Newark High’s El­iz­a­bethan Rout

Newark Post - - Local News -

This week’s Out of the At­tic im­age is a photo of Newark High School’s El­iz­a­bethan Rout.

Cre­ated in 1971 by cho­rus di­rec­tor Don­ald L. Rit­ten­house, the Rout quickly be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion for the greater Newark com­mu­nity.

Here’s how the 1982 Krawen, the NHS year­book, de­scribed the event, which has since been dis­con­tin­ued:

“Ev­ery year, dur­ing De­cem­ber, stu­dents stop by the ACafe­te­ria and look in amaze­ment at the change that has taken place. The ta­pes­tries that dan­gle from the ceil­ing and walls help trans­form the cafe­te­ria into a 16th-cen­tury ban­quet room in prepa­ra­tion for the El­iz­a­bethan Rout.

“Over 150 stu­dents from the Fine Arts de­part­ment par­tic­i­pate in the pro­duc­tion, which in­cludes a ban­quet fit for a king, El­iz­a­bethan mu­sic by Newark’s in­stru­men­tal­ists and Madri­gal Con­sort, mimes, and the Com­me­dia, a short play.

“Much of the credit for the Rout’s suc­cess be­longs to Mr. Don­ald Rit­ten­house, who is re­spon­si­ble for se­lect­ing the mu­sic and or­ga­niz­ing things such as food prepa­ra­tion, tick­ets and dec­o­ra­tions.”

Out of the At­tic is pro­duced in part­ner­ship with the Newark His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. The New- ark His­tory Mu­seum, lo­cated in the old train sta­tion un­der the South Col­lege Av­enue over­pass, is open Sun­days from 2 to 5 p.m. For more info, call 302-234-4145 or visit www. newarkde­his­tor­i­cal­so­ci­

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