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.
(It's a new batch o' nothing this year!) Daisy O'Danny and "That Guy in the Donkey Hat" want to make you a star! Come be a part of the show and brag to your friends that you were the funniest part of Absolutely Nothing! The Gatehouse Stage.
According to legend, William Tell used a crossbow to shoot an apple off of his son's head. Only a fool would try to recreate that feat by using audience volunteers. Matthew Pauli is that fool!
James Frank, directorSee 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 SATURDAYS and Labor Day Monday in the Jousting Field.
Photo by David Sadowsky
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!) 12:30 pm at Reveler's Bower (near Globe Theatre)
Photograph by Joshua Steinke
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. www.BarelyBalanced.com Performing 9/6 - 9/28 at the Blackfriars Theatre.
"Very impressive." - Jay Leno, host of the Jay Leno Show
Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness, Jonathan now uses these talents to entertain audiences all over the world. Performing 9/6 - 9/21 at the Fortune Stage.
Conundrum will confound you with amazing tricks and puzzles. Encounter his magic in the pathways.
Doctor Bertram Ripley, noted Revel Grove Alchemist, explains everything there is to know about the world, nature, science, health, and all that. In a short talk with demonstrations and audience participation designed specifically for children of all ages, he talks about the seven planets that revolve around the Earth, how everything is created from the four basic elements, the search for the philosopher's stone, the secrets of eternal life, the hidden forces of magic that control the world around us, and how to explore everything in nature. And who knows? He might just find that inquisitive alchemist in you and your children. Believe it or not.
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. Performing October 4th through the 19th at BLACKFRIARS THEATRE. www.thedangercommittee.com
Daniel is a professional acrobat and funny dude who has successfully avoided real work since 1981. He has performed his own brand of physical comedy and ill-advised acrobatics all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Dan is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers Clown College and has studied at the world-renowned Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal. Dan is performing August 23rd & 24th only, so don't miss him!
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. Performing September 6th to October 19th at Gatehouse Stage.
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! http://www.liesofbrian.com/
See Dinty in the pathways,at the Lyric Stage and Boars Head Tavern.
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.
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!"
Jim Frank, Mike Martin, Casey M. Severn, Geoff Thompson
Ever wonder where a broadsword got its name? Why Samurai bow to their swords? Or do you just like watching grown men trying to hurt each other? Then see Fight School where the Fight School masters take you on a journey through weapon history and dueling lore. Be careful or you might learn something in between the laughter. Sharp weapons, blunt humor - its better than running with scissors. For more information visit www.period-productions.com Fight School will perform one show daily at the Globe Theatre.
Guy Collins, Stephanie Phelan Offutt
Fizzical Fairytales present The Princess in the Far Far Far Away Tower, a charming mishmash of theatre and circus including a fire-breathing dragon, a beautiful unicorn, a fleet-footed pegasus, daring feats of acrobatics, juggling and balance, and lovely songs sung by a princess and her dashing hero. A show for children of all ages and the young at heart. (Unicycle pupppets built by Gabriel Quirk.)
Photo by Simone Hall
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. Performing October 4th & 5th.
With sword swallowing, magic and a quick wit, the legendary Johnny Fox has thrilled audiences around the world. At the Royal Stage.
If you've enjoyed Johnny Fox's amazing swordswallowing shows on the Royal Stage, you do not want to miss his brand new 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. www.happenstancetheater.com
Fractured Fairy's Tales
photo by Lisa Miller, edited by Chrissy The
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.
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. Jousts at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm
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.
Hilby, 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!www.hilby.net Performing 9/27 - 10/19 at the Fortune Stage.
Fun and funambulism! Awesome juggling stunts with a wicked, wacky sense of humor. www.funnyvarietyguy.com Performing daily at the Lyric Stage
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! Visit them atwww.thelondonbroilshow.com. Performing at the Blackfrairs Stage from August 23rd to September 1st.
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!)
Tawn Jones, David DeAngelis
photo by Joel Brueske
New this season! The Nature of Mercy is a highly energetic and interactive sword fighting comedy show that teaches children the power of honor and compassion. LIMITED RUN: August 23rd & 24th only.
