before, once in the West End and then the touring production. Each time, I’ve absolutely loved it, and it was definitely three times a charm! I was blown away by the talent on stage and would wholeheartedly recommend a visit before it finishes on the 19th.
Let’s first talk about the cast. This musical is a complete ensemble piece, so if there is a weak link then the overall feel for the show is hampered. It’s a very good job then that the whole cast were superb. This show has many comedic moments, alongside many heartfelt moments due to the story centring around a grieving wife who has lost her husband to cancer and this was definitely delivered exceptionally well throughout.
Best friends Chris (Natalie Baggott) and Annie (Sarah Coussens) hatch a plan to create an “alternative” Women’s Institute calendar to raise money for the local hospital in order to furnish them with a new sofa for the relative’s room. Baggott was nothing short of perfection in her portrayal of Chris. Clearly a seasoned performer with many years of experience, you could tell that she belongs on a stage with many incredible vocal performances including her rendition of ‘Sunflower’ amongst many more musical treats. Equally, Coussens emotion was clear to see during Annie’s darker moments whilst losing her husband to this terrible disease. Again, there were some stand out vocal moments during ‘Scarborough’ and ‘Kilimanjaro’.