Vanities takes a look at the evolution of female friendships


Finding who you are through acting like someone else sounds strange, and well it is. Think about what your senior year of high school was like. If you can, think about what graduating college is going to be like. Where do you see yourself at thirty?
Vanities, an Alpha Psi Omega production, is about all these things. The story of three uber-popular cheerleaders and what their lives have to offer for each of them.

Vanities is being shown Thursday, Feb.  28, through Sunday, March 2, in the Black Box Theater in Potter room 106. Tickets are general admission, costing $4.00.

Grant Metcalf, stage manager and Missouri Western Theater and video major, views it as seeing the girls as they grow, and as they stumble through life.

To Metcalf, being stage manager means more than just reciting forgotten lines and making sure people are where they need be when they need to be there. It’s also an opportunity to do what he loves.

Along with Grant, Director Don Lillie, Assistant Professor of Theater and Video, keeps the wheels oiled.

“Twenty-five years ago I did this same play with completely different kinds of people. Doing plays like this [is] an opportunity for me to meet new people, and watch personalities blend into characters,” Lillie said. “This play is very character driven so the personalities of the character come out in the performance.”

Vanity is put on by a cast of four girls, one being a back up to all three of the main roles. Setting a landscape to the play, you have three girls that are best friends through the years. The girls mature throughout the play as seniors in high school, then graduating college, and eventually a final reunion when they are approaching thirty.

Just as Lillie said, seeing how the characters’ real personalities are portrayed through their roles in the play is always a great experience.

The first of the three main actresses is Amber Redmond who plays Cathy, the head cheerleader. Redmond finds herself playing the role of an over organized neurotic high school senior.

“This character is nothing like me, I’m not organized at all,” Redmond said as she laughed.

Next in line is Katherine Mick who plays Joanne, the rich, ditzy cheerleader.

“My character is everything I’m not, these are qualities I usually don’t enjoy in people,” Mick said. However, this doesn’t pose a challenge in playing the part. 

“Playing the role is easier, you can accentuate the parts of the character that you don’t like because you know what it is you really don’t like about that kind of person,” Mick said.

Last of the three is Molly Smith who plays Mary. Mary is the free bird of the group. Rather ‘boy crazy’ and free spirited, Mary doesn’t find herself caring about much of anything or anyone.

Smith found playing the role to be close to home, in some sense.

“Sometimes I can be slightly shallow,” Smith said. “The hardest part about this role is Mary despises her parents, where I really care about mine.”
Going back to Lillie’s point of seeing personality come out in character, seeing this play will, in Lillie’s opinion, make you really take a look back and validate who you were as well as who you really are.
“The play makes you ask yourself, why did I do that, or what made me act like that?” Lillie said. “People will identify with the play and see that there is potential for growth.”

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