Magic & Daring Feats!
The “MAGIKHANA” Show
Internationally –Renowned Artiste of Mime, Magic, Comedy & Juggling, Arsene Dupin has delighted audiences world-wide with his Amazing Illusions and Ingenious Comedy! Recognized As One of the Greatest Performers in the World! Winning the Hearts and Inspiring the Laughter of the Audience within Moments. Aug 10 thru Sept 22 ONLY.
Birds of Prey
Continuous Birds of Prey demonstrations by master Falconer Steve Hody throughout the day.
Blackenshear - Comedy & Magic
Bret Blackshear returns to the NYRF and the Sherwood Forest Stage as
Blackenshear the Curious! Comedy and amazing magic are what you can
expect at a Blackenshear show delivered in his dry laid back style.
Entertaining and engaging for audiences of all ages, this seasoned
performer and consummate entertainer will win you over with his award
winning comedy act!.
Cirque Du Todd
"Cirque Du Todd" show is Todd Key; a one man club throwing, ball
spinning, ladder balancing, torch manipulating, knot throwing,
teeterboard balancing comedy EXTRAVAGANZAPALOOZA! For over 30 years
comic juggler and children's book author, Todd Key has been performing
dangerously dexterous digital manipulations while maintaining a patter that keeps his audiences laughing so hard that tears come to their eyes. (Aug 3/4 ONLY)
(Rated PG-13) “Dedly” Humor! Bob and his faithful dummy Sluj use unsuspecting audience members to assist in Mischievous & Outrageous Comedy! The hardest working cadaver in show business is back with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest!
The Dextre Tripp Thrill Show
A dazzling display of daring and deathdefying doom! Featuring rope walking, juggling and chainsaws!
Rope Walking Show,
Fire & Water Show, water balloons, a roll of duct tape and explosives... of course.
Skill & Nerve Exhibitions! See incredibly tall unicycling, amazingly dangerous stupid stunts...and things that might not work.
The Fairies are back in Sterlingshire! These gentle spirits of nature bestow fairy blessings upon all.
Discover the Faire Fairy Folk around the village or discover them in the Enchanted Forest on Forest Walk.
Hey Nunnie Nunnie!
A comic nun duo with hilarious antics and silly songs of inspiration designed to make you laugh so loud you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven!
Aug 24 thru Sept 22 ONLY.
Jayna Lee, Aerial Acrobatics
Jayna presents Aerial Acrobatics! Come see the girls on the daring trapeze! This acrobatic circus show includes graceful aerial silk, dynamic static trapeze, juggling, stilt-walking, acrobatics, stunts, comedy, and occasionally fire-eating. Performing at Aerial Acrobatics Stage. www.jaynaleeshow.com & circusstella.com
Step back in time and witness an event fit for the Queen, her court and commoners alike. The Royal Joust accurately captures the feeling of a true historic joust, you will witness knights in shining armor, ladies in majestic gowns, the grandeur of colorful warhorses, all the pomp and pageantry of the tournament that has thrilled people’s imagination for five hundred years.
Nickel Shakespeare Girls
Shakespeare’s words come alive for the young and old. Find us in the
lane, name ANY play written by Shakespeare and we will perform a
30-second selection from that play just for you! Our presentation is
sometimes a fight, sometimes upside-down, sometimes dramatic, but always
with maximum energy and wild amounts of fun! Sept 7/8 ONLY.
Stewart & Arnold Knife Throwing
Blades and jokes fly as this father & son duo risk their lives for your amusement!
A sunny day. A cool
patch of shade from a large oak tree. You sit to enjoy the lovely...
wait a moment - did the tree just move? Must have been the breeze
blowing through - HEY! The tree just stepped backwards! IT'S MOVING!
This weekend at the Renaissance experience the phenomenon known as
the Walking TreeMan. Barely distinguishable from the real trees, Walking
TreeMan moves slowly and deliberately across the meadow, down the path,
or through the crowd, enchanting all who meet him.
At over twelve feet tall, the Walking TreeMan towers above
the human traffic at the festival. Standing still, he becomes almost
invisible, blending into the background - when he moves, he seems to
suddenly spring to life, almost magically, amazing and astounding
onlookers. Aug 3/4 ONLY.
Vixens En Garde
BABES. BODICES. BLADES. NEED WE SAY MORE?
Three smokin' hot swordswomen swashbuckle their way through
Shakespeare using daring swordplay, witty repartee, and a naughty sense
of humor---all in an interactive fast- paced show that will keep you on
the edge of your seat! Come join the Vixens En Garde as they tackle...
The Vixens tackle the best worst play ever written by Shakespeare in a comedic take on the great Roman tragedy!
Featuring the Bard's best speeches, banter, and beautiful women wielding broadswords, battle-axes, and bare knuckles!
Washing Well Wenches
The Washing Well Wenches take up residence in the Shire of Sterling to earn a living by cleaning laundry... or by marrying a wealthy man. This naughty and tempestuous twoseome will win your hearts with a rollicking, laugh-filled, one of a kind show!
