By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Starkville Community Theatre’s “She Loves Me” opens tonight at The Playhouse on Main and runs through Saturday, Nov. 19, with no show on Monday, Nov. 14. The show begins at 7:30 p.m each night, with the exception of the Sunday, Nov.13, matinee which begins at 2 p.m.
Director Paula Mabry said she has always wanted to direct the show, based on a 1930’s Hungarian play by Miklos Laszlo called “Parfumerie,” since first seeing it performed in London.
“The story has been made into two American films called ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ and a modern version, ‘You’ve Got Mail,’” Mabry said. “We’re doing the musical version, ‘She Loves Me,’ which opened on Broadway in 1963.”
Mabry said the musical storyline surrounds a young man who is the manager of a perfume shop in Budapest in 1934. He is constantly at odds with the most recent addition to the staff, a young woman named Amalia. Both are unaware that they are in fact anonymous pen pals known to each in their letters only as “Dear Friend.” The actors include the staff of the perfume shop, a singing waiter and the customers to the shop.
“There is a big Christmas season scene that will surely delight our audiences,” Mabry said.
Karen Thread, who plays one of Maraczek’s loyal customers, said she enjoyed learning to dance the tango for one of her scenes.
“‘She Loves Me’ has been a really fun but challenging show to be in and I’ve loved working with everyone,” Thread said. “Make sure you get your tickets because you won’t want to miss it.”
Jessica Taylor plays the role of Ilona Ritter, who she calls a sultry, ditzy and hopeless romantic who has a relationship she mistakenly thinks is secret with her fellow clerk, Mr. Kodaly.
“My favorite part about the musical is this cast of course, these are some of the best people to work with,” Taylor said. “As for the show itself, the story is one that everyone is familiar with only a little different, and most of the songs are either going to leave the audience in awe or have them cracking up in their seats. I’m extremely excited to be a part of it.”
Steven Kodaly is played by SCT alum Paul Ruff, and Ruff said he counts this role among the many “men of questionable moral fiber” he has played throughout the years.
“Out of all of those roles, though, Kodaly is my new favorite,” Ruff said. “He is dapper, smug and confident, and his songs are so much fun! Plus, he has hair — that’s a look I haven’t tried to pull off in a long time.”
Tickets to the show are still available. To make reservations, please call 662-323-6855.
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