9 TO 5 Comes to The Encore Musical Theatre

9 TO 5 Comes to The Encore Musical TheatreThe Encore Musical Theatre Company proudly presents 9 to 5 The Musical, running August 3rd - August 27.

Based on the hit movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, "9 to 5 The Musical" is a story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. The title song, "9 to 5," has become the working woman's anthem.

The plot shines a spotlight on the plight of women in the workplace in the late 1970s. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the boss. In a turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee (played in the movie by Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton) live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.

9 to 5 stars Broadway's Stacia Fernandez and Las Vegas based Ernest William. 9 to 5 is directed by Ray Frewen with Musical Direction by R. MacKenzie Lewis.


What: 9 to 5 The Musical

When: August 3 - August 27

Venue: The Encore Musical Theatre

3126 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48130

"9 to 5" opens Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8 PM with a performance followed by an opening night reception at Terry B's Restaurant in Dexter - tickets: Adults $35; $33 Seniors, Encore 100 Member; $31 Groups of 10 or more or Children under 17.


9 TO 5 runs from August 3rd through August 27th. Showtimes: Thursdays at 7:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm.


About Stacia Fernandez... (Violet Newstead)

Broadway appearances: Mamma Mia! (Tanya), The Drowsy Chaperone, Swing, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Beauty and the Beast. Regional appearances: Night at the Iguana (with James Earl Jones at A.R.T.), Next to Normal, Guys and Dolls, CATS, Death of Salesman, Dreams for a Summer House, and more. TV: "Homeland", "Middle (ST)Age" (wrote and starred in for Stage17.tv), Film: Frozen, Enchanted, Shaggy Dogg. Stacia is also a playwright: A Smallville Christmas, The Loop, and Sticky Fingers. Twitter: @Fernandezstacia; Website: www.staciafernandez.com.

About Ernest William... (Franklin Hart, Jr.)

A Southern California native but now a Las Vegas resident, and has been entertaining audiences for nearly 3 decades. He has starred on Broadway National Tours and Off-Broadway, European & Las Vegas stages. From 1994 to 2011 he starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's roller-skating musical, Starlight Express in both the Las Vegas and German Companies (over 3,000 performances) and also as both the Beast & Gaston on the Broadway National Tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway saw him in the Drama Desk Award winning show, Toxic Audio's Loudmouth. He was also understudy to 70's pop icon, David Cassidy in the multi-million dollar spectacular, EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. He played Harry the Horse in Guys & Dolls for BK Agency out of New York for the Macau International Music Festival. One of his favorite roles of all time is Billy Flynn in the Namco Produced, Chicago. Ernest has developed his one man show, Direct from Vegas, and headlined for Azamara Club Cruises since 2015.

About Ray Frewen (Director) is an award-winning actor and director who has been active in Chicago theatre for over 30 years. He is the former Associate Producer at Apple Tree Theatre and longtime Artistic Director at Drury Lane Oakbrook, where he directed over sixty productions, including The Jeff Award winning 1776, and received Jeff nominations, After Dark Awards and/or Chicago Stage Talk Awards for My Fair Lady, Kiss Me, Kate, Tintypes, A Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Evita, My One and Only, Crazy for You, and Shenandoah. He has directed productions for Apple Tree, Marriott's Lincolnshire, Spartan Theatre, Fearless Theatre, Moraine Valley College, and Northern Illinois University and The School of the Performing Arts. Well known as a Chicago actor for over 30 years, Ray spent a year with the National Tour of Les Misérables (where he first met a young Dan Cooney!) and was seen in both the Chicago and Off-Broadway productions of The Foreigner. He has appeared in over 50 productions at Miami's Cocoanut Grove, Marriott's Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Candlelight, Drury Lane South, Wisdom Bridge, Apple Tree, Court Theatre (as Oscar Wilde in Tom Stoppard's Invention of Love), and others in such roles as Arthur in Camelot, Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!, The Duke/Dr.Carasco in Man of La Mancha, and Zach in A Chorus Line. He earned Jefferson nominations as The King in The King and I, The Rothschilds, and twice for his portrayal of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, for which he also received an After Dark Award. He was seen in the Ovations productions of Call Me Madam, with Joanne Worley, Fred Willard and Malcolm Getz, One Touch of Venus, with Liz Calloway, and Promises, Promises, with George Hearn and Jason Graae in addition to the Ravinia Festival as part of the Sondheim at 75 Celebration in Passion, with Patty Lupone, Michael Cerveris and Audra MacDonald and A Little Night Music with Patti LuPone and George Hearn. Currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Ray has directed Rent, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Assassins, The Baker's Wife, Godspell, Sunday in the Park with George, A Flea in Her Ear, Starting Here Starting Now, Ripper, Almost Maine and numerous showcase reviews. He also acted with students at CCPA in The Tempest, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Cradle Will Rock.

Enhancing the performing arts in Washtenaw County, The Encore Musical Theatre Company is a non-profit musical theatre located in the historic Village of Dexter. The Encore Theatre has as its mission the creation of quality, original theatrical productions with an emphasis on Musical Theatre, utilizing a unique mixture of Broadway and local talent of all levels, while engaging and entertaining a wide audience from the surrounding community.

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