Nine to Five

9 to 5 The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Book by Patricia Resnick

Based on the iconic 1980 movie, 9 to 5 is a hilarious and high-energy story of friendship and revenge. Three female coworkers (and unlikely friends) concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss and learn that there is nothing they can't do, even in a man's world.

November 9   @7:30pm
November 10 @7:30pm
November 11 @2:00 pm & 7:30pm
November 12 @2:00pm

Tickets $16 - $18
Albert Taylor Theatre

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Event Date

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:30pm to Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 2:00pm

Cast

Shelby Barros

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Raleigh, North Carolina

Shelby Barros was most recently a swing in As You Like It on the Millikin Mainstage. She could also be seen as Caroline in Island Song as part of the 2017 New Musical Workshop. Other credits include Lunie Muttercup in The Magic Pinafore (Millikin Mainstage), Judy in 9 to 5, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Lina in Singin' in the Rain.

Hannah Williams

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Seymour, Tennessee

Hannah Williams was last seen in Company at the Dunes Summer Theatre. Other past credits include Legally Blonde (The Round Barn Theatre); Heathers: The Musical, Blood Wedding, The Ladies Man, and Measure for Measure (Millikin Mainstage); the white rose, The Stage with Blood, and Pirandello (Millikin’s New Musical Workshop Series); Pass Over (Staged Reading, Millikin University); The Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Tennessee Stage Company); and Into the Woods, Legally Blonde, and Little Women (Clayton Center for the Arts).

Hope Klessig

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Brillion, Wisconsin

Hope Klessig is thrilled to be a part of another Millikin Mainstage show. She was last seen at Millikin as a swing in Heathers: The Musical. This past summer she spent performing at The Prizery Theater in Virginia as Cinderella in Into The Woods and Ensemble in The Addams Family. She has also performed the National Anthem for professional sports teams including the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Bucks.

Kyle Kite

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Greensboro, North Carolina

Kyle: Credits include: As You Like It, HEADSHOT!, The Addams Family, The Ladies Man, and Measure for Measure (Millikin University); [title of show] and What I Didn't Learn in College (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); and Bat Boy, RENT, Godspell and Les Miserables (Open Space Theatre).

Jacob Melssen

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Dubuque, Iowa

Jacob Melssen – Credits include Heathers: The Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, And the World Goes ‘Round, Peter Pan, and Rough Magic (Millikin Mainstage); Shrek, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Chicago, All Shook Up, Sister Act, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Little Theatre on the Square); The Music Man, Tarzan, Xanadu, and Hairspray (Rising Star Theatre Company); and Cabaret (The Grand Opera House of Dubuque).

Kala Keller

Senior BFA Acting

Addison, Illinois

This is Kala’s senior year, and she is thrilled to hit the stage before she sets off into the real world. Previously, Kala was seen as Celia in Millikin’s Mainstage production of As You Like It. Other credits include: Stacey in the collegiate premiere of A Nightmare on Backstreet at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Rusty in Footloose, and Florence in The Odd Couple. Kala is an Acting 1 classroom assistant this semester. She has assisted in the administration of Alex Miller’s Shakespeare Corrected, and has guest student-directed a musical theatre workshop with Broadway in Chicago.

Nicole Barth

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Morton, Illinois

Nicole Barth was last seen on Millikin’s Mainstage in the ensemble of Nice Work If You Can Get It. At Cornstock Theatre, Nicole was seen in Singin’ in the Rain, Footloose, Anything Goes, and Funny Girl. Additional credits include: Alabama Lamb in Big Fish and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Eastlight Theatre); and Pinky Tuscadero in Happy Days: The Musical (Morton High School).

McKena Silva

Junior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Casper, Wyoming

McKena Silva recently appeared in Cortland Repertory Theatre’s productions of Footloose as Urleen, Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death as Ginvera Boyton, and La Cage Aux Folles as Nicole. McKena was also in Millikin’s productions of The Addams Family (2015), and Solstice: A Concert of Dance, as well as Casper College’s production of Legally Blonde as Serena. She has danced in the ensemble with the Idaho Ballet for their Dancing on Dreams, and with Colorado’s Ballet Ariel in Cinderella (2015).

Amanda Donohoe

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Chicago, Illinois

Amanda is thrilled to be back on the stage here at Millikin University! You may have most recently seen her at Six Flags Great America performing in their various shows including the Grand Finale. Other credits include Millikin University’s The Addams Family (Morticia U.S/ Female Swing), Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Female Swing), and Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe (Annabel Lee/ Player 5).

David Blakeman

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Frankfort, Illinois

David Blakeman is a senior Musical Theatre major from Frankfort, IL. Millikin Mainstage credits include: Ram’s Dad/Various in Heathers: The Musical, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, and Mission Control in HEADSHOT! Other credits include: Bernstein in Dogfight (The Drama Group) and Martin Van Buren/ Various in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre). He is also a member of the student groups Un Bit Butter and the Math Club Improv Troupe.

