Madrigal takes the stage

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Every year concert choir and women’s concert chorale perform either Madrigal or Messiah.  This year, they will be performing Madrigal, a performance that senior Cecilia Casper, a member of the Choir Executive Board, describes as “a choir concert, but a play.” 

The Madrigal is set during the Renaissance and is a combination of choral music and skits. It happens in the South Commons, which is different from most musical productions at EPHS. Senior Robbie Breese called it “a whole new space to work in that creates new opportunities,” but added that it creates challenges as well. There is no set stage for the audience to look at and there is no backstage area for performers to take refuge and no lights or sound to dictate the pace and movement of the show. 

As soon as you enter the space, you will be immersed in a new world, with the South Commons replicating a Great Hall where the choral performers will act as entertainment for the Royal Court of princes and princesses. The interactive experience is a combination of a choir concert, a show, and a roleplay, as several choir members described it. 

Casper plays Lance-a-lot and her twin sister, Carmen Casper, plays Lance-a-little, making them “the dynamic duo.” The show is full of comic relief characters, including the twin roles of the Casper siblings. 

Unlike any show done at EPHS throughout the year, Madrigal will humor and entertain audiences. Madrigal will be performed on Saturday at 1:30p.m. and 6:30p.m. in the South Commons. There is no cost of entry. Casper said, “Definitely go if you’re looking for laughs.”

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