Women are Teaming Up and Taking Care of Business as Charleston Stage Kicks Off Its 36th Season with “9 to 5: The Musical” Opening August 30th at the Historic Dock Street Theatre
9 To 5: The Musical, the Tony-nominated Broadway Musical Based on the Hit 1980 Movie 9 to 5 is Set For a Month-long Run August 30 – September 21, 2013 at the Dock!
Charleston, SC August 15, 2013 – One of Broadway’s most outrageous musical comedies, based on the hit 1980 movie featuring Dolly Parton’s title song along with her Tony Award and Grammy-nominated score, is set to light up the stage as the grand opener for Charleston Stage’s 36th Season. 9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era that set the stage for such hits as “The Office” and “Mad Men”. Featuring a book by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay), 9 to 5: The Musical tells the story of three unlikely friends (originated by Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world.
With direction from Marybeth Clark (Associate Artistic Director), Charleston Stage’s new Professional Resident Acting Company will star in many of the leading roles: Katrin Murdock as Judy Bernley (the role created by Jane Fonda); Celine Keefe as Doralee Rhodes (the role created by Dolly Parton); Karen Yvette as Roz Keith, Mr. Hart’s “administrative eyes, ears, nose, and throat”; Jacob Dickey as Dwayne Rhodes, Doralee’s adoring husband; Jesse Siak as Joe, Violet’s office crush; George Dippold as Mr. Tinsworthy, the head honcho at Consolidated; and Aaron Hancock as Bob Enright, Hart’s office toady. Local veteran actors Becca Anderson will star as Violet Newstead (the role created by Lily Tomlin) and Kyle W. Barnette will play Franklin Hart Jr., the boss you love to hate. You may remember Anderson in Charleston Stage roles last season as Mother in A Christmas Story and Berthe in Boeing-Boeing. Barnette is also no stranger to the Dock Street Theatre stage. Barnette starred as Captain Hook in The Original Peter Pan, as Richard Hannay in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps and has directed multiple Charleston Stage productions such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Steel Magnolias and will direct The Foreigner this Spring.
The ensemble features Lara Allred, Sean Bear, Prentice Clark, Sarah Coe, Beth Curley, Heather Hammond, Jennifer Hasty, Rachel Hunsinger, Beth Jones, Vinnie Mercer, Brittani Minnieweather, Alex Peeples and Ryan Pixler.
Emma Scott, Charleston Stage’s Costume Assistant, is taking the reigns on this 36th season opener, designing a dazzling, colorful costume array of 80′s office garb along side full-scale, stunning scenic designs (the ever popular xerox machine room and Hart’s “M&M” house arrest hold up) by Charleston Stage Resident Scenic Designer Ken Barnett. Cara Dolan, Resident Choreographer, along with Resident Music Director Sam Henderson, lead a live orchestra to bring this Parton Tony-nominated score to life.
“I’m always wary when Broadway turns a movie into a musical,” says show director and Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark. “But the beauty of 9 to 5: The Musical is you get the same great storyline combined with a Dolly Parton sing-a-long ready soundtrack, great dance numbers and a script that’s laugh a minute – tell me the last time Hollywood did that?!”
Featuring catchy tunes, lovable characters, heartwarming laughs and your favorite one-liners from the hit film, “9 to 5: The Musical” is a show not to be missed with a month-long run from South Carolina’s largest professional theatre company in residence at the historic Dock Street Theatre.
August 30th: “9 To 5: The Musical.” Presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street; Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture 9 to 5; Directed by Marybeth Clark; Musical Direction by Sam Henderson; Choreography by Cara Dolan; Lead Title Sponsor – Wells Fargo; Supporting Sponsor – Furniture Services Inc. 9 To 5: The Musical is a hilarious story about three dynamic women fighting their way through the ‘boys club’ workplace jungle of the “Mad Men” era. Based on the 1980 hit movie that starred Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda that set the stage for such hits as “The Office” and “Mad Men”, 9 To 5: The Musical features Parton’s Tony® Award and Grammy®-nominated score, highlighted by her title song, an anthem to the liberated working woman. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 To 5: The Musical is about women teaming up and taking care of business! August 30-31, September 4-7, 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., and September 1, 8 and 15 at 3 p.m. $38.50 – $57.50 for Adults, $36.50 – $55.50 for Seniors (60+) and $22.50 – $45.50 for Students (25 and under) and Active Military. Tickets available online 24/7 at www.charlestonstage.com. Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.
