You might recognize yourself in 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'

See the musical review in Shelby, NC

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.

SHELBY, N.C. – Chances are you’ll recognize one or more of the characters in the Greater Shelby Community Theatre’s production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”


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What: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro, Music by Jimmy Roberts, Directed by Rebecca Reger; for mature and adult audiences
Where: Keeter Auditorium, Cleveland Community College, South Post Road, Shelby, N.C.
When: Feb. 1,-2, Feb. 8 -9 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets may also be purchased at Go to the “I Love You” page and scroll down to the bottom to purchase.
Information: 704-480-8495

The four cast members — Michael “Mekie” Whitaker, Sean Whitworth, Jenni Hassler and Jamie Brackett Hardin — play the parts of more than 20 adults facing the ups and downs of dating and relationships.

“The music is hysterical and the lines are awesome,” said director Becky Reger. “There is somebody you know in every scene.”

And you will probably see yourself, too, said Hassler.

“It’s very funny, but has some poignant and heart-warming touches,” she said.

The musical review, written by Joe DiPietro, tackles such issues as parents who talk baby talk; men who talk and women who pretend to listen; infidelity; and the injustice of long lines for the ladies room.

The actors have about 30 seconds between scene changes. Signs posted back stage remind them which character they play and what props they need for each of the vignettes.

“There are so many things to like about this show,” Whitworth said. “The scenes run the gamut from the first blind date to newlyweds, new parents, divorce to the funeral home and losing the one you have spent your life with.”

It’s not for children, though.

“This is for mature and older audiences,” Reger said. “It’s not trashy; it’s just suggestive. You don’t want to have to answer when your children ask, ‘What does that mean?’”

Whitaker likes the play’s bold themes, which may be too daring for some, he said.

This is his first time acting on stage, although he has been singing in choirs since high school and sang in the Navy choir. Learning the music came easy for him, but he’s still struggling with his speaking parts.

“I work six days a week, so it is very hard to learn the lines,” he said.

Rounding out the cast is Hardin, who has acted before but never been in a musical.

“I love the people I’m working with,” she said. “It’s a little racy, but has a lot of truth in it about human relationships.”

The four singers and actors work well together, Reger said.

“All of them are vocally amazing,” she said. “I have never worked with four people whose voices blend as well as they do.”

The production has also come together with the expertise of vocal advisor Tom Lattimore and stage manager Jeff Houser, Reger said.

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