AUBURN — “Working nine to five … What a way to make a living.” Those words struck a chord for office workers everywhere in 1980 when Dolly Parton’s hit song and blockbuster movie comedy owned the nation’s airwaves and theaters. Almost 30 years later, Parton wrote 20 more songs and turned the hilarious story of friendship and revenge into a 2009 Broadway version of “9 to 5.” It received four Tony nominations.

Now, Community Little Theatre presents “9 to 5” for the third production of its 75th season. It opens Friday, March 13.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers (played in the movie by Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.

Sabrina Yocono plays Violet, the character originated by Lily Tomlin in the film. Jennifer McClure-Groover plays Judy, portrayed on screen by Jane Fonda. Rhonda Webber has the Dolly Parton role of Doralee.

Dan Kane portrays the despicable boss, Franklin Hart, Jr., played on-screen by Dabney Coleman. Renee Davis plays Roz Keith, Hart’s crisp but equally obnoxious executive assistant. She’s also the resident snitch.

“It’s all about the empowerment of women in the workplace, and although it takes place in the Rolodex-era of the late 1970s, the challenges still haven’t changed much,” said director Paul G. Caron. It’s all a bit outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic.

Caron said Parton’s music “has a country flavor without being too twangy.”

There’s lots of variety in the show’s songs, Caron said. One of them has a brassy style, and there’s plenty of Las Vegas glitz in another.

This stage version of “9 to 5” opens with Parton’s signature song in which the audience gets an introduction to each character. The early scenes feature dream sequences in which the girls visualize their revenge. Judy’s fantasy is “The Dance of Death,” Doralee’s is “Cowgirl’s Revenge,” and Violet’s is “Potion Notion.”

“One of the Boys” features Violet and the dancers in a Las Vegas-style number.

Kane’s rendition of “Here For You” exposes Hart’s smarmy and chauvinistic ways, and Roz’s tender feelings for Hart are displayed in Davis’s number, “Heart To Hart.”

The three women close Act One with “Shine Like the Sun” and a classic finale brings the show to a satisfying conclusion.

CLT’s production gives the full Broadway treatment to “9 to 5” with choreography by Adam Blais. Rebecca Caron is musical director and she conducts the show’s 11-piece orchestra.

The set focuses on the large company’s corporate office and the secretaries pool, as well as Hart’s upscale home where the girls dispense his well-deserved comeuppance in a hilarious turn of events. With Hart “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.

“9 to 5,” the stage musical, is written by Dolly Parton, with book by Patricia Resnick, who wrote the movie screenplay.

The large cast includes Jay Barrett plays Joe; Christopher Hodgkin is Dwayne; Cameron Gelder is Josh, and Lynn O’Donnell plays Missy, Hart’s wife.

Others in the cast include Heather Marichal, Sean Wallace, Britny Anderson, Mary Turcotte, Mitchell Clyde Thomas, Phil Vampatella, Aaron Louque, Anita Charles, Bailey Self, Ashley Gallagher and Katie Heffernan-Pecor.

Performances are at Great Falls Performing Arts Center, 30 Academy St. in Auburn. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, March 13-14 and 20-21, as well as at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Sunday matinees on March 15 and 22 are at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets go online to www.laclt.com or call 783-0958.


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