The Antigo Community Theater will open its fall production of “9 to 5: The Musical” on Friday, November 4 and begin its two-week production with office storylines, hilarity, and even a bit of romance. The show, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit film.
Set in the 70s, the musical opens with a typical day at Consolidated Industries. Violet Newstead, played by Darlaen Jansen, is the main secretary and meets Judy Bernly, played by Peg Benes, on their first day of working together as she tries to figure out the Xerox copier.
Judy has no self-confidence as she is reinstated into the workforce after her husband, Dick (played by Cavan Kelly) left her for a younger woman. Judy confides in Violet that she really needs this job because she is now alone. Violet takes Judy under her wing to help her in the office. They meet Doralee Rhodes (played by Rebecca Stimac), who is the secretary of Franklin Hart Jr., the president of the company (played by Billy Roff), in the break room.
Doralee is pretty, curvy and has a lot of self-confidence. Her problem is with Mr. Hart, an arrogant, sexist and hypocritical boss who constantly harasses her with unwanted advances. Hart is married to a sweet but naive woman, played by Heather Roff, and Doralee is happily married to her husband Dwayne (played by Dennis Klement), who fully supports his career.
The three girls meet again the next day in the break room and all three have had an unsettling argument with Mr. Hart. They go to lunch to let off steam in their work environment and especially their contempt for their boss. Later that night, they each fantasize about revenge and quickly come up with a plan to oust him. From that point on, the story takes a lot of humorous twists and turns.
Other cast members include an office assistant known as “Know It All,” Roz Keith, played by Jodi Louwsama, who is constantly snooping. To add to the subplots, a young accountant named Joe, played by Chad Luerssen, takes a romantic interest in Violet, who juggles work and home as the single parent of a teenage son, Josh, played by Brennon. Brown.
The rest of the cast is rounded out by Kelly as the sleuth, with Bob Lomprey playing the chairman of the board, Tinsworthy, while Wayne Gagnon portrays Bob Enright and the doctor. The rest of the group of office secretaries include Leigh Brown as Margret, Lorra Mettko as Kathy, Sara Wurtinger as Maria, Anna Purdun as Molly and Burgandy Brockman as “New Girl “.
The musical is under the artistic direction of Molly Gums, with Hannah Oxley conducting vocals and Carol Schaefer as accompanist for the show. Elyse Snider completes the group of directors by taking over the choreography.
Performances will take place at the Volm Theater (Antigo High School) from Friday November 4 until Sunday November 6 in the morning. The show reopens Thursday November 10 to November 12 – all performance times are at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday morning at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at Neves Floors to Go, Furniture and Mattress Gallery, 710 5e Avenue, 715 -623-5203. Tickets are $ 10.00 in advance and at the door. Due to adult themes, this show is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
This hilarious story of friendship and revenge during the “Rolodex” era is outrageous, sobering, and even offers a bit of romance. Dolly Parton’s upbeat and energetic musical score is sure to keep you going and it’s a must-see sight.