A winter tradition returns to the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College with the upcoming performances of the 2014 Madrigal Feast on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.
The festival evening, a highlight of M State’s fine arts events, will feature 45 members of the college’s Concert Choir and Voice Ensemble in a concert and dinner theatre performance of A Christmas Fruitcake (and other weighty matters).
Strolling vendors and minstrels will welcome guests, and seating begins in Legacy Hall at 6 p.m. with a processional at 6:30. The dinner menu includes wassail, soup, salad, vegetables, roast boar, botata, breads and dessert.
The Madrigal Feast is directed by Theatre Director Sheri Johnson and Choral Director Teresa Ashworth, who says that “Legacy Hall will be transformed into a castle, and we’ll take you back in time to the introduction of the town crier, to strolling minstrels, jugglers and knights in shining armor.”
Johnson describes the play as “a delightful peek inside a dysfunctional royal family at their Christmas meal.” While the servers tend to the bickering royal family, the jester, town crier and herald “amuse the audience with puns and banter about the weighty matter of Christmas fruitcake,” she said.
All of the singers and performers in the two-hour festival are students in M State’s Concert Choir, who mingle with the crowd and encourage fun audience participation. The evening’s entertainment will conclude with a Renaissance-style concert.
Ticket prices, which include a five-course meal, madrigal entertainment and concert, are $30 for adults and $18 for students. Ticket sales continue through Nov. 24. For reserved ticket information, contact Tori Covington at 218-736-1600.
The Madrigal Feast is traditionally performed at M State every other year.