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 – The Accidental Acrobats
(May 9 – 17)
Welcome the comedy duo that falls with style! The Accidental Acrobats combine foot archery, contortion, acrobatic storytelling, and accidental shenanigans to make audiences of all ages break into spontaneous smiles.
NEW – Blackenshear the Curious
(April 25 – May 17)
Comedy and amazing magic are what you can expect at a Blackenshear show! Entertaining and engaging for audiences of all ages, this seasoned performer and consummate entertainer will win you over with his award-winning comedy act!
Bob Baker Marionettes
(May 2 & 3)
For over 55 years, the Bob Baker Marionettes have been on the road performing at schools, birthday parties, country clubs, and anywhere there’s fun to be had!
Brandon Scott – The Wizard of Wonder
The Wizard of Wonder will delight you with his Storytelling Magic. Learn your own exciting illusions at the Wonder School of Magic!
Photo by Margery Epstein
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.
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. 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!
NEW – Ded Bob
“Dedly” Humor! Bob and his faithful dummy Sluj use unsuspecting audience members to assist in Mischievous & Outrageous Comedy! The hardest working cadaver in show business is here with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest!
Draiku – Aerial Dancer
Suspended above Deptford from her flowing silks, Draiku’s aerialist puts on an impressive and unique performance full of stunning visuals and breathtaking moments. Prepare to be awed and entertained by her grace and elegance!
(Daily – 6:20 p.m. – White Hart Inn)
As the sun begins to set, the air fills with the booming rhythm 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 Seraphim Arabesque Ensemble and The Queen’s Percussion Ensemble, partake in the roiling sound and fury that is the Drum Jam.
photo: John Truong
The House of William Caxton and Wynkyn de Worde
(April 24, 25 & 26)
Physically touch the past by experiencing authentic books from the Renaissance and Elizabethan-Jacobean England, including a Geneva Bible (1599), a King James Bible (1612-14), Spenser’s Works (1617), a Missale (1549), Holinshed’s Chronicles (1577), and several others. Also, you will hear stories about the books, and their authors and printers.
The Jousters are excited to bring their fully-armored, hard-hitting, and wholly unique style of jousting to the Faire. This is true sport; every lance break and shield shatter achieved is done in an authentic quest for victory! Come, cheer for majestic steeds and noble knights as they compete for The Golden Chain of Port Deptford!
The Lynx Show
The Lynx Show is a unique blend of magic, sword swallowing, and comedy. Lynx is a veteran when it comes to performing at Renaissance festivals across the country. Not only is there audience interaction and participation but a strong positive message at the end. From death-defying feats of amazement to bewildering moments that just can’t be explained, The Lynx Show is sure to thrill you! So, don’t miss out and be part of the fun!
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.
The Raven, the black feathered birdman, flies on top of a ball. He swoops down and invites the audience into his world of “eggs-traordinary” magic.
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 a 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 free-flying falconry and birds of prey demonstrations 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.
(April 25 & 26)
Story Pirates is a media company that celebrates the words and ideas of children. The troupe started in a Harlem school auditorium when a group of friends put on an absurdist sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids. The Story Pirates are passionate about elevating the value of young people’s voices. Assembling some of the funniest people on the planet to bring kids’ words and ideas to life, with a hit radio show, #1 podcast for kids and families, a live tour, and a critically acclaimed middle-grade book series and an album, this award-winning interactive troupe is not to be missed.
NEW – Supernova the Strongwoman
(April 25 & 26, May 2 & 3)
Smashing into the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for the first time, Supernova the Strongwoman presents daredevil feats of strength, fury, and acrobatics for the whole family. Be the first to witness her incredible power and positivity!
(April 18 – May 10)
Playful, bawdy and unabashed, the Tortuga Twins (all three of them) will return for two fun-filled weekends! Their special blend of stage comedy and audience participation has been labeled “Asthma-Attack Inducingly Funny.” Be warned. Rated PG-13.
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!
