Article by Fr. Ed Eherer, C.Ss.R.
Artistic directors (left to right, Jeannie Pernal (musicial director), Ed Eherer, Stacy Berg (theatrical director))
On the evenings of April 1 and 2 of this year, St. Joseph’s parish hall was magically transformed into a medieval dining hall, offering a feast for the eyes and ears, as well as for the stomach. It was all part of a fundraiser for the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir, where guests were treated to serenading troubadours, a pint-size magician, a jousting match, comedy sketches and a slapstick play entitled May the Farce Be with You.
To help plan this extravaganza, Ed Eherer wore a number of hats (literally and figuratively): medieval advisor, one of the artistic directors, costume and prop construction, sketch writing and general master of mayhem. Under the guise of his alter-ego, Sir Cumference of the Circle, Ed also acted as master of ceremonies for the event. Highlights of the evening included a sketch about medieval tech support (where the brother’s complaint about his diminishing flock of sheep was a result of a “RAM problem”) and the troubadours offering musical news reports, such as:
Because of the copious rainfall
The king’s outdoor ball was a bust.
The knights couldn’t dance in their armour
‘cause their iron pants started to rust!
All in all, it was a lot of fun. Truly, a knight to remember.