Saskatoon Summer Players returns to the stage with 9 to 5


The musical, based on the 1980 movie of the same name, features music and lyrics from Dolly Parton. It runs at the Remai Arts Centre from June 24 to July 3.

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As many people in Saskatoon head back to the office after years of working from home, Saskatoon Summer Players is doing the same.

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The volunteer theatre company returns to large-scale, liver performance with 9 to 5, a musical about the trials and tribulations of office life. The show is based on the 1980 movie of the same name and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

The company’s 2020 — then 2021 — summer production of Mamma Mia was ultimately cancelled in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it managed to adapt with a live-streamed production of The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy in the fall of 2020.

This summer’s musical tells the story of three co-workers conspiring to create an equitable office environment — with some hijinks along the way. Violet, Judy, and Doralee give their sexist, pigheaded boss the boot and rebuild the office under a new collective vision.

SSP has poured itself a cup of ambition, with two alternating casts embodying colourful characters trying to make their way in a drab world.

Directed by Kristie Elliott, 9 to 5 runs at the Remai Arts Centre from June 24 to July 3. Few tickets were left as of press time; find more information at persephonetheatre.org/event/9-to-5-9.

A rehearsal photo from the Saskatoon Summer Players production of 9 to 5. The volunteer theatre company is returning to the stage for its first live production in two years. (Facebook: Saskatoon Summer Players)
A rehearsal photo from the Saskatoon Summer Players production of 9 to 5. The volunteer theatre company is returning to the stage for its first live production in two years. (Facebook: Saskatoon Summer Players)

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