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Lycoming College theatre bursts into song and dance with production of “9 to 5”

Lycoming College theatre bursts into song and dance with production of “9 to 5”

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The Lycoming College theatre department will wrap up its 2022-23 season with “9 to 5 The Musical,” a musical comedy based on the 1980 hit-movie of the same name, with songs and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. This production will be directed by Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, Ph.D., associate professor of theatre, and will take place at the Mary L. Welch Theatre, March 29-April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase starting March 8, online at

The story follows Judy, Doralee, and Violet, three women from different backgrounds who all come together in a mutual disdain for their misogynistic boss. The three office workers refuse to be put down or mistreated, and fight back against “the guy” with song, dance, and over-the-top hilarity. The musical boasts a strong message of female empowerment, exciting comic characters and a whole catalogue of great songs created by Dolly Parton, who also starred in the movie. “This relatively newer version of the workplace revenge comedy is about women reclaiming power by raising their voices and standing up for their rights. The hearty message is amplified again for a new generation,” says Stoytcheva-Horissian.

The large cast features 18 actors, some of whom play multiple parts in the show. Leading roles will be played by:

  • Violet Newstead – Rachel Wright ’25 theatre major, criminal justice-criminology minor
  • Judy Bernly – Amber Fry ’24 math major, theatre minor, education certification
  • Doralee Rhodes – Gabby Abriatis ’25 criminal justice-criminology and political science double major, French minor
  • Franklin Hart – Douglas Dixey ’25 theatre major, music minor

Tickets for Lyco students and faculty are complimentary, but seats must be reserved through bigtickets ahead of time. General admission tickets are $10.

“9 to 5 The Musical” is based on the 20th Century Fox Picture, originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt in April 2009. The production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Lycoming’s theatre program is full of opportunities for practical experience. Students flourish as they explore concentrations in acting, directing, musical theatre, design/technology, and stage management. As early as freshman year, students are encouraged to audition for shows and become involved in productions. The curriculum combines practical training in every aspect of theatre with a look back at the history and literature that has shaped theatre as an art form. More information on theatre at Lycoming College can be found at:

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