NEW Aaron Bonk
(April 9- May 8)
Aaron Bonk is seriously ridiculous. With a twisted sense of humor and stupefying acts of danger, he risks his life to amaze and amuse the whole family in his world renown stunt spectacular. Machetes, whips, swords and fire–the hottest show in all the ‘shire!
NEW Allie the Muse
Traditional celtic tunes, songs of the olde world, and whimsical musings on hammered dulcimer and a delightful variety of Medieval and Renaissance instruments.
NEW Green Eggs and Hamlet
(April 15/16/17 ONLY)
Green Eggs and Hamlet is a tragicomic mix of Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss. Though the pairing may be unusual, in a play designed to introduce the bard to children, it’s a dramatic, tongue-tying roller coaster filled with laughs and unexpected twists. Green Eggs and Hamlet presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as Dr. Seuss might have written it.
NEW The Raven
(April 9/10 & 16/17)
The Raven is a visual splash that draws audiences into a realm of eggstrordinary feats of magic, balance, and lunacy. A black feathered bird man that flies on top of a ball drops down and summons circles around him. The Raven has been mesmerizing folks close up coast to coast for over twenty years.
NEW Tortuga Twins (Rated PG-13)
(April 9/10, 16/17 & May 21/22)
Playful, bawdy and unabashed, the Tortuga Twins (all three of them) join us in 2016! Their special blend of stage comedy and audience participation has been labeled “Asthma-Attack Inducingly Funny.” Be warned.
NEW Wiggins Politician Magician
(April 9/10 & 16/17)
Why mix magic and politics? That way when Jeremiah Wiggins lies to you you cannot be disappointed. Some politicians promise the impossible, Wiggins delivers it. Wiggins has the interest of the little people at heart, but that doesn’t mean humans. He represents Leprechauns, Brownies, Pixies and all the creatures of faerie land.
His curious blend of close up magic, folklore, and fantasy has carried his campaign across festivals coast to coast delighting audiences in the streets for the past two decades. Look for the very large mushroom, mischief and enchantment will follow.
NEW Ye Olde Tale of Good King Arthur
(April 23/24 & April 30/May 1)
Arthur and his trusty knight, Lancelot, must battle a dragon, an eagle and the Evil Mordred to rescue fair Gwenivere in this silly little rhyming play. This children’s show is a must see and can be found on the Kids’ Kingdom Stage.
NEW The Lord Mayor’s Show: Everyone Loves a Wedding!
At 11:30 on the Maybower Stage, in the midst of waiting for the Queen’s arrival, the Lord Mayor, Barnabus Blyss, and his soon-to-be bride, Bennet Bower, have announced their nuptuals, and the celebration ensues. After all, who doesn’t love planning a wedding? It becomes extraordinarily clear that EVERYONE loves planning a wedding – especially for the Lord Mayor. Watch the swirl of excitement explode as Mistress Bower and the Lord Mayor’s friends assist with this hurly-burly!
Special thanks: Suzanne Honor-Vangerov and David Vangerov
NEW Peace, Love, and Renaissance: The Year of the Queen
The stroke of noon brings forth the Queen’s arrival to the city of Deptford. We discover our glorious Queen Elizabeth is on the hunt for… something. As the search ensues, and much to the chagrin of her counsel, she is compelled to take matters into herown hands. God save the Queen!
Special Thanks: Deoin Cleveland, Hanna Longdo, and Clayton Hamburg
NEW Sing along with our end of day song!
Special Thanks: Stu Venable, Jr.
As the sun begins to set,
As the sky to darkness turns
We are warm’d by your companionship
And we pray for your return
For to spend one day without you here
Would turn that bright day dim
For our world it is a better place
When you are here within
And if you cannot return,
We shall smile and say farewell
And the mem’ries shar’d
We shall hold close
And we hope you do as well
For to spend one day without you here
Would turn that bright day dim
For our world it is a better place
When you are here within
Our Featured Characters
Be sure to look for these notable characters, appearing in shows or on the streets of the Faire…
Queen Elizabeth, our beautiful, young, yet eminently wise monarch, is bringing pomp and ceremony, laughter and joy to our Port City.
The adventurous, heroic, and beloved Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the Faire all day.
