Stage Acts, Shows and Events

2015 Stage Acts, Street Performances and Events

While most everyone will enjoy the entertainment offered at Revel Grove, parents with wee lads and lasses may wish to visit our Customer Service Pavilion and pick up a Children's Program which will list the shows and activities geared to pre-school and school aged children.





New this season! Acrobatrix are a duo unlike any other. Quirky contortionist plus charismatic juggler equals a show that will bring the house down! Surprise and thrills delight with over-the-top feats of strength, agility, and absurdity. Acrobatrix are the perfect couple. There are only two things that can ruin this relationship: he's one and she's the other.


Aerial Silk Fantasy

New this season! Aerial Silk fantasy will dazzle and delight you with amazing aerial work high above the audiences at the Globe Theatre!



Archery Demonstration

James Frank, director
See a demonstration of the English longbow - the weapon that changed the history of Britain. This informative demonstration will also include the use of bows handmade in our village Militia tent.   Performed in the Jousting Field.


An Audience with the King

Fred Nelson

Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be King?  Now is your chance to find out!  King Henry VIII invites his loyal subjects to an informal talk to discover more about the man and monarch.   (Alas, the King must keep to his Royal schedule, so this audience can last no longer than twenty minutes!)  

Photo by David Sadowsky


 Barely Balanced

James Freer, Cameron Tomele, Margret Ebert

Barely Balanced presents an amazing show filled with contortion, feats of strength, high energy acrobatics, comedy, and audience participation.  They have performed all over the country at festivals, corporate and private events, and Renaissance Festivals such as Bristol, Florida, Colorado, and Georgia. 


The Bloody Drama            (Comedy Show)

They are back for two weekends of fun! Don't miss these fantastically funny improvisational comedian! And you may be invited to be part of the show, too!



Todd Brown

Conundrum will confound you with amazing tricks and puzzles.  Encounter his magic in the pathways.




 The Danger Committee

Jason "Other One" LeMay, Mick "Bald Guy" Lunzer, Caleb "Reynaldo" McEwan

The Danger Committee is an incredible combination of juggling, knife throwing, spine tingling thrills and hilarious comedy. Their unique blend of the hilarious and the dangerous while performing unbelievable feats of skill has made The Danger Committee one of the most talked about new acts in the country.

They have performed at theatres, festivals and corporate events across the country. They've taken on national notoriety on NBC's America's Got Talent, and have since had multiple appearances on television and stages from New York to Las Vegas.      at BLACKFRIARS THEATRE.


David Darwin: One Man Sideshow

David's act will thrill you with whip cracking, lasso, ball spinning, unicycling and more. Be prepared to laugh yourself out of your seat as David juggles, dances, and sings with both legs behind his head in an act that earned him an appearance on NBC's America's Got Talent.


Dinty, the Moor

Brian Wendell Morton

Dinty, “the most honest man in the village”, will amuse and amaze you with daring feats of dishonesty, culminating in a two-man fight to the Death! Or, something very close to it!

See Dinty in the pathways,at the Lyric Stage and Boars Head Tavern.







The Dueling Fools

Dusten Welch, Steven J. Madden

Sir George Silver (Steven J. Madden) and Rocco Bonetti (Dusten Welch) are not fictitious characters but actual historical figures from the 16th century.

During the 1570's Benetti was an Italian swordmaster living in England along with the English swordmaster, Silver. Both were believed by separate parties to have the best skills with a blade.  However, a duel never took place between them to determine who was better.

Until now! Dusten and Steven present an encounter between these two great swordsmen in a stage show full of humor, clever wordplay, and of course swordfighting!    The Dueling Fools will perform all weekends at the GLOBE THEATRE.





Escuela Estafa

See Diego Natividad de la Estafa show you three historic real-world street swindles and why you shouldn't risk your hard-earned money playing them. "Fast & Loose," "The Shell Game" and the Three Card Monte are demonstrated, along with the one and only lesson to be learned: "Don't Play These Games For Money! 1pm at the Reveler's Bower.