William Shakespeare's words come alive for people of all ages. Find them in the pathways of Revel Grove, name ANY Shakespeare play, and the Nickel Shakespeare Girls will perform a 30 second scene from that play just for you! Their presentation is sometimes a fight, sometimes upside down, sometimes dramatic, but always with maximum energy and wild amounts of fun!
Four time winners of the annual Renaissance Festival Awards in the Best Street Performance category, they have performed at festivals and events along the East Coast and beyond! www.NickelShakespeareGirls.com Performing August 30, 31 & September 1st only!
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 www.period-productions.com
Susan and Robert Meyer
Join Molly the (almost) reformed pirate parrot, Calvin the Castle Keeper, Sir Nasty the Friendless, and a young dragon in the adventure 'Calvin and the Great Castle Caper!'. Be prepared for intrigue and laughter every weekend on the Crooked Cottage Stage. The show is suitable for all ages.
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. Performing September 6th to October 19th.
Pee Wee Pirate Show
Mary Ann Jung
Ahoy mateys! Captain Jean the Pirate Queen invites children of all ages to take part in this interactive show where kids are swept out of their seats as they are asked to pantomime hoisting the rigging, swabbing the decks, throwing out fishing nets and even looking for land. Learn about 16th century sailing, pirates and more! At the Lyric Stage.
The Perfect Touch
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.
Photo courtesy of Neil Rothschild
Your host, Captain Fletcher Moone, Daisy O'Danny and the house band, the famous Pyrates Royale, welcome you to end your day with an old-fashioned sing-along. Enjoy music by the Pyrates and other fabulous musical guests. And you never know which villager or royalty will drop by. Don't miss the fun! 6pm at the White Hart Tavern.
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. Performing at the Royal Stage from October 4th to October 19th.
As our special guest on Children's Weekend (8/24,25), we are very pleased to welcome Baltimore's Pumpkin Theatre and their performance of Three Little Tales. Five performers tell the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Goldi Locks and the Three Bears, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. This show stresses how our choices affect other people and the consequences they have. Filled with dancing, music, and audience participation, this show promises a fun time for all! www.pumpkintheatre.com August 23 & 24.
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. www.pyrates.com
Photo by David Sadowsky
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. Performed at 1pm at Reveler's Bower (near the Globe Theatre).
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! www.MikeRoseMagic.com
Karl Saliter has been performing variety since the day he started doing it. He began performing his variety show in Harvard Square, outside of Boston, in 1986. He spent ten years doing state fairs, international festivals, and performing pretty much anywhere the cops couldn't catch him. He has worked intermission spots for the New York Islanders and the Boston Celtics, festivals in Singapore, and at thousand year old ruins in Cambodia and Thailand. He has performed at many festival in Canada and the States, and currently enjoys repeat engagements in Mexico for AM Resorts. Karl will perform at the Festival from August 23rd to September 28th on the Royal Stage.
“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's line up: Henry the 'V'; Othello: Having A Bad Day; Antony & Cleopatra: As the Nile Flows. At the Globe Theatre.
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! At the Market Stage 8/23 - 9/28.
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.
He's BACK! 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.
The Village Idiots have been entertaining audiences around the word for years separately, and now have joined their comedic and music powers to fight against the evil forces of boredom! With their unique blend of music, harmony and great comedy, the Village Idiots will have you laughing so hard you'll do something involuntary and messy! They are hystericalicious! They are here for a limited engagement so don't miss their show. PERFORMING October 11 & 12.
The Wheel of Death
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! At the Blackfriars Theatre. Don't miss it!
Dakota Granados, Adam Winrich
Bullwhips crack and knives fly dangerously close, come watch Adam and Dakota's whip and knife stunts honed over years on the road. Adam 'Crack' Winrich has set 14 Guinness World Records including for the longest whip crack ever: 216 feet. Dakota has been performing with Don Juan and Miguel for over 20 years. Now she is stepping out as arguably the world's most dangerous woman with a knife! See them at the Fortune Stage from August 23rd to September 1st.
The Yaxleys Present: Les Poupées de Revel Grove; A Puppet Extravaganza!
