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Flat River Community Players present “9 to 5”


The Flat River Community Players will present “9 to 5” in July. The show opens July 10, with additional shows July 11, 12, 17 and 18. Pictured from left to right is Emily Smith (Doralee), Lindsay Tallian (Judy), Ric Davenport (Mr. Hart), and Brenda Jolls (Violet).

The Flat River Community Players will present “9 to 5” in July. The show opens July 10, with additional shows July 11, 12, 17 and 18. Pictured from left to right is Emily Smith (Doralee), Lindsay Tallian (Judy), Ric Davenport (Mr. Hart), and Brenda Jolls (Violet).

“Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’!” Can’t you just hear Dolly Parton singing this from the iconic movie, “9 to 5”?  Well, get ready because the Flat River Community Players will present their production of Dolly’s stage musical of “9 to 5” at the Greenville Area Community Center coming up in July!

Women who loved the female-empowerment movie in the 1980s might want to bring their daughters to see this production, which is still relevant in 2015. This stage version of the workplace tale still has the three secretaries joining forces to bring their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot of a boss to heel, but their own worlds and backgrounds are more fully developed with songs, mates, and some new scenes. Of course, their plan spins completely out of control bringing wild hilarity with it!

Stage director Amanda Hall and music director Katy McDonough have chosen a funny and diverse cast for “9 to 5.” Brenda Jolls (Violet Newstead), Emily Rice Smith (Doralee Rhodes), and Lindsay Tallian (Judy Bernly) star in the Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda roles respectively. Longtime FRCP veteran Ric Davenport tackles the Dabney Coleman role of Franklin Hart, Jr., the chauvinist who makes the gals’ lives miserable at the office.

The stage musical follows the movie quite closely as the three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world! Music and lyrics are by the great Dolly Parton and the book of the musical is by Patricia Resnick, who wrote the film’s screenplay.

Besides the well known title song, the show features 16 new Parton songs written especially for the show.

“9 to 5” opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Additional 7:30 p.m. performances are on July 11, 17 and 18, with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on July 12. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and senior citizens.

Order tickets in advance with VISA or Mastercard, either by using the ShowClix link at the Players’ website (www.frcp.org) or at the ShowClix site (www.flatriver.showclix.com). If you prefer, call 1-888-71-TICKETS instead.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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The Dixie Swim Club 


 

April 17-19, 25-26

Opening the Flat River Community Players’ 41st season is a funny, touching story about the bonds between friends. The Dixie Swim Club is by the writing team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The Players produced their comedy, Dearly Beloved, in 2012.

Opening at the Greenville Area Community Center, on April 17, Dixie follows five feisty gals who met years ago while members of their college swim team. They gather for a reunion at the same cottage every year and catch up on each other’s highs and lows of life. The play is kind of a mix of the heart-warming southern charm of Steel Magnolias and the sassy, fast-paced zingers of The Golden Girls. These ladies will make you laugh, inspire you, and send you home to hug your loved ones.

The FRCP production stars Patty Rockafellow as Jeri Neal McFeeley. She also has performed in the FRCP musicals Seussical, The Great American Trailer Park, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Veteran Player Jessica Gilbertson takes on the role of Dinah Grayson. She was last seen as Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Also the group’s head costumer, Jessica sees this show as a rare chance to get onstage. “I can get away without having to build many costumes from scratch,” she explains.

Roxanne Hutchinson joins the cast to play Vernadette Simms. This will be Roxanne’s first time onstage since junior high school. She was inspired to get involved after her grandson appeared in a middle school play.

Donita Coughlin returns to the FRCP stage after a four-year absence, to play Sheree Hollinger. She also performed in Cinderella, Nunsense, The Laramie Project, A Grand Night For Singing, And Sight Unseen.

Becky Tower will play the role of Lexie Richards. Her past FRCP productions include Dearly Beloved And Escanaba In Love.  She’s also appeared in a few dinner/theater plays at the Community Center.

Lyle Fales is directing, assisted by Denise Webb. Fales previously directed Dearly Departed, All My Sons, Escanaba In Da Moonlight, Eleemosynary. Hilda Sorvari is the show’s producer.

The Dixie Swim Club opens on April 17 with additional performances on April 18, 19 and 25, 26.  All curtains are 7:30 PM except for the Sunday matinee on the 19th at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $13 adults, $11 students and senior citizens.  Order tickets in advance with VISA or Mastercard, either online at www.flatriver.showclix.com or by using the ShowClix link at the Players’ website, www.frcp.org.  Or call 1-888-71-TICKETS.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Flat River Players present “Cinderella”


The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn this summer with the Flat River Community Players’ production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic, Cinderella. The musical opens at the Greenville Area Community Center on Friday, July 22.

Emily Smith plays Cinderella, a young girl forced into a life of servitude by her coldhearted stepmother (Donita Coughlin) and self-centered stepsisters (Taylor Hedrick and Brittany Jager), who dreams of a better life. Meanwhile, the King and Queen (Greg Stratton and Brenda Jolls) are preparing for a ball in the hopes that their son, Prince Christopher (Jeremiah Souza), will find a suitable bride. After being laughed at by her stepsisters and left behind, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother (Deb Dieckman) appears. Persuaded by Cinderella’s fervor to attend the ball, she bestows upon the girl a beautiful ball gown, golden slippers, and a glittering carriage, but they come with a warning to be home by midnight.

“Cinderella lives in the dream world created by her imagination,” says Director Julie Chapman Jakeway. “The prince lives in reality and really doesn’t even know he dreams until she walks in the door.  The play is truly about helping the prince believe that dreams can come true even though all the elements surrounding him are telling him reality is the only way.”

The FRCP presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at 8:00 p.m. on July 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, and at 2:00 PM on July 24, at the Greenville Area Community Center.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students 18 and under, and $10 for seniors 60 and over.  Call the Players’ box office at (616) 754-8207 for reservations with MasterCard or VISA.  If you prefer, stop by the Community Center weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to purchase tickets in person.  For more information about the Flat River Community Players, visit the website at http://www.frcp.org/.

With great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.  Cinderella is must-see theater for the summer!

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Auditions for “Cinderella”


The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for the musical “Cinderella” by Rodgers and Hammerstein at 7:00 p.m. on May 16, 17 and 18 at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville.  Director Julie Jakeway and music director Mark Dombroske look to cast six to seven women and three to four men, aged late teens/20s through 60+ for principal roles, one or two kids of upper elementary or middle school ages, and a mixed chorus of teens and adults.  Auditioners should bring a prepared solo with sheet music or recorded accompaniment.  First rehearsal is May 23.  Performances are July 22-30.  Questions?  Call the FRCP at 616-754-8207.

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