Spotlight On… Star of 9 to 5 The Musical, Samantha Giffard

9 to 5 will burst onto the scene at Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre, London from 30 August to 1 October 2017, book your tickets here: 9 to 5 Tickets

Read all about it here: 9 to 5

Samantha Giffard is tackling the role of Roz and she chatted to Break A Leg about the challenges of taking on the role and why everybody should come and see the show. 

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, tell me about your character in 9 to 5…

My character in the show is Roz Keith. She is Franklin Harts office assistant and is secretly obsessed with him! She’s uptight, plays by the rules and loves control!

From my memories of the show, Roz is quite a character – what are the challenges of playing her?

In previous productions she has always been played by older women so initially I thought that was challenging. However I’m playing Roz in her 30’s as there’s nothing in the text that states her actual age!

Any particular favourite numbers in the show?

I really love the opening number ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Get out and stay out’ is also a favourite of mine (Amanda Coutts smashes it!).

Describe a typical rehearsal…

Usually they’ve begun with a vocal and physical warm-up and then we’ve started learning the scene or musical number. This tends to be singing the music/harmonies, having a line read through and marking through choreography. This show has lots of musical numbers so we started with these early on in the rehearsal process.

How do you think the space will lend itself to the musical?

I think it will work well in a smaller space as the majority of the show is set in an office and Chris Whittaker (choreographer) has been very clever with the staging and scene changes.

If you could play a different character in the show, who would it be and why?

I would absolutely love to play Doralee just because I never get to play blondes!

What can the audience expect from the show?

Great singing, high energetic staged numbers and truthful story telling.

Finally why should everyone come and buy a ticket to see it?

Firstly because it’s a Dolly Parton show and she’s awesome and writes fab songs! Secondly because the cast are brilliant and it’s a feel-good musical!

Thanks so much, Sam – I am looking forward to watching you play Roz! 

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