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FEAST YOUR EYES: Nation Ford Madrigal

The royal court dines with a boar's head as the centerpiece during Nation Ford's second annual Madrigal Feast hosted by the drama department.
The royal court dines with a boar's head as the centerpiece during Nation Ford's second annual Madrigal Feast hosted by the drama department.

Guests at the Nation Ford High School Fine Arts Department's production of "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Heir" were taken back in time this weekend.

"It's a spin off of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale," said theater Director Amy Turner.

The play was performed as part of a Madrigal Feast, an interactive dinner theater. It was put together to raise money for musicals that the fine arts department will produce.

"It's a dinner theater set in medieval times," said Turner. "The acting is very personal with the audience, among the people where they are sitting."

The auditorium, decorated with medieval flags, lanterns, a royal head table and Rapunzel's tower, was filled with music from a harpist and songs from the school's chorus. The chorus played the royal court, while the theater students acted in the performance.

"The hardest part was the improv," said Ereka Atherton, who played a beggar. "While people are eating we converse with them in medieval language."

Atherton said the students had been working on the production for about two months.

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