Magic & Daring Feats!
The 1st event of the Pan-Skandia Games celebrating the Village of Sterling’s 435th Anniversary of its founding by peace-loving Vikings. Will traditional flaming arrows be used?... Will the shire’s Mayor Willoughby become the live target?!... Or will saner heads prevail?... Peasant and noble alike vie
for the grand prize: a golden hammer!
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
Birds of Prey
Continuous Birds of Prey demonstrations by master Falconer Steve Hody throughout the day.
Chit-Chat with Do-Good & the Kat
A little bit naughty... a little bit nice... this “Shire” talk show has lots of spice!
Join Mother Do-Good and Lady Kat Ashley with their noble and outlaw friends for this rip-roaring romp about what’s happenin’ right here in Sterling!
(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.
Juliet Stephens-Tripp as:
Anya the Faerie Queen - Anya will share with you her wisdom and encourage you to believe!
The Faerie! - Look for this silent creature’s mischievous antics in the lane where she may enchant you with Magical Fairy Dust!
The Gargoyle - Strange yet benevolent, this creature makes rare appearances.
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 25-Sept 23)
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.
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.
Stewart & Arnold Knife Throwing
Blades and jokes fly as this father & son duo risk their lives for your amusement!
Trial & Punishment
The Shire of Sterling may be filled with miscreants and scofflaws but never fear! The Sheriff and his guards, with help from vigilant townsfolk, will see that wrongdoers are brought to justice, and Queen Elizabeth herself shall pass judgement. Visitor or villager, no one is above the law and the punishments will leave you howling... in laughter!
Vixens En Garde
TWO NEW SHOWS!!
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 two new shows...
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!
Wacky Chicken Show!
This national act deftly blends magic, a musical washboard & raw eggs with hilarious poultry antics to create a fun filled show for all ages.
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
Explore Egypt, Arabia and the Orient without leaving your seats! Join Gina, Elizabeth and Veldrina as they take you on a musical journey of song and dance from the lands of sun and sand.
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.
New! 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!
The Brigands be a musical minded group performing songs, Sea Shanties, tunes, lore and fact from the Golden Age of Piracy, 1650-1750, and beyond. Four Shows on Saturday August 25 ONLY.
Queen Elizabeth knows that she can depend upon her pirate friends to lift her spirits with rousing renditions of salty sea tunes.
The sounds of ancient thundering war drums and skirling dual bagpipe like you’ve never heard before. Tribal warrior music at its best, Viking. Pagan. Celt. Raider. Lover. Fighter. Music for the warrior in all of us.
The Crown Madrigals
Robin Flanagan, Dir. Queen Elizabeth and members of her Court raise their voices with villagers from Sterling in melodious madrigals from France, Spain, Italy, Germany and of course, England.
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.
Paul Ash, Zarabeth, Greg Fisher, Marnen Laibow-Koser & Neel Murgai.
Performing music of Olde Europe and the Mediteranean, featuring songs and dances of the Medieval and Renaissance periods.
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.
Lady Rose The Music Box
Juliet Tripp. Mysteriously frozen until activated, she moves in a delicate mechanical manner whilst gracing the audience with a personal serenade.
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 11-12 only)
Stuart De Usoz, Cathy De Usoz.
Unbridled, high-spirited Celt-lectic music craftly designed to inspire dance & frolic in the shire.
New! Rascals & Rogues
A parcel of rogues combining their own brand of musical flair to a celtic and faire standards repertoire. “A little R&R never hurt anyone!”
The Royal Pipers
Christa Patton & Larry Cole. Pipers of many provinces perform pavannes and pretty pieces for your pleasure.
New! 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.
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. Also performing with the Crimson Pirates, not to be missed!
The Sirens of Sterling
The fairest sweetest singing wenches in all the shire. Be ready for a bawdy good time!
Vince Conaway, Dulcimer
New! Performing all 8 weekends!
Hammered Dulcimer Player: Performing original, traditional, and historical music on hammered dulcimer, coupling the passion of Celtic music with the stateliness of ancient forms.
Internationally renowned musical group, Wolgemut (vol-guh-moot); an ancient Germanic word which simply means, “to be in a good mood”. Historical music played on ancient German bagpipes and drums fused with a generous amount of “wolgemutness” turns every performance into a high powered event; a Renaissance Rock Concert!
(Aug 4-Sept 3)