Mighty Richland Players presents The Jester Ventures Forth

From press release

ORANGEVILLE, Ill.—The Jester Ventures Forth, another warped madrigal by Paul Brandvik, will play at the Mighty Richland Players, 203 W. High St., Orangeville, Ill., Nov. 26-28.

Looking for an escape from leftover turkey and a place to entertain company over the Thanksgiving holiday?

During the Middle Ages and continuing well into the Renaissance, the holiday season was a time when guests traveled great distances to the castles of wealthy friends and family members to feast, dance and exchange news in a celebration lasting several days. After the rigorous fast of the Advent season, elaborate preparations were made to ensure a truly festive event. Mighty Richland Players, in its 10th year of operation, brings this fourth annual madrigal to introduce the holidays.

Of all the madrigal scripts written, this is certainly one of the funniest. After the Jester announces the upcoming visit of Good King Wence from the Kingdom of Jibber and his two daughters (Good King Wence’s lasses), we discover the king is attempting to arrange marriages to unite the two kingdoms. Good King Wence only speaks his native tongue, Jibberish. The Jester and Sir Merton, realizing they are the only two eligible bachelors in the kingdom, both want to marry Olivia the fair. But Gorgonzola.org must be married first. Jester and Sir Merton must duel for the hand of Gorgonzola.org. Of course, each wants to lose so he can marry Olivia the Fair.

The cast hails from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, supported by the Renaissance Singers of the greater Orangeville area. The comedy, music and artistry ensue about you, pausing only for the Feaste itself. Following the merriment, the madrigal players and singers will entertain. As the evening winds to a close, you will be left full of stomach, full of song, and full of heart!

Again, the fare will be the English groaning board (roast beef dinner—with appetizer, green beans almondine, garlic, red-skin whipped potatoes and a wonderful dessert). Upon request, an alternative meal will be offered. Tickets are $40 per person or $35 per person for groups of six or more. Telephone the Monroe Arts Center for tickets, (608) 325-5700.

Friday and Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and show at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, doors open at 12:30 p.m., followed by dinner and show at 1 p.m.

From the Nov. 24-30, 2010 issue

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