Wiggins Faerie Lore Magician
Magician, storyteller, and human ambassador to the faerie realm. While Wiggins seems to be a human fantasy jukebox, his true agenda is educating folk in the needs of the little people and getting himself elected again. He is recognizable by his very large mushroom, the smallest stage in the shire. If you don’t believe in faeries before you have met Wiggins, you most likely will after!
Willy Nilly’s One Man Shakespeare
This isn’t your great, great, great, great, grandfather’s Shakespeare. These wild, hilarious shows sweep the audience up in action, romance, and laughter. Willy Nilly plays all the characters in fast, comic versions of Shakespeare’s classics, with sword fights and sock puppets. Fun for the whole family!
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!
The Briton Ensemble
(April 18/19 & May 9/10)
The members of the Briton Ensemble, named for Director, James Briton Hendricks, have been singing ancient music together since 2001. Achieving dulcet quality tones, 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
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.
(April 25 – May 17)
The Jackdaws deliver original, contemporary, and traditional Irish Rock to audiences across the land. This trailblazing trio will excite and have you coming back for more with their driving melodies and relentlessly aggressive lyrics. More Irish than a drunken roar, and a damned sight messier, meet The Jackdaws.
(April 25 – May 17)
Kathleen brings the music of the past alive with the magic of the Irish harp. In ancient tradition, music had the power to bring joy, sorrow, and peace, all of which Kathleen delights to share. Experience beloved music of the Celtic, ancient, and classical traditions, some familiar and some that is new again.
(April 25 – May 17)
Celtic singer-songwriter, Kris Colt, reveals her past incarnation from the time of her ancestors in Scotland Ireland, England, and Wales as the songbird, Black Rose. She is a modern bard, with a lyrical singing style who passionately performs songs of both original and ancient origin. This artist has been on the boards as a performer her entire life in professional musical theatre and especially enjoys her time with her Celtic folk-rock act, Kris Colt and The Black Rose Band.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(April 4 – 12)
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 band formed in 2006 with a heavy Celtic influence, Sportive Tricks takes traditional music and gives it a rousing twist. From traditional sing-alongs to folk-rock to sea chanteys to original songs, the seven members of Tricks create a foot-tapping good time.
The Story Wrens
Traditional songs of England, Scotland, and Ireland, accompanied by tenor mandolin, whistle, fiddle, bass, and other instruments. Celtic harper, Shawna, was the winner of the All-Ireland contest and has performed with the Chieftains. Winners of the LA Critic Awards’ “Best Folk Album 2012.”
Tea and Strumpets
(April 18 & 19, May 9 – 17)
Imagine yourself enjoying a nice “cup of tea” at the Tea & Strumpets Tea House. Just your average village tea house… with a twist! Join Chamomile, Peppermint, Ginger, Rosella, Lavender, Magnolia, Sakura and of course Mr. Earl Grey for the rowdiest band stage show of the year. The “Strumpets” love to sing and dance and entertain with their array of family-friendly or for the more adult crowd audiences.
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, arrives this day to celebrate inclusivity within the streets of Deptford. She brings pageantry and ceremony, laughter and joy to our port city in the most joyful of ways.
Lord Mayor, Barnabus Blyss is an exuberantly sincere and down to earth man, who presides over a city he loves with all his heart. There is no question that Deptford comes first in his eyes, just ask him!
Bennett Bower has captured the heart of the Lord Mayor. An energetic, fun loving, joust fanatic who always brings a smile to thy face is continuously planning their nuptials. With an engagement lasting of four years, one is to wonder how the continuous planning could keep her so happy.
Mistress Bower, loving mother to Bennett, has made a return to Deptford. After years of a dedicated focus on the care-giving of others, this brilliant woman has decided to seize the day by sharing her theatrical talents with anyone in her path.
Nothing gets by our Customs Inspector, Don Guiesseppe Lorenzo Di Coronzano, without a large and very healthy bribe, that is. He is more than willing to help in any way possible. His plans might include a little trouble here and there, but when pushed to explain, he “Don’t know nothin’ about it”.
