9 to 5 – The Musical

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Well done to everyone that auditioned. Here is the Cast List so far:

CHARACTER NAMEACTOR
Violet NewsteadRosalind Robins
Doralee RhodesEmily Foden
Judy BernlySusana Colunga
Franklin Hart, JrTBC
Roz KeithSophie Coad
JoeMatt Gardner
KathyTBC
MargaretSue Gaastra
DwayneTBC
DickTBC
Josh/JosieTBC
TinsworthyTBC


Rehearsal Schedule v2

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Plot Synopsis

Judy Bernly, a housewife whose husband has left her for his secretary, begins her own secretarial career at a huge corporation. Violet Newstead, a feisty, veteran office manager, instructs her on the perils and procedures of office life — and of working for Franklin Hart Jr., their chauvinistic, sleazy boss, and his right-hand woman, the crisp, nosy Roz.

Meanwhile, Hart’s endless attempts to seduce his happily married secretary, Doralee Rhodes, lead the entire office to think she’s a trollop. When Hart unfairly passes Violet over for a promotion, she finally realizes that Doralee is not as Hart has painted her and Doralee regales Violet and Judy with tales of Hart’s epic advances.

Later, at Violet’s house, the women smoke pot and concoct hilarious revenge fantasies — a rodeo hog-tie, a Wild West shootout, and a gothic Snow White scenario — about killing their boss.

When a mix-up leads the women to think they have accidentally poisoned Hart’s coffee, they hatch a scheme to protect themselves by stealing Hart’s body from the morgue. When he turns up alive, never having drunk the coffee, they must kidnap him to prevent him from blackmailing them or calling the police.

The women then use the occasion of their boss’ absence to effect some changes around the office.

Whilst this is a story of female empowerment, it is also highly comedic, and is definitely a “feelgood” show. With over 10 chorus numbers, dance content, opportunities for creativity in the 3 comic dream sequences and highly catchy numbers including the very famous title song.


Production Team

Co-Directors: Beth Flitton and Amanda Carey-McDermott
Musical Director: James Marr
Choreographer: Hannah Dare
Costumes: Ellen McDermott
Production Secretary: Sue Gaastra
Stage Manager: Lisa Young


Contact Details

Beth – 07827 840805 or via email

Amanda – 07989 549964 of via email


Audience appeal

This is a well-known film and show with the “Dolly factor” – highly comedic and hopefully with an appeal wider than the normal musical theatre audience.


Roles and Auditions

All principal and supporting roles will be required to audition (some of the supporting roles will only have acting auditions). Other named parts will be allocated based on an ‘expressions of interest’ process, with these parts cast as soon after the principal and support roles as possible to facilitate rehearsal planning.


Principal Roles

CHARACTER NAMECHARACTER DESCRIPTIONVOCAL RANGEPLAYING AGE
Violet NewsteadThe company’s Head Secretary; smart and efficient, a single, working mom. She stands up for what she believes in.Mezzo with broad vocal range
(D below middle C to top A flat)
40-50
Doralee RhodesHart’s personal secretary; a spirited country gal, warm and personable. Don’t underestimate her Barbie-doll appearance. (Dolly Parton-type)Soprano / high belt25-35
Judy BernlyMeek & quite proper, she’s the new girl; a little insecure but determined and hopeful. She has been burned by her ex-husbands affairsSoprano / high belt32-45
Franklin Hart, JrThe notorious boss; smarmy, pompous, his own biggest fan. He can fool you with his temporary charm but soon shows his arrogant, self-absorbed attitude.Baritone40-60
Roz KeithHart’s Administrative Assistant; company snitch who will do anything to win Mr. Hart’s approval.Alto30-50
JoeMale, cute, young, office accountant; smitten with VioletTenor30-40
DwayneHusband to Doralee; handsome, supportive of Doralee’s professional pursuits.Tenor30-40


Supporting Roles

CHARACTER NAMECHARACTER DESCRIPTIONPLAYING AGE
Josh/JosieViolet’s teenage child (male or female)18-19
MargaretSecretary; constantly drunk (not hiding it very well)Any
KathySecretary; the office gossipAny
DickJudy’s (ex) husband; average guy, a little less hair and a little more paunch than he had ten years ago.40-50
Russell TinsworthyCompany owner with the bearing of an army general50-60


Other Roles with dialogue

(subject to the expressions of interest process)

CHARACTER NAMECHARACTER DESCRIPTIONPLAYING AGE
MissyHart's wife; fluttery and ditzy, a bit clueless30-50
Maria DelgadoSecretary; young and vibrant (originates from South America)Under 35
Bob EnrightEmployee; promoted over Violet even though she trained himUnder 45
DetectiveDetectiveAny
DoctorDoctorAny
Candy striperCandy striperAny
New employeeEmployeeAny


Dance Troupe

Whilst there will be plenty of dance and movement for the whole cast, we want to include more complex dance routines in 3 numbers and will require a small dance team for this purpose. There will be an ‘expressions of interest’ process to be part of the Dance Troupe, and Hannah may arrange a specific audition for the troupe depending on the number of applicants.

It should be noted that it will not be possible to hold one of the female principal roles and also be in the Dance Troupe (but people who are in supporting and other roles are encouraged to apply).


