Renaissance Holiday Feast
Oct 30, 2016 10:04PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Choir students at College Park reenact a Renaissance holiday feast.
A Renaissance Holiday Feast at College Park High School
This time of year most of us turn our clocks forward. But the choir students at College Park dial theirs back — way back. Five hundred years, in fact, to merry England in the days of old.
At 6pm on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, the CPHS Choir Department presents “A Renaissance Holiday Feast.” Held in “the multi-use castle,” this event is a fundraising dinner for the choir program and an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The CPHS multi-use room is converted into a medieval castle, complete with a drawbridge, and guests are formally greeted in a candle-lit interior space decorated with banners, tapestries, and other items with an historic theme. Performers and dinner servers are all in period attire, representing different castes of European society - merchants, nobility, the royal entourage of King Henry VIII, servants, an unsavory beggar or two, and even a court jester who serves as the master of ceremonies for the evening.
The Renaissance Holiday Feast is an historical reenactment of the sumptuous dinner events given by nobility in Europe throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Audience members eat a sumptuous five-course meal with their hands and enjoy an evening of diverse entertainments: a “half-act” play, troubadours, a recorder ensemble, brass fanfares, and the gorgeous a cappella choral music of the Renaissance.
“This event has become a wonderful tradition, one of the highlights of the year for the students and our community,” says choir director Bruce Rockwell. “Student performers and audience alike are immersed in an unforgettable, magical evening, which is both highly entertaining and highly educational. It really is like European history coming alive again.”
For tickets and information, see www.collegeparkchoirs.com. Seating by Town Crier begins at 6pm.