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'Bells are Ringing' opens Oct. 8 in Prosser

PROSSER -- Bells will be ringing in the Valley starting Oct. 8 when the Over the Hill Senior Theatricals company presents its fall musical production, Bells are Ringing, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.

The show is about a lonely woman, Ella, who works for the Susanswerphone telephone answering service.

She gets involved with listening to a few of her clients talk about their lives, and the conversations end up livening up her own humdrum existence.

There's the out-of-work actor Blake Barton; the dentist Dr. Kitchell, who would really rather play music than dentistry but doesn't have any talent; and the playwright Jeff Moss, who is suffering from writer's block and desperately needs a muse and believes Ella is just the ticket.

Things turn romantic when Ella agrees to meet Moss. Complications arise when Ella starts to be out of her element after meeting his wealthy friends.

Trouble brews when the police get involved because they have a hunch the answering service is really a front for an escort service.

Little does Ella, or her boss Sue, know that Sue's boyfriend is using the agency as a bookmaking operation.

Bells are Ringing is comedy of errors for sure, and it's all jazzed up with music to fit the scenes.

It is classic 1950s mayhem, said the theater group's founder Melodie Smith.

Mid-Columbia actors Sue Ellen Davis and Brad Smith play Ellen and Jeff. Other supporting cast includes Doug Hansen, Kristi Tuor, Dan Santos, Linda Key, Terry Langley and Mike Shuttleworth.

Co-directors of the musical are Ron Jetter and Paul Brooks.

The Over the Hill Senior Theatricals group was formed in 1989 by Bob and Pat Osland. During the last two decades, the company has produced a show every fall except for 2001 and 2007.

The group was initially for theater lovers ages 55 and older, but today the group welcomes those 45 and older.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 14 and 3 p.m. Oct. 9, 15-16. The Princess Theatre is at 1226 Meade Ave., in downtown Prosser.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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