wide view of the 2021 Madrigal Feaste

Tickets on sale for AU’s Madrigal Feaste taking place Dec. 1-4

Published on Nov. 14, 2022

ASHLAND, Ohio – Tickets are on sale now for the 46th annual Madrigal Feaste, a beloved and long-standing tradition at Ashland University. The event will be held Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 1-4, at Redwood Hall with doors opening at 6 p.m. each night and the royal procession beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Feaste, presented by the department of music at AU, consists of a four-course meal culminating in flaming bread pudding and musical and theatrical entertainment before, during and after the meal. The Elizabethan-style dinner theater is set in late 16th century England.

The AU Chamber Singers, a select vocal ensemble on campus, are dressed in authentic reproductions of costumes from the time period and perform traditional Christmas carols, ceremonial music and madrigals. An example of ceremonial music is "The Wassail Song," while madrigals are a cappella love songs from 400 years ago, yet include themes and topics that are comparable to today’s pop music.

Additionally, a court jester provides comic relief. A short play is presented during the middle of the Feaste, while the actors also entertain the crowd during dinner and dessert.

The musical director is Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities and professor of music at AU, while this year’s student leaders include Matthew Plumb as the King, Lila Wolfe as the Queen and Leanna Uselton as the Jester.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the Madrigal Feaste and sales will end on Monday, Nov. 28. In-person purchases can be made at the AU campus store, while tickets can also be purchased at ashland.universitytickets.com.

For more information, contact Ron Blackley at 419-289-5114 or rblackle@ashland.edu.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.