Madrigal Faire is baroque, but don’t fix it

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Annual event at EHS gets everyone in the holiday spirit

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Evergreen High School was transformed into a baroque-era marketplace Saturday, alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays.

Students dressed in elaborate 19th-century garb wandered through the cafeteria and commons area of the school, some selling roses, as visitors shopped, snacked and listened to vocal and instrumental performances on four stages.

The 27th annual Madrigal Faire is a school holiday tradition with students performing many music genres: traditional, holiday and contemporary. Plus students performed a play they wrote and directed, and there was a concert showcasing the school’s choirs, bands and orchestras.

A holiday tradition during the concert at the Madrigal Faire is a choir and alumni performance of “Carol of the Bells.” Former choir students are invited to join the students in singing the holiday tune.

For students, it’s a way to get into the holiday spirit a couple of weeks before school ends for holiday break. For the school, it’s a way to showcase the talented students and raise money for the school’s performing arts department. For parents, it’s a chance to see their children perform.

Parents Karen Harriman and Diane Pulvermiller have been volunteering at the Madrigal Faire for 10 years, and this is their last year because their youngest children are graduating in May.

While Harriman was watching over the silent auction table, she spoke about the changes to the event over the past decade. Several years ago, it was a sit-down dinner and concert. Now, the atmosphere is more relaxed, and food is available in a more casual atmosphere.

“It’s a privilege to be part of this wonderful group,” Harriman said. “It’s an opportunity for the students to showcase their talents.”

The fund-raising aspect of the event is important, too, because it helps the performing arts department buy uniforms for marching band, instruments and music, and provide scholarships to students who can’t afford to pay to participate in the programs, she said.

Parent Patty Morgan said the program was a nice holiday event.

“It’s a wonderful thing for the community,” Morgan said. “It highlights the music program to people in Evergreen who don’t always hear our kids perform.”

Sophomores Andie Dulsky and Emily Shaver and junior Bryce Graves walked through the market in their baroque costumes. They agreed the small stages allowed them to showcase their individual talents.

Shaver had just finished her first-ever duet performance and was happy with the way it turned out.

Dulsky wore her own pan flute around her neck. She’s learning to play it from a program she found on the Internet, and she decided to wear it because it added to the baroque flair of her costume.

The students agreed that singing the Christmas carols and the holiday decorations help them get in the holiday spirit.

“It’s a good way to get ready for Christmas,” Dulsky said.

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.