Tonawanda News — With the click of heels (and typewriter keys), students at North Tonawanda High School step into the working world of the 1970s tonight with the opening of “9 to 5 The Musical” in the school’s Alumni Student Activity Center.
The show, which takes place today, Friday and Saturday, is based on the 1980 movie of the same name, about Consolidated Industries employees Violet, Judy and Doralee and their efforts to deal with their odious boss, company president Franklin Hart Jr. It’s all set to music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, one of the stars of the original movie.
With the strong trio of female roles, it’s a great show for a largely female cast, said Marisa Zakes, a senior and president of the Drama Club, who plays Judy.
“I really like the show because we have a lot of girls this year,” she said, commenting that previous years’ musicals have focused more on male actors and roles. “This year, it’s all girls. It’s all about women power. It’s great.”
To Zakes, Judy, a newcomer to the show’s office setting, is the most dynamic of the female leads. “She goes from this timid, meek girl to ‘hear me roar.’ ‘I’m not taking crap from anyone any more.’ “
On another point of that main triangle is Violet, the take-charge office manager, played by senior Emma Balen.
“She’s the one everyone goes to and looks to for advice. She’s the mom of the office,” Balen said. “That was hard for me, I’m not really that type -- but I like being a leader, and that was easy to slip into.”
Third of the group is the Parton-originated role of Doralee, who is played by senior Ashley Arsenault with the role’s iconic blond locks.