Jacob Livingston

Senior BFA Acting

Batavia, Illinois

Jacob’s credits include: Mauritius (Philip), Blood Wedding (Woodcutter), Peter Pan (Swing), The Ladies Man (Aubin) and The Addams Family (Assistant Stage Manager) on the Millikin Mainstage, and the Millikin Children's Show Umbrella Escapades (Actor).

Tanner Hake

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Tanner made his professional debut this summer in The Bridges of Madison County playing Michael at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago. He has also been seen in Millikin University’s Mainstage Production of Heathers: The Musical and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy Winters). Other favorites are: Cole Porter Revue with Attic Theatre, Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie) with KCP, Aida (Radames), Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Romeo, Horatio, Laertes), and The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke) with Kaukauna High School. Tanner would like to thank his family, friends and teachers for their continued support through all the years.

Katherine Viviano

Senior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Overland Park, Kansas

Katherine is thrilled to return to the Millikin Mainstage! Most recently, after spending a semester in London last fall, she appeared as Mary in Millikin’s production of Mauritius. Katherine has performed in the past two New Musicals Workshops here at Millikin, working with Carner & Gregor, Kooman & Diamond, and Braverman & Hassler. Other credits here at Millikin include The Addams Family (Ancestor), Some Enchanted Evening, and Solstice: A Concert of Dance.

Levi Ehrmantraut

Junior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Bismarck, North Dakota

Levi is glad to be returning to Millikin's Mainstage. His previous credits at Millikin include working as a swing in Heathers: The Musical and dancing in the ensemble of Nice Work If You Can Get It. This past summer, he played Davey in The Legacy Theatre's production of Newsies. Prior to that, his favorite role that he has played is Tobias Ragg in The Springfield Muny's production of Sweeney Todd.

Elliot Mahon

First-year BFA Musical Theatre

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Elliot Mahon is thrilled to be making his Millikin Mainstage debut. He has recently graduated from American Heritage where he studied theatre with a fine arts scholarship. He has also done shows in theaters outside his school such as FLCT, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Interlochen Arts Camp. Outside of theatre, Elliot enjoys other musical pursuits such as music theory and just making music in general. He would like to thank his family, friends, and everyone who supported him.

Patricia Bales

Junior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Martinsville, Indiana

Patricia Bales - Credits include Heathers: The Musical (Young Republicanette), Little Shop of Horrors (ensemble), The Addams Family (Stand In and Cousin It), and Nice Work if You Can Get It (Pit singer) at Millikin University; The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Seussical: The Musical (Gertrude McFuzz), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) at Martinsville High; and The King and I (Summer Stock Stage).

Emilio Canals

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Centreville, Virginia

Emilio’s regional credits include The Addams Family, West Side Story, and Oklahoma! at Thunderbay Theatre in Alpena, Michigan. Millikin University credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It (Swing), Bachelorette (Swing), and The Addams Family (Swing). Huge shout-out to Andrea Heininge, Michael Replogle, and Brian Collier!

Alexandra Johnson

Senior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alexandra Johnson - Credits include Heathers: The Musical, Blood Wedding, The Addams Family, and The Ladies Man (Millikin Main Stage); A Christmas Carol (Actor’s Theater of Minnesota); I Like Me and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Stages Theatre Company); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary), and Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) (Benilde-St. Margaret’s School). Representation includes Moore Creative Talent, NUTS Ltd, and Wehmann Models and Talent.

Darius Lee

Senior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Nashville, Tennessee

Darius Lee currently serves as a guest artist for ViShun Movement. On the Millikin Mainstage, credits include Orlando in As You Like It, Woodcutter in Blood Wedding, and Caveman in The Addams Family. Other credits include The Cat in the Hat (Hope Summer Rep), Godspell (Nashville Children's Theatre), and A Raisin in the Sun (Nashville School of the Arts).

Chris Cunningham

Junior BA Theatre and BA Sport Management

Cary, Illinois

This is Chris’ third Mainstage show at Millikin, previously appearing in Nice Work if You Can Get It as Cookie, and in Heathers: The Musical as a part of the male ensemble. This past summer, he worked professionally with William Street Repertory in the ensemble of Guys and Dolls. Other past credits include Next to Normal (Gabe) with Elgin Summer Theater, the Chicago Premier of Hands on a Hardbody (Male Understudy) with Williams Street Repertory, and A Nightmare on Backstreet (Ensemble/Teddy’s Understudy) with Pipe Dreams Studio Theater. Thank you for coming, and please enjoy the show!

