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Get Out Your Rolodex! Porthouse Theatre Is Working "9 to 5"

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Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, has opened its 49th season with a production of 9 to 5.

Directed by Porthouse producing artistic director Terri Kent, 9 to 5 opened June 16 and runs through July 1.

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, 9 to 5 is based on the hit 1980 movie starring Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. When three female co-workers are pushed to the boiling point, they craft a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical boss. While their boss is away from his desk, the three women live out their wildest, hilarious fantasy – taking over the company and giving the boss the boot.

The production features Kent State Assistant Professor Courtney Brown* as Judy Bernly, alumna Erin Diroll* as Doralee Rhodes, Sandra Emerick* as Roz Keith, Assistant Professor Amy Fritsche* as Violet Newstead and Associate Professor Fabio Polanco* as Franklin Hart Jr.

The production team includes choreography by alumna Kelly Meneer, costume design by alumna Kerry McCarthy, lighting design by College of the Arts Associate Dean Cynthia R. Stillings, scenic design by alumnus Terry Martin, sound design by alumnus Nathan Rosmarin and technical direction by graduate student Heather R. Sinclair. Graduate student Jennifer Hemphill is the assistant director, graduate student Patrick Ulrich is the props master and alumnus Joshua Brown* is the production stage manager.

Performances are June 20-25, June 27-30 and July 1 at 8 p.m. and June 25 at 2 p.m.

Subscriptions, single and group tickets can be purchased in person at the Porthouse Box Office, located in the Roe Green Center lobby of Kent State’s Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent, online at or by phone at 330-672-3884. 

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of Actors and Stage Managers in the United States