May The Farce Be With You...

posted on 04/08/11 03:20 pm by Kathy McMerty  

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.

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