Madrigal Dinner's Fun Features Hawaiin Wedding Chaos

By Scalf, Abby | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 8, 2006 | Go to article overview

Madrigal Dinner's Fun Features Hawaiin Wedding Chaos


Scalf, Abby, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Abby Scalf Daily Herald Staff Writer

Since Stevenson High School opened in the late 1960s, the school's Madrigal Singers transported audiences to the days of medieval merriment in Renaissance England.

This year, however, the performers are setting the show not in England or France, but instead the land of leis and grass skirts.

A wedding rehearsal dinner set in Hawaii will be the centerpiece as Stevenson presents its Madrigal Dinner Sunday.

Tickets were sold in advance and are no longer available for this year's dinner. What makes the event unique is the students not only perform Renaissance music, but also write the script to be performed, said music teacher Ellen Singer.

"We mix Renaissance songs with a modern story to make it fun for the audience," said Singer, who directs with music teacher Cari Dinglasan.

This year's production, "My Big, Fat Medieval Wedding" was written by seniors Mark Johnson, Jennie Lee, Arielle Port and junior Scott Spector.

Spector said their show takes a twist of the movie title, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and features the chaos of a wedding. The similarities, however, end there.

The "Medieval Wedding" story follows a wedding rehearsal dinner between two families, one from southern England and one from the north shore of Hawaii.

Queen Antoinette of England, played by Sam Toeller and King Parker, played by Johnson, want to merge their kingdoms. They plan a marriage between the queen's son, Prince Jaques, played by Michael Bassewitz, and king's daughter, Princess Phyllis, played by Port. Then, Queen Antoinette gets in trouble for insider trading - trading cotton inside the castle instead of outside in the field. So, the wedding has to be moved at the last minute from England to Hawaii.

Port said bringing the story to Hawaii this year has allowed them to plan different costumes and centerpieces to fit the new tropical locale. …

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