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Our 1960-1961 Season: Mainstage

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Bells are Ringing

Book by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green

Ella Peterson works in the basement office of her boss, Sue, of "Susanswerphone", a telephone answering service. She listens in on others' lives and adds some interest to her own humdrum existence by adopting different identities – and voices – for her clients. They include Blake Barton, an out-of-work Method actor, Dr. Kitchell, a dentist with musical yearnings but lacking talent, and playwright Jeff Moss, who is suffering from writer's block and desperately needs a muse. Ella considers the relationships with these clients "perfect" because she can't see them and they can't see her ("It's a Perfect Relationship").

When Jeff Moss pleads with Ella for help in writing, she responds, and a romance ensues ("Long Before I Knew You"). Complications arise when Ella thinks that she does not fit in with Jeff's wealthy friends ("The Party's Over"). Adding complications are the police, who are certain the business is a front for an "escort service," and Sandor, the owner's shady boyfriend, who unbeknownst to Sue is using the agency as a bookmaking operation ("It's a Simple Little System").

Opening Night: Tuesday, May 30, 1961 - Closing Night: Saturday, June 10, 1961


Dancer Soloist / HenchmanBuddy Avers
Chorus - WomanSue Bender
Dancer SoloistJerry Beradino
FrancisBob Bongo
Larry HastingsFred Bonner
EnsembleAlice Cheridan
Charles BessemerPhil Deputy
EnsembleMaureen Dodd
EnsembleJamie Donnelly
Jeff MossBill Edwards
MichelleDoris Fischer
Phone Man / Ludwig Smiley / Paul Arnold / EmceeJohn Gardner
Dr. KitchellSam Goodman
Gwynne SmithCarol Greene
Madame GrimaldiMildred Hilyard
Henchman / Police OfficerBob Jennings
CarolMary Macy
OlgaAlice Mahler
Dancer SoloistLise Mauer
EnsembleJudy McCabe
ActorBruce McCormick
SandorEd McEvoy
CarlGary Middleton
Blake BartonZach Morfogen
Jimmy MalletMarilyn Morfogen
Sue SummersEdith Oxman
Dancer SoloistGloria Rakoczy
Dancer SoloistBobby Rakoczy
JoeyJohn Scerbak
Mrs. MalletBarbara Schreiber
Ella PetersonPat Shea
Inspector BarnesHarry Slepian
Chorus - MenRobert Twilley
ActorChuck Walter

Production Staff

ProducerAl Berger
Marthe Foth
Marge Gaffney
Stage ManagerDorothy Cobb
Frank Gaffney
Set DesignDorothy Harnish
Set Construction-CrewAl Berger
Fred Bonner
Bob Ely
William Fahringer
Bob Fox
Frank Gaffney
Larry Harden
Jack Ritchey
Fred Stampfli
Tom Tierney
Stage CrewKay Doddington
Marthe Foth
Mary Jane McWilliams
Don McCormick
Alice Sears
Mary Smith
Helene Sparkes
Helen Thatcher
Lisa Uiga
Ellen Walter
Set DecorEllie Faber
Nancy Osterlund
Lighting-CrewBill Frazee
Jim Pattison
Sound DesignWalt Reavis
Clark Walter
Props-CrewKay Doddington
Phyllis McCormick
Lucille McCormick
Molly Reavis
CostumesJo Rae
Costumes-CrewGrace Broderick
Pat Crawford
Eileen Greason
Marilyn Morfogen
Faye Raymond
Sarah Reed
Eva Ronfor
Evelyn Stampfli
Mike Stein
Eleanor Stein
Polly van Goor
Ellen Walter
SeamstressCamilla Belding
Barbara Brennan
Marge Deam
Dorothy Ely
Susan Gaffney
Penny Hassmann
Jean Howard
Betty Marangelo
Mary Ritchey
Jean Shaw
Peg Shuler
Make-Up / Hair CrewMarge Boemio
Barbara Duker
Kay Hoffman
Kathy Keene