Longford's St Mel's Musical Society working 9 to 5 to put on a good show

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Longford's Backstage Theatre

Backstage Theatre in Longford will be a hive of activity when St Mel's Musical Society's annual show comes to town.

St Mel's Musical Society really pulls out all the stops every year when it comes to their annual production and this year's show will be no exception.

The cast and crew of the Musical Society are working hard ahead of a nine-night run of the Dolly Parton inspired 9 to 5.

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The musical is based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and featuring the famous theme song.

“It’s a really fun musical,” Chair of St Mel's Musical Society June Belton told the Leader.

“There’s loads of dancing and singing. There’s a good storyline running through it. It’s a musical for all the family. Everyone will enjoy it.

“We wanted something fun,” she added when asked what inspired the Society's decision to produce this particular musical.

“We wanted something uplifting because we felt our audience likes to go in and have an entertaining night with a mixture of music and dialogue, without too much of either.”

Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

Pushed to boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.

In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot.

The leading roles this year are being taken on by stellar performers Paul Hennessy, Valerie Nolan, Natasha Fitzpatrick and Eimear Reynolds who are guaranteed to put on a good show.

Back this year to direct the show is popular and talented director, Seán Power, who worked with the Society last year on Sister Act.

“We have a new musical director this year - Vince Tully. And we have an eight or nine piece orchestra of professional musicians who Vince sourced himself,” June explained.

And, she added, talented dancer and choreographer Tracey Carty of Evolution Stage School will be choreographing the production.

“It's a new venture for her, doing musicals, but she's well up for it and she has a great record for putting on a good show,” said June.

“And Robert (Belton) and Eddie (Kiernan) are doing the sets again this year and they'll be looking for people to volunteer to help with sets. It is a commitment but the sets are so important for the visual aspect of the show. So anyone with a talent in woodwork or painting, it would be great if they could get in touch.”

Tickets are selling out fast for this year's musical production. To get yours, see www.backstage.ie or call 043 33 47888.

To keep up to date or get in touch with the committee, find St Mel's Musical Society on Facebook.