Church of Holy Comforter in Sumter presents 2nd Madrigal Dinner

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 2/27/19

A traditional Renaissance feast and music from the period will accompany a comic pirate tale when the Church of the Holy Comforter presents its second-annual Madrigal Dinner on Friday and Saturday.

Choir director Kipper Ackerman directs the …

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Church of Holy Comforter in Sumter presents 2nd Madrigal Dinner

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A traditional Renaissance feast and music from the period will accompany a comic pirate tale when the Church of the Holy Comforter presents its second-annual Madrigal Dinner on Friday and Saturday.

Choir director Kipper Ackerman directs the performances that begin at 6:30 p.m. each night. Members of the church choir and some guest performers will act the parts in full Renaissance costume, singing the madrigal songs, which are secular vocal compositions from the period.

"The script was written by Jim and Jane Jeffries and Claire Wilson," Ackerman said, "but the musical selections are all from the Renaissance Period."

The story, she said, takes place in King Arthur's court, during the annual feast. The queen's brother, unwanted and uninvited, shows up unexpectedly, adding the element of chaos to the event. The survival of the court could be at risk.

The audience for the program will be served a traditional Renaissance dinner, Ackerman said, comprising such dishes as pork tenderloin, broccoli souffle, roasted root vegetables, salad, bread pudding, cheese, red and white wines and a traditional wassail.

Ackerman said the Madrigal Dinner has been expanded to two nights this year because "the parish hall was packed last year. Also, with two nights, we can invite the public to join us. It's a style of dinner theater that we don't do much anymore."

Ackerman said she was inspired in part because "Sonja Sepulveda did such a great job with the madrigal singers when she was choir director at Sumter High School."