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Spotlight On: Jane Dioguardi



Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast and crew of Calendar Girls. Get to know Jane Dioguardi who is portraying Lady Cravenshire!




Introduce Yourself to Our Audience:

I’m Jane Dioguardi, a retiree, stage mother, and a lifelong lover of community theater—musicals in particular.


Why did you want to be involved in this production?

I had so much fun being a part of “The Women” at CTC, and was thrilled to learn they were staging a production focusing on women characters—particularly us “women of a certain age.” It’s wonderful to be sharing a stage again with some former fellow castmates.

What sort of person is going to love this show?

Anyone with a sense of humor and a heart! Come expecting to laugh and cry.


What do you love about your character?

Lady Cravenshire is so over the top in her cluelessness and misplaced sense of self importance. This will be my fourth consecutive New Britain community theater performance in a bit part as a loony old bat!


Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?

“…but the lightness of that sponge! Is there a thing, a technique how you got that?”

As a baker of over sixty years, I love the way it sets the character Chris up to babble on about her absolute ignorance of baking, while pretending to be knowledgeable.


Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?

The artistically gifted JoAnn DeWind, who is lending her talents to our set, and who always lights up any stage she performs on.


What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?

I just take a deep breath and get ready to have a good time chewing the scenery!


What’s going to surprise people about this show?

That there are so many phenomenally talented people here in our community!


Calendar Girls opens March 8th and runs through March 24th at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!


“It’s a show full of poignant moments – about friendship, determination and hope; about loss in many forms; about the importance of acceptance; about knowing when to let go. But it also offers plenty of humour, as the six friends and WI members decide to pose nude for a calendar” – Liverpool Daily Post