In this scented case of mistaken identity and letter writing, two feuding perfume clerks have no idea that they are in love.
An intimate and touching show, featuring music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), She Loves Me was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1964. The 1993 Broadway revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance.
Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves... and of all the twists and turns along the way!
|Georg Nowack - Bobby Bloom is returning to the Columbia stagen after five years. Since last performing, Bobby and Mandy Applegate were married and they have had a little girl who is currently four. He is delighted to be playing opposite his wife with whom he has never performed in a show before. Before taking a sabbatical from the stage, Bobby was in many productions from the Columbia Children’s Theater, to Shakespeare in the park, and a company member at Trustus Theater. In 2013, he was nominated for Jasper Theater Artist of the Year. His last Workshop Production was Jesus Christ Superstar in 2004.||Amalia Balash - Mandy Applegate Bloom is so excited to be back at Workshop Theatre! Mandy studied musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, performed professionally as a singer/dancer for Costa and Radisson Seven Seas Cruise lines, and was a singer/dancer/showgirl in casino shows all across the US. You may remember Mandy from past Workshop shows, in which she played Ulla in The Producers, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Lulu in Cabaret, and served as the choreographer for Young Frankenstein and The Fierce & Fabulous Cabaret. You may have also seen her at Trustus Theater as Cathy in The Last Five Years, Vampira in Plan 9 From Outerspace, or as Edith/Edie in Grey Gardens, which she also choreographed. Mandy was chosen as a finalist for Jasper Theatre Artist of the Year in 2017. By day, she is a wife and mother of two beautiful and talented kiddos, and works as a personal chef. She and her husband Bobby teach musical theatre at Southern Strutt dance studio. Mandy is so thrilled to fall in love with her husband again every night as they share the stage for the first time in She Loves Me!|
|Ensemble - Rayana Briggs, native of Columbia, SC, is a recent graduate of Winthrop University, with her B.A. in Theatre Performance. She has enjoyed performing since her earlier years with Palmetto Center for the Arts at Richland Northeast High School. At Workshop Theatre, she made her debut in The Color Purple at the age of sixteen. She also performed in Beehive: The 60s Musical, and The Fierce and Fabulous Cabaret. She is currently taking a break before attending graduate school for her MBA in Entrepreneurship Management. Rayana enjoys utilizing her mobile app along with her brand movement, I Am Restored, to send messages of empowerment to promote emotional well-being, Christian living, and women empowerment. She would like to thank her director, musical director, choreographer and castmates for yet another awesome experience with Workshop Theatre. May the story we bring to life transform the hearts of many.||Ladislav Sipos - George Dinsmore presents a Mad Lib bio: George, or (nickname)__________ as his friends call him, is (adjective)__________ to be back on the Workshop stage for the first time since (year)_____. He is the emcee for the Lexington County (aquatic animal)__________ baseball team, and does stage, film, TV, web series, and voice over work. You may have seen his commercial for (business name)__________ or one of his character appearances, most notably (superhero)__________, but by day he is a (career)__________. In (year)_____ his movie Faith’s Song was released in cinemas, for which George won a Best Actor award in the film festival circuit, plus he walked the (color)__________ carpet and sat on a panel at the CMM2017 Festival in (city)__________. People often tell him he looks like (celebrity)__________. In his spare time he plays (musical instrument)__________, and (plural verb)__________ but usually not at the same time. Learn more at GeorgeDinsmore.com|
|Ensemble - Emily Gyemant is thrilled to be returning to the Workshop stage! She was last seen as Gretchen in Boeing Boeing and before that as a dancing nun/hooker in Sister Act (VST). She graduated from Clemson University (go Tigers!) with a B.A. in English where she sang with the Clemson University Singers and studied vocal performance. She now lives and works in downtown Columbia and is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of She Loves Me. Big thanks to Gene, her friends, and her family for their constant support, and especially to her mom for always encouraging her, no matter what.||Ilona Ritter - Heather Hinson is very happy to be joining the cast of She Loves Me as Illona Ritter in her first show with Workshop Theatre. She graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Music and teaches voice lessons with CAA/LSM and BBMTC. Some of her favorite roles include Mae (A League of Their Own), Eponine (Les Miserables), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical), Roselle Parsons (Lost in My Wonderland), and Jellylorum (Cats). And if you ever need a caffeine boost visit her at the Killian Rd Starbucks to start your day off right!|
