A beautifully performed musical

by Grace Dobson

Greensboro College’s theatre department struck the stage at Gail Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building with “9 to 5: The Musical.” Showtimes were from October 27- 29, at 7:30 p.m. each night. The musical, written by Colin Higgins and Patricia Resnick and directed by Perry Morgan, hit the stage in 2008. Originally a book written by Resnick, it became a hit movie in 1980 and then it took to the stage after that. The story takes place at Consolidated Industries where three different worlds collide.

The main characters are Violet Newstead, the widowed mother, Doralee Rhodes, a married woman working as the secretary to the company CEO, and Judy Bernly, a recently divorced woman looking for work. The industry is ruled by a pompous man named Franklin Hart. The three women united over a shared interest of revenge on their boss. The three main leads were played by Abigail Mowbray, Libby Snover and Emmaline Conlin, with Colton Sims bringing life to Franklin Hart.

The GC theatre department offered an energetic and emotion-filled production with “9 to 5.” From the costume designs to the set pieces, to the music and to the lighting sequences, the audience was ensnared. Before long, Violet, Judy and Doralee take matters into their own hands. These strong women join forces to get the justice that each of them, and the company, deserves.

This musical serves as great entertainment for all with its dynamic music and numerous plot twists. Beloved music from Dolly Parton pulls on the heart strings of many. Especially “I Just Might” in which the three women in separate settings share mutual feelings that pour into this devastatingly beautiful song.

“9 to 5” was not a performance to be missed, as was evident by the crowds that came to each night of the show. With the conclusion of this masterpiece, GC theatre looks forward to four more exciting performances in the coming spring semester. Be sure you do not miss them.


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