Setting

  • Projection of ‘Dolly Parton’ video or audio (within the license) starts the show
  • Painted flats provide backdrop – 2 large windows with city scape
  • Simple set – all on one level with most of the action in Act 1 moving between the main office and Hart’s office, which will be set a front stage left
  • Only other location in Act 1 is Violet’s house e indicated by set dressing to stage right
  • In Act 2 the action moves between the office, a hospital corridor and Hart’s House
  • There will be a small number of moveable trucks to indicate different office locations (such as the kitchen, Xerox room and ladies bathroom), mobile desks and chairs, and mobile door ways which feature in Harts office and the toilet door
  • A key part of the set is also the static (and useable) elevator double doors which will stay positioned rear centre – to double as hospital ward doors/bedroom doors at Hart’s house

Costumes, Wigs and Props

  • Late 1970’s office dress – propose to source almost entirely from WAOS wardrobe or people’s own clothes
  • Guidance will be provided on the office dress which we plan to colour theme moving from a more neutral pallet in Act 1 to more vibrant colours in Act 2. We will source an appropriate selection from wardrobe to test alongside anything people want to try out to fit their own character
  • There are additional opportunities for some creativity and additional colour in 3 fantasy scenes (film noir/bar scene, cow girl and homage to ‘Disney Snow White’) including potential for re-use of ‘Magic Flute’ bird puppets for the Snow White scene
  • We expect chorus members to have up to 4 costumes – Act 1 office, Act 2 office, 1 dream sequence costume, 1 costume for Hart to Hart (to match Roz’s outfit)
  • The Dance Troupe will have additional costumes
  • Hair or good quality wigs to be worn in late 70s styles

Rehearsal Process

Pre-Audition

  • There will be 4 nights covering audition music prior to auditions Sunday 3pm 10th December
  • Thurs 30th will be a group read through of the whole lib so will be a great opportunity for those don’t know the story or characters to get a better feel for it
  • If anyone can’t do the Sunday we will try to make an opportunity for you to audition early – this is likely to be Monday 4th due to panel availability

General Rehearsals

In general rehearsal will be in the following pattern (until close to show week):

  • Monday 7:45pm – 10:00pm – Company
  • Thursday 7:45pm – 10:00pm – Principals
  • The last rehearsal before Christmas will be on Thurs 21st Dec, restarting on Thurs 4th Jan.
  • Show week is 8th -12th May – there maybe some Sunday rehearsals in April depending on progress.

Show Week Timetable

DATETIMEVENUEWHO IS REQUIRED?
Sunday 6th May 201811:00am at depot for CREW
1:30pm (tbc) at Band Call for CAST
6.30pm in theatre auditorium
7:00pm Technical Rehearsal (until 10:30pm latest)
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingCAST AND CREW
Monday 7th May 20186:00pm onwards - Dressing rooms unlocked
7:30pm - Dress Rehearsal Show
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingCAST AND CREW
Tuesday 8th May 20186:00pm onwards - Dressing rooms unlocked
7:30pm - Live Show 1 (finish around 10:15pm)
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingCAST AND CREW
Wednesday 9th May 20186:00pm onwards - Dressing rooms unlocked
7:30pm - Live Show 2 (finish around 10:15pm)
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingCAST AND CREW
Thursday 10th May 20186:00pm onwards - Dressing rooms unlocked
7:30pm - Live Show 3 (finish around 10:15pm)
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingCAST AND CREW
Friday 11th May 20186:00pm onwards - Dressing rooms unlocked
7:30pm - Live Show 4 (finish around 10:15pm)
10:30pm til Late - After Show Chinese Meal
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingCAST AND CREW
Saturday 12th May 201812:00pm onwards - Dressing rooms unlocked
2:30pm - Live Show 5 (finish around 5:15pm)

*BREAK to get dinner in-between shows - dressing rooms still accessible*

7:30pm - Live Show 6 (finish around 10:15pm)
10:15- 10:45pm - Crew (and any available cast) help set pack-down)
11:00pm til Late - After Show Party
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, WokingCAST AND CREW


Audition Form

 

9 to 5 Audition Form (docx format)

 


Summary of Audition Pieces

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Audition Pieces

Violet Newstead

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COMBINED SCENE (VIOLET, DORALEE AND JUDY)

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VIOLET LIB 1

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VIOLET LIB 2

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VIOLET SONG 1

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VIOLET SONG 2

Doralee Rhodes

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COMBINED SCENE (VIOLET, DORALEE AND JUDY)

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DORALEE LIB 1A

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DORALEE LIB 1B

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DORALEE LIB 2

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DORALEE SONG 1

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DORALEE SONG 2

Judy Bernly

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COMBINED SCENE (VIOLET, DORALEE AND JUDY)

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JUDY LIB 1

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JUDY LIB 2

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JUDY SONG 1

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JUDY SONG 2

Franklin Hart, Jr

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HART LIB 1A

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HART LIB 1B

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HART LIB 2

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HART SONG

Roz Keith

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ROZ LIB 1

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ROZ LIB 2

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ROZ SONG

 

Joe

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JOE LIB

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JOE SONG

Dwayne

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DWAYNE LIB

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DWAYNE SONG

Josh/Josie

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JOSH LIB

Margaret

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MARGARET LIB 1

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MARGARET LIB 2

 

Kathy

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KATHY LIB 1

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KATHY LIB 2

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KATHY SONG

Dick

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DICK LIB

Russell Tinsworthy

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TINSWORTHY LIB


Audio Files

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9to5_Backwards_Barbie_Singing

9to5_Backwards_Barbie_Tune

9to5_Get_out_and_stay_out_accompaniment

9to5_Get_out_and_stay_out_singing

9to5_Get_out_and_stay_out_tune

9to5_Heart_to_heart_accompaniment

9to5_Heart_to_heart_singing

9to5_Heart_to_heart_tune

9to5_Here_for_you

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9to5_I_just_might_accompaniment

9to5_I_just_might_singing

9to5_I_just_might_tune

9to5_Let_love_grow

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9to5_Notion_for_a_potion_accompaniment

9to5_Notion_for_a_potion_singing

9to5_One_of_the_boys_accompaniment

9to5_Shine_like_the_sun_singing

9to5_Shine_like_the_sun_tune