Treat yourself to a delightful Christmas comedy this weekend - thanks to the talents of Heartland Players Theatre Co.

Yucaipa-based Heartland Players presents its hilarious version of "Little Shop Around the Corner" at 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Leading the cast of players are Aaron Stevenson and Dimyana Pelev (both University of Redlands students) in the roles of secret pen-pal lovers who are enemies face to face.

The play uses one element of the 1940 romantic comedy film, "The Shop Around the Corner," starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan.

The plot element of two people who dislike each other, while developing an anonymous romance by email, is also used in the 1998 film, "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Rounding out the cast are Andrew Graham, Kelly McKinley, William Chinnock, Kayleigh Lacy, Brianne Lopez, Johanna Chevrier, Andy Morales, Madeleine Dixon and La'Mar Neal.

Playwright Didi Pelev, president of Heartland Players, says that although she used one element of "The Shop Around the Corner," the play is full of sub-plots.

"It's very funny," Didi says. "We have a lot of talented and funny characters on stage."

The Heartland Players Theatre is at 33994 Ave. E, Yucaipa.

Tickets are $10; $8 students and seniors; and $30 family ticket (four people).

For more information call 909-556-4092 or visit www.heartlandplayers.org.


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