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Brookfield Central hosts medieval dinner, show for Valentine's Day season

Brookfield Central sophomore Sarah Brown runs through through a scene describing her perfect man during a rehearsal for the Ye Olde Valentine Madrigal Feaste on Monday. Behind her, sophomores Lauren Arzbaecher (left) and Robyn Thompson pretend to chat.

Brookfield Central sophomore Sarah Brown runs through through a scene describing her perfect man during a rehearsal for the Ye Olde Valentine Madrigal Feaste on Monday. Behind her, sophomores Lauren Arzbaecher (left) and Robyn Thompson pretend to chat. Photo By Matt Unrau

Feb. 11, 2014

Hear ye, Hear ye! Ye Olde Madrigal Valentine Feaste is soon to begin!

Brookfield Central High School will host its first medieval dinner and theater production since 2008. More than 100 students from the school will turn the black-box theater into a castle full of Gypsies, wenches, musicians and members of the royal family the weekend of Feb. 21.

The event is hosted by the high school's choir and theater departments, but also includes students involved in other extracurricular activities as well, choir director Phil Olson said.

"The night is a neat hybrid that includes a lot of students that aren't able to commit a lot of time to practice after school," Olson said. "This allows them to be involved (with theater) in some capacity."

As guests of the "king" and "queen," audience members will enjoy roast loin of pork dinners as students in medieval costumes entertain with song, dance and theater. There may even be a story of romance.

"There's thousands of dollars' worth of costumes and set design," Olson said. "It's such a unique experience."

Junior Lara Weiner has been actively involved with theater in the past, but playing the evil witch is her first major role.

"I think it's great being the evil character in the play," Weiner said. "They usually have the wittiest lines and make everyone laugh."

But the whole production is one laugh to the next, she added.

"Mr. Olson's goal is to make people laugh during the whole show, which makes it more entertaining for us," she said.

The $37.50 ticket price includes the cost of the catered meal, Olson said.

"It's a tough sell when people don't know what it is, but people aren't disappointed when they first walk into the castle," he said.

If you go

WHAT: Ye Olde Madrigal Valentine Feaste

WHEN: 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22; 1 p.m. Feb. 23

WHERE: Brookfield Central High School theater, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road

COST: $37.50 per person, includes catered dinner

TICKETS: purchase online at SeatYourself.biz/brookfieldcentral

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