Preview: Carlynton High School rehearses '9 to 5'


Carlynton High School is performing “9 to 5” this year.

“The last few years we’ve done very traditional, even old-fashioned type musicals, which were really fun, but ‘9 to 5’ is a nice change,” said senior Lana Meyer.

Meyer is playing the role of Violet Newstead in the show.

“Violet is always in control—well, almost always. It’s tough to play that type of character when I haven’t quite reached that level of self-assuredness,” said Meyer. 

Senior Seve Rodriguez is playing Mr. Franklin Hart, Jr. and said there are a few challenges when playing the character.

“Having to portray an adult businessman when only being 18 years old is difficult. Also, having to back and forth happy to mean is a challenge,” said Rodriguez.

Despite the challenges, Rodriguez said he enjoys a number of elements of his role.

“I like that he is a belting baritone, like me. Also, I’ve always wanted to play the bad guy, this role gives me that opportunity,” said Rodriguez.

Carlynton’s director of 18 years, Rob James, said this year’s production really showcases the talent of the students.

“We have a really strong group of ladies this year and it’s a show about the ladies. The entire cast is an extremely nice group of kids,” said James.

Meyer said the cast has become very close during the rehearsal process.

“We’re all really good friends, which is rare. Usually there’s bound to be friction between some people, but not this year! I love them,” said Meyer.

Carlynton’s production of “9 to 5” will run April 11, 12 & 13 at 7:30 and April 14 at 2.