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Kylee Lewis, as Julia, laments over a shredded love letter.The McNary High School production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, opens April 25. (KEIZERTIMES/ Eric A. Howald)

Kylee Lewis, as Julia, laments over a shredded love letter.The McNary High School production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, opens April 25.
(KEIZERTIMES/
Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

When McNary High School’s drama department opens its production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona April 25, the spotlight will fall on a very special member of the cast at one point in the play: a Willamette Humane Society pup looking for a home among the audience members.

“A friend worked on a production at the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia and did something similar last summer and it just seemed like a great idea to be able to use the play to support the Humane Society” said director Dallas Myers.Myers expects a different dog to be used each weekend, but if the school is lucky enough to find a home for the actors, there may be more.

The play itself is the Bard’s romantic comedy about the titular two gentlemen, Proteus and Valentine, who find themselves in the midst of romantic upheaval when they fall in love with the same woman, Sylvia, played by Jadi Dicksa. Proteus must also deal with his own jilted lover, Julia, played by Kylee Lewis. Gabe Elmore and Trevor Mink tackle the roles of Valentine and Proteus, respectively.


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