Lord Mayor, Barnabus Blyss is the salt of the Earth, the cream of the crop and happy as a lark to welcome the Queen and her guests to Port Deptford.
Nothing gets by our Customs Inspector, Don Guiesseppe Lorenzo de Coronzano – he is more than willing to work with you in any way necessary.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester is her Majesty’s Master of the horse and possibly keeper of her heart.
Bennet Bower has captured the heart of the Lord Mayor. She is an energetic, fun loving joust fanatic who will always bring a smile to thy face.
Lady Phoebe Scratchett, our extravagantly accomplished socialite. She is the Merry Widow who is said to kill off her husbands and bury them under stages…
Calanthia Candor is always there to lend an ear or a hand, but understand she is a woman set in her sweet, yet pretentious, ways.
Deptford’s resident Matchmaker, Rosie Glass, is known for her deep insight and romantic pairings (be they successful or otherwise).
Grace O’Malley has come to Deptford to request time with our Queen. Something’s amiss in her homeland, and her journey’s motive is to seek change and peace for her people.
Our favorite town writer, Anne, Writer Extraordinaire, will bring about any emotion deemed fit with the mere stroke of her quill.
The Loyal Guilde Masters make their way around Deptford educating visitors on the high caliber of marketplace merchants Deptford holds dear to the heart of the city. They’re happy to assist, especially when it comes to brew and weapons!
After an extensive sojourn through the Continent, the itinerate tinker, Chamber Potts (the ‘H’ is silent), has returned to Port Deptford with tales not for the faint of heart. Or he could just be trying to sell you something.
The Flying Morgans & Alfredo Commedia present: La Cavalo Del Amore: A comedy about love, mistaken identity, and green leafy vegetables!
Broon brings a conversational style to the variety comedy world with less emphasis on corny gags and empty flash and more on audience interaction and personality. While cracking bullwhips, juggling bowling balls or eating fire Broon keeps the laughs alive with a dry wit and extemporaneous style that keeps audiences in stitches. With his variety skills and stand-up comedy style Broon presents a show filled end to end with sly humor and
impressive stunts and Broon’s extensive improvisational experience guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike. Visit Broon’s website.
Clan MacColin Irish Dance
Featuring the award-winning step dancers from the Guild of St. Andrews, this highland fling stirs the “inner Celt” in us all.
An enchanting kaleidoscope of skills from around the world performed to live music. An impressive variety of juggling skills, stage magic, comedy, Central Asian/Middle Eastern dance, sword swallowing, fire-eating and tight-wire walking with an accompanying musical soundscape played on an eclectic variety of instruments including
concertina, accordion, harmonium, dumbek, Balkan tupon, as well as various horns, bells and whistles. Fun for the whole family!
Country Garden Dancers
A high-energy troop of English country dancers roams through the faire in a swirling flash of color and sound. Perchance these lively lads and lasses may show you a step or two.
Draiku –Aerial Dancers
Suspended above Deptford, the fantastic aerial duo of Draiku bring their Chinese Dragon to life! Suspended above, you will watch as these two lovely aerialists move with elegance and grace while the fierce, yet adorable, giant dragon dances in the sky of Deptford.
As the sun begins to set, the air fills with the booming rhythms of the drums. The ground shakes with the pounding of dancing feet. Bring your drum and join the jam, or clap, stomp, whistle, dance and shout along. With Wolgemut, Seraphim Mora and The Queen’s Percussion Ensemble, partake in the roaring crescendo of a day at Deptford;
where the thunder of drums fuses with the crashing waves of dance to form the sound and fury that is the Drum Jam. The rhythms rise at 6:20 daily at the White Hart Inn.
photo: John Truong
(May 7/8, 14/15 & 21/22)
Jack Dagger – Declared a Living Legend by the International Knife Thrower’s Hall of Fame. Come see a little danger and a lot of comedy when Jack and Jenny break out the swords, knives and FIRE! A great time will be had by the whole family as these two globe trotting entertainers make with the funny.
