Madrigal Feast--A Holiday Dinner Theater
Once again, with the arrival of the Christmas Season, the
Skamania Performing Arts Foundation (SPAF) takes us back
in time to the courts and intrigues of medieval times with
their Madrigal Feast at Skamania Lodge. Unlike past years,
this court will be held for only one night on December 10th
beginning at 5 pm.
This season, Lynn Thomas, the SPAF Director, loosely adapted
Dickens’ classic A Christmas Tale to
reflect the trials and tribulations of the Lord of the Manor
during a Medieval Christmas. His cheap and mean proclivities
return in the form of ghosts, a hunchback, a mother–in-law
and other assorted characters, some from Dickens and some
merely figments of his imagination. Throughout all,
a 20-voice Madrigal Choir, a Celtic harpist, a five piece
renaissance musical consort and a band of orphan singers
provide harmonic musical accompaniment to the trials brought
about by the season. And there is the ever-present Jester,
juggling, bantering and wondering out loud, “Why are
you not eating your vegetables?” It is a very
loose adaptation, with both humor and depth.
While the Lord undergoes his tribulations, the Guests of
the Manor are treated to a sumptuous five-course Feast prepared
by the Skamania Lodge Chefs. With this work of culinary art,
the jesters, the ghosts, assemblage of the Court and the
comeuppance of the Lord make the evening a one of a kind
affair. There will be intrigue. Courtships played out and
lovers gained. Lovers lost. The Lord will see his past and
his future. And there will be music. Lots of music. And food.
It is a Feast. Lots of food.
‘Tis the season for feast and music. This year
enjoy SPAF’s Madrigal Feast at Skamania Lodge.
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