Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Ecumenical Troupe To Host Royal Feast

Published November 20, 2008

Call it “Tradition” with a capital T. Two churches in North Georgia are joining to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas by turning back the clock together. “A Little Knight Music” is the title of the madrigal dinner theatre that will be held in December at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Alpharetta and Kingswood United Methodist Church in Dunwoody.

Madrigal is a type of music written during the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Dennis Lewallen, music director at Kingswood and for the show, said guests can expect more than just one manner of entertainment. “The music will incorporate many styles, including contemporary Christian classics such as Amy Grant’s ‘Breath of Heaven.’ We’ll also do several Renaissance tunes such as ‘Masters in This Hall’ and ‘What Child Is This?,’ as well as other traditional and contemporary carols.”

The music will be served up in between the courses of a catered feast with Renaissance flare. Diners will experience the traditional Wassail bowl, skewered meat and a flaming figgy pudding, eaten in the customary medieval way—without utensils. Organizers note that Queen Elizabeth I was believed to own only three dining forks, which she rarely if ever used.

The dramatic portion of the evening will be filled with historic humor and musing melodies. Actors will bring to life a royal court, and the king and queen will preside over a royal banquet hall where spirit meets “Spamalot” and poetry encounters pageantry. Guests will be treated to a royal welcome, said Lewallen.

“There’s a certain ambiance people look for at Christmas: a respite from worry and burden, rich colors, candlelight, festive food, music which comforts and hearkens back to childhood and more peaceful times,” he said. “‘A Little Knight Music’ is a wonderful way to get a taste of Christmas tradition from days gone by and to reflect on what Christmas means to us today.”

The madrigal dinner is the latest in a series of musical collaborations between the two churches. St. Thomas Aquinas is located at 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, and Kingswood Methodist is located at 5015 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.

“A Little Knight Music” will be performed at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Dec. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (770) 475-4501. Kingswood performance dates are Dec. 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call (770) 457-1317. Tickets, available in advance sales only, cost $20.