July 11--Friday at 8:30 p.m., the curtain will rise on The Point Theatre's summer musical production, "9 to 5: The Musical," and Lorenzo Nichols, the theater's artistic director, said it's a production that people of all ages will enjoy.
Nichols said many in the audience will be familiar with the 1980 blockbuster film on which the musical is based. The movie, "9 to 5," starred Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda opposite Dabney Coleman, and its hilarious plot was hailed as a vehicle that married comedy with the feminist movement that had swept throughout the U.S.
Parton, who wrote and performed the theme song for the film, also penned the music and lyrics for the musical on which the movie is based.
"'9 to 5: The Musical' was a new musical that had just become available. And for the demographic that watches our shows, this is something they'll appreciate and relate to," Nichols said.
The plot thickens.
In the musical, as in the film, three dissimilar women -- Violet Newstead, a dedicated, no-nonsense secretary; Doralee Rhodes, a buxom personal secretary with plenty of genuine skills in the workplace; and Judy Bernly, a mousy, recently divorced woman who must find her way back into the workforce -- work at a company called Consolidated Industries. Their boss, Franklin Hart (the role portrayed by Coleman in the film), is a male chauvinist who has lost his moral compass. The women become fast friends, and their mutual The women become fast friends, and their mutual distrust and dislike for their boss creates a bond that hatches a plot of revenge. Naturally, hilarity ensues.
The theme shines a spotlight on how far women have come in the workforce, Nichols said.
"It's really important for this community and it's a good time for them to reflect on how far we've come and how we treat each other in the workplace ... that movie is a real snapshot of time," Nichols said.
Performance are at 8:30 p.m. on July 12-14, July 18-20 and July 25-27. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger, and $12 each for groups of 15 or more. July 14 is family night. All tickets will be $12 that night.
"There are so many things about the show that are amazing," said Michelle D. Mock, who is portraying Judy Bernly in the musical.
"The thing that I think is most special to me is the fact that you have several different types of women who all come from different situations."
Mock said, "There are a lot of stereotypes that are seen in real life. The play addresses them in a way that's comfortable for the audience."
Mertz, who portrays the misogynistic boss, said the backstory -- women's rights in the workplace -- might be lost on younger audience members.
"I think (the audience) will enjoy it. It's a little bit more of an adult show, so we're not looking for little kids to show it to," Mertz said. "I think there's going to be a good reaction. Everyone in the show is doing a great job."
At a glance
What: '9 to 5: The Musical'
When: Opening weekend, performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. On the second and third weekends, performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Point Theatre, 120 Point Theatre Road S., Ingram
Tickets: $20 for adults, $12 for youth 12 and younger. Group rates are available. Seating is reserved.
Info: Call 367-5121 or visit www.hcaf.com.
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