Rehearsals at fair site

This post is one in a series about the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.  You can find the rest of my #Write31Days posts on this page.

After rehearsing at a church building for 3 (or was it 4) months, it was finally time to rehearse at the fairgrounds.  I need to tell you that our grounds are beautiful.  The whole fair is held on 16 acres of an almost rural area.  There are woods and trees and hills and rocks and dirt (oh my the dust was horrible this year), and a couple of creeks.  I have been telling my friends that are first time visitors that they won’t see it all.

We had a regular monthly rehearsal where all the newbies got to know the grounds a bit better.  We had some more lessons on interacting with the patrons.  And then we also had Site Weekend and a Mini-Faire.

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Site Weekend is when we dress up in our costumes at the site.  We walk through all the scenarios, and all the shows, to work on timings and final notes, and to see what conflicts we might have.  It’s also a good chance for us to see if we’re going to have any costume issues.

Singing for the Royal Court for the first time.

Singing for the Royal Court for the first time.

The singing princesses sing a song for the royal court and then sing a song with the royal court.

Cinderella's transformation at Last Huzzah

Cinderella’s transformation at Last Huzzah

I have said before that our scenario, our story this year is Cinderella.  There is a show near the end of the day where she transforms magically from the poor maiden into the beautiful princess.  Prince Charming falls in love and proposes on the spot.  It is very touching, and I tend to tear up still.

King Oberon starting the meeting

King Oberon starting the meeting

I don’t remember what we were talking about, but King Oberon was “in charge.”

The actual meeting

The actual meeting

Maestro showing us what the morning meeting looks like.  We meet here every day before the festival starts.  We get notes on what to work on and improve, we go over any last minute changes.  And we get stars!

The area managers, the red shirts look every day for those who have done an exceptional job, and they reward them with a gold star pin.  It is very encouraging.  I have earned two this year.  🙂

The knighting ceremony

The knighting ceremony

Every day, there is a knighting ceremony.  The king and queen “knight” a friend of the realm.  After the ceremony, they then knight the children.  Well, the king knights the boys, and the queen makes the girls ladies of the court.

We did so well on the Saturday of Site Weekend, that we were able to not be in full costume on Sunday.

The first stop

The first stop

Like I said, we got to see all of the things that we don’t get to on fair days.  This is the first stop in the scenario and the story that we are telling.  The king is telling Prince Charming that he has until the sun goes down to find his mysterious princess.

Nubian Story Time

Nubian Story Time

This very blurry picture is of the Nubian Story Time.  The Empress of Nubia is telling the story of “How the Camel got his Hump.”  By the way, our Empress is doing a wonderful job this year.

Parasol on FIRE!

Parasol on FIRE!

This is one of my favorite pictures.  The court was practicing the masque, and the queen’s parasol caught the sunlight just perfectly.  What you can’t see is that Cinderella is behind the queen.

End of the day

End of the day

And at the end of the day, this was the sight that greeted us.  It was nice to see.

MiniFair Entrance

I only have one picture from the mini-faire.  This is when we entered with the king and queen.

Mini-Faire in a nutshell.  Patrons (or friends and family) are invited to the grounds, and we walk around talking to each and everyone that we can.  And they give us sheets that tell us if we are doing a good job on our interactions.  And then we have a big meeting and talk about the whole experience and what we need to work on.  It is really good to have fresh ears and eyes to help.  Up until Mini-Faire, all of our interactions are with the other performers.  Mini-Faire is real people.

And that’s it.  That’s our rehearsals at the fair grounds.  After Site Weekend, our next time at the grounds is a fair day.  Let the festival begin!

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Hugs,
Melinda

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