Auburn University Theatre celebrates ‘100 Years of Playing’ with ‘9 to 5: The Musical’

9 to 5AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts continues its 2013-2014 season with the smash Broadway hit “9 to 5: The Musical” directed by Chase Bringardner, opening Feb. 20, on the mainstage of the Telfair Peet Theatre and running through March 2.

The production marks an important milestone for theatre on the Auburn campus. In 1913, the first stage company, Auburn Footlights, formed as a student organization and following World War I, penned the name Auburn Players. To mark the centennial, AU Players, with the support of the College of Liberal Arts will host an alumni and friends reunion around the production of “9-to-5: The Musical” the weekend of Feb. 28 through March 2.

Tickets for “9 to 5: The Musical” and the AU Players Alumni and Friends Reunion may be purchased online at www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org or by phone at (334) 844-4154. Tickets to the production are free to Auburn University students with ID and $15 for the general public. Tickets to the AU Players Alumni and Friends Reunion are $80. For complete details about the reunion weekend, go to http://www.cla.auburn.edu/theatre/announcements/celebrating-100-years/.

“9 to 5: The Musical” is based on the 1980 movie of the same name and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick. Violet, Doralee and Judy all work for the worst boss in the world: the arrogant and lecherous Franklin Hart. When the three co-workers decide they’ve had enough, they kidnap Hart and run the office on their own terms. “9 to 5: The Musical” received a record 15 Drama Desk Award nominations and 4 Tony Award nominations.

The cast of “9 to 5: The Musical” includes Auburn University students Gabi Anderson, Paula Bagley, Emily Baade, Tinizia Bentley, Daley Browning, Anna Caudle, Jenna Dickey, Lindsey Dunn, Hannah Rae Faulk, Tara Folio, Steven Hatcher, Jake Heflin, Alex Horn, Jordan Lunstead, Dani Majors, Kathleen O’Hara, Rachel Pair, Michael Sanders, Ben Strickland, Taylor Thomas, David Tourtellotte, Rachel Ruth Tuney, Alex Waldhour, Anna Claire Walker and Blake Willoughby. “9 to 5: The Musical” features music direction by Sean Michael Flowers, choreography by Jeri Dickey, scenic, lighting and projection design by Matt Kizer, costume design by Tracy Oleinick and sound design by Stewart Ives.

“9 to 5: The Musical” runs Feb. 20-22, 25-28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances Feb. 23 and March 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Linda Bell, Department of Theatre, (334) 844-4748 (bellin@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)