Zanesville Community Theatre Wraps Up 2013-2014 Season With “9 To 5: The Musical”

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The Zanesville Community Theatre's 2013-2014 season will come to a rousing close with 9 to 5: The Musical, opening this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a matinee show this Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

9 to 5: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five. The Zanesville Community Theatre production is being directed by Jillian B. Von Gunten, with Sheryl Wise as musical director and Jan Kiikka as producer.

Set in the late 1970s, the musical is a comedic story of friendship and revenge. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even. They conspire to take control of their company, and learn there is nothing they can’t do – even in a so-called "man’s world." 

The 25-member cast, backed by a live band, includes: Cindy Houpt as Judy Bernley, the timid newcomer to the office; Jodi Wolfe as Violet Newstead, the office manager in every aspect but title and salary; Tahnee Kay as Doralee Rhodes, the voluptuous but misunderstood blonde bombshell; Rob Cook as Franklin Hart, the “sexist, egotistical, lying hypocritical bigot” they call their boss; Amber Winland as Roz Keith, office snoop; Sean McClure as Joe, the co-worker with feelings for Violet; Phil Palmer as Dick Bernley, newly divorced from the hapless Judy; Matt Swingle as Doralee’s husband, DeWayne Rhodes; Sarah Gantzer as Missy Hart, married to Franklin; Michelle Robison as Maria Delgado; Lura Brannon as Kathy; Sally Goins as Margaret; Cory Roush as Bob Entright; David J. Kerr as Mr. Tinsworthy; and Jack McLendon as Violet’s son, Josh Newstead.

The ensemble who round out this large cast is made up of Sierrah Archibald, Stephanie Anderson, Katelyn Baughman, William Harris, Kara K. Kelly, Bambi McConaha, Terri Oakley, Scott Robison, Kari Scott and Pam Smith.

In addition to this weekend's performances, there will also be shows on July 25-26 at 8 p.m. and another matinee on July 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Audiences are advised that the play includes some mild language, adult content and sexual situations.

The Zanesville Community Theatre is located at 940 Findley Avenue, in the McIntire Terrace Historic District and is fully handicapped accessible. For ticket reservations or more information on 9 to 5: The Musical, phone the theatre box office at 740-455-6487 or visit