Menu
National Operatic & Dramatic Association
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

9 to 5

Date

4th July 2019

Society

Ripley & Alfreton Musical Theatre Company

Venue

Mansfield Palace Theatre

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Kristian Cunningham

Musical Director

Tom Bond

Choreographer

Kristian Cunningham

Assistant Choreographer

Charlotte Bond

Report

Author: Joyce Handbury

 

9 to 5 is based on the 1980 film of the same name and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton whose voice is heard in the introduction to the musical as well as at the end. It is set in the 1970’s and centres on the downtrodden working lives of three office staff, Violet, Judy and Doralee. They conspire together to turn the tables on their sexist, lecherous, lying and egotistical boss, Franklin Hart, and whilst he is ‘out of the picture’ they make woman-friendly and equal opportunity changes in the workplace. The three ladies hold the show together and what an amazing and awesome trio they were. Violet, a senior supervisor who is continually overlooked for promotion, was brilliantly played by Amy Wicks. She totally dominated the stage and her acting, comic timing and singing skills were exemplary none more so than in ‘One of the Boys’ - it was truly a top-notch performance. A difficult part to undertake is that of Doralee mainly because it is always associated with Dolly Parton, who originally played it. Georgie Bond stepped up to the plate admirably making the part her own, with two ‘noticeable assets’ akin to Dolly (I mean the hair and accent, of course!) Georgie was sassy and vivacious as she sexily strutted around the stage and her acting and powerful singing voice were both terrific. An outstanding portrayal came from Helen Perry as Judy. From being the downtrodden, recently divorced and insecure woman being forced to seek work, she magnificently blossomed into a strong, tenacious lady. Her tremendous acting skills were totally matched by her superb singing voice and her expressive and passionate delivery of ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ was exceptional. As Franklin Hart, Cameron Trail wonderfully portrayed the smarmy, arrogant, sexist and egotistical traits of the character. His lascivious, lecherous and lewd antics towards the ‘ladies’ were really quite unseemly but nevertheless played to great effect and eventually, he did get his comeuppance. Another fine performance came from Adela Green as Roz, who is infatuated with Hart. As well as having an excellent singing voice she brought out the comic elements of the role wonderfully and her rendition of ‘Heart To Hart’ was just fabulous. Charlie Torry was charming as Joe who so admires Violet and the duet with her, ‘Love Can Grow’, was so movingly sung. Excellent support came from those in the more minor roles and from the ensemble who were all, worthy of praise. The choreography of all the numbers was excellent and well executed none more so than in the scenes where the three ladies fantasize about how they would kill Hart. 

Sadly there were two issues that marred the production. Firstly the sound at times was distorted and the balance mix between the band and the performers meant that dialogue and song lyrics were sometimes ‘lost’ and there were also problems with mics and missed cues. Secondly there were issues with lighting as several times cast members, that should have been lit by spots, were left in the dark and as well, lighting cues were missed. This was a second night performance that I saw so whether it was something that went awry on this night, I do not know. This did somewhat distract from what was otherwise a most enjoyable, vibrant and excellent production from a hardworking, talented and enthusiastic cast. Many congratulations to everyone involved.