Basehor teen pursues passion through Theatre in the Park role
For Kellie Goss, a 2013 Basehor-Linwood High School graduate, working nine-to-five isn’t “a way to make a living,” it’s a way to explore one of her passions.
But Goss’ “nine-to-five” isn’t exactly the humdrum employment of a typical summer job. Instead, it’s long hours rehearsing for her role in the musical production of “9-to-5” being put on by Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park.
“It’s something that I had always considered auditioning for, and this year was different because it was my senior year,” Goss said of Theatre in the Park. “I figured I would have more time available during the summer to commit to it, and I’m so glad I did.”
The musical itself, Goss said, has scenes fairly similar to, and sometimes exactly like, the 1980 movie told from the point of view of Doralee, played by Dolly Parton. For anyone thinking of bringing young viewers, Goss said the musical would earn a PG to PG-13 rating.
Goss tried out for Theatre in the Park’s five summer productions in April and was called back to be in the “9-to-5” cast. After several weekends of rehearsals, the performances of “9-to-5” began June 21 and finish up this weekend.
Goss, who is a featured dancer in the ensemble, said that although the Theatre in the Park production differs from her many previous performances in high school, including those in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Violet Beauregard or The Wizard of Oz as both Auntie Em and Glinda the Good Witch, she’s had a great time performing.
“Dancing has always been something that went along with what I wanted to do,” Goss said, “but I’m definitely more about being on stage and acting.”
And that acting, Goss said, is what will keep her performing while she studies in a design field this fall.
“I think everyone wishes to entertain people, and I think I’m lucky to be with a cast that can do that,” Goss said.
“9-to-5” will be performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the theater in Shawnee Mission Park. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.