Falling in love with someone and not knowing they were beside you the whole time is a popular Hollywood plot line used most recently in the 1998 Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film You’ve Got Mail. Older movie-goers might remember the 1940 Jimmy Stewart vehicle The Shop Around the Corner, or the 1949 Judy Garland movie In the Good Ole’ Summer Time.
The Georgetown College Maskrafters are bringing this story line back to the stage in the form of the Broadway musical She Loves Me (the 1993 Roundabout Theater version, not the 1963 original) – Nov. 9-11 and Nov. 16-18 – but those who loved You’ve Got Mail on the silver screen or DVD are in for a treat. “It’s very cinematic and has a lot going on, which appeals to a modern day audience,” said director George McGee, chairman of the College’s Theatre & Performance Studies department.
“I like the integration of music and dialogue, which makes the story flow easily,” said McGee, who has shortened this She Loves Me production to a first act of nearly 75 minutes and a one-hour second act with an intermission in-between. Maskrafters patrons of the past two years will be happy to know that Jessie Pennington, a junior from Lexington, has the female lead.
Curtain time at the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre, College and Mulberry streets, is 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and may be purchased at the campus bookstore 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. For reservations call (502) 863-8134 or toll free at (866) 464-0050. (For more information, call George McGee at 502-863-8162.)