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Valentine couples get taste of gourmet, Shakespeare at CCAC

  • Bennett Becicka, as Romeo, confesses his love for Juliet Friday night at the Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Caroline Drilling and Eliza Wolford each took a turn at the role of Juliet Friday night at the Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Caroline Drilling, as Juliet, wonders whether a rose, by any other word, would smell as sweet Friday night at the Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Eliza Wolford, as Juliet, confesses her love for Romeo Friday night at the Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Local culinary artist Stewart Dalton stirs up some pasta Friday night at the Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Art patrons enjoyed some fine dining, company and Shakespearean entertainment Friday night at the Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Art patrons enjoyed some fine dining, company and Shakespearean entertainment Friday night at the Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner at the Charles City Arts Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The white-upturned wondering eyes (and ears) of mortals got the chance to see and hear some live Shakespeare performed Friday night at the Charles City Arts Center, while their wondering lips, tongues and stomachs got the chance to experience some gourmet food.

The Valentine’s Day “Romeo and Juliet” dinner featured the work of local culinary artist Stewart Dalton, who put together an Italian-themed ensemble, while Charles City High School speech director Mike Lembke brought in an ensemble of high school speech students and speech and drama alumni to perform parts of “Romeo and Juliet” and other Shakespeare plays — as well as some romantic poetry.

Charles City Arts Council President Linda Wolff said the dinner raised more than $600. Proceeds went to the Arts Center.

A year ago, the event was called “Play it Again, Sam,” and the dinner was French Moroccan, a nod to the classic movie “Casablanca” — starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The entertainment centered on the many plot lines in the movie.

This year, those who attended were encouraged to dress in medieval period clothing or Renaissance-themed attire if they wished.

The scene was accentuated by the artwork of Autumn Rozario Hall, the CCAC’s February guest artist.

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