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Originally from Perry County, Tahnee now lives with her newlywed husband and three cats in Zanesville. She has been in productions with New Lexington High School and Community Theatre, Hocking College and Havering College, and Zane Trace Players. This will be her fourth show with ZCT.
Tahnee feels blessed to be surrounded by this amazing community of truly talented people and she can’t wait for another show! She hopes that the audience has as much fun watching the show as she has had being in it!
For my real life, I’m a retired US Air Force Master Sergeant, and I currently work for the City of Zanesville in the Engineering Department as a construction inspector. I’ve been married for 31 years and have four children ranging in age from 27 to 16 and a one year old grandson.
Katelyn Baughman – Katelyn Baughman is 13 years old and attends Crooksville Schools. She fell in love with theatre at age 5, when she 1st appeared at ZCT as a member of the chorus in Fiddler on the Roof. Other productions she has participated in since then include the title roles in Annie (ZCT) and Charlotte’s Web (Renner), A Little Princess (ZCT), A Little Night Music (Renner), HONK (ZCT), M*A*S*H (ZCT), eight Angel Tree Benefits (ZCT/Renner), Back to the Garden (Shadowbox Live) and more. Katelyn runs Cross Country, and is a student of Kachido Aikijitsu. Katelyn is extremely grateful to all those who have helped her learn and grow in theatre and performance and sends special thanks to Jillian Von Gunten and Sheryl Wise for providing her the opportunity to play the role of the Candy Striper and appear in the Chorus of 9 to 5!
In my personal life, I work for Tri-Valley School District as a Special Education Assistant. I’m training my rescued Min Pin, Cubby, to become a therapy dog. I want him to have a life occupation helping struggling readers. Plus, he’ll get to come to work with me. I have a cat, Little Bit, but she has an attitude. Maybe I need to fix her up with a behavior plan. I added a new member to my family; Buster, the cat, showed up one day.
My favorite quote is from Shakespeare; “If music be the food of love, play on”.
Jillian B. Von Gunten (Director and Choreographer) – Jillian has participated in local theater all of her life and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Zanesville Community Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include: Maggie in “A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Alais in “The Lion in Winter,” Nancy in “OLIVER!” and Barbara Fordham in “August: Osage County,” all at Zanesville Community Theatre, and Stella Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” at The Renner. Some of her favorite shows to direct were: “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” “HONK,” “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Jillian currently serves as the Coach for Powerhouse’s SPARKS!! Improv Troupe and works in Zanesville as an attorney at Allen, Baughman, & Martin, Attorneys at Law.
Director’s Notes: This is usually the place where the Director talks about why they wanted to direct this particular show, etc. This is also one of the things folks who arrive early to the show read to pass the time before the “curtain rises.” So, I’ll try to make this just long enough to pass the time (without boring you) and (marginally) entertaining. No promises, though…
Two admissions are necessary before we go much farther. First, I loved the movie “Nine to Five.” Loved it. Still do. I may be guilty of speaking only in quotes from the movie with one dear friend. Second, I love Dolly Parton. While not a huge fan of modern country music, I do love the “Classics” and I have a special place in my heart for Dolly, not only for her music, but also for her abilities – talk about one smart lady who has more brains and business sense than anyone gave her credit for when she started out. She sure showed them. So, these two things alone should explain why I had to direct this show. But like the ladies say in the show, “there’s more than that.”
On one hand, “9 to 5” is a “women’s story” – as one person called it, a “girl power show.” And, yes, it certainly is. (There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, in my opinion.) The show is set in 1979, a mere 35 years ago, but tells a story with which many of my contemporaries are unfamiliar: women earned less, succeeded less, and were less respected than their male colleagues. Certain career avenues were unilaterally closed to women. Flash forward 33 years to me graduating from law school with a class composed of 60% women and being sworn into the practice of law by an Ohio Supreme Court on which sat more women than men and whose Chief Justice was (and still is) a woman. Pretty awesome changes, but they hide the history for many young women. So, in that sense, “9 to 5” is a reality check that the advances women of my age have gained were hard fought for not all that long ago. (I’m putting my gender soapbox away, I promise.)
More than that, though, “9 to 5” is the story of every person who has been belittled or made to feel small by a jerk (boss or not). The journey made by each of the ladies, Violet, Doralee, and Judy, is one with which we can all identify – learning to be independent and stand up to the people who makes us feel less than valuable. We want the “underdogs” to win, for the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” to get his in the end. We’ve all got that one jerk we wish we could accidentally poison with rat poison that looks disarmingly like coffee sweetener. (Just buy into the theory, ok?) So, the show serves the purpose of a kind of group therapy – time for the bad guy to get his just desserts, the hard working employees to be rewarded, and order to be restored to a world of chaos. An overly dramatic generalization? Well, yes. But I am a theater person and its probably only a slight generalization anyway.
To avoid any additional tangents, time to wrap this up, I think. The show is very funny. The cast and crew have worked exceedingly hard all summer long. This is one of the largest shows we’ve ever done at ZCT . We hit the ground running 3 months ago and never looked back. It was a challenge embraced. Everyone involved had enthusiasm from day one and I couldn’t be more grateful; you’ll see why. I hope you leave the show humming a tune and with a smile on your face. I’ve had a marvelous time with my dear friends putting this show together and I sincerely hope that carries over to you. As always, thank you for supporting the arts in Southeastern Ohio and Zanesville Community Theatre. Time to get to work! Enjoy the show.
Sheryl Wise (Music Director) – Sheryl has been involved in Zanesville Community Theatre for over thirty years onstage, backstage, and on the board of directors. She has also worked with several other community theaters in central and southeastern Ohio. Some of her favorite shows to direct have been “Noises Off”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Seussical”, and “The Odd Couple”. Some of her favorite shows to be in have been “Sweeney Todd”, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, “Nunsense”, and “Steel Magnolias”. Currently Sheryl is a Fine Arts teacher for Franklin Local Schools where she teaches theater and music. She is also church organist for Market Street Baptist Church. Sheryl shares her home with her Mom and their three cats. She is preparing for shoulder replacement immediately after this show closes so there will be lots of time to rest and read. Time to keep dreaming big!
Musical Director Notes – I am excited about the opportunity to bring the music of “9 to 5” to our stage. For those of you that don’t know— Dolly Parton wrote all of the music. So many people only associate her with country or bluegrass styles, but the music from this show encompasses everything from Broadway to Latin to the blues. I have always enjoyed her as a performer, but was especially impressed when I heard her speak at an educational conference I attended in Nashville. She has such a passion for giving back to her own community and for always improving. She spoke that day about her project to promote reading in her home county called Imagination Library. The project provides high quality books at no charge to pre-school students by mailing them directly to their families. Since its inception in 1996 over 50 million books have been delivered! She is an amazing performer, business woman, and philanthropist. In a recent article in “Guidepost Magazine” Dolly wrote “Dreams are never gonna come true if you don’t put wings on ‘em. Not only wings—they need feet, hands, and a brain. You’ve got to work really hard to make a dream come true. That’s the difference between a wish and dream.”Our dream here at Zanesville Community Theatre is to continue to bring quality productions to our stage. It takes hours of hard work by a dedicated group of volunteers to make it come true. We thank you, our audience, for being part of the dream.