Suffield Academy’s Performing Arts department put on three incredible nights of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical on December 8, 9, and 10. Highlighted by incredible singing performances, creative outfit changes, set pieces reflective of the musical’s 1970s time period, and even a few video appearances by Dolly herself, the audiences were captivated from the very first song. More than 40 students and faculty members were involved with the production directed by Tom Dugan.
Kennedy Morris ’23, who played Violet, said, “I had the best time performing in 9 to 5 this year. Being a lead in a show is an experience I’ve wanted since I started doing musicals in middle school, and the cast and crew made it so much fun. This was truly one of my favorite Suffield experiences to date and I am finding new little pieces of Violet in myself every day.”
Brighie Hogan ’23, who played Roz, said, “I’ve been involved in theatre at Suffield since I was a freshman, but this show was by far the best. The family that was built during this musical is one that will last a lifetime, and being a lead is such an amazing experience because you get to improve your numbers and become one with your character. Performing Arts at Suffield is truly a magical place, and though the rehearsals are very long and difficult, being on stage is so worth it!”
Connor Roman ’23, who played Dwayne, said “The musical is an awesome, unique experience with very welcoming people that everyone should try at least once. It’s a comfortable way to get out of your comfort zone, and the productions, along with the atmosphere, are truly amazing.”
The shows highlighted the immense artistic talents in the Suffield Academy community and served as a highlight of the winter term.