Fit for a King: Vicksburg High School Madrigal Choir presents Singe Feaste

Published 4:00 am Sunday, November 20, 2022

It’s a time of crisis for the King.

His trusted jester, who always told him the truth — remember the story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes”? — is no longer part of the court and a replacement must be found. But who will be as loyal? The answer may lie in the upcoming performance of “The Truth Fairy,” presented by the Vicksburg High School’s Madrigal choir during the annual Singe Feaste.

For more than 25 years, a Renaissance-style dinner theater with a three-course meal including a Wassail Toast was performed, initially by both VHS and Warren Central High School’s Madrigal choirs. The schools have since alternated the years they perform and this year, after a two-year break due to COVID-19, the event is back.

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“This has been so exciting,” VHS choir director Erika Wheeler said.

Wheeler, who graduated from VHS and was a member of the Madrigal choir, which is comprised of a small ensemble group that mainly performs Renaissance-style music, said, “I remember doing this play when I was in school, and it is a lot of fun.”

“The Truth Fairy” is an interactive play and allows the audience to be part of the production, helping the cast decide who is telling the truth and who is not.

Comprised of 14 VHS and River City Early College students, the group began rehearsing for the Singe Feast in early September, Wheeler said.

In addition to rehearsing during school hours, Wheeler said the group started weekly evening rehearsals in early October.

These, she said, were held from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The choir added Saturday rehearsals from 9 a.m. until noon at the start of November.

“During the Saturday rehearsals we do the lines and read and put the music together,” Wheeler said. “And I think the kids are going to love it when we actually put it (the play) altogether.”

Since the pandemic altered the performance schedule, Wheeler said, “The kids have never had a chance to do it (perform during the Singe Feaste) because of COVID, so it’s all of their first time doing it and getting the costumes.”

Wheeler said most of the students have ordered their Renaissance-style costumes and they have come in, but there are a couple who are still waiting on theirs to arrive before the dress rehearsal scheduled for Dec. 6.

The Singe Feaste will be held on Dec. 7 and 8 in Wesley Hall at Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford St. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the production begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available from choir members, by emailing erika.wheeler@vwsd.org or by calling 601-994-3426.

“This has been a lot of fun creating music with them (the kids). They are super talented and can sing anything you put in front of them,” Wheeler said, adding she hopes people will come out and be part of the Singe Feaste.

Attendees are also encouraged to wear period dress, fit for the occasion.

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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