Everyone knows the story. Boy meets girl, and it all goes wrong from there, until it works out in the end.
Based on the classic movie “The Shop Around the Corner,” “She Loves Me” tells the story of Amalia and George, who work together at a modest Hungarian parfumerie (perfume shop), and dislike each other from the get-go.
“The moment she joins the staff at Maraczek’s Parfumerie, the battle begins,” said Jeff Dempsey, who is directing the play alongside Jackie Santoro. “I wouldn’t say that they dislike each other; it’s more that they don’t know yet how much they really do like each other.”
Both of them are single and lonely, and because of that write to a lonely hearts pen pal every day after work.
“It doesn’t take long for the audience to see they’re writing rapturously to each other,” said Dempsey.
Dempsey hasn’t seen “Shop Around the Corner,” but compares “She Loves Me” to the most recent iteration of the tale, which was the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan hit movie, “You’ve Got Mail.”
“The plot is the same, but the storyline is completely different,” he said. “Obviously, the big difference is that this is a musical, with lots of fun songs, and a great mix of loveable and funny characters.
“Each character has his or her own personal story, which is twisted up in this beautiful, romantic experience.”
Familiar songs include “Vanilla Ice Ceam, “She Loves Me, Will He Like Me?”
Cast members include Evan Young as Arpad Laszlo, Robert Cooper as Ladislav Sipos, Suzanne Tilghman as Ilona Ritter, Kyle Price as Steven Kodaly, Jeff Dempsey as George Nowack, Richard Watson as Mr. Maraczek, Misty Renard-Laskowski as Amalia Balash; Ed Cheshire as Waiter, Gregg Cook as Keller and Jeremy Hollington as Busboy. The trio includes Gail Flexer, Donna Maxwell and Sheri Munshi, and the ensemble members are Judee Brooks, Frank Buda, Susan Leonard, Robin McMillan, Gerry Mize, Sharon Proudfood and Shannon Stock. Orchestra members include Brook Bartlett, Amy Bishop, Faith Hamilton-Trent, Joey Mink, Rebekah Moore, Kevin Padgett and Stephenie Powell.
“She Loves Me” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 5-20, and at 3:30 p.m. Sundays Oct. 7-21, at the Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. Call 912-638-0338, or visit www.theislandplayers.com for tickets and details.