Madrigal Feaste returns to FHSU Memorial Union after 1-year absence

Fort Hays State University's Madrigal Feaste, an FHSU tradition since 1964, will return to the Memorial Union for its 43rd presentation on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Due to construction in the Memorial Union, Madrigal Feaste was not held in 2006.  

Tickets can be purchased beginning Monday, Nov. 1. Prices are $20 for FHSU students and $25 for the public. Order forms for tickets are available online at and also in local newspaper ads.

The Madrigal Feaste is a modern version of the medieval feasts held in castles and manors throughout England during the 16th century.

The Madrigal Feaste provides an abundance of music, singing, dancing and feasting reminiscent of a Christmas feaste in a royal castle during the Middle Ages," said Bill Smriga (pronounced smree-gah), director of the Memorial Union.

The Madrigal Dinner at Fort Hays State University began in the fall of 1964 when the Union Activities Board created a monthly series of gourmet dinners. Themes from various parts of the world were used to provide evenings of food, music and decor.

The first dinners represented Holland, Germany and Hawaii. The desire for an English dinner prompted the involvement of Dr. Donald Stout, Music Department, and John Thorns, former chair of the Department of Art.  

The lord and lady of the manor preside over the festival of holiday food and music the first weekend of December. Each year, individuals are selected from the Fort Hays State community to serve as honored guests. These individuals are recognized for their outstanding contribution to the Memorial Union or to the university.

The Madrigal Feaste Committee worked hard this year to make its return a success.

"There will be additional music and entertainment, an improved menu and a few surprises," said Smriga.

One change included in this years' set up will be round table seating. This will enable guests to easily converse with one another and better view the proceedings.

"What will remain the same is the stunning costumes and decorations, the basic tradition, and the wonderful meal that has been enjoyed annually by thousands," said Smriga.

For more information, visit the Madrigal Feaste website at or call the Memorial Union Office at 785-628-5308, located on the second level.

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