Love for 1980s works for young De Soto actress
As a self-proclaimed '80s fan, 17-year-old Mackenzie Lollar feels at ease in her role as Wendy Jo for Theatre in the Park's production of "Footloose."
"This is the biggest by far role that I've ever had and it's really exciting for me because 'Footloose' is one of my absolute favorites," Lollar said. "I'm a big '80s fan. I love cutting up T-shirts and stuff."
Lollar was sporting one of her cut-off shirts at Monday night's rehearsal for "Footloose," which will be the theater's last show of the season. The show will run July 27-29 and Aug. 2-5.
The Mill Valley High School senior who lives in De Soto has been performing for Theatre in the Park for about four or five years. "Footloose" marks her sixth show.
"Footloose" tells the story of Ren McCormack who moves to a town where there is a ban on dancing and gains the attention of the rebellious preacher's daughter Ariel Moore.
Lollar's character, Wendy Jo, is a friend of the Ariel's and a farm girl who doesn't know much about fashion, Lollar said.
"My character doesn't go anywhere without her cowboy boots and the only place she doesn't wear a hat is church," she said.
As a dance student at Le Dance in Overland Park, Lollar is no stranger to the stage. However, she saves her theater roles mostly for Theatre in the Park productions because they are easier to fit into her schedule. A production of "Bye, Bye Birdie" during her freshman year at Mill Valley is the only show she has been in for the school.
"After my freshman year I decided I would prefer to stay with musical theater in the summer and do other activities in the school year," Lollar said.
Her list of activities includes football manager, head wrestling manager, youth court, broadcast journalism and dance. She also helps with hair and makeup at some of the high school theater productions.
"I just have a lot of interest," she said with a laugh when running through the inventory of her activities.
With that many interests, Lollar said it was hard for her to think about where she wanted to go to college or, better yet, what she wanted to major in.
Right now her list includes Kansas University, Kansas State University and Missouri State University.
Lollar said she was thinking about taking dance as a minor or a secondary major, depending on the programs offered at the school she chose.
"If I don't end up studying it in college I am still going to come back and take classes at might dance studio," she said. "I'll never stop dancing. I'll always make it a priority."