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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Kadena High School will magically step back in time this week as the auditorium there will be graced by a Renaissance fair, complete with knights, maidens, beggars, thieves, and of course, a king and queen. A fairy tale will come to life as students perform in the third annual Madrigal Dinner at the school, titled “The Mid-Winters Dream Night.”

The school’s music teacher, Tim Black, who also is producing and directing the dinner, said the performance will be a “super-entertaining two hours of fun.” Included in the evening, Black said, is a full concert, play, dance and meal.

“The meal is complete with Henry VIII turkey legs,” Black joked. “We’ll have almost everything … except the jousting.”

Memorizing lines is not the only thing that goes into the annual dinner, Black said. He requires his students to do research on their subject. He said students learned all about Renaissance fairs, including the social class system and even the clothes — students made exact replica clothing for the performance.

Brass, recorder, and woodwind ensembles will also entertain the audience, Black said, along with a choir that will perform in Latin, French and English.

Alice Gittins, a senior who is performing with the recorder ensemble for the third year, said she thinks the cast is always getting better.

“I think every year we improve a bit, whether it’s in the acting or the music,” Gittins said. “I’ve learned how much work you have to put into [these performances], and how you really have to work with others.”

Fellow senior Madison Harter said she has worked her way up every year. She started out in the woodwind ensemble the first year and then moved up to the woodwind and recorder ensembles last year. Now she’s in both the ensembles and is adding dancing to her resume. “I want them to walk away and think it was a brilliant show,” Harter said.

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 6 p.m., but the Friday and Saturday shows are already sold out. Only about a dozen of the $20 tickets remain for the Thursday show, Black said, and are available at the Kadena High School cafeteria after school.


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