Saturday, February 8, 2014


Do you still have the same close friends from high school?
For many cheerleaders, it was not uncommon for girls who were best friends in 1963 to have established a special bond that would permanently cement their friendship. Is that just a dream or reality?
At the Chanticleer Theater this past weekend, this friendship was explored with three seniors in high school who were cheerleaders during November of 1963.
Joanne, Kathy,and Mary gossip about the high school dances and the popularity, their boyfriends who are all on the football team, the girls in the band, and the important things in life. Homework is not a priority but mailing their college applications at the post office at the same time is so exciting. These three cannot imagine a life without each other. Will they be together forever? Of course.
“Vanities” is a three-act play focusing on the relationships of these three women portrayed by Corie Grant-Leanna, Mary Beth Slater, and Mary Trecek who excelled in bringing these characters to life. Between the years of 1963 in the first act, 1968 in the second act, and the final act during 1974, there were many social shifts and changes in our country which permanently affected our way of life. As these changes occur, will their friendship change?
“Vanities" written by Jack Heifner has evolved since its premier in 1976. Originally it ran on Broadway for five years. Since then it was reappeared on Broadway as a revival, been recreated as an HBO special, and recently been revised into a musical which is currently playing on Broadway.
Corie Grant-Leanna, Mary Beth Slater, and Mary Trecek were wonderful in their parts. Each perfectly stayed true to their character as age changed their lives. The sets, lights, sound, and overall support crew were excellent in making this seamless performance. The adapting of the set from scene to scene was enjoyable while still meeting the needs of the cast with memorable background music.
"Vanities" is written for an adult audience. Those who would most enjoy this show have an understanding of the changes in our lives between 1963 and 1974.

"Vanities" will continue at the Chanticleer Theater located at 830 Franklin Ave. in Council Bluffs through February 16th . Show times on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket costs are $20 for adults, $ 16 for seniors, and $10 for students. To make reservations call (712) 323-9955 or email
“Vanities” is a wonderful play about how people have change. If you have ever wondered about whether or not to attend your high school class reunion, you will definitely need to see “Vanities”,

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