Backdoor Theatre

7 May

 

Step back in time with the Texoma debut of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” at Backdoor Theatre!

“9 to 5,” a remake of the classic Dolly Parton film of the 80’s, tells the story of three women working as secretaries in the “boy’s club” office of the fictional Consolidated Industries. When the secretary trio sets out to get revenge on their cruel boss, they not only build a better workplace, but become the best versions of themselves.

With songs by Dolly Parton and direction by Michael Sherry, this witty production is full of spunk and heart.

The three leads: Jennica Lambert (Violet), Melissa Williams (Doralee), and Erin Murphy Sherry (Judy) do a fantastic job carrying the show. Lambert has a strong voice that easily conveys her character’s wry humour. She does a superb job of filling her character and making it her own. It didn’t seem as though she was acting, but instead she completely makes the script her own.

Williams is a good match for the Dolly Parton character, Doralee, and convincingly plays the outcast of the group. She does an especially good job of this during her solo number “Backwoods Barbie.”

Erin Sherry provided an outsider’s look into the office dynamic and showed the most growth throughout the show. She began as a meek newcomer and emerged as a confident woman, especially in her song “Get Out and Stay Out.”

Rob Kirkland does a great job playing the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot” CEO of Consolidated Industries, Franklin. Hart Jr. He makes this character completely unlikable, and shows off a good singing voice during his solo song “Here for You.”

The technical aspects of this show are equally impressive. Vibrant ’60s era costumes are ubiquitous, and there are a dizzying amount of quick changes. The set design works well and the attention to detail, especially in the office scenes makes the production come alive.

 Although, there were some minor opening-night technical difficulties, the cast and crew handled it with grace and great improvisation between Williams and Kirkland kept the show rolling.

The orchestra, conducted by director/choreographer Michael Sherry, does an exceptional job accompanying the show. Their flawless performance was the icing on the cake to an already great production.

“9 to 5” also points out many of the sexist attitudes and discrimination that are still prevalent today. However, the strong women leading the show, both the characters and actresses themselves, provide stellar role models for standing up for equality. This show is not only funny, but empowering for a culture that puts women as second-class while building confidence for future generations.

This show is perfect for both fans of the classic film and newcomers to the story. Both the acting and technical sides of the show are well done and the story is very relevant to today’s society.

Come see “9 to 5” at Backdoor Theatre through May 19. For tickets and information, contact 940-322-5000 or http://www.backdoortheatre.org

https://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/news/local/2018/04/29/nostalgic-fans-newcomers-show-enjoy-backdoor-theatres-9-5/563202002/

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