KHS to host its 33rd annual madrigal dinner

By on December 9, 2010

The Kaneland High School Madrigal Singers will perform Friday through Sunday at the high school cafeteria. Tickets are $20 each, and dinner is included. Photo by Ben Draper

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Anyone who fears that the Kaneland High School cafeteria has been transformed into a Medieval Times can rest assured—it’s just the 2010 Kaneland Madrigal Dinner.

The 33rd annual madrigal dinner (or feaste, as it says on the dinner ticket) combines food, song and theatre performed in a joyous and somewhat comedic 16th century-type English setting. The actual performance will be followed by a feast including chicken and wassail, which is a hot cider.

The show uses a “Royal Court” of 16 student actors, as well as over 20 instrumentalists and 30 choir members to celebrate the Christmas season in a fun, unique way.

“The madrigal dinner includes about 90 kids altogether, and it really allows these high school kids to showcase their talent,” said Peggy Rosko, who is a “mom coordinator” for the event. “The show does a great job of incorporating kids from different musical programs – choir, theatre and band – and it features great holiday music and entertainment.”

Choral Director Bryan Kunstman will lead the choir during the event.

Show times for the Kaneland Madrigal Dinner are 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. The Friday, Dec. 10 show is sold out. Tickets are $20 each.

“It really is a fabulous event, and it says something for the high quality of Kaneland High School (arts)” Rosko said.