Bigfork Summer Playhouse Premiering 9 to 5 on Friday, June 2nd

“9 to 5”

Based on the 20th
Century Fox Picture
Music and Lyrics by DOLLY PARTON
Book by PATRICIA RESNICK


Bigfork Summer Playhouse: 9 to 5This lively musical is based on the 1980s hit movie, 9 to 5. Three women — an overworked office manager, a jilted wife, and an objectified secretary — conspire to get rid of their smarmy boss and begin making woman-friendly changes to their office and workplace. Our cast and staff have been working very hard on this production and are very happy to show you what they they’ve got. 

This may be the one for you if you like to see actors being hoisted up in the air and tied up. Here is a look at what we have done:

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Musical Numbers

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  • NINE TO FIVE
  • AROUND HERE
  • HERE FOR YOU
  • I JUST MIGHT
  • BACKWOODS BARBIE
  • HEART TO HART
  • DANCE OF DEATH
  • COWGIRL’S REVENGE

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  • POTION NOTION
  • JOY TO THE GIRLS!
  • SHINE LIKE THE SUN
  • ONE OF THE BOYS
  • CHANGE IT
  • AIN’T IT GREAT?
  • LET LOVE GROW
  • GET OUT AND STAY OUT[/column] [/note]

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C A S T

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  • Doralee Rhodes–ANNIE JANSON
  • Violet Newstead–MOLLIE CRAVEN
  • Judy Bernley–TAYLER METTRA
  • Franklin Hart Jr–CODY HEUER
  • Roz Keith–JENNA TUMMINO
  • Joe–.NATHAN JENTINK
  • Dwayne–TYLER HUMPHREY
  • Josh–TROY STEPHENS[/column]

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  • Missy–CASEY WEEMS
  • Maria–LINDSAY WOPPERT
  • Dick–CALVIN MALONE
  • Kathy–MARY KATE MOORE
  • Margaret–NIKKI SPIES
  • Bob Enright–CALEB JERNIGAN
  • Detective–PEYTON TUCKER
  • Doctor–DAVID BRUMFIELD
  • Candy Striper–LAUREN WRIGHT[/column][/note]

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Behind The Scenes

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  • Director–JENNIFER POARCH
  • Music Director–KATIE HOLMES
  • Choreographer–JANIE WALLACE
  • Set Designer–NICHOLAS GRAVES
  • Costume Designer–NICOLE ZAUSMER[/column]

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  • Lighting Designer–BRYAN D. KASCHUBE
  •  Technical Director–GREG KENDALL
  • Stage Manager–DWAYNE AGUE
  • Sound Engineer–ROB BRIDGES
  • Company Manager–BRACH THOMSON[/column]

Technical Assistants: JESSICA DUMKE, CHANDRA GREGG, LAUREN LUSK, TRAVIS COX, & YANA DRYDEN

Costume Assistants: EMILY BOSACKER, RACHEL GLADSON, VIRGINIA VARLAND and ABBY WYATT[/note]

“Sneak Peek,” Behind the Curtain

 

Theater Preparation

Well it’s probably not what you think. The first thing that may be interesting is that the actors don’t often wear costumes until the dress rehearsals! Interesting right? A lot  of other things go on behind the scenes to prepare for a show. For instance, people have to make all of the costumes. Yep, amazing costumes can’t just be ordered, they have to be made. All of the props are made as well; such as furniture and the scenery. Lights and sound are also controlled by key individuals working behind the scenes. And lastly, there is the musical ensemble. Making great productions requires that you have great musical numbers especially if the production is itself a “musical,” which is what we is done at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.  If you don’t believe it check out these pictures for proof. It’s crazy how much preparation goes into the performing arts. The video lasts awhile but we wanted to give you are comprehensive crash course on theater preparation.

 

 

Acting Rehearsals: 

Here you will find the director, music director, choreographer and the actors running through each scene. The whole idea is to try and perfect actors’ performance. Finding what works in terms of stage movement, music, lights and acting are key points in this arena of theater preparation. The directors and choreographers are there to interpret the script so that the show is flawless. You will also find that this is where actors try to become and perfect their characters through practice and will eventually make their roles come alive. If you talk to anyone on this end of things, you will find that the reward is in the finished product and in seeing it succeed.

