9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do - even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 to 5 The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era.
Cheryl Wilcox plays the super-efficient office manager Violet Newstead. Kara Pascucci, last seen on the MCT stage as Liesl in The Sound of Music, is the frazzled divorcée Judy Bernly. Felicia D’Ascanio plays sexy secretary Doralee Rhodes, the role originated by Dolly Parton in the hit 1980 film. Together, they turn the tables on their boss, Franklin Hart, Jr. played by Bryan Foster, who previously played Jinx in MCT’s hit 2012 show The Plaids. Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains otherwise engaged, the women give their workplace a dream makeover and rise to the top of the company that once looked at them as second-class citizens.
9 to 5 The Musical also features Jennifer Mixon-Eick as Hart’s secretary Roz and a talented ensemble cast including John Pabon, John Galjanic, Natalie Ehrig, Sally Punch, Susan Ambrosius, Xavier McKnight, Eric Buhyoff, Courtney Coburn, Abbi Smith, Vanessa Collins, Aliyah Sims, Kevin Sullivan and Zach Perry.
Making his directorial debut, veteran MCT actor Devin Clarke takes the helm of this outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic show about teaming up and taking care of business. Rounding out the production team are Fred Hundhammer (producer), Ann Hart (choreographer), Michael Edwards, (music director), Rita Irwin (lighting design/assistant choreographer), Bryan Foster (tech director), Karen Diehl (stage manager), Sarah Brignac (costume designer), Katie Scott (seamstress), Paul Buckley (lighting design/tech), Jackie O’ Neil (sound tech) and Kevin Sullivan (assistant stage manager).
The March 13 opening night audience is invited to join the cast and crew at a free after-show party to celebrate the start of the show’s run at the Middle Keys playhouse. All audiences to 9 to 5 the Musical will enjoy the annual Florida Keys Watercolor Society’s exhibit in the MCT Gallery. The art show is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm through the run of 9 to 5 The Musical.
Performances for MCT’s production of 9 to 5 The Musical are March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 (mat), April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. Curtain time is 8 p.m. There is a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Tickets are $25. Local’s Discount Night at MCT is Friday, March 14, when locals can save $2 off the ticket price. Thrifty Thursday and group discounts are also available. Student tickets are $12.50.
For tickets and more information call 305-743-0994, or stop by the playhouse box office located at mile marker 49.5, Oceanside, around the corner from the Plaza Grill. The box office is open weekdays from 11am to 3 pm, Saturdays on a show date and an hour before curtain time. Secure online ticketing is available at www.marathontheater.org
Marathon Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to contributing to and enhancing the cultural life of the Middle Keys. Membership is open to anyone who wants to support the activities of MCT through volunteer involvement or by contributions. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to Marathon Community Theatre, POB 500124, Marathon, 33050.