Next weekend, students in the Dawson County High School drama program will put on a production of “9 to 5 The Musical”, showcasing singing, dancing and acting by some of Dawson County’s most talented young performers.
Maggie Ewing, the director of the production, explained that the plot is based off of the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, in which three women work to overthrow their boss, a businessman who is involved in shady deals and makes his female coworkers miserable at work.
“The play bases off of 9 to 5 the movie with Dolly Parton; she adapted it for the stage and put her own twist with the songs so 9 to 5 her song is obviously in it,” Ewing said. “So it’s really a story about empowering women and their place in the workforce.”
Ewing, who is in her first year teaching at DCHS, said that this is her second play she’s directed at the high school but her first musical so she’s excited for that.
“I’m very excited; this is my first time directing a musical,” Ewing said, “and I’m pretty excited to see all of the students’ reactions to get to show their work.”
Ewing added that this production will feature a large cast of about 30 students, a testament to the growth that the drama program is experiencing.
“It’s a big cast — the program has really grown over the past years and I’m excited to see where it’s gonna continue to go,” Ewing said.
Jace Trammell, a junior at DCHS who will play the role of the boss Franklin Hart, said that this is the sixth production he’s been in and he can’t wait for opening night. According to Trammell, he and his fellow cast members are extremely excited for the community to get to see the results of all the hard work they’ve put into the musical.
“We work very hard to put on every show that we do; we put in a hundred percent,” Trammell said, "and I just want the community to see how much work we’ve put into this show cause it really is awesome to see the kids come together and do what they love.”
Jasmine Mote, a DCHS senior who is the stage manager for the musical, said that she thinks community members will feel a little nostalgia as they listen to the songs and watch the storyline play out.
“I feel like the community of Dawson County just really enjoys this type of show,” Mote said. "I feel like it’s like a breath of fresh air — and everyone loves Dolly Parton; we’re from the south so you gotta love Dolly Parton.”
Mote added that this is the fourth show she’s been a part of, and the music has made it one of her all-time favorites.
“I am extremely excited; I love Dolly Parton and so far this is going great,” Mote said. "The music is one of my favorite shows.”
“9 to 5 The Musical” will be at the DCHS Performing Arts Center, located at 1665 Perimeter Road, from Thursday April 28 through Sunday May 1. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday show will begin at 3 p.m.
Tickets to the show will be $10 for adults and $5 for students, and will be available for purchase with cash at the door. The Saturday show will also have an ASL interpreter for those who are hearing impaired.
Ewing said that this production is guaranteed to be a fun show for all ages, and she encourages members of the community to come out, enjoy themselves and support the students in the DCHS drama program.
“They have put in a whole lot of work; it’s a lot of new students and new talent that hasn’t been on the stage before, so we have some of our senior and junior actors that have been in a lot of different plays but a lot of our cast is very young and talented,” Ewing said. “And it’s also really fun; you’re gonna be sitting in the audience bobbing your head along to the music.”
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