Make sure to visit Weatherford College’s Alkek Fine Arts Center this weekend and let the cast of 9 to 5: The Musical take you back in time to 1979.
Women may not have had equal rights in the workplace, but Doralee, Judy and Violet take matters into their own hands when an overbearing Franklin Hart, Jr. fails to see their true value.
Naomi Henley plays Mr. Hart’s vivacious secretary Doralee Rhodes, Lana Robinson plays Violet Newstead, the long-time company employee who is continually passed over come promotion time, and Elizabeth Ramsey portrays Judy Bernly, a recently divorced woman thrust into the workforce with no experience.
Duncan Alexander is Franklin Hart, Jr., the boss everyone loves to hate. He spreads false rumors about having an affair with Doralee and takes credit for Violet’s ideas. With Judy added to the mix, the three women band together and see their fantasies of doing away with their boss appear to become reality due to a few seriously silly misunderstandings.
“Nothing gets the juices flowing like a work place fantasy,” said Director Nancy McVean. “From second class citizens they rise to the top of the company. It’s hilarious, great music and just plain fun.”
The stage production, with music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton, closely follows the plot line of the 1980 movie by the same name. 9 to 5 opened on Broadway in April 2009 and won 15 Drama Book awards and received four Tony nominations.
Production staff for the WC production includes music director Rob Laney, technical director Joe Nicikowski, choreographer Abi Abel, stage manager Salone Sasser, costumer Kristen Monroe and set design/painter Chelsea Cochran.
“The amazing college and community talent will have you believing you are on Broadway paying $100 a ticket to see this fabulous show,” McVean said. “This is a bargain you can’t refuse. Please, come support the talent in Parker County for an evening that will put a smile on your face and laughter in your heart.”
9 to 5: The Musical runs Nov. 19 through Nov. 22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Doors open a half hour prior to show time, and admission is free.