Hilltop Players Season Closes with High-Energy Musical

Photo Provided From left, West Liberty University students Callie Carroll, Mary Hozempa, Hayden Heiserman and Glory Dami practice their parts for “9 to 5 The Musical” at Kelly Theatre, April 11 - 14.

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University students are staging “9 to 5 The Musical” this spring as they close another successful theatre season.

Directed by Melinda Kreisberg, Ph.D., the musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in Kelly Theatre. It continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12, 13 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

“This is incredibly collaborative show and involves students and faculty, from dance, theatre and music and the biology programs. We all work together to put on the show and it’s so much fun. It’s really a great West Liberty University production,” said Kreisberg, involved for 10 or so years.

Kreisberg is assisted by Professor of Music Linda Cowan (musical director), Assistant Professor of Theatre Meta Lasch (costume and scenery designer), adjunct faculty Jill Warren (choreography), Professor of Music Matthew Harder (sound technology) and adjunct faculty Shelby Garrett (acting coach).

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, the musical is based on the 1980 hit movie by the same name. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought provoking and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers make a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy, giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.

This high-energy show has a jubilant score and easily relatable characters, “9 to 5” is the perfect show for audiences who want comedy, nostalgia and social relevance.

Cast List:

Violet: Callie Carroll, Morgantown

Doralee: Glory Dami, Steubenville

Judy: Mary Horzempa, Pittsburgh

Franklin Hart: Hayden Heiserman, Brooke County

Roz: Amanda Tamplen, Charles Town, West Virginia

Joe: Grant Van Camp, Brooke County

ENSEMBLE MEMBERS

Dwayne: Jalen McCrary (Doralee’s husband)

Josh: J.J. Snider (Violet’s son)

Missy: Odessa Hores (Hart’s wife)

Maria Delgado: Lexi Glover

Dick: Daniel White (Judy’s ex-husband)

Kathy the gossip: Josie Jarrett

Margaret the drunk: Alex Burdick

Bob Enright: Isaac Cardot

Tinsworthy: Ben Moore

Detective: Doug Torres

Doctor: Maria Keane

Candy Striper: Rose Cunningham

New Employee: Kristian Slavik

Dolly/Narrator: Hunter Helms

Corpse: Shannon Shiflett

Others: Carly Balog, Autumn Carver, Zach Ziolkowski

Tickets for all Hilltop Players productions will be available through Brown Paper Tickets online and on sale 30 days prior to the opening of each production. For more information, call the WLU box office 304-336-8277.

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