Feasting with the Fermors

K. Tony Korol Evans, Melissa McGinley

Feasting with the Fermors, presented by Mistress Anne Fermor and Alewife Caoimhe McDonagh, features different receipts (recipes) from the 16th century and earlier each weekend. This humorous but educational take on period dishes and eating habits will tantalize even the most discerning palates. Weekends 1, 5, and 9 will focus on English foods, and in celebration of the international visitors to Revel Grove, the other weekends will have a mostly continental flair. Weekend 2 will be Spanish delicacies, while weekend 3 will have delights from Italy, and the fourth weekend will be French cuisine. In weekend 6 we will explore foods from Germany; weekend 7 will be Flanders (Dutch) fare, and in week 8 Scotland will be the featured country. In addition to the dishes presented, the alewife will have suggested drink pairings for each!  




Flight of the Raptor

Ray Pena, Sharron Montgomery

Master Falconer Ray Pena began Flight of the Raptor in 1995. The mission of his program is to instill wonder into the audiences to help them understand the vital importance of these magnificent creatures to our nature world by a demonstration of free flight and how the birds behave in their natural habitat

Photo by Simone Hall.  


Johnny Fox, swordswallower extraordinaire

With sword swallowing, magic and a quick wit, the legendary Johnny Fox has thrilled audiences around the world. At the Royal Stage.


Johnny Fox's  JADOO

If you've enjoyed Johnny Fox's amazing swordswallowing shows on the Royal Stage, you do not want to miss his newest show entitled JADOO, which will be performed once daily on the Royal Stage.


A Fool Named “O” and "La-La"! 

Mark Jaster - A Fool named "O", Sabrina Mandell as "LaLa"

Family-friendly physical antics and classic knock-about comedy.  A Fool Named "O" has endeared himself to Festival audiences for over 20 years.  "O" and his partner, "LaLa" mix classic routines and new material again this year as they have since 2005.    At the Lyric Stage. 

photo by Lisa Julia 


Fractured Fairy's Tales

Michele Schultz 

Laugh along with Mustardseed!  She may speak Fairy but she knows how to delight and amuse you. Just don't get too comfortable in that seat, you may end up on stage in this unusual re-telling of a tale you thought you knew! Performing twice per day at the Crooked Cottage Stage.

photo by John Salim.


The Free Lancers, jousters

Roy Cox, director

In the Middle Ages a “lance” was a group of soldiers consisting of a knight, his squire, a valet and twelve men at arms. If a knight’s lord was to die or if the knight had not sworn fealty to a lord, then he and his followers were called a “free lance” and entitled to be hired as mercenaries by the highest bidder.

The Free Lancers return for a season of action packed excitement. Years of formal research, professional stage credits, combat and stunt training has provided the know-how to keep presentations exciting and safe for humans and their steeds. Only the most dedicated and physically adept of players qualify as jousters. The Free Lancers are distinguished in the attention and care for the safety and well-being of human and animal performers.


Gabriel Q

Gabriel Quirk

Gabriel Q is a puppeteer, costume and puppet builder and a variety performer. He has performed for 25 years at major Renaissance Festivals across the country.  He has also performed at the Kim Tom Clown festival in Shaghai, China in 2008.  For the past 10 years Gabriel has built and performed large puppets for the krewes of Orpheus and Muses for the Marti Gras parades in New Orleans.


the Skinny German Juggle Boy

Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny. Hilby is an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects. He also is amazing in countless circus and variety skills such as unicycling, balance stunts and more. He really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. All that and more!  


Hypnosis by Bob

See the hypnosis show. See the hypnosis show. See the hypnosis show. 



Larksalot the Bald

Guy Collins

Fun and funambulism!  Awesome juggling stunts with a wicked, wacky sense of humor. This year at the Fortune Stage from 9/12 - 10/4.







The London Broil Show

AJ , Matt, &  Louie

A charming and innovative mix of free-flow comedy and fantastic team juggling.  AJ, Louie and Matt have performed thousands of shows together nationwide since 1999.   

Proving that you can be Family Friendly and hip at the same time, they create an experience that is like hanging out with your best friends, but they are throwing knives and clubs at each other.   Three different shows: “Blades of Fury”, “Juggling well Done” and “Lets Loose” where nothing is planned and anything goes! At the Royal Stage from 8/29 - 9/27.  Visit them  


Living Statue
Moira Lee

Multi-talented Moira Lee has performed internationally with skills including aerial silks, dance trapeze, juggling, acrobatics, contortion, hand balancing, and unicycle.

