Renaissance Festival Entertainment
What is this Renaissance Festival all about? What kind of entertainment will you see here? We are going to take you back to the year 1585 in England. Queen Elizabeth I is on her summer progress to get out of smelly, hot London and meet her people. She stops in our village of Tilbury, which is a once-in-a lifetime event. The villagers are so excited that they want to bring out their best performers and merchants, and dress the village up with banners and shields to impress Her Majesty. You can learn more about Elizabeth’s summer progresses here.
Play the audio file below to hear more about the entertainment.
Here’s The 2017 Entertainment – 2018 Will Be Different
Central Coast Renaissance Festival Entertainment happens on 4 stages and in the streets throughout the village. Think of the entire festival site as one big stage. As you walk you are surrounded by hundreds of costumed participants who will greet you in the manner of the day, such as “Good Morrow, Fine Sir,” or “Grant Thee Good Day.” Spontaneous theatrics will appear at any time. Even the vendors will greet you with a hearty, “Good Day and Well Met” as you pass by. It’s all in good fun and part of a grand experience.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Her Royal Court – There aren’t words enough to describe this stunning show. Queen Elizabeth is on her summer progress about England. She is accompanied by her many Lords, Ladies, household servants and the Royal Guards. This is truly a sight to behold. They not only look good but throughout the day, they perform dances and display their many talents to entertain Her Majesty. Don’t be shy about taking photos – they are quite happy to accommodate.
Out of Kontrol – Out Of Kontrol is an improv comedic juggling and stunt show involving audience participation, a bit of slapstick and a lot of luck. See four skilled performers showing off for the audience with dangerous stunts and a lot of laughs at personal expense. Juggling, fire eating, acrobatics and much more. Definitely a highlight of the day.
The Merry Wives of Windsor – Ale Wives singing about their favorite subjects: Men and Beer. Naughty where and when appropriate and otherwise, family friendly, with a touch of the bawdy. These talented ladies have been at the festival in the past and are a top favorite.
Barleycorn Country Dancers – Whether you catch them in a stage show or dancing in the street, the Barleycorn Country Dancers are a perennial favorite in our village. Enjoy authentic Renaissance dances and if the spirit moves you – join in!
Under The Black Flag – Check this out -we have a 25′ Pirate ship that the children are encouraged to board and play! There are pirate shows twice daily and the very popular “Buccaneer Boot Camp” where kids are taught sword fighting skills with balloon swords. Catch the excitement at the Buccaneer Stage.
The Story Wrens – Traditional songs of England, Scotland and Ireland, accompanied by tenor mandolin, whistle, fiddle, bass and other instruments. Celtic harper Shawna was winner of the All-Ireland contest and has performed with the Chieftains. Winners of the LA Critic Awards “best folk album 2012.”
Full Circle Falconry – Falconry is an art. It requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety, and skill. The falconer must train a bird of prey to fly free, hunt for a human being and then accept a return to captivity. In this show Falcon trainer, Kenny Elvin will demonstrate this ancient art with his birds. This is pure poetry in motion and a rare sight.
You can get up close to see the birds. If there are nesting wild birds nearby we will not be able to free fly these birds (we don’t want them to eat the local chicks).
Everything Celtic Dance & Music Troupe – Scottish and Irish Dances and music used to tell a story. This year it is a story of the Irish Queen, Graine O’Malleigh. (Grace O’Malley). Highland dances, Irish hard shoe, fiddlers, bagpipers, and all that goes with it.
Fowl Tales – Ahoy! Bob Bartley brings you the only Pirate Parrot Show in California! Demonstrating a lifetime of training and friendship, Bob and his birds will amaze the crowd with piratical hilarity!
The Bawdy Juggler – The Bawdy Juggler show is an exhilarating exhibition of sharp wit, mature comedy and daring dexterity that will be sure to please princes, peasants and puritans, alike. Come, be amused as Adam plays both props and audience like a badly tuned instrument. No matter how you feel about this enigmatic performers antics, you will tell your friends and they will come with you the next time. Warning; This Show has adult language and innuendo.
Madrigali – We are an a Capella Renaissance singing group. We sing short songs written before 1650 in English, Italian, French, Latin, and other languages. Our songs are heartfelt, bawdy, funny, serious, and reflect the values and ideals of the Renaissance. Their songs are truly hauntingly beautiful.
The Great Bosch – This is a funny and family friendly 30-minute audience participation MAGIC SHOW featuring classic tricks, clever puzzles and culminating with the true illusion of “The Floating Fairy”.
The Bard’s Cloak of Tales – Story-telling is alive and well! Hear astounding tales of old from one of the festival’s favorites. Michael Todd Gallowglas spins fascinating stories for all ages. See him at the Rose Theater and pick up a few of his books while you are there. It has been said of him, “Mr. Michael Todd Gallowglas, is probably the most entertaining storyteller you will ever have the pleasure of seeing and hearing. He is extremely animated and the excitement, fun, and humor he infuses into his performance will have you on the edge of your seat.”
