LIMA â?? Think your job has its moments? Then laugh with the cast of â??Workingâ?ť as they find the fun side of any occupation.
â??This is a fun, ensemble show. There are monologues and songs about all different kinds of occupations, everything from a hooker to a school teacher,â?ť said Missy Keller, director of the musical comedy, opening today at Encore Theatre.
First staged in 1977, the musical is based on the Studs Terkel book, â??Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.â?ť It follows workers from the moment they get ready for their jobs, throughout their day, and through their accomplishments of the day. The show paints a portrait of the folks the world takes for granted.
â??I do want people to know that while the show is a comedy, there is some language and adult situations not appropriate for children,â?ť Keller said.
Yet the reputation of the show was enough to bring out 21 people to audition.
â??Weâ??ve really got a wonderful cast. We have some who have never been in a show before, and others who have come back to the stage for this show. Itâ??s been a blast working with this group. The cast has blended so well, which is especially important in an ensemble comedy,â?ť Keller said.
And while she has managed the staging and lines, Shawn Stevens has worked with the cast on the music for the show.
â??We started before Thanksgiving, and Shawn and I had to do some creative scheduling to get this ready. We had holidays in there, snow storms, and flu, but the cast has pulled it together, and itâ??s a really fun show,â?ť Keller added.