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Cameron University wraps up theatre season with “9 to 5: The Musical”




Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts will close its 2021-2022 Spirited Season with “9 to 5: The Musical.” Based on the hit movie, the lively production follows the adventures of Violet, Judy and Doralee as they get revenge on their sexist, egotistical boss, Mr. Hart.

This musical comedy will be presented in the University Theatre from April 21-24. The curtain goes up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens, military, Cameron faculty and staff, and non-Cameron students. CU students receive one free admission with their CU I.D.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 580-581-2346.

The play is based on the 1980 hit motion picture and made its Broadway debut in April 2009. Dolly Parton, who played Doralee in the film, wrote the music and lyrics. Patricia Resnik wrote the book. Bruce Coughlin was the orchestrator, with additional orchestrations by Stephen Oremus and Alex Lacamoire.

Araia Heathcott, Lawton, leads the cast as Violet Newstead. She is joined by Heather Martin, Lawton, as Doralee Rhodes, and Shalyn Bowles, Geronimo, as Judy Bernly. The villain of the piece, Franklin Hart Jr., is played by Cameron alumnus, Byron Phillips, Lawton. Rounding out the cast from Lawton are Shaun Calix as Joe, Dakota Weeks as Dwayne, Victor Quinones as Josh/Doctor, Angel Frasier as Missy/Candy Striper, Grace Norbury as Maria, Curtis Myers as Dick, and MacEwan Sanders as Tinsworthy/Orderly. They are joined by Carmen Head, Alvarado, Texas, as Kathy; Trinity Logan, Tuttle, as Margaret; and Cole Nowlin, Andarko, as Bob/Detective.

Nina Pebeahsy, Lawton, is the Stage Manager for production. Her assistant is Aubrey Waxler, Del City. Sidni Blalock, Duncan, is the properties designer. Also from Duncan is Jaeden Smith, Wardrobe. Francis Waweru, Nairobi, Kenya, is the running crew, and Maliah Davis, Lawton, is the light board operator. Also from Lawton are Richard Johns, fly crew, and Jericho Carmona, follow spot operator.

Faculty and staff working on the show include Associate Professor Eric Abbott as costume and makeup designer. He is being assisted by Aubrey Waxler. Assistant Professor Ben Williams is the scenic and lighting designer. His lighting design assistant is Carmen Head. Joey Roberts is the sound designer. Professor Scott Richard Klein is the director.

The production is sponsored in part by the Richard P. Brittingham, M.D. Musical Theatre Endowed Lectureship.

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