Calendar Girls take to stage

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Baring almost all will be especially scary for one of the six leads in Queenstown’s production of Calendar Girls.

For Nicky Busst – playing the downtrodden Ruth in Remarkable Theatre’s version of the popular English play – tonight’s opening will be her first stage appearance.

“It’s not nudity, it’s the art of concealment, but it’s definitely probably more than I anticipated,” she says.

Busst – who recalls as a youngster being dragged along to shows and rehearsals in Britain by her father – says she never expected a lead role.

“I’d never auditioned for anything before.

“But by auditioning I hoped to be taken seriously enough to get a role backstage so I could watch and learn from the professionals and take the plunge the next time,” Busst says.

“It took me a while to agree to accept it but I’m really pleased I did, it’s been amazing.”

Mother-of-two Busst, 38, says her dad’s been helpful with tips and advice and fellow cast members have also been very supportive.

“I’ve learnt a tremendous amount.

“It might be amateur dramatics but Queenstown doesn’t do anything amateurish – the standard and the professionalism is outstanding,” Busst says.

Calendar Girls is on at the Queenstown Memorial Centre at 8pm tonight and tomorrow and on Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.