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Calhoun’s ‘Vanities’ shares best friends’ journey

In Calhoun Community College’s production of “Vanities,” you’ll see three days in the life of three best friends — from high school seniors as cheerleaders in 1963, to college seniors as sorority sisters in 1968, to briefly reuniting as adults in New York in 1974.

“It’s a comedy, but it’s a bittersweet comedy,” Director Bill Provin said. “It’s kind of a coming of age story.”

When The Black Box Theatre opens its doors to an audience a half hour before show time, the actresses — above from left, Margaret Maloney, Jami Doyal and Emily Parks — will already be sitting at vanities on stage.

As they put on their makeup, they slowly make the transformation from an actor playing a part to a character in the play.

During the two intermissions, the cast changes on stage at their vanities and morphs into an older version of her character as music plays, chronicling the passing of time between the ’60s and ’70s. The actresses think the audience will recognize the characters as people they know and the stages they go through as true to real life.

“This is life. When you’re high school kids, you’re wanting (girl relationships) to be close, and people will relate to that,” Maloney said. “Then you go to having nothing in common and (in the last act), none of us being friends.”

The play contains strong language.

If you go

What: Calhoun’s “Vanities”

When: Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: The Black Box Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Decatur campus

Tickets: $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations, call 306-2693 or e-mail

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