John Sadowsky, Julia Williams, Randy Dalmas
The first family of Revel Grove tell some of Aesop's famous fables, in the unique Yaxley style, with puppets and audience participation. Tales presented could include "The Grasshopper and the Ant", "The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox", or "The Fox and the Crow". This show is rated C, for children of all ages! At the Crooked Cottage stage.
9:50am Opening Gate: The Royal Arrival
Let the cannon sound, the gates open and the fun begin. Huzzah! Mayor Francis Yaxley, Sheriff Walter Yaxley, and festival hostess Isobel Yaxley welcome the King, Queen and their court to a day of feasting and fun.
Directed by Mary Ann Jung. Written by Carolyn Spedden
Stage Manager: Dave Olsher
The Mayor and his family entertain the King, Queen and Court. On the surface it seems as if this will be a pleasant day for all. But the situation is tense for the Duke of Buckingham and his family. It may be dangerous for the Duke to tout his own Royal blood. Many have commented that if the King and Queen fail to produce a male heir, the Duke of Buckingham could be a viable contender for the throne. The King is not amused.
To better serve all of the children of the realm, we will now offer a large general knighting ceremony. After the short ceremony the group of goodly children, newly created Knights and Dames, will have an opportunity to personally meet the King, Queen, and courtiers and receive their certificate of knighthood. Huzzah!
Stage Manager: Liz Armour Fight Choreography: Geoff Thompson
Music performed by: Abigail, Bill, Christa and Cathy Palmer
Music design by Cathy Palmer
Antipholus of Syracuse - Matthew Lewis
Antipholus of Ephesus - Arden Moscati
Dromio of Syracuse - Julia Williams
Dromio of Ephesus - Claire Coyle
Adrianna - Kelsey Meiklejohn
Luciana - Jacqueline Chenault
Egeon - Brian Reynolds
Aemelia - Ruta Douglas Smith
Courtesan - Emily Karol
Angelo - Scott Turner
Sr. Pinch/Merchant - Eben Kuhns
Second Merchant - Arielle Seidman
Officer/Jailer - Jay Tilley
Thomas Heywood's Fair Maid of the West
Photo by Neil Rothschild
Directed by Tom Plott
Edited and adapted by Carolyn Spedden
Music by Cathy Palmer, Bill Palmer, Christa Palmer & Abbie Palmer
Starring, in order of appearance:
1st Captain - Geoff Thompson
2nd Captain - Eben Kuhns
Mr. Carrol - Thomas Plott
Cutpurse #1 - John Lasher
Cutpurse #2 - Jonathan Rubin
Captain Goodlack - Casey Severn
Spencer - Mike Martin
1st Drawer - Erin MacDonald
2nd Drawer - Claire Coyle
Bess Bridges - Natalie Fairchild
Forset, a gentleman - Joe Grasso
Roughman - Eric Pioch
Clem, Bess's servant - Scott Turner
Surgeon - Jay Tilley
Mayor - Jay Tilley
Sailors - John Lasher, Jonathan Rubin
Spanish Captain - Eben Kuhns
Mulllisheg - Geoff Thompson
Alcade, his courtier - Erin MacDonald
Written & Directed by Tom Plott
Fight Choreography by Jim Frank and Geoff Thompson
The Duke of Buckingham offer this King a game of chess for His Majesty's, and audience's, enjoyment. But this is no normal game of chess. Placed on a huge board in the Jousting Field, this chess game welcomes audience members to be actual pieces on the board. And our actor/combatants will literally fight for their spaces.
Rated PG – for stage combat violence. Performed at the JOUSTING ARENA
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. Shows include:
Kid's Comedy Improvisation Show - Hey kids, join Masters Spittle and Sneed as they present a fun and fast-paced comedy improvisational show, featuring "Fairytale Countdown".
Les Poupees de Revel Grove - The first family of Revel Grove tell some of Aesop's famous fables, in the unique Yaxley style, with puppets and audience participation. Tales presented could include "The Grasshopper and the Ant", "The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox", or "The Fox and the Crow". This show is rated C, for children of all ages!
Kiddie Ceili - Join The Travelers for a rollicking good time at the ceili! We'll all do a jig, dance a set or two, sing some songs, and maybe even tell an Irish legend! It will be reel-y great craic ( that's Irish for "fun" )!
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.
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