Singe Feaste: Tupelo High School Madrigals present 39th holiday event

This year's Tupelo High School Madrigals are, front row, from left, Maggie Davis, Brett Ashleigh Brooks, Alisha Rupert, Mary Clair Kelly and Tanner Collumn; second row, from left, Christian Henderson, Rachel Lee, Haley Cook, Alex Park, Maya Mayfield and Amaris Franks; third row, from left, Madeline Boyd, Wariner King, Leah Davis, Betsy Hilbun, Mallie Imbler and Joy Blackmon; and fourth row, from left, Kirkland Brown, Nathan Parker, Marquan McCoy, Josh Martin, Josh Caron, O'Neal Gray and Kyle Alford. Isaiah Traylor is not pictured. (Picture courtesy of Darrell Ivy)

This year’s Tupelo High School Madrigals are, front row, from left, Maggie Davis, Brett Ashleigh Brooks, Alisha Rupert, Mary Clair Kelly and Tanner Collumn; second row, from left, Christian Henderson, Rachel Lee, Haley Cook, Alex Park, Maya Mayfield and Amaris Franks; third row, from left, Madeline Boyd, Wariner King, Leah Davis, Betsy Hilbun, Mallie Imbler and Joy Blackmon; and fourth row, from left, Kirkland Brown, Nathan Parker, Marquan McCoy, Josh Martin, Josh Caron, O’Neal Gray and Kyle Alford. Isaiah Traylor is not pictured. (Picture courtesy of Darrell Ivy)

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Take a trip back in time with the 39th annual Singe Feaste, presented by the Tupelo High School Madrigals.

The choral students will present a program of traditional holiday music, combined with a meal catered by Park Heights, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church next week.

“We are adding a few different things” said director Suzy White Williams. “We’re adding a script this year, which is really different and fun.”

A renaissance group will dance and tell a story, she said, in addition to the Madrigals’ performance.

“There’s a ring that makes the wearer always tell the truth. The king gets the truth, and he doesn’t like it,” she said.

She also added new songs to the traditional repertoire.

“We don’t want to do the same thing every year. We’re trying not to repeat, unless it’s standard,” she said.

It’s also the largest group of Madrigals, with 25 students.

“We’re singing ‘Ding-A Ding-A Ding,’ ‘Carol of the Bells,’ and typical carols like ‘Away in a Manger,’ said senior Joy Blackmon. “There are duets and solos, too.”

Many of the students make their period-accurate costumes for the performances.

The students hope the audience has as much fun as they have.

“It’s a really fun experience to go back in time and see how (the holidays) happened in that time,” said senior O’Neal Gray.

Fellow Madrigal Tanner Collum agreed.

“It gets you in the holiday spirit,” she said.