The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 21, 2013

'She Loves Me' starts Thursday


The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton Ara Showboat Theatre’s fourth musical of the 2013 season, “She Loves Me,” opens Thursday.

Based on the play “Parfumerie” by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, the musical, with a book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick is one of several adaptations.

The 1940 James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan film “The Shop Around the Corner” and the 1949 Judy Garland and Van Johnson musical version “In the Good Old Summertime” came first, with another adaptation in 1998 as the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan feature, “You’ve Got Mail.” The musical “She Loves Me” premiered on Broadway in 1963.

The story follows fellow shop employees Georg Nowack (Elliott Litherland) and Amalia Balash (Carly Berg). The two work in a 1930’s Budapest parfumarie, where they develop an intense dislike for each other. Meanwhile, they are falling in love by writing anonymous letters through a lonely hearts club. Filled with delightful songs and humorous situations, the show includes Nicole Tompkins as Ilona Ritter; Darian Lunsford as Kodaly; and James Putnam Smith as Sipos.

Rob Engelson, who directs the community choir Riverchor and portrayed Max in “Sound of Music,” will play shop owner Mr. Maraczek. Upcoming Prince of Peace senior Noah Strausser will play Arpad. Nate Curlott is the hilarious Headwaiter and Taylor Wiebers will dance as the busgirl. Members of the ensemble include: Laurel Decker, Dorothy Farach, Jordan Hirl, Sheila McMinimy, Savannah Medley, Ellen Miller, Audrey Simpson, Kris Doss, Matt Espey, Aiden McMinimy, Joe Mroz, Katie Peck, and Kami Zeimet.

“She Loves Me” is directed by Jonathan Flom, the musical theatre program coordinator at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virg. Flom has directed professionally in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Virginia, and New England. He is the author of “Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre” and the forthcoming Scarecrow Press publication, “Act Like It’s Your Business.”

Returning to the Showboat for a second summer, Jonathan Sabo, an associate professor of theatre at Northwestern College in Orange City, is scenic designer and technical director for “She Loves Me.”

Other members of the creative team include choreographer, Brian Cowing; musical director, Laurie Lewis; lighting designer, Cassie Mings; costume designer, Jenna Damberger; sound designer, Kyle Davis; stage manager, Nicole Frechette; and assistant stage manager, Seth Kieser.

“She Loves Me” can be seen at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 25 to 27, Aug. 1 to 3, and at 3 p.m. July 28, 31, and Aug. 3.

Tickets cost $23 for regular admission, $20 for seniors and $16 for students and children. The CAST box office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are still available at the box office, by calling 242-6760 or at www.clintonshowboat.org .

The final show of the 2013 CAST season will be “Almost, Maine,” which will run from Aug. 15 to 23. “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” will be performed by the Showboat Intern Company on Aug. 10 and 11. The Showboat FOLLIES will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. In addition to a variety of entertainment, the 2014 Season will be announced and ticket specials will be available.

The second theatre camp for children entering grades 1 to 8 is still available on the Showboat this summer. Camp Rock Around the Classroom is July 20 to Aug. 10. Cost is only $85 and registration is still available on-line or at the box office.

Theatre for Children continues this summer with one of three shows being performed every Saturday at noon. The shows include: “Beauty IS a Beast,” “Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate,” and “Tortoise and His Hair.” Performances take place on the Showboat stage with all tickets just $5 available at the door.