9 to 5


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9 to 5


Troupe 1096 is working 9 to 5 to get their new show ready for the approaching November deadline. Based on the 1980 film and with original songs composed by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is the story of three women who decide to make their fantasy a reality by getting rid of their sexisist, egotistical, boss and climb their company’s ladder. To some students involved in the show, this story and its characters couldn’t come at a better time.

The show, according to some students, seems to be the perfect type for a senior play and a chance to try new theater techniques, like double casting. Senior Tierney Brennan comments on these new techniques and how they will manage the large cast.

“This year we’re doing double casting, which is a really exciting thing. Mattson has talked about how he feels like there’s a lot of talent in the troupe and we’re growing, that’s why we’re having double casting for the main characters. I think being able to see the different spins each actor will take on the role and the story will be really cool,” said Brennan.

The show, which showcases a variety of different themes through song and dance, will hopefully draw in a lot of people from the community. Benjamin Mattson comments on its uniqueness and  his expectations for the show.

The music is all written by Dolly Parton, who played Doralee in the original film, which I think is pretty cool and has a draw with people. Ultimately, this show is a campy and fun comedy. The themes are important, but the show itself is highly energetic, flashy, and fun. I want to put on an extremely entertaining, uplifting, inspiring production celebrating the uniqueness of women, and the strength of coming together for a common goal,” Said Benjamin Mattson.

The show and movie has been done many times every since their initial release but the students involved in the DHS rendition are both excited and anxious to bring the show to life. Senior Sophie Hughes, a long time DHS thespian, comments on the high stakes the cast will be exposed to.

“The stakes for getting cut from the show will be really high. Everyone is going to be held at a really high standard for this show. It’s scary, but I think that’s what makes it so exciting,” said Hughes

According to many thespians involved in the show, majority of the problems featured in the show very much relate to problems people face in our society today. Brennan uses specific sections in the show to imply how similar the events in the show connect with ones in the real world.  

“Something that our director has broken down is that in the first parts of the show the three female leads are not really friends and they aren’t really supporting each other either so that really reflects what is happening today in the real world with gender issues. A lot of this really reminds me of the MeToo movement, there are plenty of people, even women, who are saying ‘oh you’re just doing this to get attention.’ The women in the show are an important representation of finding the strength of femininity and respecting each other’s individual womanhood ,” said Brennan

Even with the high stakes and political correctness the troupe will be held to, the cast and crew are finding a way to be excited for the show and the new friends they will meet along the way. Hughes comments on the new underclassmen and how they will be a viable source to the troupe.

“I am so excited to meet all of the new underclassmen, they are just so cute. Everyone involved in this show is really excited and has a really good energy and that is key to have when doing a show this large with such a large cast,” said Hughes

The large cast and crew of the November show will have their hands full, but the ability to represent larger issues and meet new people along the way through this play really speaks volume when talking to the DHS Thespian Community. 9 to 5 premiers November second.