Theatre students to stage play

“Some Five Women,” an original play by Northwestern College senior Shelby Vander Molen, will be presented in the England Theatre of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

Junior Megan Weidner is directing the drama in which five women explore independence, parenthood, growing up and discovering one’s true self amid a constant diet of parental, societal and cultural messages that set confusing expectations.

With a keen ear for generational communication differences, Vander Molen has written internal and external dialogue that clips along, especially when her teenaged characters are texting one another in loaded single-word exchanges.

Vander Molen’s cast includes a therapist, a mother and three teenage girls, one of whom is also a mother. Junior Denise Cowherd and freshman Jana Latchaw, playing teenage friends, will be joined by Orange City residents Margareta Maxon, playing a teen mom, and April Hubbard and Gail Marincovich, playing a therapist and mother, respectively.

Tickets for “Some Five Women” are free, and seating is first-come, first-served.