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Come for a grand Ye Olde time

Friday, November 30th, 2018

By Emily Fehrman
Social Media Editor

The Hutchinson Community College Fine Arts Department is collaborating its Theatre and Concert Chorale to present the Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste. It started Thursday, and goes through Saturday.

Everything begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Waldo Auditorium of Lockman Hall.

Deidre Ensz-Mattox, Theatre/Speech Instructor and Director of Theatre at HutchCC, shares some insight as to what the evening would have in store for those who go.

“Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste isn’t really about anything,” Ensz-Mattox said. “It’s not a plot-based play. It’s an experience. The performance is set in old England in a grand hall complete with king and queen, court jesters, lord and ladies. Audience members will be encouraged to engage with performers and participate in a medieval style Christmas celebration.”

The choir, with direction of Neal Allsup, Director of Choral Activities, will be performing ceremonial music, Christmas carols and madrigals.

The theatre members will be doing a comedic play as well as improvisational theatrics. The cast consists of fanfare trumpeters, the court jester, butler and wenches. All costumes are to be authentic reproductions of period apparel.

General admission seating, with dinner, is $20. Employee and students tickets are $10.

The meal is a four-course meal complete with wassail, salad, main course (chicken), and traditional bread pudding.

A side note for those who might not know what wassail is; a beverage of hot mulled cider, drank traditionally as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval Christmastide English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.

The event should last about 90 minutes.


If you go

What: Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste

Where: Waldo Auditorium, Lockman Hall

When: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday

Tickets: $20 general admission, $20 for HutchCC employees and students. Includes a four-course dinner.

Scenes from ‘Our Town’

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Photos by Natalie Devena

HutchCC Theatre ready for debut

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Rachel Lyons
Staff Writer

Beginning Oct. 18 Hutchinson Community College Theatre will perform Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town”. Twelve actors and one style of performance come together to tell the story of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and two families over a span of 12 years.

Each act discusses a different aspect of life, whether it be mundane every day life, a wedding, or a funeral.

Each act is portrayed using the pantomime style of acting, which resembles traditional miming with the use of little to no props or scenery.

Grover’s Corners is a typical small town. A good mixture of different types of people and gossip.

Lacy Johnson, Production Stage Manager and Joe/Si Crowell, were asked to describe “Our Town”

“Wholesome, (because) it’s old and cutesy, and for the entire family,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s favorite scene in the play is the drug store scene because “it’s cute as heck,” but more than anything, she says, “Please come see it, the arts are dying.”

HutchCC, Hutchinson High School Students, and local patrons may recognize actors Damien Page, Michael Cooprider, Roni Ratzloff, Dafne Oliva, Gee Davis, Alex Miller, Nick Hockett and Keely Schmidt from Pretty Praire theatre productions.

Others on the cast and crew include: Jayden Billinger, Newton; Lacy Johnson, Kansas City, Kansas; Luis Ramirez, Wichita; Gee Davis, Haven; and Rachel Lyons, Goessel. “Our Town” is directed by Deidre Ensz-Maddox, HutchCC Director of Theatre, who also appears on stage.

HutchCC’s production of “Our Town” will be Oct. 18-20, at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m., each night in Stringer Fine Arts Center’s BJ Warner Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, high school and non-HuchCC $5, HutchCC students and staff free with ID.

For questions please call (620) 665-3503.