Many changes in this year's Madrigal Dinner are taking place under the new direction of Fort Hays State University choral Director Terry Crull.
"The dialogue, the order of the program and even the name of the event has changed," said Bill Smriga, director of Memorial Union.
This year's Madrigal "Feaste," set for Dec. 2 and 3, will begin with a pre-dinner program in the Black and Gold Room of the Memorial Union and will introduce a number of new songs and madrigals and more audience participation.
"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.
The Madrigal Feaste is a modern version of the medieval feasts held in the castles and manors throughout England during the sixteenth century.
"Guests can partake in the joy and reverence of the Christmas season as it might have been celebrated years ago," said Smriga.
"Those who annually attend the Renascence-themed entertainment are in for a real treat this year. And those who haven’t attended before, well this is one more reason to attend this year," said Smriga.
Ticket order forms are now available at the Memorial Union administrative office (628-5308) and ticket orders will be accepted beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.fhsu.edu/union/madrigaldinner.html.
The cost of the tickets are $22 each ($17 for FHSU students) and are payable by check or credit card. Group sales of 10 or more tickets receive a 10-percent discount.
For more information, contact Bill Smriga at 628-5305.