On Friday, Nov. 10, the Parker Middle School seventh and eighth-grade choirs hosted their annual Madrigal Dinner. The title of this year’s dinner was “May the Farce Be With Thee, featuring special guest Halley’s Comet.”
The evening was led by jesters Olivia LaCommare and Kylee Brown. A Madrigal Dinner is a re-creation of the Renaissance feasts held throughout England during the 16th century. Guests who were invited to these feasts enjoyed pageantry, music and vast amounts of fine foods.
“The Madrigal Dinner was a wonderful event filled with lots of laughs, outstanding performances, and a wonderful meal,” said Kelli Falls, Parker Middle School vocal music teacher. “It was also a great learning opportunity for our students. Not only did they learn about different types of performances, but they also learned about Renaissance era.”
During Parker’s Madrigal Dinner choir students donned elaborate costumes created by Dawn Eldred as they performed a full play, musical numbers and a myriad of jokes. Attendees enjoyed a feast prepared by Howell High School’s student-run Highlander Restaurant under the direction of Chef Eric Walker.