Cheers to Plymouth Congregational Church for another outstanding Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. The music, which featured a bell choir, festival orchestra and vocal choir, was powerful. Costumes were resplendent and especially so for the Beef Eaters, the angel dancers and the lords and ladies. Lighting for the production transformed the church sanctuary.
In all, it takes hundreds of people to fill all the roles, including the actors, dancers, musicians and the backstage workers who sew and coordinate the costumes, set the stage and organize the props. Four performers have participated in all 39 of the Plymouth Boars’ Head Festivals. They include James Clauser, Louise Misegades, Michael Popp and Shirley Slater.
The Boar’s Head festival actually dates back to 1340, when records show that it was performed at Queen’s College in Oxford, England. Since that time, it has made its way to the United States and to Fort Wayne. The pageant depicts a Christmas festival in a manor house in England and celebrates the birth of the Christ child.
In all, there were five performances over a three-day period. It was a superb gift, free to the community.