MC Theatre Department to present “9 to 5: The Musical” Feb. 23-25

MC Theatre Department to present “9 to 5: The Musical” Feb. 23-25

Dec. 19, 2017

The Maryville College Theatre Department will present “9 to 5: The Musical” Feb. 23-25, 2018.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (ages 60 and older), theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with identification. MC students, faculty and staff are admitted free, although a printed ticket is required for admission. For tickets, please visit the Clayton Center Box Office online or call 865.981.8590. *Please note: this show contains adult themes and language.

“9 to 5: The Musical” is based on the 20th Century Fox picture from 1980, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. The musical opened on Broadway in 2009.

“I grew up watching the movie that this musical is based on, and I always loved it,” said Dr. Heather McMahon, MC associate professor of theatre and the show’s director. “The performances by Coleman, Fonda, Parton and Tomlin are just perfect. Along with enjoying the acting, though, I also loved the idea of three women ‘sticking it to the man.’ I loved that they got their revenge on Hart, and I loved seeing a movie about three strong women working together to make their workplace more joyful, efficient and inclusive.”

McMahon said she chose the musical during the summer, before the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations started making headlines.

“When I chose the play, obviously, I was already aware that sexual harassment is still a problem in the workplace,” she said. “Reading the play this summer, I was struck by how little has changed. The musical is set in 1979, so the costumes, hairstyles and props look different, but the harassment the three main characters face in their daily lives won’t look all that different from what many women still encounter.

“Of course, what these recent news stories have done is bring this subject back to the forefront of our collective consciousness,” McMahon continued. “They remind us that these are serious issues and that no one should have to tolerate harassment of any kind in order to do their jobs every day. So, while this musical takes a comic approach to the subject matter, I also think it fits nicely with conversations we are finally having all across the country. The musical provides a great way to laugh, tap your toes and sing along – while reminding us of the real issues that await us outside the theatre.”

In a program that will be open to the campus community, McMahon, her cast and others will discuss those “real issues.” Representatives from Student Affairs, the Theatre Department and the Maryville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will offer programming that will educate students about sexual harassment in the workplace and the rights of workers.

The cast includes Kara Van Veghel as Violet Newstead; Sara Deatherage ’17 as Doralee Rhodes; Hannah White ’18 as Judy Bernly; Doug James as Franklin Hart, Jr.; Lindsey Lively ’19 as Roz Keith; Lenny Lively ’18 as Joe and the Detective; Kristian Moats ’18 as Dwayne and the Cop; Lucas Gasche as Josh; Molly Hamant ’18 as Missy; Roxanne Cabrera as Maria; Cameron Freshour ’21 as Dick; Allison Parton ’20 as Kathy; Suzanna Dye ’20 as Margaret; Adam Crandall as Bob Enright and the Doctor; Tom Ireland as Tinsworthy; Nicholas Mackey ’20 as the Intern; and Riley Hamant ’21 as the Candy Striper.

Ensemble men include Jacob Brooks ’21, Adam Crandall, Cameron Freshour ’21, Lenny Lively ’18, Nicholas Mackey ’20, Zach Massey, Terrance McBride, Kristian Moats ’18, Christopher Rodriguez ’21 and Blake Shepard ’21. Ensemble women include Brianna Bakoledis ’21, Bailee Burleson ’20, Diamond Cronan ’21, Suzanna Dye ’20, Molly Hamant ’18, Riley Hamant ’21, Anna Haynes, Allison Parton ’20, Evelyn Richardson, Mackenzie Strader and Haylee Wilson.

“I also have to admit that part of me just loved the idea of doing a musical with songs and lyrics by Dolly Parton,” McMahon said. “We probably all know the original song from the movie, ‘9 to 5,’ but for the musical, Parton has written another 11 songs that are just as good! Some of the new songs include ‘Backwoods Barbie,’ ‘Heart to Hart,’ and Change It.’ So with a script by one of the original screenwriters and songs by Dolly Parton herself, I think it’s safe to say that anyone who is a fan of the movie will also enjoy this version. Moreover, folks don’t need to know the movie to enjoy the musical. It doesn’t assume any prior knowledge!”

During the show, the Maryville College Theatre Department will be collecting donations for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and the Mountain Tough Recovery Team (the fundraising effort that was created to provide continued assistance and support to those impacted by the wildfires that devastated Sevier County in November 2016).

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.