INA - The Rend Lake College Madrigal Dinner is back with “Beowulf, Son of Beocoyote,” playing Nov. 20-22 at 7 p.m. each night and a 1 p.m. matinee Nov. 23 in the RLC Theatre on the main campus in Ina.
The Madrigal Dinner will feature music, acting, audience participation and a three-course meal, catered by Brenda and Andy’s Country Creations out of McLeansboro.
The two previous Madrigals, “Jester the Body Ventures Forth” in 2006 and “A Ring of Truth” in 2007, were wonderful hits with audience members. According to Director Sara Alstat, “Beowulf, Son of Beocoyote” will be just as entertaining and engaging for audiences.
“This one is a spoof on the epic poem Beowulf. We have Grendel the monster. But, instead of killing everyone, she comes in and does ‘unspeakable things.’ Beowulf battles Grendel, but I don’t want to give too much away. There will be audience participation, like always.”
“Beowulf, Son of Beocoyote,” will also feature some unique set qualities, including a working drawbridge, courtesy of Architecture Professor Kevin Weston and his Construction Systems class.
The cast list is peppered with talent from Southern Illinois and the RLC District.
Playing the Norse warrior, Beowulf, is Jeremy Adams from Creole Springs and Emily Dixon of Pinckneyville is the murderous troll, Grendel. Isaiah Barnfield of Benton will be the respected King Hrothgar and Savannah Harrell of Opdyke has been cast as his queen, Hedvig. Barry, The Bard, will be played by Cory Garmane of Valier and he will be accompanied by Jay Meagher (Geff) as Unfirst, Aisha Mitchell (Sesser) as Gjerta, Audrey Blake (Benton) as Gretel, Kassie Stroud (Sesser) as Ditte, Eric Wakefield (Benton) as Yogar, Derek Wintermann (Ashley) as Gogar, Ray Green (Benton) as Cigar and Kathy Krutsinger (Bluford) as Helgar.
Additional cast members include Jared Walker (Benton) as Town Crier; Dailyn Darr (Mt. Vernon), Brooke Erwin (Benton), Julie Faling (Ashley), Britt Fullerton (Ashley), Randi Pippin (McLeansboro) and Chris White (Mt. Vernon) as Courtiers; and Brittanie Graham (Woodlawn), part-time RLC instructor Kitty Harmon (Mt. Vernon), RLC Art Professor Therese Melena (Ina), Heather Mormino (Benton), Andrea Snow (Benton) and Alex Brewer (Mt. Vernon) as wenches.
Students from RLC’s music program will also be showcasing their talent at the Madrigal.
Rachel Shearlock of Sesser and Faling will be on recorder while Dixon plays the oboe. Marcus Lappin of Sesser and Chris White will be on drums; and Sesser residents Eli Spiller (first trumpet), Jennifer Ratajczyk (second trumpet), Kyle Miller (French horn), Bart Shurtz (trombone) and TJ Ratajczyk (timpani) will play their instruments for the show.
Matt Redding of Sesser will be in charge of lighting. The show is directed by Alstat. Set design is directed by Melena and Harmon is the costumer.
To purchase tickets for $25 each, call the college box office at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1467 or go online to www.rlc.edu
and click on the online box office logo.