George Washington High School’s Theatre of Nevertheless recently put on a fantastic production of an adaption of the acclaimed movie, “9 to 5.” The student performers graced the stage and showcased the talent that lies within our youth as well as community.
“9 to 5,” originally a successful ’80s comedy that starred well-known actresses Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, was taken on by George Washington’s theater program. Their rendition of this classic comedy was lively and skillfully executed in front of their families and peers, but what does it take to pull off such a successful production? I had the pleasure of interviewing a student involved in the production of “9 to 5” — Amelia Engle, a junior who played one of the three main protagonists in the musical.
FlipSide: How did you prepare for the role of Judy?
Engle: I prepared for this role by watching the movie prior to my audition and I worked with a vocal coach six months leading up to the auditions and then throughout the show as well.
FS: How long did it take for this production to come together?
Engle: The rehearsal process lasted about three months, and it was off to a rocky start when we didn’t have our scripts or a musical director for about two weeks.
FS: Were there any fears or anxieties involved pre-show? If there were, how did you get over this?
Engle: There is always pre-show anxieties and nerves, but it’s better to be nervous than to be overly confident in your performance because it keeps you on track and in the moment, and it really helps that you are playing a whole other character. You are no longer yourself, you are somebody else up there.
FS: How did it feel to perform in front of your peers?
Engle: Performing in front of the whole school really holds some people back from auditioning or attempting to join the theater group, and it’s sad because everyone is kind and appreciative of everyone’s efforts and it’s really a wonderful feeling when you get up there.
FS: What has been the most rewarding thing that has come out of being part of this production?
Engle: The most rewarding thing of this production is how close the cast and crew has become. There is no division between the behind the scenes workers or actresses at the front of the stage. Everyone is really close and the theater group as a whole is a family.