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Madison Morris, Ashley Hull, and Lauren Onufryk, dressed for Drama Club's Spirit Week, star in the musical "9 to 5."

9 to 5 musical will "Shine Like the Sun"

"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'" will be echoing in your head after seeing Mount Olive High School's Drama Club's latest production "9 to 5." Based on the 1980 movie featuring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, the musical version of "9 to 5" originally premiered in 2008 and began a new run in London's West End in February 2019.

The story, which follows three working women, has several laugh out loud moments, as the women get wrapped up in mischief and a potential murder, all while fighting for equal rights and pay for women in the workplace.

The roles originated by Parton, Fonda, and Tomlin will be played by Lauren Onufryk, Madison Morris, and Ashley Hull. Mrs. Jodi Bosch, Drama Club Director, said she chose the show "9 to 5" because there is "a ton of talent to highlight, and this show highlights the outstanding female vocals. We wanted to do something fun, funny, nostalgic, and upbeat."

Hull, who plays Violet Newstead, said her favorite number to perform is "One of the Boys." She said, "It is Violet's big solo and the only moment in the show where you'll see her loosen up, dream big, dance a bit, and truly be one of the boys around the office. It is the moment where Violet realizes she can do and be anything; possibly even a female CEO. With my eight boys backing me up, this upbeat jazz styled dance number is nothing but a bundle of fun for us, and hopefully a show-stopping crowd pleaser."

Morris, who plays Doralee Rhodes, said "Not only does the comedy and iconic songs make this show incredible, but it sends an empowering message to women everywhere who are mistreated and harshly judged in our society and to take a stand and rise above it all."

Morris's favorite number in the show is "I Just Might," which features Morris, Hull, and Onufryk. She explained, "This song allows the audience to get an inside look on how these characters, as different as they seem, feel the same way. In this song all three of us sing together in a beautiful, powerful trio, and share our mutual feelings about a dismal situation, but somehow we can overcome it and turn out alright in the end."

Onufryk plays Judy Bernly, the frantic newbie at the office, who discovers her inner strength and potential throughout the course of the show. Onufryk is excited to sing "Shine Like the Sun" because "it is the first time the three girls truly stand up to their oppressive boss. The song gives them a voice and inspires them to movie forward and believe that they too, can shine."

Leslie Spinosa and Megan Bodmer are two dance captains for the show, as well as members of the cast. Spinosa said they had the responsibility of choreographing the song "Heart to Heart." She explained, "It ended up being a lot of collaborative work with the girls who are going to star in the number. We never did anything to this scale before. Having to work together and see what each person thought would look good in the number, brought us even closer together as a cast."

Bodmer agreed and said she hopes everyone will come out for the show. When asked what she likes about "9 to 5" she responded, "It is a very empowering story that is still relevant to today's society. It's a story that people should know."

Performances will take place on March 28th, 29th, and 30th at 7pm each night. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.mtolivedrama.com.

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