Letterkenny Musical Society will present the outrageous “Nine to Five” to the boards of An Grianán Theatre next week. This is the first production of the hit musical in the North West.
This wonderful, heartwarming and funny tale of three amazing women is being brought to us by a cast of equally brilliant local women.
Three secretaries turn the tables on their boss in an office driven by chauvinism. The film starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Over 20 years later, it was adapted for the musical stage, with Dolly writing a number of new songs, combining country with rock and roll, along with some big band swing and beautiful ballads.
For lovers of the film, the story will be familiar. Indeed, large sections of dialogue are unchanged.
Nicola Shields plays Violet, Rachel Akkoç plays Judy, and Ciara Gallagher takes on the challenge of channelling Dolly as she brings Doralee to the stage.
Maria Rushe plays Roz, Laura Harvey plays Hart’s wife Missy, while Mariosa Bryce, Andrea Logue and Lorraine Porter are Kathy, Maria and Margaret.
DW spoke to 5 of the ladies involved in the production on and off the stage; the 3 leading ladies, the Co-Director and the Choreographer.
Nicola Shields plays Violet.
Ciara Gallagher plays Doralee
Ciara is a primary teacher in Carrigart. She is married to James and is a mother of four. She has made the role of Doralee her own and is loving playing the infamous character played by Dolly Parton herself in the movie version.
Ciara said “Doralee is a wonderful character; she is sassy and feisty, funny and vulnerable. I feel very lucky to play such a strong female role, and luckier still to be involved in a show that highlights women’s issues in such a positive and uplifting way, with super-talented fellow cast members. This really is a show not to be missed!”
Rachel Akkoç plays Judy.
Maria Rushe plays Roz.
Donegal Woman columnist Maria is married to Emmet and they have two little Drama Queens who inspire her blog, The S-Mum. She teaches English & Drama in Coláiste Ailigh and has been a member of the LMS since 2004. Having choreographed past shows, she now directs the show alongside Donal Kavanagh. Maria loves the stage and has played many roles with LMS.
Maria said “Playing Roz is so much fun. She is clumsy and awkward and misses the point in so many ways. She loves Hart desperately, but has a very different journey to the other ladies. Roz is an intricate character who the audience will hopefully love, hate and sympathise with in equal measure. And any show where I get to sing, dance and make people laugh is a joy for me. This show is my favourite yet.”
Rebecca Thompson is the Choreographer.
Rebecca Thompson is 36 years old, married to Ian and she is mummy to six boys, James, Charlie, Harry, Freddie, Max and Bobby. She left her post as a secondary school teacher to open Encore Performing Arts Academy. This is her third year involved with LMS as choreographer.
“I love working with and bringing Musical Theatre movement to adults who may have no previous experience of dance. I find it really rewarding and humbling watching everyone put in the effort in making my vision and ideas come alive on stage,” says Rebecca.
Obviously, we have powerful men in and behind the show also. Our leading man Franklyn Hart Jnr is played by Donegal’s finest performers, Giles Murray.
Kieran Connor plays Joe, the junior accountant who’s in love with Violet; Joe Harley plays Doralee’s husband Dwayne; while Anthony McGarrigle plays Dick, Judy’s ex-husband. The leading men deliver stellar performances along side the women.
The show is produced by Noel O’Donnell and directed by Donal Kavanagh and Maria Rushe.
Musial direction comes from the ubertalented Mark Bradley.
The show runs at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny from Tuesday, February 27, to Saturday March 3.
Show time is 8pm and tickets cost €18 and €20.
For booking, go to www.angrianan.com or ring 0784 91 20777.