CHARLESTON STAGE’S 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL FACT SHEET
The Historic Dock Street Theatre (135 Church Street)
August 30, 2013 Fr/Opening Night 7:30pm
August 31, 2013 Sa 7:30pm
September 1, 2013 Su 3:00pm
September 4, 2013 Wd/Pay-What-You-Will 7:30pm
September 5, 2013 Th 7:30pm
September 6, 2013 Fr 7:30pm
September 7, 2013 Sa 7:30pm
September 8, 2013 Su 3:00pm
September 12, 2013 Th 7:30pm
September 13, 2013 Fr 7:30pm
September 14, 2013 Sa 7:30pm
September 15, 2013 Su 3:00pm
September 19, 2013 Th 7:30pm
September 20, 2013 Fr 7:30pm
September 21, 2013 Sa 7:30pm
Adult: $38.50 – $57.50
Seniors (60+): $36.50 – $55.50
Student (25 and under) and Active Military: $22.50 – $45.50
Teens and up
Tickets Now On Sale:
Order by Phone (843) 577-7183
Order online at www.charlestonstage.com
Group Rates Available: Call Allison Schnake, Director of Sales, at (843) 647-7365
Student Rush: College student tickets, with proof of valid ID, are $10.00 one hour before curtain (subject to availability)
9 to 5: The Musical Credits:
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture 9 to 5
Directed by Marybeth Clark
Musical Direction by Sam Henderson
Choreography by Cara Dolan
Scenic Design by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Lighting Design by Julian Wiles
Costume Design by Emma Scott
Properties by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Technical Direction by Paul Hartmann
Production Stage Management by Mercedes Coley
Lead Title Sponsor:
Furniture Services Inc.
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL CAST:
Character – Actor
Violet Newstead – Becca Anderson
Doralee Rhodes – Celine Keefe*
Judy Bernly – Katrin Murdock*
Franklin Hart Jr. – Kyle W. Barnette
Roz Keith – Karen Yvette Reid*
Missy/Ensemble – Lara Allred
Dick/Ensemble – Sean Bear
Candy Striper/Ensemble – Prentice Clark
Daphne/Ensemble – Sarah Coe
Margaret/Ensemble – Beth Curley
Dwayne/Ensemble – Jacob Dickey*
Tinsworthy/Ensemble – George Dippold*
Pam/Ensemble – Heather Hammond
Bob Enright/Ensemble – Aaron Hancock*
Anita/Ensemble – Jennifer Hasty
New Employee/Ensemble – Rachel Hunsinger
Kathy/Ensemble – Beth Jones
Detective/Ensemble -Vinnie Mercer
Maria/Ensemble – Brittani Minnieweather
Josh/Ensemble – Alex Peeples
Doctor/Ensemble – Ryan Pixler
Joe /Ensemble – Jesse Siak*
* Members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL ACTOR BIOS
Becca Anderson (Violet Newstead)
Becca is elated to join Charleston Stage for their 36th season opener of 9 to 5! Charleston Stage credits: Boeing-Boeing (Berthe) and A Christmas Story (Mother). Recent credits: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel , Theatre Charleston Awards – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Nominee) and Love, Loss and What I Wore with Village Rep and Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon) and Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche (Lulie) with What If? Productions. Other credits include: Xanadu (Melpomene/Medusa), An Ideal Husband (Mrs. Cheveley), [title of show] (Susan) and Awake and Sing! (Hennie). Becca received her Masters in Media & Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art & Design and a BA in Theatre and French from College of Charleston. Love and thanks to D, who she is thrilled to tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen and see every morning.
Kyle W. Barnette (Franklin Hart Jr.)
