The MidValley Theatre Company in Lostine has put on some entertaining productions since their first drama presentation in September 1995, but they have really put it all together in their current play "Belles On Their Toes."

The play with 20 actors and actresses of all ages (plus a dog) is fast paced, well written and extremely funny.

Written by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, "Belles On Their Toes" tells the story of the 12 Gilbreth children left alone as their widowed mother (Denise Clevenger) leaves them for six weeks to conduct business in Europe.

The antics they get into while renting out their mother's room and keeping one step ahead of meddling Cousin Leora Madison (Ame Leggett) who insists the children be split up for the good of the family provide for some high quality entertainment.

Sophia Millar, Amanda Bots and Monika Hunter put on solid performances as the older three sisters who work hard at saving money and trying to maintain the moritorium of dates they placed upon themselves once their mother left town.

But the glue who brings the whole production together has to come from the family's male housekeeper (Craig Strobel) who starts out as a rather bizarre character, then gets funnier and funnier as the stageplay progresses. His use of a tennis racquet and the re-living of that use can bring tears of joy to the unsuspecting.

Kudos go out to director Kate Loftus who has successfully merged the talents of 20 individuals, of all ages, into a coherent whole. The lively pace of the dialogue is delightful.

Three more performances will be staged this weekend at the South Fork Grange Hall in Lostine. Curtain times are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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