9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.
Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?
Meet The Cast:
Stacia Fernandez (Violet Newstead) is so thrilled to be here at The Encore! Broadway appearances: Mamma Mia! (Tanya), The Drowsy Chaperone, Swing, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Beauty and the Beast. Regional appearances: Night at the Iguana (with James Earl Jones at A.R.T.), Next to Normal, Guys and Dolls, CATS, Death of Salesman, Dreams for a Summer House, and more. TV: “Homeland”, “Middle (ST)Age” (wrote and starred in for Stage17.tv), Film: Frozen, Enchanted, Shaggy Dogg. Stacia is also a playwright: A Smallville Christmas, The Loop, and Sticky Fingers. Twitter: @Fernandezstacia; Website: www.staciafernandez.com.
Ernest William (Franklin Hart, Jr.) a Southern California native but now a Las Vegas resident, and has been entertaining audiences for nearly 3 decades. He has starred on Broadway National Tours and Off-Broadway, European & Las Vegas stages. From 1994 to 2011 he starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s roller-skating musical, Starlight Express in both the Las Vegas and German Companies (over 3,000 performances) and also as both the Beast & Gaston on the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway saw him in the Drama Desk Award winning show, Toxic Audio’s Loudmouth. He was also understudy to 70’s pop icon, David Cassidy in the multi-million dollar spectacular, EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. He played Harry the Horse in Guys & Dolls for BK Agency out of New York for the Macau International Music Festival. One of his favorite roles of all time is Billy Flynn in the Namco Produced, Chicago. Ernest has developed his one man show, Direct from Vegas, and headlined for Azamara Club Cruises since 2015.
Alex Koza (Doralee Rhoades) was born in Arizona, raised in Tennessee, went to school in Chicago, just moved to New York, and now performing in Michigan! Alex is so excited to be making her professional stage debut at The Encore, and hopefully it’s the first of many more. Favorite roles include Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical, “Day by Day” Soloist in Godspell, and Farrah the Fairy in She Kills Monsters. She wants to thank her incredible family for always being supportive of her dream and never giving up on her. Also, huge thank you to Dan Cooney for giving her this opportunity, her amazing director Ray, and the entire cast of 9 to 5!
Thalia V. Schramm (Judy Bernly) was last seen on The Encore stage in The Full Monty (Georgie) last fall. Encore on-stage credits include: Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Evita in Concert (Eva Peron), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Olive), and The Last 5 Years (Cathy). Other Michigan credits include: Evil Dead the Musical (Linda) with Olympia Entertainment in Detroit, A Little Night Music (Anne) and Jerry’s Girls with Performance Network Theatre. Thank you to this brilliant cast and crew, and thank you for supporting The Encore and Michigan theatre!
Anne Bauman (Margaret/Ensemble) is delighted to be back at The Encore in this amazing production of 9 to 5 the Musical! She has been active at The Encore, both on and off stage, since the very first season. Some favorite Encore credits include: My Fair Lady (Ensemble), Les Misérables (Beggar Woman), Little Women (Aunt March); Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah); It’s a Wonderful Life (Ma Bailey); Damn Yankees (Sister); and Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright). Elsewhere, favorite roles include: Home for the Holidays (Mrs. C); The Bridges of Madison County (Ginny/Ensemble); Follies (Carlotta Campion); The Curious Savage (Ethel Savage); and Plaza Suite (Norma Hubley). Huge thanks to Dan and Thalia for this opportunity, and to the entire 9 to 5 artistic team, production staff, cast and crew for creating another memorable Encore experience!
Timothy Brayman (Ensemble) is a veteran actor, who is majoring in Performance Theatre with a minor in Backstage Design at Eastern Michigan University. 9 to 5 is Tim’s 40th production at the Encore, as the Technical Director, ASM or Actor; you may have seen him in My Fair Lady (George) or Into the Woods (Milky White). He would like to thank his wife, Beth, his 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 grand puppies for allowing him the time away from them to chase his passion for theatre. He would like to thank Anne, Paul and Dan for the opportunity to work at the magnificent Encore Musical Theatre Company. He wishes for continued good news for his seventh grandchild Felix (who had a complete liver transplant surgery at 10 months old at C.S. Motts Children’s Hospital. Felix will be four in November.) And as always to his youngest child Francesca: Click, Click, Chickadee, Click! “Good luck putting your seat belt on back there, they’re stuffed down the back seat……..”
Sarah Briggs (Roz Keith) is thrilled to be returning to The Encore after playing Billie in the developmental premiere of Into the Wild this past Spring. Recent credits include The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols), Assassins (Sara Jane Moore), Sugar Plum Panto (Clara) with Theater Nova, Rosie the Riveter (Katherine – Wilde Award Nomination) and Beanstalk: The Musical! (Mama – Wilde Award Nomination) with Wild Swan Theater. She has toured extensively throughout Michigan with Wild Swan and Timeless Tales Theater, bringing shows such shows as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Snow White), and Under the African Sky (Spider, Sky God, Hippo) to children of all ages. Past credits include Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa) and Rusalka (Rusalka) with Hawaii Opera Theater and Opera Express.
Kasey Donnelly (Kathy/Ensemble) is happy to return to The Encore after having the pleasure of being in both The Full Monty and Mary Poppins. Kasey is thrilled to be returning! Some of her favorite past credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Legally Blonde (Paulette), and The Birthday Party (Meg Boles). Kasey would like to thank her family for their support, her very best pals, Thalia, Ryan Lewis, her two cats, and Ethan for always having hugs ready for her.
