Off and on, Dryden had a community theatre group for many years. Its latest comeback was in 2005 when Judith Hamilton brought together several interested folks to resurrect Theatre 17.
 
 
Their first production was called “Quilters”, a play about the hardships of pioneer families that came together, shared their stories and added to a community quilt. The actors in the play ranged in age from 9 to 90 and included a few local singers and musicians too. It was hard work but a lot of fun and the theatre group saw fit to donate the proceeds from the play to the local quilter’s club.
 
Thus became the pattern with all the shows over the years. The production Tony and Tina’s Wedding, a story about a large wedding, was quite a hit in a dinner theatre format and sold out all three nights. Fittingly the proceeds went to Alcoholics Anonymous.
 
For 2014, Theatre 17 is onto their biggest challenge to date.  Calendar Girls was originally a movie set in Yorkshire, England based on a true story about a community who each year sold calendars with pictures of local bridges to raise nominal funds for cancer. When the disease had come to claim one of their own the folks took to desperate measures and produce a calendar of themselves, without clothes.
Amateur rights for the play are approved by licence for a period of 18 months beginning September  1st, 2012 and Theatre 17 had the good fortune to receive one of those licences. Auditions were held in June for 11 parts. Thirty candidates auditioned so the decision was to go with two casts and 4 nights. And yes, there will be a calendar shoot.  Living up to their giving tradition, Theatre 17 is consulting the Dryden Hospital staff as to prioritize the type equipment that needed the most.
 
Calendar Girls – February 19, 20, 21, and 22 - 2014
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