WESTMINSTER — Food, frivolity and friendship is what St. Benjamin (Krider's) Lutheran Church is promising at its third annual dinner theater this weekend.
Proceeds from the youth group's production of "Two for the Money" will benefit its service and social programs for the next year.
"This is our major fund-raiser," said Randy Casto, director of St. Benjamin's youth group. "It goes toward service projects, such as our projects for the elderly -- helping them paint rooms or clean their yards and garages.
"Not only do (attendants) enjoy a good meal and a funny play, but help in the community as well."
Social activities in the past year have included trips to the White House, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Mar-Lu-Ridge retreat center, and ski weekends.
"That's why the kids workso hard," Casto said. "The money's also going toward social programs."
This year's play is a 40-minute comedy of errors and mistaken identities.
"This comedy is really funny," said Casto. "The teen-agers in the cast laugh all during practice."
The story centers on Hollywood director Lancelot Brogan (played by 21-year-old Glen Wagner), known to all in the movie world as "L.B."
Amid organizing a grand-scale production featuring the world-renowned French singer Pierre Duvall (Russell Phillips, 15), L.B.'s small-town family from back east arrives.
Mistaken identities abound as Egbert Q. Puffington (Tony Casto, 16) -- Brogan's cousin from Paris, N.C. -- is constantly confused with the famous singer.
"Finally, Pierre Duvall decides to go back to France and escape the madhouse," said Randy Casto. "Everyone says (to Puffington) 'You be Pierre Duvall. You're from France.' And Puffington replies, 'Yes, southern France.' "
Entwined with theconfusion is the thwarted love between L.B. and his secretary Carol (Christy Boesler, 16).
"Carol has always been in love with L.B., but he never found out," Casto said. "She finally tells him that she'smarrying someone else, and he's depressed because he's been in love with her and never admitted it."
Other principal characters include Mrs. Puffington (Jenelle Hooper, 16) and Greta Glamour (Elena Goering, 14).
Dinner will consist of a salad, chicken from Bullock's Restaurant, vegetables, a Jell-O salad and cookies for dessert. Coffee and milk will be offered.
"Just like a regular dinner theater, theactors and actresses will bus the tables and then slip backstage, into their costumes and perform," said Casto. "The youth group members have silk cummerbunds and bow ties to wear."
One special event at this year's production will be the introduction of Mary Hull, a Carroll Lutheran Village resident who will celebrate her 100th birthday inAugust.
"She's a former member of the congregation and we've adopted her as a grandmother," said Casto. "We introduce her every year as our guest of honor."
Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., April 19 and 20, at the church on Krider's Church Road.
Tickets -- which should be purchased in advance -- are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children 12and younger, with a maximum family charge of $30.
For information, call 848-3254 or 848-3311.