Madrigal mishaps at rehearsals

The queen, senior Tiani Swallow, allows the new king, senior Adam Dostalik, to sit on her lap after the king and jester switch places. Swallow and Dostalik had to perform the scene again after the cast realized they had forgot a few of the lines prior. “It was really weird at first, I read the script and I was like oh we aren’t going to do that, I don’t have to worry about it,” Swallow said. “She [Thompson] was just like ‘okay now you’re going to go sit on her lap’ and I was like ‘wait what, we’re actually doing that?’”

The vocal choir’s annual Madrigal Feast cast held rehearsals Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The final performances were held Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at The Bridge Church. The performance entails a comedic play around the choir’s singing throughout a three-course meal. Underclassmen, including a few added freshmen, serve the meal during the songs performed by seniors.

However, the rehearsals did not go off without a few hitches, including some sophomore accidents. While walking up tiled steps in traditional black socks, sophomore Amanda Campbell slipped with a candle in hand catching fire to a portion of her hair. “The candle went back and singed my hair,” Campbell said. “I had like four people blowing on my hair.”

During their second rehearsal sophomore Mark Nagel ran down the center aisle to the stage carrying a bowl of water that acted as wassail, a cider-like drink, almost spilling it on the king and queen, seniors Drew Hendrickson and Tiani Swallow. “I was kind of freaking out because I saw the water spilling out and I was like if you get this dress wet you’re going to be in a world of pain,” Swallow said.

It is tradition for a sophomore to run down the aisle with the water but Swallow had never recalled anyone spilling it as dramatically as Nagel has in the past.

Even with the antics, the participants still admire the annual production. “No matter what level you’re at, what choir you’re in, you’re all singing the same songs and putting on a show together,” Campbell said.