On Friday, November 22nd, and Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30pm, Madrigal Dinner will be held in Leone Cole Auditorium.
According to Lacy Taylor, a member of JSU Chamber Singers, Madrigal Dinner is “a renaissance dinner theater with music and comedy,” featuring the talents of many of JSU's vocalists.
The performers in Madrigal Dinner include JSU Chamber Singers, while the members of the JSU A Capella Choir act as servers for paying guests and later perform in the “concert portion” of the evening.
Audience members are asked and encouraged to participate in certain scenes of the show, which Lacy says is her favorite part of the performance.
Taylor has participated as a “peasant” (A Capella Choir) of Madrigal Dinner for three years, and this is her first time as part of the “Royal Court” (Chamber Singers). She will be playing the role of the court jester.
Ellen Abney, a member of JSU Chamber Singers, has been performing in Madrigal Dinner for four years, and she says that her favorite part of the performance is “getting to play such fun characters and making people laugh.”
Renting costumes from the JSU Drama Department, Abney says that the performers always “feel like a part of the royal court.” She will be playing the role of the Evil Queen.
The performers stay in character for the entire evening, which is “anywhere from 3 to 4 hours,” Abney says. She also adds that, “Dr. Meehan and his family come every year without fail” to support Madrigal Dinner.
One of the most interesting parts about Madrigal Dinner is that the script is original every year, written by “chosen students in sessions with Dr. Patricia Corbin,” Abney explains. She has participated in the script writing process for two years.
Tickets for Madrigal Dinner cost $28 for regular dining, $50 dollars to sit a patron table, and includes a meal.
During the show, dinner is served, which consists of an appetizer, entree, and dessert catered by Sodexo. Non-dining tickets are $5.
Tickets must be bought in advance.