The Jousters’ are a most unique performance jousting company. They have an entertaining fresh take on a very old sport! These knights utilize full armor with a very original jousting style combine that with bold attitudes and hold true competitions. All of the sporting games and all of the jousting are indeed truly competitive, no outcome is fixed and no equipment is rigged to break. At approximately a combined 50 mph impact, the Knights attempt to impale their lance tip, shattering both lance and target or even stealing (snaking) the oncoming knight’s shield. With multiple levels of scoring possibilities this joust is a duel that engages strength, strategy and stamina. The Jousters created this special style of jousting. With dirt and dust flying, thundering hooves and exploding lances and shields we are pleased to present it here for your sports entertainment pleasure!
“The Wizard of Wonder”
Come meet the spellbinding, charismatic “Wizard of Wonder.” This otherworldly wizard comes to us from a far-away enchanted forest to delight you with his mesmerizing magical illusions and humorous, adventurous tales. With lots of audience participation, on stage and on the roads, wizard Brandon Scott, a headlining magician at the Magic Castle’s Academy of Magical Arts,
MooNie the Magnif’Cent
Enchanting audiences for over 20 years without saying so much as a word, MooNie is the undisputed master of the faire. MooNie presents a show that combines classic clowning, slack rope work and enough comedy to leave you gasping for breath. Enter the mind of MooNie.
Passado Action Theatre
(April 15, April 23/24, 30 and May 1 ONLY)
Passado Action Theater presents Shakespeare Unplugged, a collection of Shakespearean vignettes filled with bawdy humor, physical comedy and outrageous swordplay. The show includes accurate -yet slightly irreverent- treatments of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew and more! There are also some serious moments for the classical diehards in the audience and yes, even a sonnet or two.
Seraphim Arabesque Ensemble
From across the ocean of fire, the Silk Road carried them, like the desert D’jinn they were born of the sand. Blending music and dance from throughout the Middle East these performers will take to you on journey to exotic and ancient lands. The rhythm of the drums is infectious, the melody of the Oud will enchant you, and the dancers will make your heart race.
Sit back and enjoy as they invite you behind the veil of the harem.
Sky Kings Falconry
Sky Kings presents a free flying falconry and birds of prey demonstration featuring hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. This amazing show takes place ABOVE the audience! Come experience the 5000 year old “Sport of Kings” while learning about majestic raptors in an excitement filled and family friendly presentation.
The Washing Well Wenches
“Wet Dirty Women, Good Clean Fun!” These two wacky wenches prove that a good scrubbing and lots of belly laughs are good for the soul! Doing laundry has never been so much fun! Visit the Washing Well Wenches at www.facebook.com/WashingWellWenches.
Ad Hoc Consort
Throughout the shire you can hear the dulcet tones of our period instruments: recorders, krumhorns, sackbuts & others. Come experience the true sounds of the English Renaissance!
(April 9 – May 15)
These two British sisters are fascinated by the beauty and romance of the madrigals and love songs they sing from Spain, Italy, France, and their English homeland. They long to roam and explore the world and find the kind of love of which they sing. Their angelic voices have been known to capture hearts and delight children of all ages.
Perhaps this will help them find a love to whisk them away. … Is it you?
photo: Bob Leggett
The Briton Ensemble
(April 16/17 and May 7/8)
The members of the Briton Ensemble, named for director James Briton Hendricks, have been singing ancient music together since 2001. Achieving a surprising standard of quality, the Briton Ensemble performs regularly at Renaissance Faires, the Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, and at concerts in Altadena CA.
Master Bugle Biggins is a ship’s musician who’s lately retired from a lifetime at sea. So he’s come to Deptford to entertain and amuse you with tales of his adventures, and to enchant you with soulful melodies on the harp and tin whistle.
The Freestylers of Piping
(April 9 through May 15 ONLY)
Bagpipes are so much more than amazing grace! Feast your ears on the creative improvisations that flow through the familiar tunes of The Freestylers of Piping and you’ll never think of pipes the same way again.
A familiar sight at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for a number of years now, come and find him in the streets of Port Deptford as he shows you his Mastery of the beautiful and enchanting Hammered Dulcimer.
Renaissance Revelry for all Occasions
(May 1 and May 14 ONLY)
A welcome sight at Renaissance Pleasure Faire for many years, the Ha’Penny Singers enjoy performing in the streets and pathways, providing authentic ambiance for travelers to the shire with catches, rounds, canzonettes, drinking songs and traditional madrigals. See and hear us on facebook.com/HaPennySingers.
