Gainesville Community Playhouse presents ‘9 to 5' musical


The Gainesville Community Playhouse production of “9 to 5” features, from left, Kelley Addis as Dolly, Britney Kelly as Doralee, Amanda Edwards as Violet and Leannis Maxwell as Judy, starting Friday at the Vam York Theater. (Ashley Crane/Correspondent

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.

It’s the fantasy of every disgruntled employee: wresting control from an insufferable boss and taking over the business.

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‘9 to 5’

What: Gainesville Community Playhouse production of musical based on the hit film
When: Opens Friday with a preview performance at 8 p.m. today, showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through April 14
Where: Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd.
Tickets: $16; $10 seniors for Sunday’s performance only; all seats are $5 for tonight’s preview
Info: 376-4949, gcplayhouse.org

The stars of the Gainesville Community Playhouse’s newest production do just that. And they sing too. The musical “9 to 5” opens Friday at the Vam York Theater.

This production, which is based on the 1980 comedic film starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, tells the story of three women in the workplace who band together to regain power and respect from their tyrannical, sexist boss.

Actor Katie Crozier-Theis, who plays Roz Keith, says this musical version retains the film’s original message of empowerment and women’s rights, but with a few changes.

“Our production is more diverse. We represent women of all shapes and sizes and colors,” she says. “It’s unique to find a musical with so many strong female roles.”

Matt Sherman plays Franklin Hart, the bigoted president of Consolidated Industries. He says this production features strong and compelling characters who perform uplifting and inspirational music written by Dolly Parton.

“It’s a feel-good musical,” he says. “Plus, I’m playing a rotten pig of a guy, but I’m having a great time doing it,” he says.

Director Rhonda Wilson says the message underlying “9 to 5” is one of empowerment and action against injustice.

“The message of this show will speak to anyone and everyone who has ever had a job or experienced struggle,” she says. “If you don’t like something about your life, you have to take it into your own hands and do something about it.”

She says this production, which opened on Broadway in 2009, speaks specifically to issues of women’s equality in the workplace.

“These women were getting tired of being treated as second-class citizens,” she says. “It’s about women’s empowerment in the workplace. They do the same amount of work. They don’t get the same pay or respect. Then they go home and run households.”

Crozier-Theis says she hopes audience members leave the theater feeling entertained, and moreover inspired to ignite the change they wish to see in their lives.

“They can take this message and apply it to their own lives,” she says. “You have the power to make a difference. You can band together with like-minded people to get things done. Make your life what you want it to be.”

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