WANT TO GO?
WHERE: St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston will host its biennial Madrigal Dinner on Friday and Saturday. The proceeds will benefit a newly formed summer camp, modeled on a program at the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, to help Kanawha County children who struggle with reading skills and enjoyment.
Bob Rosier, a member of St. John's Half-Act Players, said the Madrigal Dinner is a Middle-English tradition that includes music and a comic presentation, traditionally held during the 12 days of Christmas. These dinners, historically held at court, drew a thin line between the sacred and the secular world, combining humor, sacred music and feasting.
"The guest will be guided to their seats in the castle [St. John's dining hall' by town criers, where they will enjoy several courses and farcical play by St. John's Half-Act Players," explained Rosier. "The play will take place in sections throughout the meal as the performers mingle through the audience."