CCHS Madrigal Dinner mixes good food and good fun


By David Broyles - dbroyles@thecarrollnews.com



The theme for Carroll County High School’s Madrigal Dinner is “A Midwinter’s Dream Knight.” The cast of 72 students has raised the bar on comedy with not one, but four jesters. Pictured at left are Grace Myers, at right is Daphne Utt, Wesley Harmon on top and Brooke Hughes. The benefit suppers are set for December 8, 9 and 10.


Submitted photo | Carroll County High School

Carroll County High School will return December with another unique mix of comedy, cousine and Madrigal mayhem with its production of “Midwinter’s Dream Knight.” Choir Director Chandra Harmon said the production will top last year’s effort with not one but four jesters.

Shows have been slated for December 8, December 9 and December 10. Friday and Saturday doors open at 6 p.m. and seating will follow at around 6:30 p.m. On Sunday doors open at 1 p.m. with guests seated beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

Interested persons may reserve tickets on the Carroll County High Choir Facebook page or by calling 276-733-3963. Tickets may be picked up at CCHS’s front desk from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with organizers willing to work with patrons who cannot pick up tickets during this time. The choir will give a short concert following each production. The dinners will be held at First United Methodist Church in Hillsville, which is located at 225 Fulcher Street.

The plot centers on Jack (you guessed it… the Jack of Beanstalk fame) as he appears at the door of Cinderella’s cousin, Ashes Zelda, with plans to sweep her off her feet. He quickly discovers she has been promised by her father to “Knight Crawler.” Harmon said Cavalier Culinary Arts students will be responsible for some of the menu and Band members are also involved, providing fanfares and instrumentals for the production and prior to the show.

“It’s almost one hundred percent student run and organized (there are 72 students in the cast). They are doing such a great job of getting things ready,” said Harmon. “It’s a really great way of kicking off your holiday season with performance art.”

She said last year’s dinners almost sold out with an average of 100 tickets sold for each show. Harmon said the continuing popularity of the event means patrons should order early so they can participate.

“It’s a spoof of Cinderella with some political comments and good-natured fun,” Harmon said. “Having four jesters has been a challenge. Each one has their own particular personality. We’ve had a lot of fun. The biggest challenge has been making it through a rehearsal without dying of laughter. We’ve got a great bunch of kids this year.”

Wesley Harmon, Brooke Hughes, Grace Myers and Daphne Utt will serve as jesters.

All proceeds from the Madrigal Dinners go towards the choir’s participation in a National Competition in Chicago in April. Last year the Cavaliers finished second in the event.

David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.

The theme for Carroll County High School’s Madrigal Dinner is “A Midwinter’s Dream Knight.” The cast of 72 students has raised the bar on comedy with not one, but four jesters. Pictured at left are Grace Myers, at right is Daphne Utt, Wesley Harmon on top and Brooke Hughes. The benefit suppers are set for December 8, 9 and 10.
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TCN111517MadrigalDinner.jpgThe theme for Carroll County High School’s Madrigal Dinner is “A Midwinter’s Dream Knight.” The cast of 72 students has raised the bar on comedy with not one, but four jesters. Pictured at left are Grace Myers, at right is Daphne Utt, Wesley Harmon on top and Brooke Hughes. The benefit suppers are set for December 8, 9 and 10. Submitted photo | Carroll County High School

By David Broyles

dbroyles@thecarrollnews.com

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