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WCHS Madrigal Singers to host Singe Feast Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Take a step back in time when kings held court and jesters entertained during the Warren Central High School Singe Feaste.

The event, which is a Renaissance-style dinner theatre with a three-course meal including a Wassail Toast, will be held at 6:30 p.m. with seating at 7, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club, 721 Clay St.

During the evening, the WCHS Madrigal Singers, comprised of students who are in 10th through 12th grades, will provide the musical entertainment, WCHS choral director Eric Johnson said.

“The Madrigal Singers is a small ensemble group that performs mainly Renaissance-style music,” Johnson said.

Students must audition for the choir and as one of the two highest-level choirs offered at WCHS, Johnson said, the group has practiced for the Singe Feaste every day in class since the beginning of the school year.

“We also have after-school rehearsals,” he said. “The students will have logged about 75 hours of rehearsal, not to mention the many hours the students put in outside of class.”

In addition to the hours of rehearsals, the Madrigal Singers are also required to wear Renaissance-style costumes.

“Many of the students have their costumes made by many of our local seamstresses. Some students may purchase costumes online, or they may rent some costumes that WCHS already owns,” Johnson said.

And while there is no particular pattern, to ensure all costumes are true Renaissance-style, Johnson said, they have to be approved by him.

Under the direction of WCHS co-choral director Sam Lovorn, the WCHS Total Sound Show Choir will perform the comedy-style play during the Singe Feaste.

Since his tenure at WCHS, Johnson said the Singe Feaste is a favorite.

“My most special memories of teaching for the past six years are of the two Singe Feastes I’ve had the opportunity to be part of,” Johnson said, “And since it is only every other year, it becomes a high-held tradition for me and the students.”

The Mississippi Boy Choir will also perform during the evening.

Directed by Katherine Hoitt, Johnson said, they are fortunate to have the choir perform several songs during the event.

“I can think of no better way to begin the Holiday season than attending the Singe Feaste,” Johnson said.

Tickets for the Singe Feaste are $25 and may be purchased by calling 601-638-3372. The meal includes Grilled Chicken Piccata, sides, dessert and a Wassail Toast catered by The Anthony.

“Most nights are sold out, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets fast,” Johnson said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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