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MPCHS students work more than ‘9 to 5’ on their spring musical
Mar 28, 2018
Photo by: Gretchen Teske Mt. Pleasant High School students were working a lot longer than just ‘9 to 5’ over the weekend as their performances were in full swing at the Heatilator Performing Arts Center. Above, cast members perform the opening number during their Friday show.

By Gretchen Teske, Mt. Pleasant News


The Heatilator Performing Arts Center was packed on Friday, March 23 as the Mt. Pleasant High School drama department presented their spring musical, “9 to 5”, to a sold-out crowd.

Rehearsals began at the end of January and continued until opening night on Thursday, March 22. Director Marlene DePriest said the hardest part of putting the show on was all the scheduling she had to work around.

“These kids are just so involved,” she said. The cast and crew of over 50 students worked late hours to ensure the show’s success.

The production was put together in large part thanks to volunteers. Parents helped to build the set, fit costumes and transport kids to and from rehearsals. DePriest gives credit to those who stepped forward and donated their time and efforts to assist in the production.

“9 to 5” tells the story of three co-workers, Violet, played by Beatrice Fitten, Judy, played by Callie DePriest, and Doralee, played by Meagan Sutherland. The three women are fed up with their, “sexist, egotistic, lying, hypocritical bigot” of a boss, Franklin Hart Jr., who was played by Wyatt Carlston. Together they hatch a plan to kidnap him, hold him hostage in his own home, and take over the office while he is gone.

The movie of the same title, starring Dolly Parton, entered theaters in 1980. The musical made its Broadway debut in 2008 and received four Tony Award nominations. Parton was involved in the musical production, writing the lyrics, and providing voice overs.

DePriest said she chose this show because it could highlight the talent she had as well as make a fun experience for everyone involved. She does not have a favorite part of the show, because she loves it all. “It’s just a fun show all the way around,” she said.

Cast members were quick to credit each other for the success of the show. Fitten said her favorite part was, “just working with the cast.”

She credits fellow cast member Paige Stater, for having one of the funniest scenes on stage. Stater plays secretary Roz Keith who is love sick for their boss and sings a ballad to him during the show. “The way Paige plays it is really good.”

Callie DePriest enjoys being a part of the act one finale, “Shine Like the Sun,” the most. “It’s just so moving,” she added.

Sutherland tackled the Dolly Parton role and gave credit to her costume for help in playing the character. “When the hair comes on, that’s when the accent comes out,” she said.

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