AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The story has become a familiar one. Bickering co-workers rush home each night to a pen pal romance, unaware that they are the object of one another’s affection. Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo’s “Parfumerie” is the inspiration for the musical “She Loves Me” produced by Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts and coming to the mainstage of the Telfair B. Peet Theatre Feb. 21 through March 2.
“She Loves Me” runs Feb. 21-23, 26-28 and March 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 and tickets are $10 for seniors, Auburn University faculty and staff and non-Auburn University students. Auburn University students may reserve a complimentary ticket at www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org.
Laszlo’s play has been adapted several times, notably for the films “The Shop around the Corner,” “In the Good Old Summertime,” and “You’ve Got Mail.” “She Loves Me” opened on Broadway in 1963 with a book by Joe Masteroff with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. The original production ran just over 300 performances. It has gone on to multiple award-winning revivals and productions around the world.
“The choice to include ‘She Loves Me’ in our current theatrical season was not a difficult one,” said director Daydrie Hague. “It provides an opportunity for our students to work on a play that seamlessly blends an artfully constructed narrative with a rich lyrical score, each song forwarding the action or revealing an aspect of a character’s inner life. In a time when spectacle and size are celebrated, ‘She Loves Me’ speaks more gently, but no less effectively, to the human desire to be known, sustained and cherished.”
The Auburn University Theatre production of “She Loves Me” features scenic, lighting and sound design from guest designers Katherine Ross, Travis McHale and 2010 Auburn graduate Stewart Ives. The costume designer is faculty member Tracy Oleinick. The stage manager is Taylor Dyleski with assistant stage managers Emily Amerson, Ashley Burns and Katherine McDonald. The cast includes Madeleine Adele, Gabi Anderson, Paula Bagley, Tyler Baxter, Tinizia Bentley, Daley Browning, Blake Burgess, Rebecca Chazanoff, Carrie Daniel, Lindsey Dunn, Steven Hatcher, Jake Heflin, Garrett Keller, Jordan Lunstead, Dani Majors, Kathleen O’Hara, Rachel Pair, Brandon Payne, Savannah Renfrow, Kaye Stucky, David Tourtelotte, Taylor Vogl, AnnaClarie Walker and Blake Willoughby.
(Written by Kelly Walker.)