Meet the master of the written word, Will Shakespeare, as he wends his way through our streets. Master Shakespeare is hosting a collection of the depth and breadth of his incredible work daily while he visits Deptford. Be his muse as he looks for inspiration for his latest work, or bandy about a bit of wit back and forth with the jovial fellow as he works to write a story the likes of which neither Deptford nor England has ever seen!
Lady Phoebe Scratchett, our extravagantly accomplished Deptford socialite, or Merry Widow as some like to call her, is said to have killed off all seven of her husbands.
Calanthia Candor is always there to lend an ear or hand, but understand she is a woman set in her sweet yet pretentious ways.
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.
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
Kids’ Kingdom is a special place at Faire dedicated not only to children but to the young at heart of all ages. We have a performing stage, arts and crafts and games, a daily Knighting ceremony, a sandbox where buried treasure may be found, the Gnome Hunt, and villagers who will help make every visit special. And everything at Kids’ Kingdom – including the arts and crafts you can learn to make and take home – is free!
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.
Foolish Fractured Fairy Tales
The Court of Misrule will let you pick your favorite fairy tales, then they combine them in the most hilarious ways. What happens when Little Red Riding Hood meets the Three Pigs and Goldilocks? Who knows! It’s never the same show twice!
Gnomes have invaded Port Deptford! Start by getting a Gnome List at the Front Gate or at the desk at Kids’ Kingdom. Then seek out the many gnomes hiding about the village in guild yards, markets, and shops. When you find one, get the shopkeeper or a guild member to mark your Gnome List. Then return to Kids’ Kingdom to receive your Official Gnome Finder Certificate, which will enable you to purchase this year’s unique Collectible Medallion ($5 at Fellowship Foundry).
Poor Gwendolyn has wished her little brother away to the fairies and now must get him back. But first, she must solve three riddles given to her by the Fairy Queen. Along the way, she meets unexpected new friends. But will she find her brother? And will they all live happily ever after?
The Giant’s Treasure
What could the pirates be so afraid of? Can Molly, the mop maid, save the day? Find out what is most valuable in life as pirates land on a fearsome Giant’s island in search of treasure, but find a whole lot more than they expected.
Here be Pyrates!
Here we have the largest sandbox in the entire shire – so large that pirates sometimes mistake it for a beach and bury treasure in it. If you can find any of their buried loot, you may keep your favorite piece, but you must rebury the rest of it and be just like a pirate yourself! Arrrrgh!
Arts and Crafts
Make your own doll and its clothing.
Weave stalks of wheat into a heart.
Spin wool into yarn with a drop spindle.
Embroider a drawing onto burlap.
Make a sachet with fragrances you like best.
Copy a brass plaque onto special paper.
At Kids’ Kingdom we can teach your children (and you!) a wide variety of arts and crafts that lasses and lads of our time know very well. They will then be able to create fun and unique keepsakes of today’s visit to take home and show their friends. And they’re all for free, no matter how many different things you try.
The Queen’s Knighting Ceremony
Each afternoon Queen Elizabeth herself, in the presence of members of the Royal Court and many proud parents, promotes lads to be Knights and lasses to be Dames. Each new Knight and Dame receives a personalized commemorative certificate and the opportunity to pose with Her Majesty for that special commemorative portrait.
Children who want to participate must enroll in advance at the Kids’ Kingdom front desk, beginning at 2 p.m. Alas! we must limit enrollment to 25 children per day.
Merriment upon our Performing Stage
Here you can see wondrous plays including Beauty and the Beast, Foolish Fractured Fairy Tales, Gwendolyn’s Quest, The Giant’s Treasure, The Witches’ Apprentice, and more. Listen to beautiful music played on instruments of our time. Children can join in the merriment by participating in our interactive improvisational theater.
