Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 9: Carole Preston

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In Part 9 of a series of interviews with The Playwright, Director, and cast of Calendar Girls at McLean Community Players meet Carole Preston.

Carole Preston
Carole Preston.

Joel: Tell our readers where they may have seen you on local stages.

Carole: I have performed with The Vienna Community Players, Silver Spring Stage, Cedar Lane Stage, The British Players, Reston Community Players, Vpstart Crow Productions, Chevy Chase Players.

Tell us about the character you play and how you relate to her. Does this character  have any of your personality or character traits?

My character, Marie, seems very rigid and bossy, but it comes from her insecurities. I definitely have some of the same insecurities, however, I deal with them differently.

What has been the most fun playing this character?

The fact that Marie is the “outsider” and is constantly being frustrated by the Calendar Girls.

What have been some of the challenges you have had preparing for your role and how did your director help you with these challenges?

Marie goes through a transformation at the end, and I was having trouble making and understand the shift. Talking it out with Bob was extremely helpful in making the transition.

Which character in the show is most like you, and why?

I guess I have a bit of a combination. Ruth’s shyness, Annie’s sense of responsibility, and Chris’s inability to bake cakes!

What do you admire most about your fellow cast members?

Their talent, and ability to work together so well as an ensemble. Also, how incredibly nice they are!

What do you want audiences to take with them after watching you perform in Calendar Girls?

A deeper understanding of true friendship, and of course, I want them to have fun.

If you were a Calendar Girl, what would your page look like, and which month would you be and why?

I would be June when everything is in bloom, and there would be lots of colorful flowers.

What is your favorite line that your character says? What is your favorite line that another character says?

My favorite line is: “This is you, naked behind a fruit loaf?” I love Annie’s line; “At this age, this is as high as my teacups go.”

Calendar Girls plays from September 18- October 3, 2015 at the McLean Community Players performing at McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre – 1234 Ingleside Avenue, in McLean, VA. For more information, call (703) 304-3176, or visit their website. Tickets are available at the Alden Box Office, through OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111, or online.
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Meet the Cast of McLean Community Players’ ‘Calendar Girl’: Part 1: Diane Sams.

Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 2: Kathryn (Katie) Johnston.

Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 3: Liz Weber.

Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 4: Jennifer Levy.

Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 5: Jennifer Greene.

Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 6: Anne Megan Hilleary.

Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 7: Frank Gorrell.

McLean Community Players Presents Tim Firth’s ‘Calendar Girls’ September 18 – October 3, 2015.

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Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.