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Hold the phone for Foothill College spring musical Bells Are Ringing

Foothill College welcomes back the Golden Age of Broadway with its winter production of the vintage musical comedy, "Bells Are Ringing." The show opens Friday and continues through March 24 in the studio theater at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Evening performances are slated for Friday and Saturday, March 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at 8 p.m. Afternoon matinees will be staged March 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Under the direction of Foothill College Theater Arts Instructor Jay Manley, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" stars Mary Messano of Mountain View; Robert Solis and Doug Baird of San Jose; and Victoria Graham of Sunnyvale.

"'Bells Are Ringing' is pure fun," Manley said. "It's that kind of old-fashioned musical comedy where characters are likable, they face impossible and improbable challenges, and the inevitable happy ending is never in doubt.

"Most importantly, the entire proceedings are a joyous pretext for an explosion of song and dance. The Styne-Comden-Green team gives us songs that bubble up with warmth, humor, wit, exuberance, satire and infectious fun."

A cast of 24 student thespians will revive nostalgic tunes, including "The Party's Over," "I Met a Girl," and "Just in Time."

Additional cast members include Mark Baushke, Jacqueline Levy, Elizabeth Maggio, Kristi Rogers and Howard Stateman of Sunnyvale; Doug Brees of Menlo Park; Susan Callaway of Los Altos; Chuck Coley and Patti Schulz of Burlingame; Alan Lason, Jonathan Mann, Hisako Okada, David Palmer, Reggie Reynolds and Vicki Ulrich of San Jose; Ricardo Marenco of Milpitas; Barbara Mock and Leslie Shkolnik of Mountain View; Ron Packard of Fremont; Christopher Shore of Los Gatos; and Dina Stubbe of Saratoga.

With music composed by Jule Styne and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" is produced by Foothill College music theater, a program that works to present neglected or little-known shows worthy of revival.

Joe Ragey of Los Altos Hills is set designer; Janis Bergmann of Los Altos Hills is costume designer.

Advance tickets are $12 general; $10 for students and senior citizens; $8 for children under age 12. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Foothill College Box Office at 949-4444.

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