Drama Group kicks off season with ‘9 to 5’
By Jessi Virtusio firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @JessiVirtusio October 9, 2013 2:48PM
Franklin Hart (Eric Walton, from left) is fired by Russell Tinsworthy (Tony Labriola) as secretaries Violet (Regina A. Gadotti), Judy (Meghan Falica-Hoyt) and Doralee (Lara Heritage) look on in triumph in this rehearsal scene from the Drama Group’s production of “9 to 5.” | Diane and Chuck Kaffka photo
‘9 TO 5’
♦ Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights
♦ 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, many of the other performances running from Oct. 11-20 are sold out so one should call for performance availability
♦ $20 for adults, $19 for seniors or $15 for students with identification; group discount rates also are available
♦ (708) 755-3444;
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:11AM
When it comes to community theater, the Southland is blessed with a number of hardworking troupes.
The Drama Group has been bringing Broadway to the south suburbs since 1931.
The troupe launches its 2013-14 season with “9 to 5” from Oct. 11-20 in Chicago Heights.
The musical is based on the 1980 comedic film starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin as women in the workplace.
“We have an amazing cast especially with the three principal characters: Violet, Doralee and Judy,” director Charlie Misovye said of the Drama Group production featuring Regina A. Gadotti, Lara Heritage and Meghan Falica-Hoyt.
“They are all Drama Group veterans. They have been in many shows over the years.”
Misovye is no stranger to the Drama Group, having been involved since his days at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights more than 30 years ago.
Living just two blocks from the Studio Theatre in Chicago Heights has been helpful whether he was working on a main stage production like “9 to 5” or Drama Group Daytime Children’s Theatre shows like “Hansel and Gretel,” which will be staged in November.
“We’re really trying to expand and make it all-inclusive of every age range in the community so they can enjoy local community theater and see their friends and family on stage,” he said.
For now, “9 to 5” is the focus, and the show will feature a treat for audiences.
“The musical differs from the film in one very important way,” Misovye said. “It has amazing musical number, both the scoring and the lyrics by Dolly Parton.
“She has some tunes that were on some of the other albums and now CDs, of course, that have been reorchestrated and reimagined to fit into the show.
“We even have a special video appearance by Dolly Parton. We’re very lucky to have the technology to provide that to our patrons.”
Jessi Virtusio blogs on Elaborating on Entertainment at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment, where there will be much more from Charlie Misovye about Drama Group.