Leavenworth High School student Michelle Denney stood at a whiteboard recently in a theater classroom at the school.
On the whiteboard was an intricate layout design of the performance venue for an upcoming show by the school’s repertory theater company.
Denney talked about the precise measurements that were plotted on the whiteboard to indicate the placement of each set piece for the performance of “A Madrigal Feast.”
The show, described as a theatrical dining experience, will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the high school cafeteria.
The show is hosted by the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation in partnership with the Leavenworth High School Repertory Theatre Company.
The show is billed as “Feasting with the Foundation.”
“The purpose of this is to provide students with the opportunity to be their own theater company from top to bottom,” said senior Griffin Rogers.
Rogers said students get hands-on experience with set design, lights, costumes, performing, writing, music, background research and more.
“We’re basically doing the whole thing ourselves,” Rogers said.
“This kind of show has a lot of educational benefits,” said senior Josh Hungerbeeler. “You learn every aspect of producing a show. For example, I learned a lot about the technical aspects of a show that I didn’t know about.”
The show, under the direction of theater teacher Jennifer Morgan, celebrates the early Renaissance era.
Student actors in period costumes will perform live music and interact with the audience.
There will be a sword fight, juggling, dancing and a knighting ceremony.
And, of course, the king and queen of the show will have honored seating arrangements on their thrones.
The menu will feature a Renaissance era theme to include turkey legs, potato slices, cheese cubes, hearty bread, grapes and chocolate fudge.
What’s more, there will be no eating utensils – attendees will eat with their fingers.
“It’s a feast for the eyes, senses and palate,” said Catey Edwards, president of the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation.
Tickets to the dinner show are $30 per person.
Proceeds benefit the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.lpsef.usd453.org
For more information, contact Edwards at 913-684-1550 or firstname.lastname@example.org