Robert DeNiro gained a ton of weight for the lead role in Raging Bull, Demi Moore shaved her head for G. I. Jane, and local Amity student Alli Kramer spent many nights in a hair dressers chair having her medium brown hair lightened gradually until her entire head was the right shade of blonde to play the lead of Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde, the Musical."
The play offers many opportunities for everyone to shine, from Elle's three BFF Sorority Sisters who pop up out of nowhere to lift her spirits or give her confidence, to memorable little guest roles by teachers, security guard George Geane, or Director Rob Kennedy's father-in-law Bob Drobish.
Mark Iwanicki, who debuted at Amity in Chicago last year and was nominated for the Best Actor at the High School Musical Awards. Once again, he plays an attorney. Emmet Forrest is sweet and caring friend to Elle at Harvard Law School.
Amity Athlete, sophomore Nick Bottone plays Warner Huntington III, the jerk that broke Elle's heart, and the lovely Rachel Skalka plays Warner's Harvard girlfriend Vivienne.
Recent Amity transfer student Sophia Gall plays Paulette, the hairdresser with a heart of gold who dreams of finding her prince charming one day.
Bowen Kirwood has just the right amount of arrogance and sleeziness in his portrayal of Professor Callahan.
But the one surprising stand out with audiences at the first two performances, is football player, track and field athlete Ryan Shea as the UPS Delivery Man who charms his way into Paulette's heart.
He enters the beauty salon and with just four words, "I've got a package!" while he strikes a super hero pose, Shea wins the audience over too.
Those of us who've been around for Amity's performances for several years walk away saying, "What are we going to do next year when all these awesome seniors are gone?"
But year after year, we lose the greats like Ken Adair, John Jorge, Kim Simon, Jasmin Rebhun, Melissa Vernik, Jason Moon and so many more when other up and coming stars grab our attention.