Newark High’s Elizabethan Rout
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.”
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