(May 14 ONLY)
Madrigali is a tight-knit group of musical performers singing traditional Renaissance and medieval music: a cappella madrigals, folk songs, ballads, chants and carols, almost all of it written prior to 1650. They bring this once wildly popular music back to life, not in some stuffy academic setting, but full of spirit, color, drama, and emotion — romantic, fanciful, bawdy, joyous.
Patrice Ruane plays traditional Celtic music on a harpsichord, a Renaissance-period keyboard instrument. Rather than hammer the strings like a piano, the harpsichord plucks the strings, giving it a delicate, music box-like quality. Enjoy her graceful, elegant melodies as you stroll the lanes.
(April 9/10 and April 30/May 1 ONLY)
Hoping to be the Crosby, Stills & Nash of the shanty scene, Daniel Rover Singer formed QuarterMaster in 2012 with musical director James Briton Hendricks. Traditional songs with updated lyrics and new 3-part harmonic arrangements (written specifically for QuarterMaster) bring a fresh spin to old music about Drinking, Sex, and the Sea. Cap’n Salty and Rover are joined by Stosh, Boots, Arrmen, Padre, Spike and Rufus making up the crew of “The Dodgy Sally.”
A Southern California Folk-Rock Band with a heavy Irish influence, Sportive Tricks take great delight in giving traditional music a strong beat and an interesting twist. They also play many original tunes, both serious & silly.
The band started as performers at the Original Renaissance Faire more than five years ago and now play year round at pubs and concerts in Southern California. Inspired by the rich traditions of Irish, Scottish, & English folk, Cape Breton music, and sea shanties; Sportive Tricks combines traditional instruments with new arrangements, high energy, and a dash of humor for a foot tapping, hand clapping good time. Visit our website!
The Story Wrens
“Bringing the ancient story songs to life.”
Tight harmonies on Child ballads, lively English folk songs and silly sea songs are accompanied by tenor mandolin, whistle, fiddle, Celtic harp and bass. Winners of the LA Critic Awards “best folk album 2012.”
VaNa MaZi was born through a mutual interest in culture and a love for the music of the People (Folk). With a song bank collected through Ian J. Everett and Corinne Zappler’s years of travel, they fuse together the music of Greece, Italy, Central Asia, and the Balkans with Gypsy Jazz, Turkish beats, and a pinch of their own American heritage. They strive to perform, arrange, and compose music that challenges the listener to open their ears and experience something new, something ancient, something contradictory even, yet something that is most definitely moving forward through space at a speed that cannot be measured merely in 4/4 time.
Kids of all ages will have an amazing time with games, crafts, story-telling, song, shows and our magical Kids’ Kingdom characters. Join in the fun and the magic!
Beauty and the Beast
A clever witch has turned the selfish Prince into a horrible Beast until he learns how to be kind. Can sweet and innocent Belle save him? And will her sister ever get some pie? Get the answers in our new play complete with musical accompaniment.
NEW The Director’s Dilemma
Everyone wants to be in the new show…a magician, a singer, a dancer, an actor. Who will the director choose? Could it be YOU?
Foolish Fractured Fairy Tales
Don’t miss the Foolish Fractured Fairy Tale show – where you decide what fairy tales they mash together in the most hilarious ways. What happened when Red Riding Hood met the Three Men in a Tub? We may never know! It’s never the same show twice!
Presented by The Court of Misrule
Gnome Hunt – YEAR 10!
Gnomes have invaded Port Deptford yet again! Start at the Front Gate of Deptford or ask at the desk at Kids’ Kingdom to get your Gnome List. Then seek out the many gnomes hidden about the village in guild yards, markets, and shops. When you find them, get the shopkeepers or guild members to mark your Gnome List. Then return to Kids’ Kingdom to receive your Official Gnome Finder Certificate and credit towards this year’s Collectible YEAR 10 Limited Edition Medallion (medallion can be purchased upon completion of the quest for $5).
The Giant’s Treasure
What are the pirates so afraid of? Can Molly save the day? Find out what is most valuable in life as pirates land on a Giant’s island in our delightful play presented just before the Queen’s Knighting Ceremony!
