Published on 11/2/2016
North Central College presents “9 to 5” The Musical,” a comedy based on the 1970s hit movie and created by star Dolly Parton and the film’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick.
Four performances will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show.
While the musical features original numbers from Parton’s Oscar, Tony® and Grammy Award-nominated score, the story line centers on three female office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical and lying boss. In a humorous turn of events, Doralee, Violet and Judy live out their fantasies to “detain” their boss, then give their workplace a dream makeover and take control of the company that had kept them down.
North Central’s theatre faculty invited Jeff Award-winning Chicago director Scott Weinstein to direct the production. Along with Assistant Professor of Theatre Jermaine Hill, who provided musical direction, Weinstein rehearsed “9 to 5” as a professional process. “Students were treated like skilled actors,” said Weinstein. “They experienced direction as it’s done in professional theatre by those who are directing in Chicago and around the country.”
Weinstein has coached college students before, but this was his first project at North Central. “I love working with these students,” he said. “They’re intelligent, talented and naturally bring a lot of themselves to the roles.”
Choosing the right actors to play the main characters was important, he said. “The roles are iconic and, like the characters they play, the student actors have very different personalities and styles. Their characters didn’t get along at the beginning but their relationships evolved, making each other stronger. We wanted to keep the focus on what’s a small but great story between these three women: their relationship.”
“9 to 5” was ahead of its time, says Weinstein: “Its music and message are as relevant today as they were in the ’70s.” Issues of workplace sexual harassment, gender pay and promotion inequalities still exist, but “9 to 5” showcases these themes with humor and a fantastical story.
The cast is (role, name, town, year, major):
Violet Newstead: Anne Lorentzen of Sequim, Wash., a senior majoring in musical theatre
Doralee Rhodes: Carlie Sherman of Overland Park, Kan., a sophomore majoring in theatre
Judy Bernly: Miranda Harris of Normal, Ill., a senior majoring in theatre and musical theatre
Franklin Hart Jr.: Jack Morsovillo of Franklin Park, a senior majoring in theatre
Missy Hart: Sarah Beck of Littleton, Colo., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre and global studies
Dwayne: Alex Moerer of Waverly, Iowa, a senior majoring in theatre and broadcast communication
Roz Keith: Miranda Keating of Sun Prairie, Wis., a freshman majoring in musical theatre
Kathy: Michaela Foulkrod of Monroe, Mich., a freshman majoring in musical theatre
Maria: Bridget Adams-King of Western Springs, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Joe: Nick Miesuk of Yorkville, a freshman majoring in musical theatre
Margaret: Jordan DePhillips of Minooka, a junior majoring in musical theatre and marketing
Josh: Josh Dennison of Naperville, a junior majoring in musical theatre
Dick: Jack Lindberg of Batavia, a junior majoring in music and theatre
Bob Enright: Nico Salazar of Racine, Wis., a sophomore majoring in psychology
The crew is:
Director: Scott Weinstein
Choreographer: Danny Spagnuolo
Musical director: Jermaine Hill, assistant professor of theatre
Technical director: Peter O’Neill, technical director, theatre department
Master carpenter: Michelle Reaska, scenic studio shop foreman
Lighting designer: John Rippe, production manager
Sound designer: Andrew Butler, technical director/facilities manager for North Central Performing Arts Costume designer: Rachel Sypniewski
Stage manager: Stephen Kossak of Somonauk, a senior majoring in theatre and theatrical design and technology
Scenic designer: Tom Noesen of Naperville, a senior majoring in theatre and theatrical design and technology
Hair and makeup designer: C. J Chezem of Warrenville, a sophomore majoring in theatrical design and technology
Master electrician: Sara Monteleone of West Chicago, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre and theatrical design and technology
Props master: April Newman of Monmouth, a senior majoring in musical theatre
These upcoming events are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).