By Ashliana Rodriguez

On March 29 through April 1 PHHS’s Drama Department presented the musical ¨9 to 5,¨ based on the movie released in 1980. The story revolves around three women: Judy, Violet and Doralee who work for their “sexist, lying, egotistical, bigoted boss,” Mr. Franklin Hart, at Consolidated Companies.

Fed up with Mr. Hart, these women want to do more than take his notes and get his usual coffee. These women want to show that they can be ¨One of the Boys.¨

“I wanted to showcase the talent we had this year,” explained Director Anna Woods.

The cast is made up of a lot more female leads and newcomers to theater. Between learning lines and dance moves, these newcomers get to learn what it is like to be in high school theater.

“It’s big change,” expressed freshman Amanda Gill.

There were many rehearsals and dance workshops to pull off the show, but that gave the chance for cast and crew more time to prepare.

“It’s definitely an experience of a lifetime,” said senior Cleo Lagunilla.

For some of the cast and crew this is their last show, and they spend every moment cherishing it.

With the beautiful songs and smooth choreography there is also the technical crew known as Tech Crew. Their job is to build and paint the set to help the cast make the show really come to life. During the actual show their main focus is to move the set pieces during a “blackout” in under 30 seconds.

“We are all running around backstage,” explains Tech Crew member Delaina Pedroza. “(We are) making sure that everything get’s put on in time.”

With how well the first two shows were going 9 to 5 sold out their two last shows on Fri., Mar. 31 and Sat., April 1. It gave the cast and crew the boost to do their best job to give a full house a show of a lifetime.

“I thought the musical was amazing,” raved senior Janice Saturnino. “Definitely my favorite musical I have seen so far!”

On the last show, Ms. Woods gave a senior tribute to all those who have worked hard to present the musical. She brought them all out on stage and thanked them to the audience, making a point to explain the dedication that they all put in for the past three months. It was a thoughtful way to end the musical and all the productions that were presented this year.


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