Gosford Musical Society’s production of 9 to 5 The Musical is thrilling audiences at the Laycock Street Community Theatre. Only an hour north of Sydney, this musical, based on the classic 1980 film, follows the lives of three women, Violet, Judy, and Doralee, who work together at Consolidated Industries, a male-dominated office. Fed up with the chauvinistic behaviour of their boss, Franklin Hart Jr., the trio bands together to seek justice and turn the tables on the sexist corporate culture. Set in the late 1970s, the show is a dazzling celebration of female friendship and the triumph of standing up for what is right.
Under the direction of Karen Snook, 9 to 5 The Musical sparkles with vivacity and charm. Snook captured the essence of the era and skilfully brought out the wit and humour of Patricia Resnick’s script and Dolly Parton’s music. Her direction brilliantly highlights the characters’ emotional journey, making their struggles and triumphs deeply relatable. The seamless transitions and imaginative staging add to the overall enjoyment of the show, creating an entertaining and thought-provoking production.
The vibrant colours and dazzling lights capture the essence of the 1970s, immersing the audience in the era’s atmosphere. The sets are cleverly designed, seamlessly transitioning from the corporate office to the characters’ homes, adding depth and authenticity to the story.
Sam Powell’s portrayal of Roz Keith, the office snitch, is a scene-stealer. Her comedic timing and facial expressions bring laughter to the audience in every scene she graces. Rachel Summerell’s performance as Margaret, the office drunk, is equally impressive. She brings a delightful humanity to the character and adds a touch of heart to the production.
Sally Redman shines as Judy Bernly, the new and timid employee finding her strength and voice. Her transformation from a nervous wreck to a confident woman is portrayed with sincerity. Jacqui Grunden’s portrayal of the sweet and misunderstood Doralee Rhodes is both endearing and captivating. Her powerful vocals and magnetic stage presence are a joy to behold. However, it is Sancia West’s performance as Violet Newstead that steals the show. With an incredible presence and vocal prowess, West commands the stage, effortlessly embodying the fierce and determined leader that Violet represents.
The ensemble of this production is nothing short of exceptional. Each cast member adds depth and charisma to the show, elevating the overall performance. Their harmonious vocals, precise choreography, and infectious energy make this ensemble a force to be reckoned with.
If you’re looking for a feel-good musical filled with laughter and heart, 9 to 5 The Musical is the perfect choice. This production will blow your socks off and is one not to be missed!
– The other Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig is an international performer and has established himself as a trusted theatre specialist on the Sydney Arts Scene. While he understands the technical side of theatre, Dan writes for the everyday theatregoer (unlike some of those more prominent publications). When not in the audience, he loves to travel the world trying new gin. Follow him on all the socials @talldancraig
9 to 5 The Musical runs for 2 hours 30 mins (with 20 min interval) and plays at the Laycock Street Community Theatre through 12 August 2023. Tickets are available through Central Coast Council Theatres.
Image credit: Troy Snook.