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February 8, 2014

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DLO brings musical '9 to 5' to DACC

The Danville Light Opera Dinner Theater will present “9 to 5: The Musical” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 and at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Danville Area Community College’s Bremer Auditorium. Doors open 30 minutes before the meal.

This show is based on the 1980 American comedy film “9 to 5,” with all the music and lyrics written by country singer and actress Dolly Parton. The musical version first opened on Broadway in 2009, so it’s the newest show that DLO has produced.

The plot is about three female co-workers who are pushed to the breaking point by their boss and devise a plan to get even with him. This hilarious story of friendship and revenge features a lot of fun and shenanigans, along with great music and dancing.

The director of the show is Jenny Taylor, and the music director is Lauren Smith. The show’s choreographer is Jesse Pierce.

This will be the second time Taylor has directed a DLO production. She directed “My Fair Lady” a few years ago and has been involved with Light Opera since 1999.

She has been music director for four shows, played trombone in the orchestra, created all the multimedia for several shows and was in the cast of “My Name Will Always be Alice.”

Taylor said, “I loved the movie (‘9 to 5’) because it was fun and silly. When we were looking at shows for the season, I immediately started envisioning this show, and after I heard the music I was sold.

“Directing a show is about creativity and expression, and that is truly satisfying to me,” she added. “I can watch it over and over, and be entertained and delighted every single time.”

Taylor continued, “One thing I always try to emphasize is the importance of every member of the cast. Our leads are perfect for their roles, and you couldn’t ask for a better ensemble. They dance, act, and change costumes a lot, and they’re the key to a successful show.”

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