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Theatre group presents ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!’ 


Gary Hernandez-Borjan, from left, Veronica Surber, Melanie Portney, and Cody Pettit star in Wine Country Theatre’s next musical production, Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! which opens Nov. 21.

Wine Country Theatre, based in Paso Robles, will present one of the longest-running Off-Broadway musicals, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at the Park Ballroom Nov. 21–29.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! explores traditional courtship and the complexities of love with humor and music. Four actors play over 40 roles in a collection of scenes and songs scaling the spectrum of male/female relationships. Act I takes a hilariously satiric look at being single in today’s world, and Act II turns its attention to the laughs and challenges of married life.

This musical comedy uses a variety of musical styles including ballads, country-Western, tango and traditional musical comedy numbers. Each number explores those secret thoughts anyone’s ever had about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, kids, and in-laws, but was afraid to admit.

“If you have ever loved and lost, or fallen on your face at the portal of romance, or ever dared to ask, ‘Say, what are doing Saturday night?, you will love this show,” says Wine Country Theatre Executive Director Cynthia Anthony.

Four outstanding local performers star in the production. Veronica Surber, seen as Nellie in South Pacific last summer, plays opposite Gary Hernandez-Borjan, who has performed extensively throughout the county. Melanie Portney, a Paso Robles High School graduate, received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Theatre from UCLA, and was most recently in A Chorus Line at SLO Little Theatre. Cody Pettit, another local performer has been busy performing at SLO Little Theatre as well.

Music Director David Norum will display another of his multiple talents. He recently starred in Wine Country Theatre’s debut production, It Had to Be You, and now is serving as music director and will play live piano during the show. Show director, Jacob Shearer, is one of the founding members of Wine Country Theatre and recently starred as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, this summer’s soldout hit show produced by Wine Country Theatre.

“This amazing group of talented musicians, directors and performers just proves what we firmly believe,” says Anthony, “that Paso Robles is teeming with talent. And we have built our emerging theatre on the conviction that if we showcase the finest local talent, we will develop a faithful audience. Our dream is to establish a theatre company to entertain and enrich our community.”

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, written by Joe DiPeitro with music by Jimmy Roberts, premiered in 1995. In the middle of one of the first performances, a woman in the audience blurted out, “This is my life!” Since then it has become one of the longest-running Off- Broadway musicals.

This celebration of relationships covers all the bases: from babies to bridesmaids, dates to divorce, sex to blind dates, and everything in-between. “Make a date to fall in love and laugh until it hurts,” urges Director Jacob Shearer. The modern-day mating game has never been as entertaining.

The show will be presented in the Park Street Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, in downtown Paso Robles. Wine and refreshments will be available to purchase and enjoy during the show. Show dates are November 21, 22, 23 and 29; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and
Saturdays and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets for this musical, with live music, are $25 General Admission and $15 for Students. For tickets please go to the website: or call (800) 838-3006.


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