Theater PreparationProps and Costume Design:

On this end we have, costume designers, painters, scenery designers, sewers, and prop makers. The show would seem bare if it had no props and the actors did not have costumes. These very important people are a huge part in making the show look and feel real. Usually you will find the costume designers sewing away in the costume shop, and the prop makers building away in the shop. The costume shop is full of costumes like suits, baseball uniforms, dresses, shoes, you name it they have it when it comes to costumes. In the shop, you will find props and signs from the past hanging on the walls. You will also see countless paint cans, wood and anything else you would need to make the set. They are a fun bunch and can be seen laughing about life as they make things. If you talk to any of them, they will say that it is a pleasure to see their props looking good on the stage during  opening night.

 

Theater Preparation

Lights, Sound, and the Stage Manager:

Please don’t have a show without these people. The sound technician makes sure that everyone sounds good. Sometimes you will find him recording actors so that they can hear how they sound. Sometimes you will see him testing his mics and telling people how they work. He also plays a key role in making the production sound as professional as possible.

The light technician is in charge of the lighting of the show. He is in charge of scene transition, creating mood, and other things like the fog machine and making sure the scene looks good in a black light setting. You will often see him fixing up his long string of lights so that it works effectively. He is a key player in the begining stages of production, there to work out any “hang-ups.”

The stage manager is there to make sure everything runs according to planned. He plans, controls, and evaluates what goes on during rehearsals. He also plays a big part in employee problems, being there for anyone who needs it. He is in charge of the stage as well as the costume shop and the shop. His job is to make it come together.

Theater PreparationMusical Ensemble:

Our musical ensemble section consists of a percussionist, woodwind player, brass player, and a keyboardist. Something interesting about our keyboardist is that he plays several keyboards at once. It sounds great when you put it all together and it really compliments the production. What we do is have the ensemble practice for a couple weeks alone at first and then we have them practice with the actors a week before the premier. You will often ask, “How is it going” and they will tell you that they are writing and rewriting their musical scripts so that the music fits what is going on in the rest of the show. One great sign that the production is getting good is when the show flows great with the music. If you ask a musician what they believe to be the best part of the job they will tell you that they love it when their music is complimented by people who were touched by it.

 

Once this is all put together and perfected we have a show! Come see the shows this summer by buying tickets.

 

 

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at our summer playhouse in Bigfork, Montana!

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The Hilarious New Musical Revue

Book and Lyrics by JOE DiPIETRO

Music by JIMMY ROBERTS

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It is a great time to be around Flathead lake and we are very excited to announce our show, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at our playhouse theatre in Bigfork, playhouse theatreMT. It is a series of hilarious, emotional, and crazy  vignettes all centered around love and relationships from each gender’s perspective. In this show there are four actors playing in the production. Each actor plays several different roles. As you can see below, they have so many roles in the show, that the names of the characters are generalized.


 

The Cast:

  • Man #1 is played by Caleb Jernigan
  • Woman #1 is played by Lindsay Woppert
  • Man#2 is played by Cody Heuer
  • Woman # 2 is played by Jenna Marie Tummino

 

Here is a couple of cast interviews from the their perspective. They give an overview of what their characters are all about:

Here are some of the musical numbers featured in the show:

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First Act

  • Cantana For a First Date
  • A Stud And a Babe
  • Single Man Drought
  • Why? ‘Cause I’m a Guy’
  • Tear Jerk
  • I Will Be Loved Tonight
  • Hey There, Single Gal/Guy
  • He Called Me[/column]
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Second Act
  • Wedding Vows
  • Always a Bridesmaid
  • The Baby Song
  • Marriage Tango
  • On the Highway of Love
  • Waiting Trio
  • Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?
  • I Can Live With That
  • I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change[/column]

It should be said that this show has some adult concepts and is meant for an adult crowd.

The show will be playing all summer long at the Bigfork Playhouse Theatre and can be found by going to the 2012 calendar. If you would like to buy tickets just click the “buy tickets button on the top right of this page or you can call the box office at (406) 837-4886.

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Credit goes to:

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  • Director/Choreographer: Jennifer Poarch
  • Music Director:Brach Thomson
  • Set Designer: Dwayne Ague
  • Costumes: Shannon Barrett
  • Technical Director: Dwayne Ague[/column]

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  • Lighting Designer: Bryan Kaschube
  • Stage Manager: Dwayne Ague
  • Accompanist: Brach Thomson
  • Sound Engineer: Rob Bridges
  • Company Manager: Brach Thomson[/column][/note]

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Produced by Special Arrangement with:

Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library

229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10001

(212) 699-6523[/note]

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