The musical “Nine to Five,” will debut Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s auditorium, and will also run Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2. The musical has been rehearsed for months and was directed by adjunct voice professor, Craig Allen.
The musical is based on a 1980 movie, and was recently adapted into a musical, with the music and lyrics by country music star, Dolly Parton. The plot involves a group of women who combat the sexism of their boss.
“I liked the story, and comedy gives us the worst of ourselves, but in a lighthearted way. It lets us laugh at ourselves and learn from it. It’s primarily a female musical, and we have a lot of talented females. We have the luxury of having a lot of talent here at Loras,” said Allen, about why he chose the musical.
Allen, who also directed the choreography, has worked on the show three times before. The cast has been rehearsing for months, but the hard work has been worth it. Cast members have often devoted considerable time and energy to their characters. Sophomore Angela Richardson has spent her days getting into character, even outside of rehearsal.
“My character Violet Newstead is a 43 year old corporate woman who is stuck, like many women of her time, between taking care of her child and taking care of the office. She is smart, and efficient, but doesn’t get the recognition she deserves because of her status as a woman. Together with Doralee, a spunky Texan, and Judy, the new employee, they over throw their tyrannical boss,” said Richardson.
“A lot of people have put in many, many hours of work learning lines, choreography, blocking, creating characters, creating sets, and incorporating props to create a fun, lively show,” said student director Benjy Miller.
“It has hilarious themes of empowerment. There is so much in this show. Craig has really done an amazing job in choreographing and planning the show,” said sophomore Lauren Bollweg, who plays a dead body in the show and is a part of the ensemble.
“It’s very timely, it deals with timely issues like sexism. It’s sincere but not serious. Everybody on stage has something important. It’s an upbeat and exciting show,” said Dr. Adam Kluck, the musical director, “There’s so much talent in the show. ”
The show is free to attend for Loras affiliated people, with an optional freewill donation. The Guild of St. Genesius will also be selling popcorn for $1 per bag.