Playhouse working ‘9 to 5’ this week

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Musical takes stage Aug. 1-4 in Lancaster

by Bailey Milhorn/For Carolina Gateway
The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will go to work with “9 to 5: The Musical” for the first time Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 4, in the Bundy Auditorium at USC Lancaster.
“9 to 5: The Musical” is based on the 1980 hit movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Parton. The story was written by Patricia Resnick.
In the late 1970s, three female coworkers conduct a plan to get even with their sexist, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. They live out their wildest fantasy while giving him the boot. They give their workplace a dream makeover and finally take control of the company that had always kept them down.
Director Joe Timmons said the show is closely based on the movie.
“It is a fun, quirky kind of play, with a lot of dance and music. It’s entertaining, light-hearted and fun,” he said.
The boss, Franklin Hart, played by Wayne Carter of Indian Land, is a good old boy/bad guy type of character.
Carter has been performing with the Lancaster Playhouse for 20 years and is excited about the upcoming play.
“The show’s underlying message is that you need to make a change if there is something you don’t like about your life,” he said. “It’s also a show that anybody can enjoy and everyone can laugh at.”
The secretaries are played by Jessica Dutton of Great Falls as Judy Bernly, Maureen Gogan of Charlotte as Violet Newstead and Genni Tiffany of Heath Springs as Doralee Rhodes.
Gogan, who reprises Tomlin’s role in the movie, has been acting since she was 13 and last appeared with the Lancaster County Playhouse as Doatsey Mae in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in April.
Her character Violet, the senior office supervisor, gets passed up for a big promotion in the company to a man she trained. Gogan said Violet eventually decides she has had enough of being treated unfairly just because she is a woman, and  realizes that standing up to her boss is the only way things will get better.
“The theme of the show is timeless. There will always be people who want to keep other people down. The message sent is not letting others treat you in any way you don’t want to be treated,” Gogan said.
Dutton, who plays the role Fonda had in the movie, is a recent high school graduate, who last appeared on the Playhouse stage as Rumpleteaser in “Cats” in 2016.
Tiffany, who plays the role Parton had in the movie, is a Playhouse regular. She played Vixen in “The 8: Reindeer Monologues” on Thursday night at The Craft Stand and “Jewel” in the Playhouse’s “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
The cast also includes Walt Adkins, Blaze Armstrong, Jessica Caldeira, Michael Capra, Wendy Cavallone-Ouzts, Isaiah Davis-Robinson, Katherine Foo, Eric Grace, Brenner Hartley, Beckie Johnson, Jordan Kennington, Heather Lindsley, Issac McDaniel, Brianna Peay, Catie Rowell, Donnie Sims and Ray Watts.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-4, with matinees at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 in the Bundy Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and older) and students and $5 for kids (5 and under), available online at www.lancasterplayhouse.com or by calling (803) 285-7451.