Tuesday, July 22, 2014

9 to 5

How do you suppose this could have happened?
Frank Hart reconsidering his reputation as
“a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot”
The year is 1979. Rolodexes, IBM electric typewriters, and Xerox machines are the state-of-the-art technology in the office. Welcome to Consolidated Industries, a sprawling international corporation with hundreds of cubicles and faceless workers.

Gretna Little Theatre presents the smash hit Nine to Five the Musical with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and book (dialog) by Patricia Resnick, July 25-27 at the Gretna Movie Theatre. Based on the hit movie (1980) 9 to 5 helped revamp office policies and promote women workers. A little bit rowdy, this production is a funny look back to suits and secretaries before Casual Fridays became Casual Every Days. 9 to 5 is a reminder of the fashion, manners, and the sexism of the 1970’s.

Rehearsal shot -- Deborah Price Moran,
Brenda Shelton Strickland,
and Penny Custer Waller, “Just Might Make It”
The featured roles of Violet, Doralee, Judy, and Frank Hart are played by Deborah Price Moran, Penny Waller, Brenda Shelton Strickland, and Dan Taylour. The rest of the company, Emily Carvatt, Claudette Collat, Johnathan Deshazer, Waverly Hubbard. Justin Janney,  Heidi Kopczenski, Sarah Miller, Matthew Pabo, Casi Price, Ashley Rayburn,  Phil Sterner and Ralph Wood,  is an eleven member ensemble playing fifteen supporting roles. And the Rhythm Company with Amy Woosley brings Amanda Farmer, Afton Richardson, and Paige Tribble into the show.

The show is directed by Janina Shoemaker, staging, and Brenda Velarde, music, with Tim Navis, accompanist. The set is by Charles Converse, wardrobe by Casi Price and Bunny Eanes, lighting by Jeff Bailess, and sound by Virginia Greer.

Tickets are $15.00 General admission, with discounts to students, seniors, and military, $10.00.  Tickets are available at the box office, but reservations (suggested) can be made by calling 434 656 3637.  Curtain time is 7:30 Friday and Saturday, matinee on Sunday at 2:30.

Patrons, don’t miss this show with many of your favorite performers.  And if you haven’t seen Gretna Little Theatre onstage, this is one to get to, for sure.


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