Here be Pyrates!
Pyrates have come and buried their treasure in our sandbox! If you can find any of the loot, you may keep your favorite piece and rebury the rest just like a pyrate yourself! Arrrrgh!
Join the enchanting characters of Kids Kingdom as they show you and your children fun and interesting projects every day. Learn to weave wheat into a love knot with Mistress Rose and Master Rugbie or card wool and spin it into yarn with Mistress Hope. Mistress Elinor and Mistress Isobel will help you create a peasant doll. Make a sachet with Master John. Mistress Catherine will teach you to weave. Mistress Victoria can help you create historical brass rubbings. And so much more – ALL FOR FREE for children!
Be one of only 25 lucky children each day to be made a Knight or Dame of the Realm by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in person! Signups start at 1:00 pm for the 4:20 pm ceremony at Kids Kingdom.
Merlin’s School Of Magic
Our wacky wizard returns with an interactive show. It’s time for magic class! Enjoy this fun blend of magic, comedy, and audience-participation as Merlin searches for a new sorcerer’s apprentice. Beware, things can go terribly wrong, but with a little bit of magic all will be fine in the end. Be amazed and amused and leave the show an official “apprentice” of magic.
Music and Learning
Listen to the haunting tunes of the time and learn about Renaissance instruments played by the Ad Hoc Consortium. Hear tales of adventure and learn what it is like to be a musician at sea with Bugle Biggins. Sing along with us as we shout out tunes whilst working on crafts.
Learn to play Renaissance games such as Nine Men’s Morris, Skittles, and Goose. See if you can beat Little Sean, the wily Game Master or Tiny Ramsbeard, his star apprentice. Practice first with the young gamer lads who will sharpen your skill for your battle with Little Sean. Fun for young and not as young alike!
Storytelling and Drama for Young and Old Alike
Enjoy the plays on stage as our Improvisational storytellers engage children in comedy! Listen to the tale of a boy making a new wool coat, starting with only his sheep! Share a folk story and song with Lucy Lockett. Help the Giant make new friends.
NEW The Witches’ Apprentice
What will it take for Willa to earn her Broom and become a REAL witch? Will she pass her test? And what mayhem will she cause in the meantime?
Witches versus Princesses
Enjoy the contest between out lovely fairytale Princesses and Witches as they battle each other onstage using their improvisational skills while including the audience in their merriment. The Princesses and the Witches will be out and about in Kids’ Kingdom and the rest of the shire to engage you in enchanted conversation and play.
NEW The Woodsman
Our handsome woodsman is in the shire, and can teach you all about the forest.
Happily Ever After
Relax at the end of the day as our children create plays for you on our stage, and you can play along.
FOR NAUGHTIER APPETITES
The following shows may contain adult themes or content!
Belles of Bedlam
From hauntingly beautiful to cleverly naughty, the Belles of Bedlam turn Celtic folk up a notch! The Belles originated as a comedy troupe that sang Celtic music at Renaissance faires and festivals. Soon after, they began to include bawdier, yet witty songs in their repertoire. While they’ve never strayed from their comedic roots, over the years the troupe has grown into an acoustic band that continues to play traditional and original Celtic folk — now infused with a healthy dose of blues, rock, and gospel to create their unique sound. Come take a bawdy vaudevillian romp with The Belles of Bedlam. NC-17 when performing on The Rogue’s Reefe Stage. www.facebook.com/bellesofbedlam
The Dread Crew of Oddwood
The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a pirate themed band that blends Heavy Metal, Celtic Rock, and Folk Punk with a unique acoustic instrumentation to proclaim a new genre: Heavy Mahogany. Embarking from San Diego in 2008, this bloodthirsty horde has accumulated a commendable cult following in the musical underground of Southern California, and is rapidly gaining infamy throughout the far corners of the world.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
These Lusty Serving Wenches return to the Faire serving bawdy songs and plenty of good cheer! NC-17 when performing on the Rogue’s Reef Stage. PG-13 when performing on the Royal Music Stage.
This self-described “drinking group with a singing problem” will delight you with their bawdy songs and naughty antics. NC-17 when performing on the Rogue’s Reef Stage. PG-13 when performing on the Royal Music Stage.