|Mr. Maraczek - Clayton King is thrilled to make his Workshop debut with such a talented cast. Clayton recently performed the titular role in Shrek the Musical with Chapin Theatre Company. Midlands credits at CTC, Town Theatre, Trustus and Village Square include: Into the Woods (Baker), Mamma Mia! (Harry Bright), Addams Family (Gomez), The Game’s Afoot (Felix), A Christmas Miracle at the Richland Fashion Mall (Mandy), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit). Clayton sings at various Midlands venues and has performed his solo concert, Journey Through the Past, here and his home town of Galveston. While in Texas, Clayton won “Best Actor” for Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees at The Grand 1894 Opera House. He also appeared in Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, The Merry Widow, The Lone Star and Annie Get Your Gun. He also sang cabaret in Houston at Baha Sam’s and the Million Dollar Dump. Love to Jeffery, and to Gilbert & Sullivan, the two mini schnauzers who are so much a part of his heart.||Ensemble - Kashaad Kraus is a local theatre artist in the Columbia area. He’s had the pleasure of directing the musical No Fear For Freedom, working with Lou Bellamy, and gracing the stage in many roles, his favorites being Lenny in Marisol and most recently his dream role of Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun with Workshop! He is thrilled to once again work with Workshop Theatre and would like to thank God, his family and beautiful wife Amber for all their support!|
|Arpad Laszlo - Major McCarty is from Lexington, SC. He started in the arts when he was ten years old by playing one of the royal children in Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. Since then, Major has been a part of numerous musicals ranging from the Baker in Into the Woods, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, to Lord Farquaad in Shrek. In his sophomore year of high school, he auditioned for the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities and was a graduate of their 2019 class. Major is very excited to make his second appearance at Workshop Theatre as Arpad Laszlo and is very thankful for such a wonderful and talented cast, crew, and set of directors. He would like to thank everyone at Workshop who has helped him so tremendously with his path into musical theatre and is so excited to help bring the story of She Loves Me to life.||Ensemble - Shirley McGuinness is thrilled to be in her first production with Workshop Theatre, and honored to be among a passionate cast and crew for one of her favorite stories. She is involved with the local theatre community as the Director Emeritus of Columbia’s annual production of the Vagina Monologues (a fundraising charitable effort of V-Day Soda City for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands) and recently performed in Town Theatre’s 100th Season with their production of Mamma Mia! as Rosie. Shirley has also sung with the Newberry Community Players and danced with the South Carolina Bellydance Community. Shirley extends gratitude to all who support her artistic endeavors, with special thanks to her McGuinness Men (her husband, Sean, and their son affectionately known as Kid Kaiju): Maraming Salamat — Enjoy the Show!|
|Ensemble - Houston Ortloff is new to South Carolina, getting here last fall. He comes from a background in theatre in his home state such as Baby with the Bathwater (Daisy), The Wedding Singer (Sammy), Women on the Verge (Ivan) to name a few. He took private voice lessons for several years back home and currently takes them at Columbia Arts Academy. His last production in Columbia was Cats with Broadway Bound. He plans to pursue Theatre after saving for college.||Ensemble - Bobby Rogers is a native of Jonesville, SC, located in the Upstate of South Carolina in Union County. It was in Jonesville that his music and theatre career began in the gifted and talented band, theater, and chorus program. After graduating from JHS he earned his degree of Education at Benedict College and his master’s degree in Education. While attending Benedict College he became a member of the nationally award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, Benedict Tiger Marching Band of Distinction, wind ensemble, and he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity of America. He has been seen onstage in shows such as The Color Purple, Ragtime, Young Frankenstein, Five Guys Named Moe, Lend Me a Tenor, Sister Act, A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Present and A Miracle on 34th Street as Kris Kringle with Town Theatre and Westside Story. His motto is, "Life is a stage, so live life."|
