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ACTS continues new season with Dolly Parton musical '9 to 5'

Last Modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 2:45 PM

Special to the American Press

Artists Civic Theatre & Studio will open its 47th season with Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5: The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the 1 Reid Street Theatre.

The production will be under the direction of Damien Thibodeaux. Additional evening performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 12 and 13, and matinees will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 and 14.

Starring as Southern belle Doralee Rhodes is Kristen Harrell, an ACTS veteran who has been in productions such as “Kiss Me Kate” and “Annie Warbucks.” Robin Prejean will be Violet Newstead, the savvy office veteran who’s been passed over many times for promotions. Robin made her ACTS debut in last season’s production of “Into the Woods.”

As a special twist to the production, each performance will feature a different local “celebrity” cameo as “Mr. Tinsworthy” the company’s board chairman.

A live band will provide the music for the production.

Tickets cost $25 each and may be purchased at www.actstheatre.com. Tickets may also be purchased at Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy, Moss Bluff Florist and Gift, the Lake Charles Civic Center or by calling 433-ACTS.

During the run of the show, ACTS will accept donations of women’s business attire for shelter clients preparing to re-enter the job market.

The premiere will be a Gala Opening Night Celebration benefiting Oasis, the local women’s shelter. The gala will feature an hors d’oeuvres menu with wine and champagne.

Barry Whitten will make his ACTS debut at Mr. Franklin Hart, bigot boss at the Consolidated Corporate offices.

Hailey Ford Coburn, last seen in “Into the Woods,” will portray Judy Burnly, a naive new employee and a recent divorcee whose husband left her for his secretary.

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