At the Festival, you may have enjoyed Moira's performance as an aerialist and juggler, but this year returns performs as a living statue!





William Shakespeare's

Much Ado About Nothing
Edited and directed by Randy Dalmas;               Cathy Palmer - music director, musican and choreographer. Stage Manager: Katherine Offutt

Presented by The Company of the Rose, the Renaissance Festival's acting company.


Shakespeare's beloved witty lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, sling barbs before admitting they have been struck by cupid's arrow.


'Noting', which in Shakespeare's day sounded like 'nothing', also mean gossip,rumor and overhearing, is key to the play. Mistakes and assumptions lead to near tragedy, but the confusion is unraveled and a happy ending awaits all.


Memorable characters, witty dialogue, and accessible language has made Much Ado one of the consistently popular Shakespeare's comedies since its first performance in the late 1500s.  Our one hour version can be seen at the Globe at noon.




The Mystery Revealed
-Containing the transactions and authentic testimonials as respected to the supposed Cock's Lane ghost, which hitherto has been concealed from the public.


Written by Carolyn Spedden; Directed by John Sadowsky; Cathy Palmer- music director, composer and musician; Stage Manager: Liz Armour Presented by The Company of the Rose, the Renaissance Festival's acting company.


New stage play! Based on an actual historical case in London.  Two tragic deaths, mysterious noises, ghostly it a spirit from beyond seeking revenge? Or, is the explanation found in the earthly realm. Interest quickly turns to hysteria, and a young girl has the power to send an innocent man to the gallows.

At the Gatehouse stage. Running time: 45 minutes.



Musical Merrymaking & Maypole Dance

led by Maggie Sansone, Bill and Cathy Palmer

Come and dance the maypole and peasant dances.  If you can walk you can dance and all ages are welcome!  Merry melodies accompany the dances so come and join in, or simply watch the fun! 

Musical Merrymaking is from 10am - 11am near customer service.  (Just look for the maypole!)


The Nature of Mercy

Tawn Jones, David DeAngelis

The Nature of Mercy is a highly energetic and interactive sword fighting comedy show that teaches children the power of honor and compassion. At the Gatehouse Stage and in the pathways. 

photo by Joel Brueske


Nymblewyke’s International Flea Circus

Jim Frank

That’s right, you read it correctly - a FLEA circus. You’ve heard the legend, you thought it was a dream. It couldn’t be true! Come see the smallest circus on earth in the largest arena anywhere. (No dogs, please.) Location: in the pathways of Revel Grove. For more information visit


Once Upon A Whim Puppets

Susan and Robert Meyer

Join the adventure with Molly the (almost) reformed pirate parrot, Calvin the Castle Keeper, Sir Nasty the Friendless, and Iona the dragon. Be prepared for intrigue and laughter every weekend on the Crooked Cottage Stage.  The show is suitable for all ages.






Out of the Box

Cybele Pomeroy, Garrett Pomeroy, Alaina Pomeroy, Erin Tarpley

What’s going on? Silent shenanigans in the street! Whether on stilts, blowing fabulous bubbles or fooling around on the ground, Out of the Box is a visual treat. They are sure to delight your eyes and warm your heart in the pathways of Revel Grove.   







The Perfect Touch

Michele Schultz

A courtesan was a well-educated independent woman who was believed to have high standards and very loose morals. That may be true, but Columbina would never tell...for free. Find out what makes this Courtesan the best of the best.  Join Columbina for bawdy music, laughter, and more as she shows you how she achieved "The Perfect Touch."  PG for mature themes.


Puke & Snot

Mark Sieve, John Gamoke

One of the longest running and most successful acts in the history of renaissance festivals. Intense wit, flashy swordfights, and organic vegetables: the laughs come in waves, often at racetrack speed. Their comedy owes as much to Abbott and Costello as it does to Avon’s Bard. A gallant romp of hysterical fun.


The Pyrates Royale

Brad Howard, Darcy Nair, Craig Williams, Damon Hersh, Ellie Cattle 

Since 1987, The Pyrates Royale has set the standard for comic singing pirate acts at festivals and events around the country. They play a mix of traditional and modern acoustic maritime music that rocks without being electric, sings without a string section and humors without a laugh track.


