By Oisín McGovern
The Town Hall Theatre will ‘Shine Like The Sun’ for the next few evenings as Twin Productions stage their annual show.
The Galway-based musical society have chosen the laugh-out-loud comedy ‘9 to 5’ for their annual production, a show which is sure to delight audiences.
Based on the eponymous 1980 film, the soundtrack is largely composed of songs from the back catalogue of country music queen Dolly Parton.
Along with the iconic singalong title track, there are several of Parton’s lesser-known gems. The likes of “Shine Like The Sun”, “I Just Might”, “Get Out and Stay Out” and “Backwoods Barbie” are sure to go down a treat.
The plot follows Violet (Róisín Egenton), Doralee (Ailbhe Cook) and Judy (Emily Lohan) as they struggle under in a workplace overseen by the ‘sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot’ Franklin Hart (Kevin).
All three women work hard to try to get ahead, but can’t help feeling like ‘just another step in the bossman’s ladder’. When the three colleagues conspire to take control of their company, hilarity inevitably ensues.
Speaking about the show, former of Rose of Tralee Roisín Egenton – who plays Violet – said:
“The songs are not her biggest hits, but they are toe-tappers with amazing harmonies, and they have the definitive Dolly country-pop sound. Audiences will enjoy them even if they don’t know them. My favourite one to sing in this show is ‘I Just Might’. It’s about the three different women and how they have each faced their challenges, and how they must get over them to achieve greater things in life.”
‘9 to 5’ is directed by Brian Power, with choreography by Declan J Gardiner, and music/chorus direction by Eoin Corcoran. It runs from Tuesday March 10 to Sunday 15 at 8pm (excluding Sunday ) with matinees on March 14 (3pm ) and 15 (5pm ). The show is suitable for ages 12+. Tickets are from the Town Hall (091 – 569777, www.tht.ie ).