9 to 5: The Musical

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9 to 5: The Musical

Okay, I saw the movie in the 1980 and thought it was funny.  A horrible commentary on society, but funny.  When The Upstagers put this show on the season I will admit to not being particularly excited because the musical play was done by Dolly Pardon herself.  Having three exceptional actresses in the lead, Kathryn McWilliams, Clarissa Martinez and Terra Wade, helped lift a so-so production up to enjoyable status.  As bad as the character of Franklin Hart was, it was a fun opportunity to play someone so different from me.  Thankfully, I cannot take blame for this set.  I was tasked, however, to resolve a few challenges the director put before us.  I’d never created a functional elevator door that needed to virtually disappear when reversed.  And since this play actually has video of Dolly Pardon interacting somewhat with the stage, I had to do a lot of editing to synchronize her video with the separately recorded music so that it worked also with actors on the stage and all be controlled by only two people running all the sound.  Finally, The Upstagers had never flown someone on stage before.  The Paul Poag Theatre was originally a movie theater, later converted into a performing arts venue.  There are barely any wings and NO fly space or system.  Since I was the one that had to be flown, I had only myself to trust–or blame–if my cable system didn’t work.  As you’ll see, it functioned just fine.  In the end, it was a fun show, just not one of the best.