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    Port Washington High School 12th Annual Madrigal Dinner




    It’s a romp through the Renaissance complete with dancing, music, ma yhem and a magnificent meal!

    December 5th & 6th

    At Cedar Beach Inn, Belgium Wi

    For Ticket Information call PWHS Office @ 262-268-5500

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    Tickets go on sale November 3rd

  • What is a Madrigal Dinner?

    A madrigal dinner is a 21st Century re-creation of the Renaissance feasts held in the great baronial halls throughout England during the twelve days of Christmas.  If you lived in England during the sixteenth century and were lucky enough to be one of the favored guests, you would be dazzled with the stunning pageantry, bawdy humor, endless amounts of succulent food, and extraordinary music.  The line between sacred and secular would be thinly drawn.  One moment you might be regaled with the most risqué humor and the next you might listen to, or sing, the most exquisite and ethereal sacred music.

    In our 21st Century recreation of these feasts, the entertainment, though not as risqué, is nevertheless every bit as dazzling.  The royal court, with the king and queen, and a possible profusion of cast members including a court jester, wandering minstrels, itinerant actors, recorders, brass ensembles, puppeteers, wizards, jugglers, mimes, and all sorts of characters, combine in their early English dialogue, laughter, and songs to bring to the audience a wonderful immersion into Renaissance England.  The ambience of the evening is one of warmth, laughter, love and joy.

    Most madrigal dinners use a renaissance or play during the evening as the focus of the entertainment.  The play generally ties together the main theme of the event, beginning with a welcome by the jester and continuing through short entertainments during the meal, culminating in the presentation of the masque itself.  Usually a short concert by the royal court or members of the choir follows the play.