A midwinter celebration set in medieval England is planned for the evening of Friday,
Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Randall Hall of Christ Episcopal Church. The Concerts & Culture
at Christ Church series will introduce the New Year with a Boar’s Head Festival and a
Entertainment for the evening will consist of a comic play, “The Case of the Missing
Hanky (Panky),” featuring the King and Queen, court jesters and various lords and ladies.
Also featured are the traditional Boar’s Head Carol and a number of madrigals performed
by members of the royal court. The Boar’s Head Carol, a 15th century English carol
celebrates the ancient tradition of presenting a boar’s head at the Yuletide feast.
Madrigals are secular songs popular in 16th century Europe, sung in English and Italian,
celebrating love in its various forms. A trio of madrigals, set to Shakespeare texts, a
number of comic parodies and an offering by the (in)famous PDQ Bach, make up the
program. The Tuscaloosa Academy Young Singers will give a cameo appearance with
traditional seasonal songs.
The evening will include a meal, consisting of stew, bread, salad and dessert, served
family style at each table with the traditional wassail cup. This cup becomes a key
element in the evening’s drama when the king issues a royal decree that all should raise
their glasses on demand, or suffer the consequences.
Members of the cast include Drew Baker as Queen Desdemona, Jeff Wilson as King
Kong, Greg Swann as Lord Fontleroy, Mark Hughes Cobb as Rufus and Wescott
Youngson as Dufus (jesters).
The madrigal dinner is a fundraiser for the C-4 concert series, and tickets are $25 per
person for those over age 12. Childcare for those under 12 is available with advance
notice. To purchase tickets visit christchurch1828.org/c4madrigaldinner
or call Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, Ala., at 205-758- 4252.