Dance & Storytelling
What do pirates and gypsies have in common? A penchant for shiny things, a strong urge to travel, and a love of music and dance, for starters! Veldrina, Gina & Elizabeth have been brought to the Shire by Captain Raith Kell's GPS (Gypsy Procuring Ship) to regale you with tales of their adventures abroad through the international language of dance. Please join Gimme Shimmy! at the Fool's Stage. No two shows are alike, and you never know what they'll do next!
Come be a part of the magic as shire residents (and a few from the Greenwood!) dance the Maypole! Fun for adults and children.
Swords and shields! Flags and drums! The entire village of Sterling turns out in martial array to welcome Queen Elizabeth and her Court to the Royal Joust.
Brother Donald the Storyteller
Donald Heller. A Master Storyteller. Located near the Chessboard, hidden in the trees, Brother Donald tells curiously intriguing stories in a captivating style one must experience! Delightfully engaging, a pleasure to see and hear!
Gi Shiata (Deception Theater)
Sleight of hand artist Bret Blackshear creates interactive mysteries with cards, rings, coins, thimbles, and rope. Watch him and you will say simply “wow”. Performing throughout the village.
The Greatest Pirate
Story (N)Ever Told!
Capt. Henry Martin has unearthed a legendary pirate epic and gathered a crew to perform it for the Queen. However, a touch of amnesia and a plethora of other problems force this intrepid theatrical troupe to make up the story as it unfolds... Never the same show twice!
The Terrible Ogre wasn’t terrible – just terribly understood!... Trying to find a friend in the Magic Forest – she meets the Lil’ Girl and the Happy Woodsman - but, runs afoul of the Evil Witch!...
Storybook Theatre 1 - The Terrible Ogre
The Evil Witch and the Rotten Tree plot revenge upon the unsuspecting Terrible Ogre!... Will they succeed?... Or will the Happy Woodsman help foil the plot?!
Storybook Theatre 2 – The Witch’s Revenge
(Recommended for ages 5-8)
Cast in Bronze
Originally created to showcase the haunting beauty of the carillon by demonstrating its versatility with other instruments. Played by a silent & masked “spirit” who appears to breath life into the instrument. It has to be experienced!
Queen Elizabeth knows that she can depend upon her pirate
friends to lift her spirits with rousing renditions of salty sea tunes.
Eddie Jeff Cahill
Songs, stories and tall tales tumble from his lips like barrels over a waterfall, shattering rings & staves on the water. A True Wandering Minstrel!
Christopher Liedenfrost-Wilson. A singer, guitarist, accordionist who will delight you with Maritime Favorites and Celtic Traditionals. Also performing with Crimson Pirates.
Beautiful and gentle harp music that will enthrall and delight. Kathleen Finnegan brings her beautiful harp and music out to the people for everyone to experience.
Enjoy the sounds of Larksong for this exclusive engagement! Baltimore-based
madrigal group has performed at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Folger
Shakespeare Library, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and the National
Museum for Women in the Arts. Larksong has released five CDs – three of Renaissance madrigals and two
CDs with holiday songs ranging from early Renaissance to modern carols. (Aug 17-18 only)
The Royal Pipers
Larry Cole, Christa Patton and Peter Walker. These popular pipers perform pavannes, and other precious pieces for your particular pleasure.
Sarah Marie Mullen
Sarah Marie Mullen combines the traditional music of the Celtic harp with original compositions and tunes from around the world. She delights audiences with her high-energy arrangements and her playful performances which often blend music and storytelling. Aug 31 thru Sept 22 ONLY.
St. Marks Consort
Rosemary Birardi & Bob LePre. Period recorder and percussion accompaniment for Court Dance, Pastoral Dance and Maypole. Joust timpani & percussion.
The Singing Gravedigger
Rick Nestler. Phillip Hole sings songs of love… and death, the sea…and death, and drinking… and death.
Trouvères is a high energy performance troupe which combines an
audience-interactive show with songs, music, and plenty of audience
participation! Celtic, Traditional, Ren Fest, Mid-Eastern, and other
styles are blended with innovative instrumentation and powerful vocals
to create a unique music and performance experience that will appeal to
all ages. Sept 7/8 ONLY.
Vince Conaway, Dulcimer
Hammered Dulcimer Player: Performing original, traditional, and historical music on hammered dulcimer, coupling the passion of Celtic music with the stateliness of ancient forms.
NEW! VaNa MaZi
MaZi was born through a mutual interest in culture and a love for the
music of the People (Folk). With a song bank collected through Ian J.
Everett and Corinne Zappler's years of travel, they fuse together the
music of Greece, Italy, Central Asia, and the Balkans with Gypsy Jazz,
Turkish beats, and a pinch of their own American heritage. They strive
to perform, arrange, and compose music that challenges the listener to
open their ears and experience something new, something ancient,
something contradictory even, yet something that is most definitely
moving forward through space at a speed that cannot be measured merely
in 4/4 time. Sept 7 thru 22 ONLY. Visit their website.
Wolgemut : Ancient Bagpipes and Bombastic Drums
An ancient germanic word, "wolgemut" simply means, "to be in a good mood".
group Wolgemut lives up to the name by fusing historic and traditional
music, dance and comedy with a generous amount of “wolgemutness” turning
every Wolgemut show into a high powered event; a Renaissance Rock
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