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Cardinal Court fundraiser brings Renaissance frivolity to Lamar

Dancing, singing, feasting, swordplay and puppetry are among the many Renaissance-era delights that will entertain guests at the Cardinal Court fundraiser for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Lamar University on Friday, Nov. 30.

Starting at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, the court will honor outgoing Lamar President Jimmy Simmons, and his wife, Susan, as the King and Queen of Revelries. Albert Nolen and Melanie Dishman are co-chairs for the fundraiser.

“This is a new event for the department that will feature the talents of our theater and dance majors,” said Kelly Draper, director of the department. “We hope the public will support this fun evening, and, hopefully, we can make it an annual event.”

Guests will be treated to a holiday feast fit for a king, including butternut squash soup, pork loin with roasted apples, honey-glazed carrots, sugar green peas, and bread pudding with rum sauce. Steaming cups of wassail, a traditional drink of mulled cider, will add to the seasonal festivities.

Tickets, $75 per person, and are available at the Department of Theatre & Dance. Underwriting tables of eight are available at levels of $2,500 and $1,500. For tickets or more information contact the department at (409) 880-8137.