Josh England (Josh/Ensemble) is so excited to be making his Encore debut! Josh is going to be a freshman Musical Theatre major in the fall at Oakland University. Some of his favorite high school credits include Dance Captain for How to Succeed in Business and Ensemble for Nice Work If You Can Get It. While in high school Josh was involved in 12 shows and is so happy to be taking his career to a professional level, he hopes you enjoy the show!
Sebastian Gerstner (Joe/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be back at The Encore. Recent credits include Mary Poppins (Bert), Camelot, Monty Python’s Spamalot (Patsy), Forever Plaid, Lend Me a Tenor (Max), and two one man shows: Buyer and Cellar and Chesapeake. He was honored to receive Wilde Awards for his performances as Patsy in Spamalot at The Encore and his one man show Chesapeake which played at Theater Nova. Choreography credits include Evil Dead at Michigan State University, Carousel at The Encore Theater, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Spamalot at Community High School. Thanks to everyone who consistently comes out to support the arts. Sebastian would like to thank his loving family and Stephen for continuously supporting him through each and every journey.
Bryana Hall (Maria/Ensemble) is, as always, thrilled to be back at The Encore, where she was most recently seen stepping in time with the company of Mary Poppins (Miss Lark/Dance Captain). Previous Encore credits include Company (Kathy/Dance Captain), the world premiere of Christmas Caroled!, The Full Monty (Joanie), The Wizard of Oz (Dance Captain), Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Les Misérables. Other favorite credits include: Choreography for The Dio’s recent smash hit, Forever Plaid, Agnes of God (Agnes), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix), and Rent (Mimi). She would like to thank Travis and the team at her own ‘9 to 5’ at General Motors for continuing to offer her the support and flexibility to pursue her theatrical dreams. She’d also like to thank YOU for supporting live theatre in Michigan!
Daniel A. Helmer (Dick/Ensemble) is honored to be part of 9 to 5, returning to The Encore’s stage after Camelot, Into the Wild (Wayne), Mary Poppins (George Banks), and Noises Off! (Lloyd). 9 to 5 was unknown to Daniel at the beginning of this process, but Dolly Parton’s talent and work ethic is too legendary to miss. Few in this world have accomplished what she has, and while we laugh and enjoy tonight, we honor her drive and love for music and acting. Thanks to Ms. Parton and all driven people.
Erika Jost (Daphne/Ensemble) is excited to return for the third time to The Encore! You may have caught her in Spamalot and Christmas Caroled. Erika Jost is a lifelong dancer trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical at the Turning Pointe School for the Performing Arts in St. Clair Shores, MI. These days she works on the creative team at Young People’s Theater in Ann Arbor, where she most recently choreographed Beauty and the Beast. Erika is thrilled to be back this summer to dance in 9 to 5 at The Encore!
Dan Laird (Bob Enright/Ensemble) is a Junior studying Management in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with minors in Economics and Musical Theatre. He is excited to be making his debut performance at the Encore in 9 to 5, and would like to thank his family for their continued support. He was last seen as Tiny Tom in MSU’s production of Urinetown the Musical. Dan is a native of Dexter, and a graduate of Dexter High School!
Gabrielle Minchella (Anita/Ensemble) is a recent graduate from Oakland University where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. She was most recently seen as Moana in the Detroit Princess Cabaret as well as Diana Moralas in A Chorus Line (Oakland University) Some of her other favorite roles that she has had the opportunity to play are Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba (Oakland University) and Jasmine in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Etico Productions). Gabrielle is beyond thrilled to be in her first production with The Encore and she would like to thank her cast and crew for such a wonderful experience! She would also like to thank her friends and family but especially her mom and dad for their endless love and support!
Billy Eric Robinson (Dwayne/Ensemble) is fresh from earning his BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University and is thrilled to be working with The Encore this Summer. You may recognize him from the ensemble of Camelot. This September you can also see Billy as Toby in Encore’s production of Sweeney Todd. Past Credits include-Outvisible Theatre Company: Dog Sees God (CB), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Adam), Oakland University: She Loves Me (Georg), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy Blakeny), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne), Assassins (John Hinckley Jr.), and Dogfight (Boland). Billy would like to thank his friends, family, and mentors for their ongoing love and support, and the powers that be for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this production. He’d also like to wish his fellow cast and crew members broken legs to infinity and beyond. Enjoy the show! www.billyericrobinson.com
Jared Scott (Carl Dean/Ensemble) is honored and beyond excited to be in his first show at The Encore Musical Theatre Company! This is his first show in a professional theater, however, Jared has been heavily involved with his school’s drama club since freshman year. His favorite moments include playing roles such as Roger in Grease and Lionel in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, serving as Improv Captain for a year, and co-writing and directing an original show with one of his close friends.
Maika Van Oosterhout (Missy/Ensemble) is happy to be continuing her summer of theatre at The Encore! She is from Harrison, MI, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Central Michigan University. Over the past few years, she has been involved with several professional theaters in Michigan, including the Great Escape Stage Company, The Penny Seats, and, of course, The Encore, where she as been seen in South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz, and just recently, Camelot. Favorite credits include Hope Cladwell in Urinetown and Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, for which she was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Musical at the 2016 Wilde Awards.