With big hair, big musical numbers and big talent, Warren Arts is bringing Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5 the Musical” to life on stage.
This musical is set in the late 1970s and is about three unlikely friends, Judy Bernly, Doralee Rhodes, and Violet Newstead, coming together to take control of their office and learning that there is nothing they can’t do. Once they are all pushed to the breaking point, they devise a plan to get back at their sexist, hypocritical, egotistical boss, Mr. Hart, in a hilarious turn of events.
“9 to 5 the Musical” began Thursday and ends on Saturday, Oct. 2. Performances are nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. with one performance at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance.
Kennette Dixon is one of the directors and plays the role of office leader Violet Newstead.
“It was a blast. Violet is a fun character to play because she’s kind of mean, she’s kind of in charge. It is fun,” said Dixon.
This ambitious musical was the work of a team of directors and all their hard work has paid off.
“There was a team of directors that worked together on it and luckily a team that worked together well. It all came together with such great talent in the cast it was a fun show to put together,” Dixon said.
Dixon acts alongside her daughter, Allie Morton, for the first time in this musical, and it was the highlight of the musical for Morton who plays lead role Doralee.
“I’ve never done a show with my mom before and that’s one of my favorite parts about it and just all of these people are like family to me and that’s my favorite part about any show really,” said Morton.
Morton embodies Dolly Parton in her role as Doralee and each musical performance seems effortless for her. She says she really enjoyed playing this role.
“I like the country, energetic, spitfire part of it. She’s just like all of that thrown into one and it’s so much fun,” Morton said.
Morton believes the audience will enjoy the musical because of the comedic aspects.
“It is funny. It is a fun show. There is always something going on. One thing after another, those three girls are crazy,” said Morton.
This musical stays true to the 1980s movie “9 to 5” and Dixon says she thinks the musical will go over well with fans of the movie.
“For the audience members who are my age, this is going to be like a throwback to the movie. It is very similar to the movie just with songs and obviously everyone loves Dolly Parton and this musical is written by her,” said Dixon.
Warren Arts is located at 5482 Manchester Highway. Tickets can be purchased at warrenartstn.com.
The next Warren Arts production will be “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in late October.