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9 to 5 @ Lindenwold High School

Lindenwold’s 9 to 5 brings “Joy to the Girls” through its impactful message for women, empowering them to stand up and “Change It” when sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot men attempt to step on their toes.

9 to 5 The Musical, based on the classic 1980 movie, contains music and lyrics by Dolly Parton herself, with its book written by Patricia Resnick. The musical had a short run on Broadway, premiering in April of 2009 and closing September of the same year. It also took both US and UK tours, even running on the West End. The show is regarded as iconic by Dolly Parton fans, and it received 15 Drama Desk Award nominations and 4 Tony Award nominations. The plot centers around three females: Violet, Judy, and Doralee. Each woman has her own struggles in the office, many of which are perpetuated by their boss, Franklin Hart. What happens when their humorous ploys to kill the boss accidentally come to fruition?

Lindenwold perfectly encapsulated the theming of 9 to 5 in their rendition of the musical. Taking place in the late 1970s, the time period of the musical is of utmost importance to the storyline. Lindenwold utilized funky choreography, including hairography through their larger than life wigs, and perfectly crafted set pieces to represent the decade. The characters and ensemble all acted to intentionally create a 70s atmosphere, making the audience feel as though they had traveled through a time machine.

9 to 5 is nothing without strong leading ladies. Violet Newstead, played by Marisa Miller, embodied the spirit of a hardworking woman who is cheated out of the benefits of her work. Her low range and commanding presence dominated every scene she was in, and her dancing skills shined in “One of the Boys”. Shanik Leiva, portraying Judy Bernly, was effervescent and animated. Her character arc, expressed through her increase in confidence, culminated in a standout song “Get Out and Stay Out”, showcasing her killer belt. Doralee, played by Karina Moreno, charmed the audience with her consistent southern accent, persisting even through her stunning vocal ballads such as “Backwoods Barbie”. Their boss, Franklin Hart, played by Stephen Creitz, had the audience angered by his every word, personifying the villainous traits of his character. 

Perfectly contrasting the evil attitude of the boss, Joe, played by Jayden Coleman, epitomized the quirky aspects of his character. His soothing singing voice complimented his sweet personality, causing the audience to verbally “aw” at his lines. Roz Keith, portrayed by Lucero Jaramillo-Sanchez, created an uncomfortable yet hysterical ambiance in her number “Heart to Hart”. 

Lindenwold Stage Crew went above and beyond in this production, creating a set that transported the audience into each scene. The set, containing a two level office building and a multifunctional elevator whose doors actually opened and closed, was ingeniously designed to serve in many different scenes. The attention to detail in the set was also evident, with typewriters and office supplies on each desk. During an office transformation sequence, the entire set transformed to become lively, and the transitions between pieces were done quietly and efficiently by the crew.  

Lindenwold’s 9 to 5 has an energy that will make you tap your feet, bounce your shoulders, laugh like crazy, and root for three fantastic women to succeed. 

About the Author

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Program Director - FY20 Season


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