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February 14th, 2005

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10:30 am - Madrigal . . .
On Saturday night, Tina and I went to the OSU RenFest's Madrigal Dinner. Thus follows an account of the occasion:

We were lucky to even receive an invitation. It came via ceolnamara, who isn't involved in the RenFest at all. Apparently, this thing is supposed to be open to the public, but when you only get to hear about it second hand by someone who isn't at all involved, you can tell they aren't getting the word out.

Actually, I admit I wasn't even expecting them to have tickets for us. I'd sent in my cash, but after calling to make a reservation, I didn't hear anything back for a couple of days, and then I got an email with where to send the check a few days beforehand. So I had my check book with duplicate check in hand as proof of payment, just in case. Thankfully, I didn't need it.

Though scheduled to start at 7, Rennies never run on time. The show perhaps started around 7:25. They could have used a bit more rehersal (and some work on projecting their voices in most cases), but in the end, it was about what I expected and it came off pretty well.

For $48, Tina and I received dinner and a show. They did (thankfully) provide a vegan option to Tina, and actually fended for her pretty darn well, bringing her two plates, one with veggies (which had obviously been cooked in butter, so I sacrificed my hunger and wolfed those down in addition to my own dinner) and the other with a lovely pasta salad. My own dinner was probably the smallest helping of chicken I'd ever seen (certainly more the size of a chick than a chicken), but the addition of Tina's butter-soaked meal helped a lot.

The show itself was rather tedious. . . not because of the acting or the bad accents or anything else that the players did. . . but rather what they didn't do: there was a lot of downtime between acts, music, dancing, etc. By the time the whole thing was over, I was litterally nodding off, and thought it must be almost midnight.

I made what I thought was the conservative guess that we'd only been there for about 5 hours. It turned out that we were there for about three, because it was 10 PM when we got to our car. So instead of actually taking forever, it just felt like it.

All-in-all, though, it was a good show. The food was delicious, the actors were managing to get into character pretty well, and I got to sit next to Tina for a whole night and smile and chat and talk with her, pretty well to the exclusion of everyone else. The servers kept me pretty well stocked with water (though I went easy on them and didn't drink as much as I usually do when I'm out), and singingwren was absolutely beautiful in her garb (it's always nice to have a hot server).

And if they advertise it next year, we'll go again :)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Today's Message", -JB

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Date:February 14th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
madrigal is my irc name....the title of this freaked me out :)
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Date:February 14th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
Haha, thank you.
As for rehearsal, I think it's funny when you say a bit more... CAUSE THERE WASN'T ANY AT ALL!
Lol, well actually the singers and dancers practiced some, but the majority of things were totally adlib, made up, etc. We tried to keep things going on all the time in between shows, but I think we were just too busy with our individual sections to get out in front. Mine was the tables to left by the door, if you didn't notice... I just came to serve you guys also because it was fun. :) Everyone was also very thirsty... and if I gave one person water, I gave it to them all. Personally, I think the wassail was really all that was needed. ;) I derno who your designated server was, but I think they were failing.

Next year, if I do it again, I hope they organize it more; Council is in charge of Madrigal, not the Renaissance performers. We just show up and do what they tell us. I would have liked to extend invitations to people, but I didn't know what was up 'til too late. Now we know the secret, though, hehe... so come again!

You and Tina were beautiful too, btw. :)
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Date:February 15th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I wouldn't imagine much rehersal. . . But running through on a schedule might have helped, and making sure there was no downtime.

I think that what would have really helped, though, would be more performers :)

Tina is always beautiful. I, on the other hand, need her to look good.

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