Learn to play Renaissance games such as Nine Men’s Morris, Skittles, and Goose. Practice first to sharpen your skills, then see if you can beat a family member or friend, or maybe even our wily Game Master or his apprentices. Fun for all ages alike!
Interactive Improvisational Theater
Upon our stage we also have interactive improvisational theater, so that interested children can join in the merriment. Our storytellers will teach them to act out a comedy, or perhaps a folk story, or even learn some traditional songs.
The Witches’ Apprentice
Apprentice Willa has been studying for several years to become a REAL witch, and today is her final exam. What will it take for Willa to earn her official witch’s Hat and Broom? Does she pass her test? And what if she causes some mayhem in the meantime?
The Fairy Godmother
Meet our mystical Fairy Godmother in Kids’ Kingdom or about the shire. Maybe she will share some secrets with you.
Our Quiet Area
If you or your young ones just need to take a break away from the crowd, we offer a quiet area with comfortable benches, a big carpet, and wooden blocks to keep children amused.
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 shows. There will be an interpreter stationed at the info booth near the feasting commons to facilitate 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
Country Garden Dancers
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!
Directors: Jose Lavarreda and Alicia Verstynen
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!
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
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?
Director: Jamie Hadley
The Florentines of San Lorenzo
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-renowned 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
Guild of St. Andrews – Clan MacColin
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
Asst. Director: Lonnie Rawlings
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 lessons 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
Guild of St. Helena – The Commoner’s Guild
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 honored 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 Deptford. Our Country folk residents can also be seen crafting, churning butter, feasting, singing, and playing in Duckbilled-Nippingshire, the lovely little suburb of West Deptford. 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.
Guildmaster: Kasey Moran
The Guild of St. Ives – The Townsfolke
The Saint Ives Historical Society (Guild of St. Ives) is celebrating more than a quarter-century at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire! As you enter the Faire, you will see our townsfolk busy about their daily activities. Watch our skilled craftspeople as they spin thread, throw pottery, and create jewelry. Feel the hand-woven wool and linen cloth and braid created in front of you by our master weavers. Trade flirtatious quips with the lovely ladies of the Bell. Watch for dubious characters lurking in the village byways, and cheer on our intrepid Constables as they keep Deptford safe. Hark to the ring of hammers and the lusty voices of the smiths as they pound hot iron into tools and weapons. Listen to the musicians as they play and sing lively Renaissance songs at the Rose & Keys Inn. Play a game with the locals or 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 or entertaining tale. Smell the fine aroma of sixteenth-century baking from our cookyard. Share our excitement at the prospect of a visit from our beloved Queen Elizabeth! 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 followers demonstrate life in a camp, carouse the streets, and escort Her Majesty, The Queen. Stop by before 1:00 p.m. and your children can train to march with the Queen’s military and become part of the show at the Queen’s Royal Joust.
Director: Alec Heath Garren
Director: Tom Eason
Kids’ Kingdom is a special place at Faire dedicated not only to children but to the young at heart of all ages. We have a performing stage, arts and crafts and games, a daily Knighting ceremony, a sandbox where buried treasure may be found, the Gnome Hunt, and villagers who will help make every visit special. Come and visit – we will be waiting for you!
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 44 years with the Faire in 2019.
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: Ronald Glass
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!
RenQuest™ is 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.
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: Kryss Stephan
St. Swithin’s Guild – The Village Mongers
The Mongers are outgoing street merchants who will attempt to sell you everything you need for a proper Elizabethan household. At morning and evening markets, they patrol the Faire with wares ranging from fish to fowl and from the fruits of the fields to moderately used clothing. In the middle of the day, they put away their wares and enlighten the crowds with their passion play, The Pageant of the Seven Deadly Sins. Feel free to approach these merchants and ask them about their goods. The Mongers will happily describe the wonders of their wares in an attempt to make the sale.
Guildmaster: David Hind
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: David Valdez
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.
Director: Michelle O’Brien
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.
Guildmaster: Gordon Bradley