The Madrigal Dinner

The Madrigal Dinner: A Saint Mary’s holiday tradition

With costumes, fanfare, and music, the Madrigal Dinners offer glad tidings to their audience, as well as participants in the production. The annual holiday show will take place this week, December 4-6, in Regina Hall. It will send its audience into the past to the medieval world of court jesters and traditional music from the Renaissance era.

“It's a step back in time,” says Madrigal Singer Stacey Koziel ’10. "It allows guests to feel like they are in the middle of a medieval castle in winter, sitting down to an authentic meal and being treated like royalty by a consort, singers, and jugglers.”

Stacey is communication studies major at the College. She enjoys the holiday spirit of the Madrigal Dinner. “Getting in the Christmas spirit with everyone, and seeing all of the beautiful decorations and costumes—it truly feels like a step back in time,” she says.

Throughout the event, audience members will feast on a delicious meal while listening to a variety of Christmas carols presented by the Saint Mary’s Madrigal Singers as well as the Early Music Ensemble from Andrews University. There will be five parts to the program, each including a variety of traditional songs to entertain the dinner guests.

Communication studies major Maddi McCrea ’10 has participated in the event for the past four years, and she’s loved every minute of it. “I've been singing in the Madrigal Dinners since my first year, and even after four years, I still love performing and being part of such a wonderful production,” says Maddi, “I love that, as Madrigal production, different Saint Mary's College departments are able to come together and provide people with 3 of the most important parts of the holidays: music, food, and celebration.”

Her fellow performer Stacey Koziel adds, “It has always been so much fun. The hard work and effort certainly pays off, and to see the look on the audience's faces each year makes it well worth it.”

—Alicia Smith '12