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Broadway Musical ‘9 to 5’ Comes to Life at Salem Theatre Next Two Weekends 

The 9 to 5 cast.  Seated: Angel Molenhour and Rick Simmons.  Left to Right: Jillin Williams, Mason LeMarr, Mary Ann Griffy, Kristin Bailey, Taylor Parker, Kathy Hayes, Bryan Stanley, Jim Husk, Cody Engel, Dottie Register, Bryce Stanley, David Tindall, and Jana Williams 

The Broadway Musical ‘9 to 5’ comes to the stage of the Salem Community Theatre the next two weekends.

The Salem show is directed by Dana Luse.  “9 to 5 is about three secretaries that go on a rampage to get rid of their boss.  He’s a sexist, bigoted, and whatever title you can put on him back in the 70’s.  He thinks he controls all the women. He makes one mistake and they are going to get rid of him.”

This is the first time Luse has moved into the director’s seat and she admits the musical with a cast of 17 has been quite an undertaking. Luse has performed in 13 plays.

The boss Franklin Hart, Junior is played by longtime retired South Central High School teacher and coach Rick Simmons.

“If you’re retired like I am, you are looking for things to do and things that are challenging. I find this very challenging.  Learning the lines, being in position, the blocking part of it.  I really get a buzz out of it.  Someone said, ‘do you miss coaching’.  Ya, I certainly do. I miss the coaching and miss the kids, and the fellow coaches whatever. This kind of makes up for it, I still can still get the energy boost I need and require and hopefully in the process entertain a few persons along the way.”

Simmons notes as a teacher he had to entertain students for 35 years. This is his 5th production after a member of his church asked him to play his first part, which turned out to be a lead.

This is the first performance for Angel Molenhour who plays Doralee Rhodes, the part Dolly Parton played in the movie.

“It has been fun.  It has been a lot of fun.  A lot of hard work.  People don’t know how much hard work goes into something like this until you are a part of it.”

Molenhour decided to give acting a try after her husband assisted in building the set for another play.

The assistant director is Michelle Barbee and Music Director is Tom Baker.

The show will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings September 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th at seven pm, with Sunday matinees on September 23rd and 30th at three pm.   Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students.

Other cast members include Dottie Register as Violet Newstead; Mary Ann Griffy as Judy Bernly, Kathy Hayes as Roz Keith and Cody Engel as Joe. Others in the musical are David Tindall as Dwayne, Bryce Stanley as Josh, Michelle Barbee as Missy, Kristin Bailey as Maria, Mason LeMarr as Dick, Jana Williams as Kathy, and Taylor Parker as Margaret. The cast is rounded out by Jim Husk as Mr. Tinsworthy, Bryce Stanley as the detective, Cody Engel as the Doctor, Jillin Williams as the candy striper and John Luse as the new employee.


GREASE Opens at the Centralia Cultural Society This Weekend

Grease is the word in Centralia as the Centralia cultural opens their production of the iconic musical “Grease”. The show will open this Friday night at 7 o’clock and reserved seats are still available.

Director Rob Jackson tells what it has been like to recreate the timeless story of the teenagers at Rydell High.

“It has been a blast doing a show like this.  Not everyone gets a chance to do this.  I’ve been blessed with a great cast and its really been fun seeing everything develop.  I know the show itself is an icon.  People know the name, enjoy the show and music, I’ve done my best to keep it as true to what people will expect when they hear the name GREASE.  I think the audience will be blown away when they see what we have done.”

The show will run this weekend and next. Hear songs like “Greased Lightnin”, “You’re the One that I Want”, “Hopelessly Devoted” and “Beauty School Drop Out” at the Centralia Cultural Society’s production of the timeless classic “Grease”

Show dates are September 21, 22, 28, 29, and 30th at 7:00 and 23rd at 3:00. You can call the cultural society to reserve seats at 532-2951.

Photos by Kayla Ryan.

Centralia Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison on Burglary Charges

A 26-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after admitting to a petition to revoke his probation.

Christopher Carroll of North Sycamore had been on probation for burglary. The revocation was based on admitting to committing another burglary in Clinton County. Carroll also pleaded guilty to the Clinton County case. The time will be served concurrently.

In addition, Carroll was ordered to complete two years of mandatory supervised release. He’ll also get credit for time served in the Marion County Jail.

Centralia Woman arrested for child endangerment and child abuse

A 24-year-old Centralia woman has been arrested by Centralia Police for child endangerment and child abuse.

Police had reportedly gone to the apartment of Scarlett Reynolds of South Sycamore Street on another matter when they allegedly saw a three old girl was a scabbing injury on the side of the head. Police say the home was also filthy.

The Department of Children and Family Services took protective custody of the girl,

Reynolds was taken to the Marion County Jail.

U.S. 50 In Clinton County will be down to one lane near Aviston starting next Wednesday

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that U.S. 50 will be intermittently restricted to one lane from Sugar Creek to east of Russland Road near Aviston beginning next Wednesday, September 26, weather permitting.

The work will take place daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic in each direction will be maintained using flaggers. This work is necessary to complete pavement repairs and is expected to be completed by the end of November.

IDOT advises the traveling public to follow all construction signs and drive with caution through the work zones. Delays should be expected and the use of alternate routes may be beneficial.


Salem Manufacturer Expects Strong Growth to Continue

The Vice President General Manager of Bettendorf Stanford in Salem says the private company has seen a large increase in both sales and its number of employees.

Matt Stanford told the monthly luncheon of the Salem Chamber of Commerce Thursday that you most likely consume something every day that has touched an item they manufactured. The company is best known for making bread knives for the bakery industry, but 70-percent of their business is making the larger bread slicing machines. Their customers include Starbucks and Sam’s Club and they sell in 50 to 60 countries.

Stanford has been involved in the management of the plant for the past 12 years.

“When we came into the business we were a little bit smaller, we had about 33 employees and my father and I decided to take the business in a little bit different direction.  I think we’ve been able to do that throughout the years where we’ve been averaging over the past 4 or 5 years over 30% organic growth.  It’s been pretty phenomenal and a huge headache at the same time.”

That growth has resulted in the number of employees growing to 120.

“We’re going to continue to grow and invest money and equipment into our business.  Over the past 5 years we have probably put a $1-1.5 million into our plant, people, tooling.  We will continue to do that to be able to sustain the growth that we need.”

The size of the manufacturing space has doubled, with the goal of eventually expanding further into the current warehouse area. The company is in the process of renovating its offices on West Main Street.

Stanford credits their success to treating customers like a family run business. He feels relationships and not just sales are key to the company, noting it is much easier to sell additional equipment if the customer is happy with the first purchase.

Stanford expressed appreciation to their employees as well as the Salem community for their support.

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