Our constantly expanding Entertainment Department boasts hundreds of performers that
bring our streets and stages to life each weekend. The department has a
few different options for joining.
Theatrically, the guilds make up the different types of villagers living in Willingtown and
the characters that would be visiting the town for the annual Market Faire.
The peasants, middle class, constables and washer women are a few of the
types that would reside in Willingtown. The Queen's courtiers, guardsmen and
military are groups that would be visiting. Most of these guilds accept new
members each year through simple informal auditions and interviews. All
guild members attend workshops. Guild recruitment starts on registration
day. The registration and workshop process will be explained below.
cast in specific roles that make up the leading historical characters
of the time, such as Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare or Sir Francis
Drake. They also portray the local prominent townsfolk such as the Mayor,
the Sheriff and their families. Auditions for available roles will be posted
on the web site in this section.
Contracted Stage Acts
Most Stage Shows are
contracted circuit acts that perform a specified number of weekends. These
acts are generally hired several months in advance prior to the season.
Stage Acts interested in applying should contact the Entertainment Director
at Entertainment@NorcalRenFaire.com starting in January.
Workshops and Registration
All prospective performers must register in person and attend a specified number of workshops in order to participate. Workshops are provided free of charge and are required to join. They are informal, fun and brief. These workshops will guide prospective performers on appropriate costuming, the language of the time, improvisation and a variety of subjects that will prepare people for participation.
- Registration begins with a general meeting at 9:00AM sharp on Saturday, August 24th, 2013
at the large Royal Garden Stage on the faire site.
- Workshops continue on August 25th, 31st and September 1st. There may be some limited classes on September 7th.
(If you are unable to attend on the 24th, new applicants may still register by 10:00am on the 25th or 31st at the latest.)
- The entire cast participates at our annual Dress Rehearsal and Media Day held
Sunday, September 8th.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes, a hat, and good closed toe walking shoes. Bring a lawn chair or other portable seating, pack a lunch, and sunscreen. On most weekends sandwiches and snacks are available to purchase on site.
Entertainment participants must adhere to costume guidelines designated by the management.
Official Costume approval is required to participate. Workshops are available to guide new participants through these guidelines and costume construction.