Guilds and Troupes
The guilds & troupes of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire are performance groups portraying various facets of Elizabethan life. Click on the name to go to their official website, where available. Contact information is available if you’d like more information on joining or auditioning for that Guild or Troupe.
The ASL Interpreters of the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire
We provide interpreting services for our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HoH) guests. Stage shows, shopping, directions, etc. are all covered to allow the best show possible. A schedule of Interpreted shows is given to all information booths, for each faire day. Each stage board also will have the interpreter symbol with a list of interpreted show. There will be an interpreter stationed at the info booth near the feasting commons to facilitation communication for Faire information. We will also provide interpreters for any Deaf/HoH person who would like to work at the Faire, for their workshops or on site meetings with their guild/booth. If an emergency occurs on site and an interpreter is needed, we do that too! We are here to make your faire experience the best it can be!
Several years ago a mentorship/internship program was instituted where Interpreters who are looking for something new and different can be involved as well as Interpreting students can get school credit for their work. This program has been very successful in helping them to fulfill their practicum requirements. We are very excited to have been providing interpreting services to the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire since the mid 80’s.
Are you interested in having an interpreter with you for the day to interpret for you and our Marketplace vendors, interactions in the street, or other non-stage interpreting? Contact the director of the ASL interpreters for setting up this free service! We look forward to see you at the Faire!!!
Director: Tabatha King
This dance troupe performs high energy, exhilarating dance in the English Country tradition — including both authentic period dances and original pieces — in bright and colorful stage shows. CGD also continues the ancient and hallowed tradition of dancing around the Maypole as a celebration of springtime and revelry. Children are welcome to join us as we wrap the Maypole up in ribbons!
Director: Anne Atkinson
The Court Of Misrule – Fool’s Guild
These boisterous and punny fools bring wit to the city! Demand to hear their arsenal of jokes, or challenge them in friendly banter and YOU could be crowned King Fool for the day.
Don’t miss their Fractured Fairy Tale show – where you decide what fairy tales they mash together in the most hilarious ways. What happened when Red Riding Hood met the Three Men in a Tub? We may never know! It’s never the same show twice! The Fractured Fairy Tale show takes place upon the Kids’ Kingdom stage.
Join them for a properly improper tea time at the Unruly Foolie Tea for truly delicious treats and foolishness that cannot be repeated! What happens at the Unruly Foolie Tea stays at the Unruly Foolie Tea!
Director: Misty Rivera-Pauly
Even in the most festive villages, the Plague could always rear its ugly head and spoil our play. Join these dancers in the street as they trick death away from our Shire and remind us to live each day to the fullest.
Director: Bob Fox
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
The legend of Elizabeth as the Fairy Queen is heard even in the realm of the Fantastikals and so her immortal subjects have come to Deptford to witness her beauty as well. Among them dwell fairies, sprites, brownies, and elemental creatures whose descriptions cannot even be spoken of with mere human words. These lithe, lovely, and lyrical beings are also mischievous and fierce, as changeable as the winds and tides. Seek them among the trees, behind the shadows, or on the wind, but if you find one you are either childlike and innocent or completely mad. They know which you are. Do you?
Florence: The Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to the d’Medici family, infamous leaders of Tuscany; patrons of the finest artists, architects and scholars; and world-renown arbiters of style and grandeur. Ambassadors from the d’Medici family have arrived at Port Deptford with a colorful contingent of Italian lords and ladies, soldiers, swordsmen and artists. Learn the methods and techniques of the rapier and arming sword, enjoy a reading of beauteous Italian literature, watch a Florentine court portrait artist ply his craft, or discover what the Renaissance Florentines knew about herbs, plants and medicine. As the saying goes, “Everyone wants to be a Medici.” Come see for yourself.
Guildmaster: Drew Murphy
The patriots, Heroes and Explorers of Elizabeth’s England! We are the men responsible for establishing England’s first colonies, the exploration of the New World and leading England’s interests in military matters. We are men of money, education and fortitude. See these military officers, explorers and gentlemen take to the streets conducting personal duels and practicing their swordplay.