Noah Villarreal

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Austin, Texas

Noah Villarreal has been seen in past Millikin Mainstage productions as Chief Berry in Nice Work If You Can Get It and Kurt's Dad in Heathers: The Musical. Noah would like to thank his family for their never ending support.

Kelly Cunningham

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Cary, Illinois

Kelly Cunningham - Credits include Mimi/Hotbox Girl in Guys and Dolls, Swing for Beehive (Raue Centre for the Arts), Ancestor Bride in The Addams Family, Ensemble/Understudy Jeannie in Nice Work If You Can Get It (Millikin Main Stage); Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar and Hairspray (Up and Coming Theater Company); Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, and Erma in Anything Goes (Cary-Grove High School).

Nadia Ra'Shaun Williams

First-year BFA Musical Theatre

Omaha, Nebraska

Nadia is making her Millikin Mainstage debut. Recent roles include Leading Player in Pippin and Fritzie in Cabaret (dance captain). She is a Broadway Dreams Scholar and frequently trains with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Nadia thanks all of her family and friends for their support. "Rise Up!"

Bryce Bayer

First-year BFA Musical Theatre

Brillion, Wisconsin

Bryce is thrilled to be making his Millikin Mainstage debut! He has most recently been seen in the Muny's 99th season productions of The Little Mermaid (Ursula Puppeteer) and A Chorus Line (Roy). Bryce has also performed in 15 productions as a Muny Kid and Teen. Other favorite roles include 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor) and High School Musical (Ryan). Bryce would like to thank his friends and family for their endless support!

Cortez Emerson

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Hannibal, Missouri

Cortez has previously been in the ensemble of Nice Work If You Can Get It (Millikin School of Theatre and Dance), and Bye Bye Birdie, Little House Rock, Anything Goes, and the Beauty in the Beast (Hannibal High Theatre Group). He has also been Seaweed in Hairspray (Hannibal High Theatre Group), Aladdin in Aladdin (Thespians of Hannibal Centre), and Cosmo Brown in Singin' In the Rain (Hannibal LaGrange University Theatre Group). 

Production Team

 

 

Tom Robson

Director

Associate Professor

Millikin University

Tom Robson is an Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance, teaching courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, directing, and playwriting. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre history, theory, and literature from Indiana University. Previous Millikin directing credits include Heathers: The Musical, Buyer and Cellar, Rough Magic, The Whipping Man, The Little Dog Laughed, the world premiere of Cracker for Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, and staged readings of for colored girls who have considered suicide and PASS OVER. He has worked with professional companies including Writers’ Theatre, Timeline Theatre Company, Apple Tree Theatre Company, the Phoenix Theatre, and the Bloomington Playwrights’ Project.

His scholarship has appeared in Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, Ecumenica: A Journal of Theatre and Performance, the film journal Jump Cut, and the edited collection Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor. His most recent essay appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Theatre Design and Technology. He serves as the co-chair of the Millikin President’s Commission on Inclusive Excellence and the Vice Chair of the Council on Students and Academic Standards. He is the former chair of Pedagogy for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the former co-chair of the Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. In 2017 he was the recipient of Millikin’s Ralph A. Czerwinski Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.

Rachel Holderman

Assistant Director

Junior BA Theatre

Carol Stream, Illinois

Rachel has most recently served as an Assistant Director for the Millikin Children's Show Umbrella Escapades as well as Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe, and Bachelorette at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Once 9 to 5 is over, she will be directing The Catchphrase Firm premiering in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre’s New Works Festival. She is very excited and proud to have her first Mainstage experience with such an amazing cast, crew, and team. She can't wait to share it with family and friends.

Anna Corvera

Choreographer

Instructor of Dance

Millikin University

Anna Corvera is from St. Louis, MO. She earned a BFA and MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois and The College at Brockport, respectively. For Casper College she choreographed CATS, Pippin, Urinetown, and Lysistrata (An Ad-rap-tation). For the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra she choreographed L’Histoire du Soldat. For Theatre of the Poor she choreographed The Waste Land. For the Decatur Park District she choreographed Singin’ in the Rain Jr. She has also choreographed for Coca Cola, Atlantic Records, Dança Nova Dance Company, and the Brockport Symphony Orchestra. Anna is excited to return to the Midwest and continue at Millikin University where she choreographed Heathers: The Musical.

