Farragut High presents musical made famous by Dolly Parton

Farragut High School presents musical made famous by Dolly Parton

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After three months of hard work, this weekend, these students who've put their hearts and souls into this production will unveil this year's Farragut High School musical, "9 to 5." After three months of hard work, this weekend, these students who've put their hearts and souls into this production will unveil this year's Farragut High School musical, "9 to 5."
"We have about 24 in the cast and we have 15, 20 people backstage," said Musical Director David Crutcher. "It's a big project. It takes a village." "We have about 24 in the cast and we have 15, 20 people backstage," said Musical Director David Crutcher. "It's a big project. It takes a village."
"It's my own way of expressing myself, like everyone has their own way of living through something. Everyone has a one thing. It's my one thing," said senior Dallas Boudreaux, who plays the long-suffering Violet. "It's my own way of expressing myself, like everyone has their own way of living through something. Everyone has a one thing. It's my one thing," said senior Dallas Boudreaux, who plays the long-suffering Violet.
Sophomore Rachel Liskem, with her made-for-the-stage southern accent, plays Doralee Rhodes, the role made famous by the iconic Dolly Parton. Sophomore Rachel Liskem, with her made-for-the-stage southern accent, plays Doralee Rhodes, the role made famous by the iconic Dolly Parton.
Junior Brianna Smart plays Judy, the newcomer to the secretarial pool who begins the play as a mousy young woman, but blossoms into much more. It's a message, perhaps, for us all. Junior Brianna Smart plays Judy, the newcomer to the secretarial pool who begins the play as a mousy young woman, but blossoms into much more. It's a message, perhaps, for us all.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) - If you're old enough to remember the late 1970s, you'll remember Dolly Parton and her role as Doralee Rhodes in the movie "9 to 5."

The movie was a hit and the song it inspired was also a hit. If that weren't enough, it also played on Broadway.

This weekend, the show finds itself at Farragut High School.

It is the chaos and tension of opening night week. After three months of hard work, this weekend, these students who've put their hearts and souls into this production will unveil this year's Farragut High School musical, "9 to 5," a show about an egotistical, sexist boss and the women of the secretarial pool.

"We have about 24 in the cast and we have 15, 20 people backstage," said Musical Director David Crutcher. "It's a big project. It takes a village."

It also takes actors. Crutcher says the audience will be pleased with this year's cast.

"It's my own way of expressing myself, like everyone has their own way of living through something. Everyone has a one thing. It's my one thing," said senior Dallas Boudreaux, who plays the long-suffering Violet.

Sophomore Rachel Liskem, with her made-for-the-stage southern accent, plays Doralee Rhodes, the role made famous by the iconic Dolly Parton.

"I think everyone can relate to Doralee because she tries to put on this face, 'I'm happy and here for everyone,' when inside she's upset because she's being treated unfairly," said Liskem.

Junior Brianna Smart plays Judy, the newcomer to the secretarial pool who begins the play as a mousy young woman, but blossoms into much more. It's a message, perhaps, for us all.

"Anyone can achieve anything as long as they have the drive to do it. And that's true for everyone, whether it's a sexist egotistical boss or getting through your day-to-day life, you can make a difference within your own," said Smart.

Director Crutcher hopes for a similar metamorphosis among his theater troupe, a group which began as a bunch of students who have blossomed into much more.

"We have some students who will pursue in college or professionally even, but that's a small percentage. What they'll all get out of it is a sense of teamwork and pursuing a common goal. And that will be useful whatever they do after high school," he said.

It's a common goal to put on a good play and have some fun.

"I'm nervous, but I'm also excited. I think it'll be a lot of fun," said Liskem.

If you have some time this weekend, head to Farragut High for some good old fashioned entertainment that's made in Tennessee.

The curtain rises on "9 to 5" this Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.


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