The ladies of the Gentlemen Adventurers are the educated women of the emerging ‘merchant class’ and frequently came from well-to-do families of England. They dance, spend their husband’s money at the markets and train alongside our gentlemen as they form the backbone to all of the Gentlemen Adventurers.
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Guildmaster: Steven Leon
This lively clan of Scottish singers, dancers, musicians, and soldiers demonstrate their slice of life in their interactive camp, entertain with their high stepping dance show and thrill with their skills in battle on the Tournament field.
Guildmaster: Steve Gillan
Guild of St. Cuthbert – Parades and Pageants
Participating in most of the Faire’s parades each Faire day, we open and close the Faire with a song, escort the Lord Mayor in his parade and accompany Her Majesty the Queen during her Progress throughout Port Deptford.
In addition to parading about, we offer interactive craft classes and demonstrations at our Guild area. Leather crafting for children – learn to work with leather and take home your project. Spinning demonstrations and lesson as well as wool and knitting/crochet supplies.
Our daily highlight is Tea with the Queen at 4:00. Have the opportunity to spend time with Her Majesty and enjoy a full tea service including tea, scones, sandwiches and tarts. Each adult guest receives a teapot to take home and children receive a teapot charm.
Guildmaster: Sue Honor
We the Common Folk of the Guild of St. Helena’s have set forth upon the city to revel, cavort, caper, parade and otherwise celebrate the visit of our most honor-ed and glorious Queen Elizabeth! We sing, dance, parade, prank, practice our Shakespeare and generally make merry and rejoice with all the visitors to our Port Depford. Our Country folk residents can also be seen crafting, churning butter, feasting, singing and playing in Duckbilled-Nippingshire, the lovely little suburb of West Depford. Come sing, pull a rope, kick a cabbage, work on your prose, throw dice, be a sheep or otherwise frolic with us! This day is ours! Look for the bloomers of the Guild of St. Helena’s. We are an excellent entry into Faire participation, and welcome new members.
Now Accepting New Members!
Guildmaster: Kasey Moran
The Guild of St. Ives – The Townsfolke
The Saint Ives Historical Society (Guild of St. Ives) is celebrating its 25th year! As you enter the faire, our townsfolk are busy about their daily activities. Watch our skilled craftspeople as they spin thread, throw pottery, and craft jewelry, and gaze at the flirtatious women on the Bell’s porch. Listen to the sounds of our lusty blacksmiths as they forge hot iron, and the musicians as they play and sing lively Renaissance songs at the Queen’s Cup Tavern. Feel the handwoven wool and linen cloth and braid created in front of you by our master weavers, and take a hand to join in a spontaneous street dance of Sellenger’s Round. Have a word with our street folk, who always have time for a friendly greeting (as well as a ready quip). We are tremendously excited at the prospect of a visit from our beloved Queen, Elizabeth! Smell the fine aroma of sixteenth century baking from our cookyard; do all this, and before you know it, the Guild of St. Ives will have transported you to the streets of Deptford during the Elizabethan Renaissance on the morning of our spring Pleasure Faire…
Visit our website at www.saintives.com
Guildmaster: Josh Ritter
Guild of St. Michael – The Military
The fierce, hardy soldiers and camp followers are found in this encampment, battling in the Arena, and escorting Her Majesty, The Queen. Stop by before 1:00 PM and your kids can train and march with the Queen’s military and even join the show at the Queen’s Royal Joust.
Guildmaster: “AJ” Johnson
There are wonderful family-friendly activities all over Faire, but nowhere greater than in the magical land known as Kids’ Kingdom. Kids of all ages will have an amazing time with games, crafts, story-telling, songs, shows, and our magical Kids’ Kingdom characters. Special guests visit Kids’ Kingdom throughout the day: mystical Story Tellers spinning stories older than time, Merlin, direct from the Magic Castle, as well as other favorite characters from traditional storybook tales. Kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun and the magic!
Director: Linda Conley Ballard
The Southern California Early Music Consort appears as Norwich Waits at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire as the Queen’s band and the horse tourney fanfare ensemble. The Norwich Waits celebrates 37 years with the faire in 2012.
Historically, The Norwich Waits was the band that traveled with Queen Elizabeth when she left London on Progress. The group was famous for its collection of the finest musicians in the British Isles.
