Valdosta Daily Times

August 1, 2013

Working over time

Theatre Guild works after hours to bring ‘9 to 5’ to life

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — While most Theatre Guild Valdosta members have nine-to-five jobs, they have spent their summer evenings rehearsing for “9 to 5: The Musical.”

For the past eight weeks, Guild veterans and newcomers, a cast ranging in ages from 12 years old and up, have gathered on the downtown stage of The Dosta Playhouse, bringing the famed Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda 1980 movie to life, says Andrea Thom, the show’s director.

Of course, for this show’s sake, Theatre Guild uses music to bring to life the plot of three women seeking revenge against their egotistical, chauvinistic boss.

Thom says it is the same basic plot, adapted to fit the action onto the confines of The Dosta Playhouse stage, but with larger-than-life possibilities thanks to the songs written by Dolly Parton.

Though the musical opened on Broadway in 2009, the show, like the movie, is set in the 1970s with clothes, hairstyles, and the Rolodex to match.

“9 to 5” features Guild regulars Brenda Brunston, Stephenie Austin and Karen Cutler in the principal roles of Violet, Doralee and Judy, with Michael Brogdon playing the overbearing boss Franklin Hart Jr.

Supporting roles are filled by Guild regulars and new players, creating a large ensemble cast. As dance captain, Jonathan Headen was able to get several middle school students to lend their talents to the cast, Thom says.

Opening tonight and running through three weekends, “9 to 5: The Musical” is the first show for Theatre Guild Valdosta’s 2013-14 season. Future shows will include “To Kill a Mockingbird” in December, “Dixie Swim Club” in late January and early February, and “California Suite” in May. Gingerbread Players of TGV will present the children’s shows of “The Fabulous Fable Factory” in October and “Charlotte’s Web” in March.

THE CAST: Brenda Brunston, Stephenie Austin, Karen Cutler, Michael Brogdon, Sementha Mathews, Brock Gilliard, Stephen Corall, Sommers Coleman, Diane Brunston, Creation Divine, Shelby Stacey, Ken Kinard, Aubree Cooper, Reatha Pavey, Jonathan Headen, Christie Jo Mayo, Amanda Talor, Kem Collins, Christain Hart, Christopher Hart, DeVante Sanders, Michelle Gaines, Erica Pimental.

DIRECTION, PRODUCTION: Andrea Thom, director; Ricardo Ipina, music director; Mary Ann Green, assistant director; Lu Williams, stage manager; Diane Brunston, technical director; Jeani Synyard, choreographer; Jonathan Headen, dance captain; Patti Cook, producer; Andrew Ritfeld, sound; Dave Stacey, lights; Mary Ann Green, Linda Stikkel, Andrea Thom, Mary Helen Watson, costumes; Linda Stikkel, wigs, hair; Stephenie Austin, Dakota Bostick, Michael Brogdon, Brenda Brunston, Diane Brunston, Aletha Bryan, Mike Bryan, Rachel Butterfield, Sommers Coleman, Patti Cook, Stephen Corall, Karen Cutler, Chad Fender, Brock Gilliard, Mary Ann Green, Rebecca Graves, Lynnette Kenworthy, Ken Kinard, Micah Mathews, Sementha Mathews, Christie Jo Mayo, Robin McLendon, Autumn Miller, Erica Pimental, Andrew Ritfeld, Josh Robertson, Ryan Swaims, Amanda Talor, Ben Talor, Andrea Thom, Robert Thom, Lu Williams, set and prop construction; Kaitlyn Albritton, Rebecca Graves, stage crew; Ryan Swaims, publicity; Cindy Dame, photography; Robert Thom, front of house manager.


Theatre Guild Valdosta presents “9 to 5: The Musical.”

When: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, Aug. 1-3; 7:30 p.m., Aug. 8-10; 3 p.m., Aug. 11; 7:30 p.m., Aug. 15-17.

Where: The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St.

Tickets, reservations, more information: Call (229) 24-STAGE; or visit