9 to 5

Date 7th October 2017
Society Alcester Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Type of Production Musical
Director Bev Hatton
Assistant Director Julie Sterenberg
Musical Director / Orchestral Director Paul Alexander / Joe George
Choreographer Emma Nicholson

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Author: Andy Brown

The musical 9 to 5 is based on the film of the same name with music by Dolly Parton. The first act opens with the title song which was well done and with energy and from then on the show did not disappoint.

The plot hinges around three members of staff who get together while working for their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigoted boss (Franklin Hart) superbly played by Mark Williams.

The story tells us how these three employees, Doralee (long suffering secretary) played by Cassie Brace, Violet (senior supervisor) played by Debbie Salkeld and the new employee Judy played by Hayley Willis bring down the boss as well as his personal assistant (Roz) played by Kay Foster.

All five of these cast members acted and sang their way through the show with great enthusiasm and they were all equally convincing. There were some great comical moments, almost too many to highlight one specially.  

The story shows each of the three employees living out their fantasy to get revenge on the boss. Each of these were equally well done especially the deranged Snow White. This was followed by Violet accidently mixing up rat poison with creamer for Hart’s coffee. Rushing to hospital the three believe he is dead but he is not and they end up taking him and imprisoning him in his home whilst his wife is away. They are now able to make changes in the office involving other supporting members of the cast including Rachel Philipot as Margaret, Andrew Sutton as Joe and Sarah Roberts as Kathy.

The band were well balanced under the trusted leadership on the night of Joe George. The cast had clearly rehearsed the numbers well when lead by the Paul Alexander. Emma Nicholson’s choreography involving the whole cast was equally well done.

The set changes and the lighting were equally effective and managed well.

It was a pleasure to join the company on the final night of this production. The family and friends who waited to meet cast members after the final curtain represented the appreciation of an audience who I am sure enjoyed the show as much as I did.

Congratulations to director Bev Hatton and her assistant Julie Sterenberg and all involved.

I look forward to seeing all again at My Fair Lady next October.