LEESBURG — The plot of the romantic comedy musical "She Loves Me" is like catnip to screenwriters and musical adapters.
Girl and boy meet cute, dislike each other at work but fall in love as secret, anonymous pen-pals. The original play, written by Miklos Laszlo in 1936, "La Parfumerie," has been adapted five times.
In 1963, the storyline appealed so much to Joseph Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock that they turned it into the Tony-nominated musical "She Loves Me."
The Melon Patch Players will present "She Loves Me" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, directed by Alan Terry.
People might be familiar with the plot from the 1998 movie "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Others may know the 1949 movie musical "In the Good Old Summertime" with Judy Garland and Van Johnson.
"It is my all-time favorite Christmas movie," said the 18-year old senior at Tavares High School. "I grew up watching Jimmy Stewart movies."
Act I includes the misunderstandings that keep the young pair apart and Act II reveals how the two come together.
"There are not a whole lot of pure Christmas shows" for community theaters, Terry said. "This one ends on Christmas Eve and Christmas is about love anyway."
Jerrod Baxter plays Georg Nowack, the young salesman. Daniel Roscoe plays Stephen Koldaly, the smooth talking salesman who disappoints Ilona Ritter, played by Kelly Baxter.
"She doesn't take any bunk and she lets you know it," Terry said. "When she sings 'I Resolve' it will bring down the house."
John Turcotte plays Mr. Maraczek, the shop owner. Ian Long plays the delivery boy, Arpad Laszlo, and John Kreutzer plays the wise old man Ladislav Sipos.
The musical will continue at the Melon Patch Playhouse, 311 N. 13th St., through Dec. 16.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday except Dec. 15, when the show will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students.
For reservations, call 352-787-3013.