|Steven Kodaly - Lanny Spires has been performing in and around the Columbia area for years. Some of his favorite roles include Angel in Rent, Ren in Footloose, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, And Claude in Hair. A huge thanks to Todd for EVERYTHING!!!!!!!||Ensemble - Amber Westbrook has a strong passion for the arts. She is a local performer, artist, and educator. Amber is thrilled to work with Workshop Theatre! A few of her favorite projects include, The Friendship 9: No Fear for Freedom the Musical, The Carnival of the Animals: the Gift that Ran Away, and Neighbors: A Wildlife Show. Amber would like to thank God, her family and beautiful husband Kashaad for all their love and support. She is honored to share in the rich history, arts, and culture of her community.|
|Alexis Doktor (Costume Design) was born and raised in New York. She grew up studying ballet and sewing in her spare time. At 16, she had the opportunity to work under internationally recognized costume designer A. Christina Giannini at the Chautauqua Ballet Company summer festival, since returning as her assistant designer. Alexis graduated with a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She currently heads the costume department for Columbia City Ballet. She has designed costumes at Workshop Theatre for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Hairspray, Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Disney’s Camp Rock, Legally Blonde: the Musical, The Color Purple, Doctor Dolittle, Beehive, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., and so many more.||Dell Goodrich (Assistant Costumer) is delighted to collaborate with many talented friends, old and new, behind the scenes for a change, as assistant costumer to the magnificent Alexis Doktor. Through years of involvement in the performing arts, Dell has developed a love of costuming and fashion history, so she is especially thrilled and grateful to Jeni and Alexis for giving her this opportunity to play dress up in an official capacity. (Thanks, Alexis! I’m learning so much!) On the Workshop stage, Dell was most recently seen as Brook Wyeth in Other Desert Cities. Over the years, she has appeared in a number of other productions at Workshop, including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (twice), Evita, and Pippin. By day, Dell teaches Geography and History online through VirtualSC and the SC Department of Education.|
|Jeni McCaughan (Producer) has been actively volunteering at Workshop for the last twelve years. By day she works as the Executive Director of Workshop Theatre. Some of Jeni’s favorite shows that she has produced and been the props mistress for are Caroline, or Change, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Disney Camp Rock. Jeni would also like to thank Jocelyn for allowing her to be a small part of this journey. And as always, a big thank you and lots of love to her very patient and talented husband, Dean.||Jocelyn Sanders (Director) has been involved in theatre since graduating college up to the present. She’s come full circle in her theatre career, having graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Theatre, and now returning to the boards of Cottingham directing the first production of the partnership. Jocelyn is very excited about the partnership between Columbia College and Workshop Theatre, and she looks forward to directing many more. This is Jocelyn’s sixth musical with Workshop Theatre. She’s directed Carolina, or Change, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, The Color Purple, and Beehive. She directed A Raisin in the Sun last season for Workshop, and the all-female Fierce and Fabulous Cabaret: Celebrating the Women of Broadway.|
|Michael Simmons (Music Director) is excited to serve as Musical Director for Workshop Theater’s production of She Loves Me. Other recent Columbia productions include Town Theatre’s West Side Story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Broadway Bound’s productions of Cats and Suessical. In Nashville, TN, he served as Musical Director for various professional and Community productions. These include an award winning production of Damn Yankees at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Dark Horse Theater’s production of Sondheims’s Company. He recently moved back to Columbia from Atlanta where he worked on projects at the Earl Strand and Aurora Theaters. He has written original scores for SC Public Television and had original compositions performed throughout the southeast. He has a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from the University of SC. He is currently the Musical Director at Platt Springs UMC and leads the contemporary service at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Columbia SC.||Kendal Turner (Stage Manager) is a professional educator, performer, poet, and magic maker. She is a TedX speaker, a published writer, a circus freak, and a recovering extrovert. This is her first production with Workshop Theatre and it has been an absolute pleasure. When in doubt, give it to the Stage Manager. Bravo to the entire cast!|