Spring Musical 9 to 5 hits LHS stage Feb. 9

Vedha Inampudi

Daniel Carrillo, Reporter

This year’s Spring Musical, 9 to 5 will take place from Feb. 9-11 at 7 p.m. each night and tickets are available for $10 through the HomeTicketing App. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10 in cash if there are seats available.

The musical’s plot follows three women who work at a big office called Consolidated Inc. The business is primarily run by men, although the women do a lot of the work and don’t get the credit for it. The three women decide to unite and stand up for themselves to make the company a better place to work.

The show’s leads include: seniors Mallory Gabris, Doralee Rhodes; Logan Jaycox, Franklin Hart Jr.; Mira Walden, Judy Bernly; and Katherine Wheeles, Violet Newstead. There are 27 total cast members, with 41 students working behind the scenes on the various crews.

Director Dan Horst said the show was selected last spring.

“[The production was chosen] I’d say probably after we finished the musical last year, the [Fine Arts] team and myself all got together and we talked about different shows, and this was one that we thought would be a good fit for our students. It has a good message about standing up for what’s right and standing up for yourself and not judging people and being strong, and being a good friend,” Horst said.

Another reason 9 to 5 was chosen was the familiarity of the music.

“[The musical] also has music by Dolly Parton. She has a lot of fans and we thought that it might be fun, too,” Horst said.

Horst said the most difficult part of the production so far has been executing a new stunt.

“There is a challenging part of the show, which I don’t want to give away too much until you see it. But that involves someone, maybe flying a little bit in the production. And that has been a challenge that we’ve been working on, and I think it’ll be something that audiences enjoy,” he said.

The show also features a special rotating set that crew members have worked on for several weeks that takes two crew members to turn the stage.

Horst said he believes the show will provide audience members with a nice evening of entertainment with all the different special elements and the great story.

“There’s lots of dancing in it and the music’s fun. There are a lot of funny elements in the show. It kind of deals with a serious topic, but the way they go about handling daily things is humorous.  We have a good sized cast and people have really been enjoying themselves,” Horst said.