Our Norwich Waits can be heard performing all the music for the dances of the Royal Court as well as music for the Call O’the Faire & Queen’s Show at the Main Stage and the Opening Gate Show at the beginning of every faire day.
Director: Tom Axworthy
Provided with a letter of Marque and in the name of England they have sailed across the seas. Some call them pirates, but they are proud privateers and are of the sea. They have pillaged many a ship for the glory of her Majesty and now return to land with many riches! These old salts are looking to spend in excess on drinks, gambling, company and maybe a few hearty fights. Be wary when one swaggers by, because when a sailor is on leave anything can and will happen.
Make ready your cannons and hail shot!
The Privateers use a mix of historical knowledge and guerrilla improv to create a comedic portrayal of privateering sailors on shore leave.
Director: Jason Sheffey
Pay heed to their stern warnings and colorful preachings against excess fun and frivolity but remember they do not always practice what they preach!
Director: Nick Balbas
The Queen’s Court
The Queen’s Court is an ensemble group of hearty volunteers who portray the historical characters who were part of Queen Elizabeth’s court during the first 10 years of her reign. With research, costumes and a visual environment they strive to entertain and create a slice of Elizabethan life for customers and participants alike. Their main task is to support the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth and they spend many hours in training and rehearsal to achieve this goal with improvisational theatre techniques.
Guildmaster: Terri Casey
Find the Adventurer in YOU!
Experience an entirely NEW RenQuest! -a bold interactive adventure at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire. RenQuest delights gamers with an abundance of profound and absurd riddles, clues, spells and hunts. Players directly interact with faire performers, artisans and merchants throughout the village. Earn achievements, collect rewards and ultimately test your mental and strategic abilities while questing with the Crew of the Twisted Claw. Are you brave enough to take on the swashbuckling challenges of RenQuest?
For our younger adventurers, experience KidsQuest. Help our pirates hunt for the lost treasure of the Twisted Claw Armada.
Directors: Amanda Zeller
St. Nicholas Home for Wayward Children
Babies built the Renaissance, and at St. Nicholas Home for Wayward Children, you’ll meet a menagerie of children wearing authentic Renaissance wear, playing authentic games. The children of the performers become performers themselves as they learn authentic songs and dances, practice for a pageant, do the “washing” and play with the audience. Just remember, keep your fingers out of the cage, and please, don’t feed the children!
Director: Kate Knight
St. Swithin’s Guild – The Village Mongers
The Mongers Guild portray relentless and determined street merchants who will attempt to sell anything. Barter with a frolicsome fishwife, a clattering tinker, or a bumbling barber-surgeon during morning market for some of the most interesting wares in the village! And, once a day, they take to the stage with the rollicking faire classic, Pye Powder Court.
Guildmaster: Kristin Lehere
The Town Criers
The Town Criers of Saint Blaise are known for their boisterous ways. Whether it is ringing bells, frolicking in the streets, crying the news or napping in a pile, the Criers can easily be spied about the Shire in their yellow sashes. Throughout the years, the Criers lead both the Queen and the Lord Mayor to various destinations, as well as delivering the news and gossip of the day. So if you hear our bells and the call of “Make Way!” you know that the excitement is approaching.
Director: Joe Hinkle
St Minerva’s Washer Women
Caution, you may get wet! – Wit, Water & Song fly freely at the washing well. Laundry, and laughter is the life-blood of these lively women. The Washing Well has been seen as a slice of daily life for the village where women gather to do their wash, gossip, argue and laugh. (photo by John Truong)
Director: Angela Allen
Yeomen of The Queen’s Guard
You’ll see them on the streets, dashing young gentlemen dressed in bright red. They are England’s longest standing military unit, the Yeomen of the Guard. They protect the Queen. They protect the nobles. They hunt for spies. And they woo women, oh do they woo women. You’ll find them accompanied by ladies in blue, the Queen’s Household. They protect the men, they hunt for husbands, they woo, too. Do not ask them about their jugs. You’ll find them all at lunchtime, entertaining her Majesty with fine foods, lovely songs, and stories that might make you laugh. Maybe cry.
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Guildmaster: Gordon Bradley