The Queen's Recital

Stephanie Phelan Offutt

Listen as Queen Katherine sings music composed by Master Thomas Tallis (Gary Schwartz) for virginals and voice.  Master Tallis has taken the poems of Master Thomas Wyatt and composed music to them in the style of the day.  Learn a little about Thomas Wyatt's influential poetry and the musical styles of the 1500s.

Photo by David Sadowsky





The Renaissance Man

Returning to Revel Grove for 2 Weekends!

History wrapped in comedy! Presented by Ned Alleyn, England’s Greatest Actor of Tragedies (portrayed by Christopher Davis), every show is made unique and delightful by the volunteer actors who grace the stage!

Stand Up Tragedy
3 riotously funny interactive shows of Misanthropic Merriment…oh, and juggling!

Witch Trial & Bear Baiting!
Ned caps off the day with a classic double-bill of traditional English entertainment! The original “Bear-Witch Project” (PG)

Performing: 8/29,30; 9/5,6,7 on the Fortune Stage




Renaissance Rumble!  

Starring Joe Grasso, John Kelso, Mike Martin, Casey Severn, John Dickson Wakefield. Stage Manager: David Sadowsky.

New Show! Do you love everything about Shakespeare except for all of those words? Have you ever wished Hamlet would stop complaining and do something about his problems BEFORE ACT FIVE? Are tights simply not masculine enough for you?

Then trade in those tights for a big manly unitard, and step into the arena as Renaissance Rumble presents: Shakespeare in the Ring! Join your host, William Shakespeare, as he presents his most famous fight scenes as they were always meant to be seen - with less exposition and more headlocking, body-slamming violence!

(Rated PG)



Mike Rose presents 'The History of Mystery'

Have you ever wondered who the first magician was to use a rabbit?  Why was the first magic book written? What ancient Egyptian magic trick may be just a couple guys baking bread?  Mike Rose (a.k.a. “The Magic Kina Guy”) will present a magic show that is unlike your typical magic show.  Sure there will be plenty of comedy and magic, but interspersed throughout the performance will be facts, tidbits, and anecdotes about the history of magic and magicians. You’ll be amazed and amused by what you’ll see and learn!







Shakespeare’s Skum

Carolyn Spedden, who is the director & writer too; 
Liz Demery, Stephon Walker, Steve Wannall.

“Absolute genius parodies of the Bard’s work” - City Paper. 
“A side-slapping success” -Potomac News. 

Are they comedians who also do Shakespeare, or are they actors who can actually do comedy? Yes.  

Shakespeare's Skum has been entertaining audience in the United States and Canada for more than twenty years.  Taking the text from the Bard's greatest plays and adding their own special brand of humor, these thirty minutes or less adaptations would make even Harold Bloom laugh out loud. (Look him up.)  Funny to those unfamiliar with Shakespeare, Skum is even funnier to those who know the plays.  

This year performing:

Shakespeare in Extreme Jeopardy (all new show), Macbeth in 20 Minutes or Less, and Leave It To Hamlet!

Booking contact:





Tegan Elliott, Amanda Ellis, and Sam Nolte

Travel back to the time of mythical gods, shipwrecked lovers, and the ethereal women who all sailors both fear and adore--the Sirens. Straight from the depths of the sea, Aglaope, Legeia, and Raidne bring you a show filled with drumming, dancing, and all-original music. Their songs will hypnotize you and their stories will touch your hearts, but hold on to your souls, or you might find you've lost them to the hands of the Sirens!


The Steele Sisters

Samantha McDonald, Nicole Skelly

Join the Steele Sisters on their never-ending quest to find a husband.  Their father has decided the first one to be married will inherit all of his lands….and his horses…and his flowers…and his weapons!  This high energy two woman show is packed with comedy, wit, sisterly love, sisterly competition and a little sisterly swordplay.  At the Lyric Stage.





Directed by K. Tony Korol-Evans, John Sadowsky, and  Michele G. Schultz
Performed by The Company of the Rose, the Festival's acting company.

Throughout the day and in the pathways of the village, you will discover specially selected scenes from Shakespeare and medieval and Renaissance writers.  Brevity is the soul of wit, so these scenes and mini-plays are all 12 minutes or less in length.  They include scenes from: The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, and the wild, wacky, and ribald French farces The Doctor Is In; The Monk, The Cobbler, and his Wife; and The Devil Take You (Literally)!


