Editor in Chief
The time has come once again for the San Marcos High School Spring Musical. On the weekends of May 5-7 and 12-14, at seven p.m., the highly anticipated 9 to 5, The Musical will be performed by the talented students of the San Marcos Theater Department. Based on the classic comedy film made in 1980 which starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, this stage adaptation will prove to be an entertaining and comical show for all.
The plot of the play centers around three women and the struggles they face in their working environment under their unfair and rather sexist boss. Violet, played by senior Carly Johnson, is a working mother who has been working at the Office Bullpen for many years. She has a particular young accountant, played by junior Jason Larson Gonzalez, who is clearly interested in her, but she continually discourages his advances. Judy, a young woman forced into the working world for the first time after her husband leaves her, is played by senior Rebekah Mann. Then there’s Doralee, played by senior Megan Wilson, an attractive country girl who is the secretary for the boss of the office, Mr. Hart. Played by senior Ryan Ostendorf, Mr. Hart is just about the worst person a group of working women could have as a boss. The movie of 9 to 5 actually describes him as a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot.”
“I am really excited,” said Carly Johnson, “this show is hilarious. Every song is dynamic, and the characters are dynamic. You don’t have to be a musical theater lover to go.”
When Judy starts working at the office, she relies on Violet to lead her through the office layout and show her her duties. Violet introduces her to the ways of the workplace, to Doralee, and then to Mr. Hart. As the three women grow closer in their friendship, their collective frustration toward Mr. Hart grows and grows, until one evening when they decide to release their anger by sharing their silly dreams of enacting revenge on him and his policies. They consider their fantasies to remain that way, but then an unexpected twist of fate gives them the opportunities to bring their plans of revenge to life.
“This show tells a good message about women’s role in the workplace,” said Carly.
Full of humor, a pro-woman message, and fantastic song and dance routines, 9 to 5, The Musical is a show not to be missed. Tickets are on sale at www.shopsmroyals.org, and will also be available for purchase at the door. For more information on the upcoming performances, visit smhstheaterdept.com/show-dates.