USM Theatre Students Present ‘Reasons to be Pretty’

1/30/2014 12:00:00 AM

7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 7 & 8 | Xavier Theatre 

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary theatre program is presenting “Reasons to be Pretty,” Neil LaBute’s barbed look at society’s fixation on physical beauty, as this year’s USM student-run production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, through Saturday, Feb. 8, in Xavier Theatre on the USM main campus in Leavenworth at 4100 South 4th Street.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and can be purchased in advance by calling 913-758-6152. “Reasons to be Pretty” is not suitable for children.

“Reasons to be Pretty” revolves around an off-handed remark about a woman’s pretty face and the havoc that comment wreaks on a couple and, ultimately, their circle of friends.

LaBute’s play premiered in 2008 and debuted on Broadway a year later. It was nominated for three Tony Awards.

The USM production of “Reasons to be Pretty” is the 2014 entry in USM’s annual tradition of student productions, which are unique within the Saint Mary theatre season because the students produce the play entirely themselves. They select which work they will perform, and choose a director from among their ranks, who in turn selects the cast, a set designer, and other technical positions.

“The theatre faculty believes that in life, it is important for everyone to know how and when to lead and how and when to follow,” said Van Ibsen, director of USM’s theatre program. “The student production provides a healthy role reversal: the students assume the leadership and the faculty serve as consultants. Faculty also feel it is important for the theatre program to offer its students an opportunity to experience all aspects of mounting a production in an environment that allows them not only to put theory into practice but more importantly, allows them the freedom to take risks without fear—both valuable experiences for a life in the theatre.”

Anthony Clouse, a sophomore from Leavenworth, Kan., and the director of this year’s student production, said “Reasons to be Pretty” was chosen by the theatre students because “it tells a story involving insecurities that almost everyone struggles with… As the director, I hope that everyone can relate to a moment in the show and realize that as humans, we all come from the same place and struggle with the same things.”

The cast and crew of the play includes several Saint Mary students from the local area, including Sarah Cronkleton-Kidd, of Gladstone, Mo., Amanda Jacobs, of Leavenworth, Kan., Jasmin Crowder, of Leavenworth, Kan., and Sarah DaMetz, of Lansing, Kan.

Call 913-758-6152 for more information or to reserve tickets for “Reasons to be Pretty.”