A Charleston Stage veteran, Kyle last appeared at the Dock St. as Cpt. Hook in The Original Peter Pan. Other Charleston Stage acting credits include Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay), Cabaret (Ernst), Twelfth Night (Malvolio) and Joseph….Dreamcoat (Pharaoh). Charleston Stage directing credits: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Steel Magnolias and the upcoming 2014 production of The Foreigner. Kyle is the Founding Artistic Director of Charleston theatre company What If? Productions where he has produced and directed critically acclaimed productions of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, Little Shop of Horrors, The House of Yes and The Practice Child and will helm the theatre’s fourth season opener Kimberly Akimbo debuting Sept. 26. Regional acting credits: Hearts Full of Blood, Bash, Durang, Durang & Durang (What If? Productions), Hair, Amadeus, Dinner With Friends, Macbeth, Dirty Blonde, Side Man (Playhouse on the Square; Memphis, TN) Quills, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Sophisticated Ladies (Circuit Playhouse, Memphis, TN). Kyle is also the Executive Director of the Charleston Horticultural Society. (whatifproductions.org) #WhatIfProd
Jacob Dickey (Dwayne Rhodes/Ensemble)
Jacob is ecstatic to kick off his first season with Charleston Stage as a Resident Actor! A recent graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre, he is proud to make his professional debut amongst such talented and passionate theatre folk. Some of his favorite past roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Paul in Kiss Me, Kate, Allen in bobrauschenbergamerica and Juan Julian in Anna in the Tropics. He would like to send love and gratitude to his family and friends for their unending support!
George Dippold (Mr. Tinsworthy/Ensemble)
George is elated to be performing with Charleston Stage as a Resident Actor in his first adventure outside of Virginia, where he recently graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Theatre & Dance. Favorite roles at JMU include: Matt (Red Light Winter), Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet), Santiago (Anna in the Tropics), Ralph Clark (Our Country’s Good) and Orpheus/ Cyex/ Philamon (Metamorphoses). He has worked with Clever By Half Productions: Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); and Empty Chair Theatre: Richard (Richard II), Sebastian (Twelfth Night). George wants to thank his wonderful family, girlfriend, and friends for all their love! www.georgedippold.tk
Aaron Hancock (Bob Enright/Ensemble)
Aaron is excited to debut at the Dock StreetTheater in such a fun, exciting show. He is a Resident Actor for the 2013-14 season with Charleston Stage. Regional theater credits include Gad/Baker (Joseph), Gabe Green (Breaking Up is Hard to Do), and Randy/Dave (Almost, Maine) with Newstage theater in Jackson, MS. He received a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Mississippi College where he was also constantly participating in musicals. He spent the summer of ’08 in Falmouth, MA performing with the College Light Opera Company as well. Aaron is thankful to have been surrounded by loving family and friends who support his passion.
Celine Keefe (Doralee Rhodes)
Celine was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and is thrilled to be joining Charleston Stage this season as a Resident Actor! She recently graduated from Niagara University with her BFA in Theatre Performance and BA in Political Science. Some of her favorite roles include the Witch (Into the Woods), Penelope Pennywise (Urinetown: The Musical), Gloria Thorpe (Damn Yankees) and Olivia (Twelfth Night) with the Live Literature Company in London, England. Celine would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support.
Katrin Murdock (Judy Bernley)
Katrin is incredibly excited to be joining Charleston Stage this season as a Resident Actor! Regionally, she has performed the roles of Wendla in Spring Awakening (Phoenix Theatre) and Petra in A Little Night Music (Theater Works). Other favorite stage credits include: Cinderella (Into the Woods), Little Edie (Grey Gardens the Musical), Lily (The Secret Garden), Mariane (Tartuffe), Woman 1 (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd). Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Katrin holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre/Opera Performance from Arizona State University. Many thanks to her family and friends for their endless support!
Karen Yvette Reid (Roz)
Karen is beyond proud and excited to be a part of this show and her first season with Charleston Stage as a Resident Actor! She has recently graduated from UCF with a B.F.A. Degree in Musical Theatre and has performed in various shows such as Ragtime (Sara’s Friend), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Grease (Teen Angel), Songs For A New World (Woman 2) and has workshopped several new musicals and performed in several of her own cabarets. She would like to thank her family and the entire Charleston Stage Team for their encouragement, faith and support. www.karenyvettereid.com
Jesse Siak (Joe/Ensemble)
Jesse is from Hendersonville, North Carolina, and is extremely excited and honored to be a part of Charleston Stage’s 2013/2014 season as a Resident Actor! Some favorite roles include: Narrator (The Rocky Horror Show), Steve/Randy/Dave (Almost, Maine), Aviator (The Little Prince), Bellhop (Lend Me a Tenor) and Jose (Man of La Mancha) with Flat Rock Playhouse. Jamie (Bright Lights, Big City), Buddy (The Mistakes Madeline Made), Ratty (The Wind in the Willows) and Bobby (The Boy Friend) with Catawba College. Thanks to my awesome family for all its love and support!