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Sterling College theatre department opens Homecoming weekend with musical 9 to 5
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Sterling College will kick off this year’s Homecoming festivities at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22, with the comedic musical “9 to 5” that features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The musical, directed by Samantha Kennedy, will run Oct. 22-24, at 8 p.m. and Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in Culbertson Auditorium in Spencer Hall.
Based off the book by Patricia Resnick, “9 to 5” depicts the story of three women–an overworked office manager, a jilted wife, and an objectified secretary–who spend a night together having fantasies of getting revenge on their horrible boss by abducting him and running the business themselves. When a mix-up leads the women to think they have accidentally poisoned their boss, they hatch a scheme to protect themselves. However, when their boss shows up alive, their surprised discussion is overhead by a nosy secretary who relays the information to their boss. In a panic, the women kidnap their boss to keep him quiet and use his absence to make big changes around the office.
“The energy of ‘9 to 5’ is infectious. It is a wonderful comedy with heart. The truths that lie at the core of this musical are vibrantly exposed through the songs ‘I Just Might,’ ‘Shine’ and ‘Change It,’ which use our students’ talents to great effect. I, along with the cast and crew, am excited by this opportunity to share the joy of this message with our audiences,” said director Kennedy.
Tickets can be purchased from the box office from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 19-23, or one hour prior to each show. Tickets can be purchased from 1-8 p.m. on Oct. 24, and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. Advance tickets can be ordered online through Sterling College’s partnership with Ticketleap by visiting From the Ticketleap website, attendees can pick the area of the auditorium in which they would like to sit or choose the default setting of best available seat. All tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors. Doors open for seating at 7:30 p.m. on October 22-24, and at 2 p.m. on October 25.
The cast of “9 to 5” includes Abigail Pickering of Clearwater, as Violet Newstead; Kalie King of Corona, Calif., as Doralee Rhodes; Claire Zerull of North Richland, Texas, as Judy Bernly; Bobby Foster of Sterling, as Franklin Hart Jr.; Jordan Himes of Eureka, as Roz Keith; Matthew Purdom of Clearwater, as Joe; Marshall Carter of Ensign, , as Dwayne; Kevin Megginson of Norco, Calif., as Josh; Cassidy Woodard of Abilene, as Missy; Mishelle Kulick of Lake Elsinore, Calif., as Maria; Elijah Klein of Valley Center, as Dick; Katie O’Brien of Upland, Calif., as Kathy; Chloe Wootton of Norco, Calif., as Margaret; Nathan D’Antuono of Corona, Calif., as Bob Enright; Bryce Bassett of Cassoday, as Tinsworthy; Andrew Stansbury of Lorraine, as Detective; Lindy Smith of Sharon Springs, as Doctor; Alyssa Hershey of Wichita, as Candy Striper; and Brooke Shultz of Stafford, as New Employee. Joining Himes, Purdom, Carter, Megginson, Woodard, Kulick, Klein, O’Brien, Wootton, D’Antuono, Bassett, Stansbury, Smith, and Hershey in the ensemble are Alexis Engelken of Wamego; Dani Goldberg of Corona, Calif.; Kaitlin Nachtigal of Hutchinson; Micah Watney of Sterling; and Josh Williams of St. Louis, Mo.