RTG 9 to 5 stars

From left, Judy (Dana Roders), Violet (Kara Ernst-Schalk), and Doralee (Kimberly Gibson) share a laugh over their success in “9 to 5 the Musical.”

“9 to 5 the Musical” — a comedy based on the 1980 film — opens Friday night at the Racine Theatre Guild.

The show plays weekends through May 26.

In the story, three female office workers, who are fed up with having to work for a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot,” bond over their shared disgust and concoct a plan for revenge.

After Violet, Doralee and Judy accidentally kidnap their boss, they decide to change their office into a place where all of their co-workers can thrive.

This musical is filled with music by Dolly Parton, one of the stars (along with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) of the film.

The characters from the movie are brought to life by Kara Ernst-Schalk as Violet, Kimberly Gibson as Doralee and Dana Roders as Judy, with Bob Benson portraying their boss, Hart.

The women of the office, Missy (Robbyn Wilks), Maria (Theresa Guariola), Kathy (Lauren Haumersen) and Margaret (Barbi McGuire), all support their efforts to take over, except for Hart’s loyal secretary, Roz (Jennifer Larsen).

Other cast and ensemble members featured include John Christensen, Zach Guerrero, Lorenc Gasparov, Peter Jones, Patrick Schneider, Mike Shelby, Paul Marquez, Norgie Metzinger, Dedrick Woods, Madeleine Anderlik, Rylie Armantrout, Laura Cuthbertson, Emily Hart, Indiana Hassler, Sophia Karegeannes, Anne Mollerskov, Carrie Prange and Jenna Zeihen.

“9 to 5” is directed by Douglas Instenes, with music direction by Greg Berg and choreography by Mary Leigh Sturino.

“The show is supported by a massive crew of costumers, set builders, technicians and production members,” organizers said.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There are also 2 p.m. Saturday matinees on May 18 and 25 and 7 p.m. shows on Sunday (May 19) and Thursday (May 23) for a discounted rate. To purchase tickets, call 262-633-4218 or go online to www.racinetheatre.org.

Note: According to organizers, while the audience is sure to enjoy a great performance, some adult humor may not be suitable for younger patrons.

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