College celebrates season with Madrigal dinner

first_imgSaint Mary’s Music Department will usher in the Christmas season this weekend with its 39th annual Madrigal dinner, a medieval-themed feast and musical performance. Junior Toni Marsteller, who scripted and directed the performance and is cast as the Wench, said the theatrics and music are interwoven in the meal rather than preceding or following it. “[The dinner features] Renaissance and medieval-style music, and there are actors who provide a little comedy throughout the dinner,” she said. Music professor Nancy Menk, who will direct the Madrigal for the 28th time, said the choir performances will include a combination of traditional songs with a few fresh selections. “Some songs are standards,” Menk said. “We always sing the Wassail Song when we bring out the Wassail bowl, we always sing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas,’ and each year I try to add one or two new songs.” First year Katie Corbett plays the role of the Jester, who taunts the other characters throughout the performance. “I’m an acting major, so I read for the Jester role, and it sounded really funny,” she said. “I’m really excited, but I’m also a little nervous. I hope everyone enjoys the show.” Corbett’s Jester conspires with junior Sophie Korson’s character, the Cook, to play tricks on the Wench. Korson, who has never participated in the Madrigal dinner before, said she decided to take part simply for the fun of it. “It sounded like fun, and I was open to trying it out,” she said. Sophomore Lauren Murphy, a member of the Women’s Choir performing at the dinner, said the performance helps spread the Christmas cheer around campus. “I like dressing up and getting into character,” she said. “The show really helps set the tone for the Christmas season.” Over her nearly three decades at the helm of the Madrigal, Wenk said the tradition has evolved significantly. “Before my time, they actually stopped the show and did an opera right in the middle of the show,” she said. “One of the major changes was to change from a co-ed to an all-women’s choir, about seven or eight years ago, to better represent Saint Mary’s College.” Menk said she is amazed by the transformative effect the show has on Regina Hall, where it is presented. “The girls look so beautiful in their dresses and the room looks amazing,” she said. “By the time we’re done with it, it’s amazing to think it’s just a dorm lounge.” The Madrigal dinner will be celebrated Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Ben Platt Will Serve Streep, Jersey Boys Go Wild & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Ben Platt Will Get Meryl Streep DrunkThe Book of Mormon star Ben Platt already has his next big screen project lined up. According to Deadline, Platt has joined the cast of Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme. He will appear opposite Meryl Streep, her daughter Mamie Gummer and Kevin Kline. The Pitch Perfect star will play Daniel, the bartender at the titular duo’s regular hangout. Streep is set to star as Ricki, a rock ‘n’ roll fanatic who gets one last chance to have it all.Ohhhhhhh, What a Night?!No, who really loves you, pretty mama? Porn star Tommy Pistol will play Frankie Valli in an upcoming adult film version of Jersey Boys, aptly titled Jersey Boys XXX: The Porn Musical. The seasoned sex-thespian says he is a huge fan of the show, and has been listening to The Four Seasons nonstop for the past couple months. Read more on the adult entertainment news site XBiz. Needless to say, NSFW. You know, because of language.Betty Buckley Brings Ghosts to Joe’s PubWhen a theater is unoccupied, a single light bulb—a ghostlight—illimuniates the stage to keep away the spirits. But when Betty Buckley takes to Joe’s Pub to celebrate the launch of her album Ghostlight, there will surely be plenty of (live) spectators cheering on the Broadway legend. The Tony winner will play the venue on October 7 and October 9-11.Wicked Continues to Fly High Across the PondAnd no one’s gonna bring it down. The London production of Wicked has become the 14th longest-running musical in West End history, surpassing Me and My Girl. It is also now the 10th longest-running show currently playing the West End. The U.K. hit opened on September 27, 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre with the show’s Tony-winning star Idina Menzel. Whoever that is. Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Kerry Ellis and Savannah Stevenson currently play Elphaba and Glinda in the London production.Those Scoundrels Better Werk, BitchYou wanna hot body? You wanna Bugatti? Just want “great big stuff” in general? Well, as Britney, the cast of the West End’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell say, you better work, bitch. Oh, Jerry, you drive us crazy and we just can’t sleep. Check out their fun video below, and happy Friday! Ben Platt Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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