Nine to Five: The Musical Based on 80s Popular Film Still Relevant in Today’s World

Take yourself back to a world where men held all the cards; a workplace where as a woman, your dress sense and sex appeal would take your career further than your education; a time where everything was far from equal. This is the world of 9 to 5: The Musical.

9 to 5: The Musical is being staged by Woodley Light Operatic Society at the Kenton Theatre from 13-16 of June 2018. Performances start at 7:45pm. It has been directed by Lee Anderson,  choreographed by David Parsonson and Patrick Naylor is the musical director.

The show sees unsuspecting Judy, looking for work after her cheating husband – the aptly named Dick – left her to fend for herself. She meets Violet who supports her, despite her obvious lack of office skills, and Doralee, whom everybody in the office assumes is having an affair with their lecherous boss Franklin D Hart.

Doralee is horrified when she finds out about the rumours, whilst Violet discovers that she has been passed-over for promotion for a boy that she trained! A mutual hatred for the boss pulls these three together to become an unlikely trio, setting the stage for a most satisfying revenge.

One hilarious act leads to another, and before long Violet is successfully running the business in the boss’ absence. What has happened to Hart? And how will the office fair when its out of town boss comes to visit?

Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 is a modern musical that premiered in Los Angeles in 2008 with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and features a book by Patricia Resnick.

The show opens with that famous Dolly Parton number ‘9 to 5’ and includes many foot stamping, toe tapping and heart rending songs including ‘Backwoods Barbie’, ‘One of the Boys’ and ‘Let Love Grow’ as well as imaginative use of video and a few words from Dolly herself!

Woodley Light Operatic Society was formed in 1968 after a local newspaper carried an advertisement seeking people interested in amateur operatics as it was hoped to form a new local society. The Society is celebrating 50 years this year with this show plus a celebratory concert at Coronation Hall in September and a cabaret style show, Woodley’s 50 Musical Years, at the Oakwood in December.

This show tackles issues that were very real to many women of the time in a humorous and entertaining way, ensuring that right prevails in a most unorthodox manner! Why not arrange a fun work night out and see for yourself how the workplace has changed?

Tickets are priced £14 to £16 and are available online from woodleylightoperatic.ticketsource.co.uk or from the Box Office by telephoning 0333 666 3366. There is no additional booking fee for tickets booked online. More information is available on the society website www.wlos.co.uk

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