Three Blind Mice – “A kindly widow and her cat are driven to madness by three very rude mice with wicked plans for helping the Spanish Armada invade England. “
Three Blind Mice is a cute kids-and-adults-friendly show with some song and dance thrown in. It won Best Stage Play at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in the past, competing with top notch Shakespeare productions. It received exceptional feedback during a two-week stint at the Nottingham Festival last November.
The music consists of Playford country dance tunes, an Irish jig, and well-known songs.
Double Crown Dancers – Belly Dancing and entertaining as well as the teaching of various dance styles in the world. Because we traveled as ambassadors to England we traveled the world and brought our dancers, guards and all necessary personnel with us. We traveled to other countries to encourage them to fight for England against Spain.
Danse Macabre – This group recreates the Danse Macabre parades of medieval and renaissance Europe; the main message is that all must die, no matter what their station, so everyone should lead a good life and be prepared to die. They parade throughout the faire twice each day. Parades consist of musicians playing renaissance music on recreated period instruments, dancers, and at least one banner carrier. All paraders are in mask and either skeleton costume or all (nearly) black costume.
Learn to juggle at the free (tips accepted) juggling school.
Cutthroat Reef – This is a “Pirate” Band. Singing Traditional and Original sailing songs and sea chanteys, Original and Traditional folk and Irish songs, plus Period Renaissance songs. Dynamic stage show, crowd participation, and improvisational musical additions.
Try your hand at archery! It’s fun for all ages.
Shrewed and Knavishe – Shrewed and Knavishe, is a mashup of Shakespeare fun for the whole family. We cut to the chase and showcase some of Shakespeare’s great characters. Sticking to the comedy of course. Whether it is Benedict and Beatrice or a lovesick Rosalind, we share the fun side of Shakespeare for young and old alike.
New Queen’s Ha’Penny Consort – An ensemble of musicians who play Renaissance Music in support of the Queen and the activities of her Court.
Join in the street games.
Knights of Assembled Men of God (AMOG) – Weaponry demonstrations, ax throwing, archery demos, and demonstration of sword training. The public can play balance beam, chicken kicken, castles, shut the box, pirate punching and more.
Constables of The Shire – The Constables of the Shire is a street improv group that recreates the citizen-police of Shakespeare. We base ourselves loosely (very) on the Constable humor as found in our frequent use of malapropism, a technique Shakespeare would use again in Elbow from Measure for Measure, and poking fun at the amateur police forces of his day, in which respectable citizens spent a fixed number of nights per year fulfilling an obligation to protect the public peace, a job for which they were, by and large, unqualified. We strive to uphold this tradition.
Hounds Haven Guild – What village would be complete without a ragtag assortment of characters like these. They set up an awesome tableau tavern scene and are more than happy to welcome visitors to their company, play games and generally entertain everyone. There are many other guilds who help to make the village come to life, such as:
The Guild of Santa Maria – We present a performance, presentation, and encampment of the Florentine embassy which is on procession in attendance on Queen Elizabeth. With primary characters focused around the House of Medici, we have a mix of military characters (performing military and black powder demonstrations where permitted), nobles (courtiers calling on Her Majesty), and artisans (we do spinning, drawing, painting) and merchants.
Manis O-Toole – He is is a bit of an idiot thief who fancies himself a ladies man and makes up ridiculous stories to impress the womenfolk (kids love the crazy stories too)… The music clips are traditional Renaissance tunes but he also incorporates sea shanties, drinking songs and Celtic folk material using both a mandolin and bodhran drum to accompany.
Alexis Rosinsky’s Shakespeare – See 13 year-old Alexis Rosinsky give a one person celebration of Shakespeare’s best loved and rare monologues with lively and enlightening discussion about the characters portrayed, including Lady Macbeth and Joan La Pucelle from Henry VI as well as Constance from King John, Caliban from The Tempest, Ophelia from Hamlet, Portia from The Merchant of Venice, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and many others. This very young actress has a beautiful gift for bringing life to Shakespeare’s characters in an unexpected way. She is able to present elements that will enlighten and intrigue her audience.
Dressing The Queen – Have you ever wondered how those nobles got dressed? If you were a Lady it took a small army of attendants to get you dressed and all cinched up. Gentlemen also had to have servants help then get into their finery. Just getting dressed was a real task. Our very own Queen Elizabeth and her Ladies in Waiting will show you how it’s done. Check the schedule on your program (it’ll probably be around 11:30). This isn’t a peep show, it is all G Rated.
Oh, and there’s a Costume Contest For Kids, held at 1:30 PM daily, with prizes. Every entry gets a really nice keepsake gift just for entering, so there are no losers. You can learn more about that here.
Pirate Treasure Hunt – On Sunday, youngsters can join in on a “Pirate Treasure Hunt” with maps, clues and of course, treasures to be found. It’s a festival-wide event and everyone is invited to partake.
This is just a small sample of the many things to do and see. In addition to the stage shows, the dancing and singing, there are living history displays everywhere.
This is a family friendly event. Bring the entire family and enjoy a unique summer festival. There is no smoking on the festival site.
Be sure to bring a camera because this is a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen, and you want to share the photos with other.
Please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are allowed.