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9 to 5

Date

10th March 2018

Society

Alloa Musical Players

Venue

Alloa Town Hall

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Kaye Finlay

Musical Director

Aileen Sweeney

Choreographer

Kaye Finlay

Report

Author: Elizabeth Donald

Lively, confident and engaging were my thoughts on this last night performance. Chorus and principals sang wholeheartedly  and harmoniously, matched with well choreographed moves. Taking to heart the role of Violet the overlooked secretary, was frirst timer with AMP Laura McPherson. She took command of the role and sang with authority combining sensitivity and compassion and being a calm foil to the arrrogant boss. Lesley Kettles captured the larger than life Dolly Parton role of Doloree, at first bewildered by office hostility then furious in reponse to the boss’s rumour that they were having an affair. Likewise Lesley Caldwell brought to life the hurt and damaged divorcee Judy who gained confidence to reject the returning husband. Alll three ladies were strong singers, blending beautifully in ‘I Just Might’ and entertaining royally in their antic and solos while under the influence. Meanwhile the object of their angst is boss Franklin Hart whose behaviour alienates and repels. Alan Musgrave took on this difficult role with assurance - conceit, deceit and lust oozing out of him. The one female who thought Hart could do no wrong was office snoop Roz. Alison Wright threw herself into the role, making her own the solo ‘Heart to Hart’ and fully deserving being sent off on a language course. Kevin Doherty as Joe, suitor to Violet, sang beautifully in their duet ‘Let Love Grow’. All were ably supported by minor principals. The chorus worked well and energetically in numbers like ‘9 to 5 and ‘One of the Boys’. I liked the set with its abstract shapes hung above office desks and the home scene - believable and apt. Musically the show held well together and the orchestra was well paced. With many memorable moments including the tragic - comic hospital scene, the company gave a performance to be proud of. Congratulations to everyone.