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9 to 5 is Coming to Porthouse Theatre

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will open its 49th season with a production of “9 to 5."

Directed by Porthouse producing artistic director Terri Kent, “9 to 5” opens June 16 and runs through July 1. A preview performance will take place on June 15.

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, “9 to 5” is based on the hit 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. When three female coworkers 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 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 Heather R. Sinclair. Jennifer Hemphill is the assistant director, Patrick Ulrich is the props master and alumnus Joshua Brown* is the production stage manager.

Performances are June 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, and July 1 at 8 p.m and June 18 and 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, Kent, OH 44242, 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


Media Contact:

Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116,


POSTED: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 4:26pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:56pm
Joni Koneval