MVCA staging dinner theater

MONMOUTH — On stage, Romeo and Juliet may be in the epitome of young love, but off stage, Juliet is not particularly fond of Romeo.   “I hate Romeo in real life,” said Amanda Lambert, who plays Juliet in Mid-Valley Christian Academy’s first dinner theater presentation, “The Good Veronican.”   She was glad Shannon Banke, the show’s director, cut the kissing part. Otherwise, she loves drama, and this is her biggest role yet.   “This is my main time to shine,” Lambert said. “I love drama. I’ve always wanted something like this.”   The play is a children’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” but with a Biblical twist, following the story of the Good Samaritan.   Instead of Capulet’s cousin, Tybalt, being murdered, his life is spared by Montague’s cousin, Benvolio.   “It makes the turning point between the two families and puts the spin on the play,” said Wyatt Schrock, who plays Benvolio. “Instead of dying at the end, they don’t because of my act of kindness.”   Schrock is the Good Samaritan in the play, he said.   “I gave up hatred of people to help somebody else,” Schrock said. “It changes the course of the story.”   Banke said it is like rewriting a favorite movie to have a different ending.   The dinner theater is performed in a theater-in-the-round style, with set pieces constructed all around the viewers. Actors include middle-school students from MVCA, as well as home-schooled students.   Curtain is at 6 p.m. Wednesday (today) and Thursday at MVCA, 1483 16th St., Monmouth. Tickets are $15 and include an Italian dinner.   For more information: MVCA, 503-838-2818.   


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