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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Wellington High School tradition: Madrigal Feast set for Thursday

  • Food and song, what more could best describe this yuletide time of year? The choral department at Wellington High School is offering those very amenities on Thursday, Dec. 13 for the annual Madrigal Feast.
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  • Food and song, what more could best describe this yuletide time of year? The choral department at Wellington High School is offering those very amenities on Thursday, Dec. 13 for the annual Madrigal Feast.
    "It's a renascence, medieval themed, Christmas dinner theater," explained high school music teacher, Krystal Nelson. "It is hosted by the Wellington High School Madrigals." They will entertain the crowd with the WHS Mixed Ensemble and Women's Ensemble serving the food and singing as well. The students will also perform skits for the event.
    "The tradition has been going on for years, and years and years," Nelson said. "The entire atmosphere that the students put on is really what makes it special, they get to decorate the entire commons area, they do it all themselves." The menu starts with a salad and dinner roll, followed by the main course of roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. Bread pudding is on tap for dessert. As folks enjoy the meal, music will fill the high school commons.
    "We have some extremely traditional songs, such as 'The Bore's Head Carol,' that is performed when the main course is served," Nelson said. 'Carol of the Bells,' and 'Holly and the Ivy,' along with other songs that date back to the 1400's are all on the set list for Madrigal Feast on Thursday. Even the audience will get to participate in the singing of 'The 12 Days of Christmas.'
    Proceeds from the event go entirely to the WHS choral department to help with transportation for competition in the Spring as well as new music in the Spring.
    "We're kind of running out of stuff right now," Nelson said. "It's hundreds of dollars in new music, so that's what the money is going to go for." Advanced tickets are on sale now, they can be purchased for $15 from vocal students, or by calling the WHS office at 620-326-4310. Tickets at the door will cost $20.
    "It should be a really fun night for all the patrons that show up," Nelson said.
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