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A Valentine special

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A "FEEL GOOD" SHOW: John Butcher, left, plays Mr. Maraczek, and Brandon Collins plays Georg in "She Loves Me." The performance is a romantic comedy just in time for Valentine's Day.
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A MUSICAL: Laynie Soultz plays a customer in Marion Civic Theatre's performance of "She Loves Me."

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

A romantic comedy awaits those looking for a heart-warming performance as Marion Civic Theatre brings a rendition of “She Loves Me” to the stage.

The musical has inspired movies such as "You've Got Mail" and was created by legendary playwright and musicians. According to Director David Whicker, the show will make everyone in the audience feel wonderful.

"(The show) is very entertaining, (and) it's a good love story," Whicker said. "It's just one of these really feel good shows."

In the play's plot, Amalia Balash, played by Kaleigh South, and Georg Nowack, played by Brandon Collins, work together at a Hungarian perfume shop.

Georg thinks Amalia is stuck up, and Amalia believes Georg is arrogant. Both characters write to a pen pal love interest after each work day, which as it turns out, they're writing to one another.

Whicker said he couldn’t wait to direct the show after being asked.

“This is one of my favorite musicals,” he said. “It has eight speaking parts and each one has at least one solo.

“I was trying to decide if I wanted to drive from Anderson (where he lives) to Marion in January four nights a week, but it's ‘She Loves Me,’ so of course I did,” Whicker added.

The musical was written by the late librettist Joe Masteroff, who died last September. The lyrics were created by Sheldon Harnick and the music is by Jerry Bock, the duo behind the classic "Fiddler on the Roof."

Whicker has tweaked a few stage directions to fit the Marion Civic stage, but other than that, the performance is the same as it was in 1963.

The performers have rehearsed their roles over the last six weeks and will have six performances over the next two weekends.

Kaleigh South, who plays Amalia, said she fell in love with her role because of the great songs her character has.

“It's one of those feel good shows,” she said. “It's not complicated, it's very simple and it makes you feel good at the end.”

South asks locals to come out and support their local community theater.

“It's great to support local theater and the arts in general, and this is a great way to do that,” she said. “Plus, you get a great show when you come too."

Attendees can catch the show Feb. 8-9 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. and the following weekend on Feb. 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

The show takes place at the James Dean Memorial Theatre. Adult tickets are $15, while senior and student tickets are $12.