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LORD MAYOR PERCIVAL - Richard Weber
Richard Weber has been working in Renaissance festivals for more than 30 years, making his living as an actor, entertainment director, costume designer and art director. He has created a corporate entertainment company in Chicago, specializing in themed events and business theatre. He also owns a costume company based in Chicago creating high-end period specific specialty costumes. For ten years before the renaissance career he toured the country working as a performer and illusion specialist with David Seebach's Wonders of Magic. During this time he had the pleasure of working alongside David Copperfield, Doug Henning, and Lance Burton. Realizing that a life in the performing arts is at best a challenging and demanding career choice, he is supremely grateful for every opportunity to perform and interact with the guests and patrons of our lovely village.
CARDINAL CLAUDIO - Paul Stickney
Paul is celebrating his 22nd year as Cardinal Claudio this season, having worked as performer, writer and creative staff member for many renaissance festivals throughout the country. Other significant work includes NYC national tours of "Annie" and "Annie get your Gun", an international tour of "Aladdin", the starring role in a Troma film release " Tortured Hearts", a production of "The Wind in the Willows produced by famed American playwright Isreal Horovitz and street character work at Tokyo Disneyland. Currently, in addition to his creative and performance duties at FlarF, Paul is Entertainment Director of the Robin Hood Springtime Festival and the King Arthur Harvest Festival, both in Connecticut, and is co-producer, writer and director for the New England Pirate Faire in Massachusetts.
Have you ever wanted to run away with the Gypsies? You'll be enchanted by the beautiful Masala Gypsy Dancers...experience the mysterious East (we're not talking New York!)...and the fiery West...all under the leadership of Joaquin, (self-appointed) King of the Gypsies. Find yourself transported by mesmerizing drum rhythms, veils, swords and the grace of Erin, the fantastic flamenco foot work of LaGreca, the encuentro stylings of Bryanna, the fire of Dominique and the bevy of beautiful Masala dancers, plus guest appearances by other characters! You never know what to expect at the Masala Gypsy camp, come join us for our 15th year of music, dance and fun!
Lady Ettie is a beloved character of taste and fashion endearing our village-advising guests on matters of etiquette and deportment. Always ready to assist visitors to Playhaven on the changing trends of international fashions. Her sense of style is described as unique.
REVELERS ROUND DANCE COMPANY
The 16th Century dancers, Revelers Round, are dancing in the streets...join them for a brawnle, farendalle, or just for the party! Music and merriment Abound wherever Revelers Round is found.
Brighton Brass Herald Trumpets & Sacbuts have been performing since 1999 at FLARF. Performing the hits of the 1600's, including such composers as King Henry VIII, Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, Heinrich Issac, Orlando di Lasso and more, Brighton Brass can be found heralding at the front gate, the joust, in the parade and providing a grand entrance for royalty as well as music for the scenario. Executive Director and founder John White has been performing with FLARF on trumpet since 1993. Other members include Director and trumpet Chris O'Farrill, trumpet David Zeidell, trombone Paul "Southwood" - Smith and bass trombone Matt DiLeonardo.
Cobblestone Characters presents the most unique troupe of street characters...from privy cleaners to courtly poets, fashion advisors to the village patrol. Encounter the characters on the paths and byways and let them brighten your festival day.
The Washing Well Wenches... These two wacky wenches take a bite out of grime as they knock your socks off with humor that will make you wet your... well, they're funny! Good clean fun from wet, dirty women.
Gi Shiata, (pronounced "gee shee-ah-tah") - translates loosely from Japanese into "Deception Theater", which works perfectly as the name for this mysterious, masked character. Gi Shiata will fool you, simple as that. With 100% pure sleight of hand, a normal pack of playing cards, four stainless steel rings, or a coin, or perhaps even something some one is carrying - becomes a path towards Gi Shiata's promise on his sign which states "30 seconds to blow your mind." There are no words to distract from what is happening, there is only magic. You will be amazed.
THE FREE LANCERS
Revel in the breathtaking falls only trained stunt riders can safely perform joust after joust. Savor the raw courage and roughneck riding required to be victorious. Watch in awe the expert swordplay, both mounted and afoot, punctuated with a wide assortment of combat tricks and cleverly scripted banter. Come cheer your champion and deride his foe! Discover for yourself the rapport between the performers and your family as you respond in wide-eyed amazement, unrestrained laughter and organized chanting to the performance of The Frelancers!
Our modern day violins' oldest ancestors had one string and were held on or between the knees. Sometime during the Renaissance, players adopted an alternative position of tucking the base of the instrument under the chin. James O'Clair presents a unique interpretation of the ancient one-stringed instrument he calls the "Heart String". Listen to the haunting melodies as he plays his beautiful HAND MADE instrument.
Kathleen Finnegan Blackshear is a wonderfully gifted and accomplished harpist and singer. Her diverse musical abilities include beautiful lilting Celtic melodies, O’Carolan tunes, and haunting Irish tunes. Her most recent performances have been at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Kathleen also performs at renaissance festivals in Georgia, New York, Florida, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Maryland. One of the unique things about Kathleen's performances is the education you get along with the music - every song has a story, and Kathleen knows them.
H.M. ROYAL ARTILLERY
Master Cannoneer Sir Robert Russell lives by the motto “Artillery brings dignity to what would otherwise be a Vulgar brawl”. Since 2001, “The Cannon Guy” has been opening and closing the Faire each day with a REAL bang. Along with his beautiful wife and assistant gunner, Lady Triskelia Russell, they never fail to get a lively reaction from the crowd. Both Sir Robert and Lady Tris have been trained and certified by the National Park Service to shoot full- sized black powder artillery. They are experts in all types of black powder weapons.
CHARRY GARCIA CONRADO "CHARRY" GARCIA
is from Chile and is an accomplished and sought-after multi-instrumentalist and recording artist. Charry specializes in the music of Central and South America and plays charango, pan pipes, birinbao and a number of equally exotic noise makers
Welcome to Silliness, Mockery, Entertainment, Laughs & Libations University or S.M.E.L.L. U. Here children will learn about the history of Jesters from the Master of Morons themselves Pester the Jester. With his Bachelors in Buffoonery, his Masters in Mockery, and his PHD in FUN(that’s Finding Unique Novelties), Pester has a wide array of ridiculous knowledge to help teach hopeful young(and old!) fools on their way to become fully fledged professional idiots!
Watch ye out for Sir Real and his beautiful, bizarre and hilarious big puppets and stilt characters. Find him floating in the lanes with Giant Butterfly and Caterpillar, Baby, The Queen of Hearts on her high white horse and many more!
Faire Stories represents the blending of the magic and enchantment of traditional fairy tales, the joy and exuberance of the Broadway musical, and the unique interactive experience offered by Renaissance faires and internationally acclaimed children's composer David Payton. Faire Stories has taken the unlikely combination of period performance and musical theatre and created a genuinely entertaining and engaging self-contained theatrical production.
Jason Klein's main focus is on Historical Glass as well as fine decorative craft. It is through the funtional objects in history that we can tell much about the people from those times. How they lived and what they valued can often be seen in the glass that they used and how that glass was a part of their lives.
This is as much true today as it ever was.
Often, the glass in your hands and in your lives is a direct reflection of you, our patron, and us, the craftsman.