Swami YoMahmi

 Stephon Walker

Swami YoMahmi presents phenomenal feats of sideshow hilarity using shattered glass, rusty nails, razor blades, and a rubber chicken. Even if you've seen a sideshow before, you've never seen anything like Swami YoMahmi.  Rated PG for the squeamish!  At the Lyric Stage.

Topsy Turvy

Lily Hufnagel, Amanda Renaud

New! Circus antics and sibling rivalry at its finest! Living proof that sisters CAN in fact get along ... In public at least.


 The Wheel of Death

Grant Murray 

Death defying, daring and dangerous. Ichabod Wainwright will run, jump, flip and more atop the worlds only wooden wheel of death! A three story tall rotating contraption built to defy gravity and equilibrium. Come see Ichabod attempt the impossible!  

New location this year: neat the Chapel  & Fortune Stage.  Don't miss it!




The Yaxleys Present: Les Poupées de Revel Grove; A Puppet Extravaganza!

John Sadowsky, Julia Williams, Randy Dalmas, Emily Karol.

The first family of Revel Grove tell some of Aesop's famous fables and Shakespeare plays, in the unique Yaxley style, with puppets and audience participation.  This show is rated C, for children of all ages!  In the pathways.




The Royal Court & Village Agenda


Each season we offer all-new Royal Court stage shows! This season, the year is 1525.
The Royal Welcome
Written by Carolyn Spedden
directed by Mary Ann Jung
King Henry VIII, Queen Katherine of Aragon and their Royal Court receive an official
welcome to the village by Mayor Francis Yaxley.  A short, spirited show which will introduce
the royal court, distinguished visitors, and villagers and set up the dramas of the day! 
10:30am at the Gatehouse Stage. 


The Militia Presents: THE DUEL
Tom Plott, director; Cathy Palemer, music director, composer and musician.
11am near the Maypole & Customer Service.

Humble and Loyal: The Obedient Wife
Written by Carolyn Spedden
Directed by Tom Plott
The year is 1525 and the strain is beginning to show in the marriage of the King and Queen.
The Queen confides her worries to her sister, Juana of Castile.  Juana certainly understands the
woes of a difficult marriage!  Attending on the Queen are Lady Mary Percy and Mistress Jane Parker.
Lady Mary is recently wed and the results have been disastrous!  None of this is comfort to Mistress Parker,
who is betrothed to the handsome George Boleyn.  "Humble and Loyal' is the Queen's motto. 
But the behavior of her husband is sorely testing the Queen.
 12pm at the Gatehouse Stage
 The Approaching Storm
Written by Carolyn Spedden
Directed by Mary Ann Jung
Assistant Director: Tom Plott
The entire royal court and the foreign dignitaries gather for Court business.  However here is no way to separate business from family when you are the Tudors. What begins with an assumption of a joyous occasion quickly turns to sorrow, anger, and betrayal. Change is in the air, and turbulent times are ahead for both the King and the Queen!
5pm at the Globe Theatre

The Human Chess Game:
England vs. the Holy Roman Empire

Written & Directed by Tom Plott
Fight Choreography by Jim Frank and Geoff Thompson

Queen Katherine and her sister, Queen Juana of Castile, play a game of chess. But this is unlike any chess game you've seen. Here, the pieces literally fight for their spaces in a human chess match!

Rated PG – for stage combat violence.  Performed at 2pm the JOUSTING ARENA 


Village Court

Written by: Randy Dalmas, John Sadowsky, Carolyn Spedden
Directed by Tom Plott

Mayor Francis Yaxley and his son, Justice of the Peace Sir Walter Yaxley, settle disputes brought forth by the villagers.  Everyone in the audience is a witness to the action, and you may be called to testify!  Learn about crime and punishment in this entertaining show which combines information and improvisation.
5:30pm at the Gatehouse Stage.



New this year! Located next to the children's play area (near the climbing wall and slide) this stage presents work for the young and young at heart!  Most shows are 15 minutes in length. 




Militia Tent


Have you ever wondered what skills it takes to outfit the King's army? How you make bows and arrows? Interested in seeing demonstrations of metal, leather and wood working? Visit the village Militia tent, near the Jousting arena, and see these skills demonstrated. Weapons makers and fight combatants will be available to answer your questions and tell you more about weapons and life in the Tudor times.