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Fredericktowne Players Present The Bells Are Ringing, a Musical Classic

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by Jacob Keith

Fredericktowne Players is a theater company that has become well ingrained part of the Frederick County community. Their upcoming performance, Bells are Ringing, is a musical theatre classic that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The show stars Sara Charbeneau playing Ella, who works at an answering service in the early 1950s, and the colorful character she meets while working there.

In the past, Fredericktowne Players has put on performances of classic shows such as Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Babes in Arms, and many more. “It’s really nice seeing people that I know in shows outside of a school setting,” said senior Olivia Ruth, “…and they pick a lot of family friendly shows.” Fredericktowne Players sees casts of children as young as four to adults as old as sixty. “It’s nice to see people of all ages working together for a performance,” said senior Scott Hart. Hart had previously performed with Fredericktowne Players as a Lighting Assistant during Music Man and as a cast member during Bye Bye Birdie.

Having to balance the schedules of working adults can often cause the dreaded situation in which a cast member must be replaced. “[The rehearsal process] has been very relaxed. The people in Fredericktowne Players have helped me to learn the choreography and music quite quickly. I’m really excited for the show,” said sophomore Morgan Southwell. Due to a family obligation, a cast member had to drop out of the performance. In her stead, sophomore Morgan Southwell entered in as a featured dancer. Southwell’s previous theater credits include Music Man with the Fredericktowne Players, West Side Story with the Little Theatre of Alexandria, and A Christmas Carol with Ford’s Theatre.

The show itself is sure to please any fan of theater, especially those heavily invested in the Golden Age of musicals. The show was written and originally performed in the 1950s, and has the classic feel associated with performances of that era. The show will be performed at the Frederick Community College JBK Theatre on January 27th, 28th and February 3rd, and 4th.