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9 to 5: What a way to make a living

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The cast of '9 to 5' performs at Thalian Hall. The cast of '9 to 5' performs at Thalian Hall.
Beth Swindell plays the role of Judy, originated in the movie '9 to 5' by Jane Fonda. Beth Swindell plays the role of Judy, originated in the movie '9 to 5' by Jane Fonda.
"Dwayne" and "Doralee" share a moment in '9 to 5.' "Dwayne" and "Doralee" share a moment in '9 to 5.'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - We've all had bad jobs before, the ones where you feel under appreciated and underpaid. Thalian Association's new show 9 to 5 introduces us to three discouraged ladies who decide to take matters into their own hands.

The story first became famous in the 1980 movie of the same name, starring Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda. The film's screenwriter, Patricia Resnick, wrote the book for the musical.  Dolly Parton, herself, wrote the score.

"Anyone who loves this movie is going to love to go back into that moment in time," said actress Beth Swindell.

A moment where bosses could be "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigots."

"You get to experience male chauvinism at its finest," said actor Timothy A. Mills who plays the role of Franklin Hart, the horrible boss.

That chauvinism is directed right at the leading ladies: Doralee, Violet and Judy.

"One being more stereotyped for the way she looked," said Swindell. "One really wanting to have sort of the man's place in the workforce, and then one finding herself having to get a job for the first time in her life. In the end, doing some interesting and creative outside of the box thinking on how to get rid of their boss."

The stage version sticks pretty closely to the movie.

"There are some lines that are identical," said Swindell.

But there is one big difference.

"There's a little more excitement, I feel, in a live performance," said Mills.

In the end, you'll still find yourself "pulling for three underdogs against one bad guy."

9 to 5

For tickets, call (910) 632-2285 or click here.

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