LONGMONT — Robin Hood may have stolen from the rich and given to the poor. But did he wear tights with manly confidence?
Members of Cantore, the men’s choir at Silver Creek Middle/High School, have been practicing stomping, punching and twirling with machismo for the school’s third annual Madrigal Dinner on Friday and Saturday.
The Madrigal Dinner — put on by the arts department, including members of the school’s four choirs, band, orchestra and drama club — serves as a fund-raiser and is one of the few school events that brings middle and senior high students together.
“I know it’s hard to commit, but you have to stay in character,” choral director Sarah Harrison coached last Wednesday as Cantore members, dressed as friars, beggars and a jester, practiced their schtick onstage.
“Be a man — in tights!” she practically dared them as they sang the title song from the comedy “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
Guests, too, are encouraged to come to the Madrigal Dinner, which features wassail, a traditional spiced cider, singing and comedy theater. This year’s theme is “A Royal Wedding.”
Harrison said 111 students are involved in this year’s dinner.
Senior Colene Bliss said she enjoyed the event because it united all the arts students for a single event.
“I would never be bold enough to do a play, but this is fun,” Bliss said.
Senior Eric Mees said the students really get into character for this event.
“We love our (arts) programs,” he said. “It’s a special thing to see and to be a part of.”
Junior Jeremy Mullet will play a jester during the performances. Mullet, in his second year at the Madrigal Dinner, said most people have one request for him: “‘Don’t drop anything in my food, please.’”
The Madrigal Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday in the Silver Creek High School Commons, 4901 Nelson Road.
Harrison said about 70 tickets, mostly for the matinee, are still available.
Tickets for evening performances are $25 and $20 for adults and $20 and $18 for seniors and students. Matinee tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Call 720-494-3721 to reserve tickets.
Melanie M. Sidwell can be reached at 303-776-2244, Ext. 274, or by e-mail at email@example.com.