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The play is centered on a telephone answering service, Susananswerphone, that manages calls made to absent clientele. One of the workers, Ella Peterson, develops a caring relationship to some of the clients especially a dispirited playwright and is not aware of the illegal bookie racket run by one the clients, Sandor, through the answering service.

The play is a lighthearted romp with wonderful songs sung by Ella and various other performers that ends on a happy note.

Book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Music by Jule Styne.

Director: Rod Maxwell

Choreographer: Maureen Shone

Musical Director: Alan Poaps

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Theatre Location

Sheridan Hall Theatre


Sue: Cherilyn Clark

Gwynne: Maria Gordon

Ella Peterson: Judy Frow

Carl: Perry Marszowski

Inspector Barnes: Lucy Lawlor

Francis: Steve Wilbee

Sandor: Geremy Vincent

Jeff Moss: Brian Grist

Laura Hastings: Gail MacKay

Dr. Kitchell: Sonja McGirr

Belinda Barton: Carol Frederickson

Chorus, Dancers and Speaking Parts: Paula Boleia, Mary Bozzo, Karen Danton, Cari Fallis, Maria Gordon, Janet Hayward, Carol Frederickson, Helen Laimer, Lucy Lawlor, Karen MacDonald, Steve MacDonald, Perry Marszowski, Sonia May, Sonja McGirr, Gail MacKay, Joanne Miziolek, Astrid Rammo, Steve Wilbee, Robin Williams, Desmond Wicks


Bells Are Ringing, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre

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Theatre and Performance Studies


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design


Department of Visual and Performing Arts

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Original Citation

Maxwell, R. (Director). (1982, November 24 – December 11). Bells are ringing [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.

Bells Are Ringing, November 24 – December 11, 1982



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