A musical portrait of friendship through three decades

Annie Barker, Kaitlin Feely and Ariya Hawkins, from left, in ''Vanities: The Musical" at Canterbury Summer Theatre, playing July 3-13

MICHIGAN CITY — Canterbury Summer Theatre presents the third production of its 2019 season, "Vanities: The Musical," performing July 3-13. There will be no performance on July 4.

The theater is located at 807 Franklin Street in Michigan City.

Based on "Vanities," one of the longest-running plays in Off-Broadway history and now a regional theater mainstay, Jack Heifner, the original author, teamed with composer David Kirshenbaum to musicalize Heifner's story of three vivacious women, who begin a lifelong friendship as high school cheerleaders in Texas in the 1960s.

The musical follows the three best friends through college in the '70s, and finally, as they reunite in the 1980s. it captures a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments, and dreams of these young women growing up during turbulent times, who discover that through it all, the one thing that they count on is each other.

"Vanities: The Musical" began life in California, where it originally premiered at TheatreWorks, winning the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Production.

After a run at the Pasadena Playhouse, the musical opened Off-Broadway in 2009, where it was directed by stage and screen star Judith Ivey, a Canterbury Summer Theatre alumni from the early '70s.

A new production of the show was recently produced in London.

"Vanities: The Musical" stars Resident Company members, Annie Barker, Kaitlin Feely and Ariya Hawkins, who were previously seen in "The Queen Bees."

The production is staged by Canterbury veteran, Lari Renee Leber, who returns as guest director for the production. The multi-talented Leber has previously worked as an actress, costumer and company manager for Canterbury, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in theatre at Louisiana Tech University.

Music direction is by John Berst.

Scenic design is by Canterbury guest designer, David White. The lighting design is by Macy Margaret Rupp, with costuming by Angela Mix. Mary Devillier serves as production stage manager.

Canterbury performances are at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $16-$17, with discounts for seniors and students.

Tickets can be purchased online at tiny.cc/CST2019, by phone at 219-874-4269, or by email at info@canterburytheatre.org.

Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, is produced under the auspices of the Canterbury Guild, a nonprofit arts organization, which also manages the Canterbury Winter Arts Series from September through May each year.

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