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9 to 5

Date

10th November 2017

Society

Monklands Light Opera

Venue

Ebenezer Church Hall, Airdrie

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Steph O'Raw

Musical Director

Patrick McClair

Choreographer

Steph O'Raw

Report

Author: David Black

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton this musical comedy, based on the 1980 movie, comes alive from the very opening with its quick witted phrases, punchy tunes and an abundance of comic repartee set within a story of courage, conviction and empowerment.  John Bergin provided a great performance as Franklin Hart Jnr. the domineering and lecherous President of the company with Nicole Henderson brilliantly imitating the inflections of Dolly Parton’s tone as Doralee his assistant.  Nicola Frew made a suitably adorable and quirky Judy and Lucy Bonner provided the balance of pathos and comedy throughout her performance as Violet, the office mother hen, displaying some excellent dance and vocals.  Gillian Hitchon made a fine frustrated assistant Roz whose character was transformed in a rather raunchy dance sequence.  Clayton Wilson and Blair Wilkie were well cast as Joe and Dwayne and it was great to see Ross McArthur making the transition from the youth to the senior section of the club, playing the part of Josh with no difficulty. There is no doubt this production was well cast with all members of the company on stage providing full support to the principals and I am sure all involved in the production, including the production team, must be extremely pleased with the end result.