Middle Park theater students learn to make a living with production of ‘9 to 5 the Musical’

Middle Park High School seniors working tech and performing in "9 to 5 the Musical," take a moment to strike a pose, from left: Brayden Webb, Dominic Base, Connor Murdoch, Major Powell, Olivia Kendziorski, Victor O'Flaherty, Paddy Aither, Brooke Bailey, Bode Rehm.
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Theater students at Middle Park High School will perform their fall production, Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5 the Musical,” at 7 p.m. every night from Nov. 3-5. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for kids, with seniors and East Grand School District students and staff getting free admission.

With a book by Patricia Resnick and music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, the musical tells the same story as the 1980 film about friendship and revenge as three female coworkers make a plan to get even with their awful boss. 

The leading ladies will be played by juniors Sophia Gantt (Violet) and Abilene Yurich (Doralee) and senior Olivia Kendziorski (Judy).

Supporting roles will be played by seniors Connor Murdoch and Brooke Bailey (Franklin Hart and his wife), freshman Reese Kervin (Judy’s ex-husband), senior Paddy Aither (Violet’s love interest Joe), senior Bode Rehm (Doralee’s husband Dwayne) and sophomore Sabra Forquer (the office snitch Roz).

Office staff roles feature juniors Braden Burns (Bob Enright), Ashlynn Ferguson (Margaret), Macy Spiewak (Kathy) and freshman Vallie Mace (Maria). The other actors play minor characters and make up the ensemble: sophomores Nathan Chua (Tinsworthy), Jacki Martinski (detective), Tyler Maurais (nurse), Paloma Merrell (new employee), Gretchen Tracy (doctor) and 8th grader Adrien Brower (Violet’s son Josh).

The tech team includes seniors Major Powell (lighting director), Brayden Webb (sound director), junior Haize Garcia (stage manager), Bridget Aither, Dominic Base, Mateo Dytkiewicz, Henry Grissom, Kaylee Hoover, Victor O’Flaherty, Frida Rosas, Adam Zeleznikar, and Jacob Zeleznikar. Sophomore Jill Hamlin is the wardrobe manager and costume designer.

The production includes comedic adult themes.

Editor’s note: this story has been updated to include all the students in Middle Park’s production and a content warning.

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