PREVIEW: 9 to 5 at Nazareth College

Just about every employee has been annoyed with their boss at some point.  But what happens when the employees decide to take matters into their own hands?

Based on the 1980 movie of the same name, “9 to 5″ tells the story of three career women, Violet, Judy, and Doralee, who join forces to combat their sexist, arrogant boss, Franklin Hart.  In a whirlwind of

Courtesy of the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department

Courtesy of the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department

hilarity, dramatic antics, female empowerment, and Dolly Parton music, “9 to 5″ promises to give life to the offices of Consolidated Industries.

 

Though you will not be seeing an exact replica of the original movie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, the musical will bring over 20 musical numbers to life and explore the struggles and successes of working 9 to 5. An incredibly technical show, “9 to 5″ also features over 50 scene shifts, a set comprised of over a mile of steel, and even a flying effect at the end of Act I.

According to director, Matthew Steffens, an international director and choreographer, Broadway performer, and film actor, “9 to 5″ is more than just an entertaining musical, because at its core there is a great message of hope.

“In the end it’s about having equal respect for people. And if you work together, you can accomplish great things…” says Steffens.

In addition to a musical promoting equality in the workplace, there will be a panel focusing on women in the workplace prior to opening night.  The panel will be held on Tuesday, April 18th in the Nazareth College Arts Center, room A14 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and will feature director, Matthew Steffens, Professor Timothy Kneeland (Chairperson, History and Political Science), Associate Professor Kimberly J. McGann (Sociology and Anthropology), Karin E. Eckert (Wardrobe and Wigs Supervisor, Geva Theatre Center), and Michaela Groth ’17 (cast of Nazareth’s upcoming production of “9 TO 5″).

“I thought it was important to do the panel because I always like to create art with a purpose,” says Steffens. “I hope it creates a dialogue across campus and in the community, that will not only talk about “9 to 5″, but explore the idea of what women’s rights are now.”

Nazareth College’s Theatre and Dance Department’s production of “9 to 5″ opens Friday, April, 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Callahan Theatre. With only one weekend of shows, performances of “9 to 5″ will also be offered Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $13 at the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office and are free to Nazareth students with a Naz I.D.



Madalyn Owen of Horseheads, NY (yes it’s a real place), is a sophomore communications and media major with minors in Spanish and theatre arts at Nazareth College. When she is not busy studying, Madalyn also works as a Student Ambassador in Admissions, as a stagehand at the Arts Center, and at Partners for Learning through the Center for Civic Engagement. Raised on classic movie-musicals, Madalyn has a passion for theatre and the performing arts, which she hopes will translate into a career in the arts communications field following graduation. Follow her on Twitter @madalyn__O.


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