Nicole Chamberlain

Assistant Choreographer

Senior BA Theatre, Dance Minor

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Nicole most recently worked on Nice Work if You Can Get It at Millikin University as a swing as well as Up and Coming Theatre's production of Heathers: The Musical as a student ensemble member. She was also recently the assistant to the choreographer for Idyllwild Arts Children's Center production of Surf Crazy

Mary M. Black

Scenic Designer

Director of the School of Theatre and Dance

Associate Professor

Millikin University

Recent Millikin credits include Scenic Design for Heathers: The Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Lighting Design for Rough Magic and Scenic Design and Technical Direction for Peter Pan, The Ladies Man, and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Previous design credits include Rent and Hamlet for the Station Theatre and several productions for the Decatur Park District Best of Summer Stock program.  Previous technical credits include work for Indiana University’s Opera and Theatre programs, Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, and University of Iowa’s Opera and Theatre programs. Mary earned her MFA in Technical Theatre from Indiana University.

Jana Henry

Costume Designer

Costume Director

Associate Professor

Millikin University

Jana is Associate Professor/Costume Director for the School of Theatre & Dance.  Selected professional credits include costume work for Universal Pictures, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Kansas City Ballet, The Station Theatre, and The Little Theatre on the Square. Jana earned her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She has been designing for Millikin since 1999.

Matthew Albrecht

Lighting Design

Lighting Director

Assistant Professor

Millikin University

Matt Albrecht is a lighting designer from Madison, WI. Matt has had the opportunity to work in theaters across the United States. Some of his design highlights include The Greeks (Madison Repertory Theatre), The Water Engine (University Theatre), Into the Woods (Houston's Center Stage Theatre), The Temperamentals (Celebration Theatre), and Annie (Madison Theatre Guild). Matt has also had the opportunity to work with Peninsula Players in Door County, WI. Matt would like to thank the cast and crew for all of their hard work.

Dani Ryan

Sound Designer

Senior BFA Design & Production

Palatine, Illinois

Dani Ryan – Fly Operator for Peter Pan at Utah Festival Opera & Theatre; Carpenter/Stagehand for Porgy and Bess, Showboat, and Puccini’s Trilogy at Utah Festival Opera & Theatre; Scenic Designer for the Millikin Children’s show The Planet of the Perfectly Awful People; Technical Director for Heathers: The Musical, Assistant Sound Designer and Sound Engineer for The Addams Family, Master Electrician for Rough Magic, Assistant Master Electrician for And The World Goes ‘Round, Sound Designer for The Ladies’ Man, and Props Master for Peter Pan on the Millikin Mainstage.

Andie Burns

Stage Manager

Senior BFA Stage Management

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Andie’s recent credits include – Millikin Mainstage productions of Nice Work If You Can Get It, Solstice: A Concert of Dance, and Rough Magic (Stage Manager); Mainstage productions of Acis and Galatea, Equinox: A Concert of Dance, Solstice: A Concert of Dance (Asst. Stage Manager); The Last Smoker in America at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (Stage Manager), and [title of show] and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Asst. Stage Manager). Andie also serves as the President of Physical Graffiti, Millikin’s Hip-Hop Team. 9 to 5 is Andie’s final production at Millikin so she would love to extend many thanks to family, friends, and this incredible team for all the support.

Abigail Zaccari

Assistant Stage Manager

First-year BFA Stage Management

Effingham, Illinois

Abigail has spent the last 7 summers working for The Little Theatre On The Square. Her most recent stage management credits include: Stage Manager for The Lion King Jr. and Curious George and The Golden Meatball as well as Assistant Stage Manager for Fancy Nancy and Mamma Mia!

Eliana Simon

Assistant Stage Manager

First-year BFA Stage Management

Overland Park, Kansas

This is Eliana’s first show at Millikin! Previous credits - Lighting Assistant for Musical Theater Kansas City (MTKC)’s production of Xanadu and she worked on the first ever Kansas All-State show, James and the Giant Peach. 

Violet Newstead.......................Shelby Barros

Judy Bernly...............................Hannah Williams

Doralee Rhodes........................Hope Klessig

Franklin Hart, Jr. ......................Kyle Kite

Joe...........................................Jacob Melssen

Roz..........................................Kala Keller

Maria Delgado.........................Nicole Barth

Kathy.......................................McKena Silva

Margaret..................................Amanda Donohoe

Dick.........................................David Blakeman

Tinsworthy................................Jacob Livingston

Dwayne....................................Tanner Hake

Josh..........................................Elliot Mahon

Missy Hart................................Katherine Viviano

Bob Enright...............................Levi Ehrmantraut

Ensemble..................................Patricia Bales

                                                 Nicole Barth

                                                 Emilio Canals

                                                 Chris Cunningham

                                                 Amanda Donohoe

                                                 Levi Ehrmantraut

                                                 Alexandra Johnson

                                                 Tanner Hake

                                                 Darius Lee

                                                 McKena Silva

                                                 Noah Villarreal

                                                 Katherine Viviano

Swings......................................Bryce Bayer

                                                 Kelly Cunningham

                                                 Cortez Emerson

                                                 Nadia Ra'Shaun Williams