Madrigal Dinner recreates an English Christmas past
By Betsy Lantz
"From the moment you step into the
you enter a whole other
being taken back Intime."
The enchanted setting referred to bysenior English major Beth Lawry isRenaissance England, to be authen-tically recreated this weekend as Mer-
hurst College presents Its third an-nual Christmas Madrigal Dinner.
regal banquet is a cooperativeeffort by the departments of music,hotel restaurant management, theatreand dance. Noble lords and ladies at-tending this gala event at St. Mark'sCenter on Dec. 5, 6
will be farfrom the gym on East
* , sL ~"The
room will look
said Director of Theatre
depic-'ting interior castle walls will envelopdiners in an authentic royal at-mosphere, with details fromcandleabras to flags on the ceiling.Guests of the court are welcome todress in historical attire.
The medieval menu will includefresh fruits, rye bread! beef barleysoup,corn-on-the-cob, pork, chickenand Wassail, each to be served in theEnglish tradition of the time. "We'veimproved the dessert for the thirdtime,"
Director of the HRMDepartment John
Entertainment willhighlight^theevenings' celebration. A skit to be
take-off on thestory of 'Rapunzel,
" said Stalsky. "It's almostas
were done by 'Saturday Night
"It involves a lot of audience par-ticipation," added an excited Lawry,who
be singing and acting in herthird Madrigal performance.
According to Director of the
School of Music, JoesphChiarelli, the music to be performedthroughout the evening will be takenfrom the Renaissance period.Although the musical entertainment'will primarily be sung a cappella, aharpsichord will
year'sinstrumental background. Brass andwoodwind groups from the school ofto us afterward who were just amazedat how much fun they had and at howauthentic it was," Lawry
similar in form to last year's, but ex-panded and improved," Stalsky com-mented. "We have expanded the size
distinguished lords and ladies from last
music will also be performing.In addition, 12 dance majors
bepresenting Renaissance court dancesand local magician Bob Borgia will bemystifying courtiers with his sorcery."Last year we had people coming upof the room, because we have more ofan audience this year." As a result, theseating capacity was increased from240 diners per night last year to 320this year, according to the HRMDepartment.
% is^"The HRM
students have been over-worked due to the increased
ofthis year's dinner," Wolper
think we will involve the Mer-cyhurst Community earlier than we did
?this yeaf In
order to alleviate that pro-
Saturday evening's banquet Issold out. "I attribute our success to ourmailinglist.Potential guests are reach-ed two months before the event,"Wolper commented.
Tickets are still
at $20 per person. Tickets are $18for college employees, $15 for Mer-cyhurst students. For reservations call
hurststudents were invited to attend a
dress rehearsal of the Madrigal dinnerfree of charge last night.
every aspect of the entertainment ex-cept the dinner, this evening providedthose students who were unable to at-tend the weekend performances
anopportunity to experience the spec-tacle that these departments have put*together, Lawry explained.Commenting that the Madrigal
ner has become a well-received
cyhurst tradition in
Chiarelli concluded, "I'm just glad weput our heads together to come upwith the Idea and that the four depart-ments are able to cooperate and carry
Snowf lakes and Mistletoe" set for tomorrow evening
and Mistletoe is thetheme for
winter formal tobe held tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 6 at Rain-bow Gardens from 9 p.m. until 1
Friction will be providing the mainentertainment for the evening. D.J.
be filling In for
dur-ing their breaks.Added attractions for this year
of wine and cham-pagne.! Raffle
door. SfAlso, uponentering the
each person will beable to choose one of the handmadewooden ornaments
Party trays of cold cuts and cheesewill be served along with bowls ofpunch.The Student Activities Commit-
sponsor of the annual
also contribute four decorated sheetcakes to the refreshments.A professional photographer
of-fer picture packages. Prices for thephotographs vary according to thepackage desired.
Shuttles will be
the formaland will be leaving from Baldwin Hall at
be leaving Rainbow Gardens at 11:30p.m., 12:15 and 1 a.m. The shuttletransportation is free to
ding the formal.
The cost of
will be $5 aperson or $10 a couple. The
stress that the winter formal isnot strictly a "couples dance". Ticketsmay: be purchased
the StudentUnion Director's office, at the StudentUnion desk or at the door the night ofthe
Costello com-ments that this year's formal is goingto be a "classy
that the S.A.C. officers chose festive
several floweraccents and two natural decoratedChristmas trees.