Entertainment 2015
Stage Shows Music
Kids' Kingdom For Naughtier Appetites (NC-17)
Guilds & Troupes Show Schedules
  What's New!

AcrobatrixNEW Acrobatrix

(All Season)

Acrobatrix is a two-person comedy circus spectacular! Bending, flipping and flying through the air- the show is action packed from start to finish. They have received standing ovations performing at festivals, theaters, colleges, and cruise ships all over the world. The show is always high energy, memorable and unique. A guaranteed crowd pleaser!

  CommediaNEW Alfredo Commedia
(All Season)
The Flying Morgans & Alfredo Commedia present: La Cavalo Del Amore: A comedy about love, mistaken identity, and green leafy vegetables!
  Draiku photo by Belinda Bo Couch

NEW Draiku –Aerial Dancers

(April 4/5, 11/12 & 18/19 ONLY)

Suspended above  Deptford,  the fantastic aerial duo of Draiku bring their Chinese Dragon to life!  Suspended above, you will watch as these two lovely aerialists move with elegance and grace while the fierce, yet adorable, giant dragon dances in the sky of Deptford.


Taiko Center of Los Angeles drummerNEW Taiko Center of Los Angeles

(April 4/5 ONLY)

Through taiko, our "ki" (heart, mind and spirit) is expressed.  Through taiko, our energy and spirit are released and received by our audience.  TCLA started with just a handful of participants and now has over 100 active participants. Two performing ensembles were established:  "Satori Daiko" (Drums of Enlightenment) In 1999 and "Shinzen Daiko" (Compassionate Heart) in 2004.  These two ensembles perform throughout Southern California, the U.S. and in Japan as well.

Website:  www.taikocenter.com

FB Page:  www.facebook.com/taikocenterla

  Walking Tree of LifeNEW Walking Tree of Life
(April 4/5 & 11/12 ONLY)
Michael Shaffer, the Walking Tree of Life, brings over 25 years of professional entertainment experience to this unique interactive experience. Through his artistic, disciplined craftsmanship, and intelligent, creative performances, The Walking Tree of Life inspires wonder and positive stewardship as he reconnects audience members with nature. Adults and children alike will be enamored and awed by the Treeman's performance!
Website: walkingtreeoflife.com


Passado Action TheatreNEW Passado Action Theatre

(April 11/12 ONLY)
Passado Action Theater presents Shakespeare Unplugged, a collection of Shakespearean vignettes filled with bawdy humor, physical comedy and outrageous swordplay. The show includes accurate -yet slightly irreverent- treatments of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew and more! There are also some serious moments for the classical diehards in the audience and yes, even a sonnet or two.


MadrigaliNEW Madrigali

(April 25/26 ONLY)

Madrigali is a tight-knit group of musical performers singing traditional Renaissance and medieval music: a cappella madrigals, folk songs, ballads, chants and carols, almost all of it written prior to 1650. They bring this once wildly popular music back to life, not in some stuffy academic setting, but full of spirit, color, drama, and emotion -- romantic, fanciful, bawdy, joyous.  Madrigali performs throughout the year at public and private events such as fairs, fundraisers, weddings, and Yuletide parties, mostly in and around Southern California, though they have performed in destinations as far away as Siena, Italy and Barcelona, Spain.


2 Merry MenNEW 2 Merry Men 7 Deadly Sins (Rated R) 

(May 2/3 ONLY)

Spin the “Wheel of Sin” and join Robin Hood and Little John as they sing you all the songs that you love so well. Twisted comedy and music, definitely not for the kiddies. Laugh and sing along with songs of burning pubs, dock side floozies, and yes…even a song about Moose. Just remember, what happens in the woods…STAYS in the woods!
  NEW The Lord Mayor’s Show
Spring has arrived and romance is in the air as the citizen's of Port Deptford try to find their Lord Mayor a wife. Who is a fit partner for our enthusiastic, young Mayor? Can the Matchmaker find him his perfect match?
Special thanks: Suzanne Honor-Vangerov and David Vangerov

  NEW The Queen’s Show
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Tudor, comes to enjoy the festival in our humble Port City of Deptford. But affairs of state catch up with her as she learns that all is not as it seems in her kingdom and her people have fallen victim to men with sinister motives.
Special Thanks: Deoin Cleveland
  NEW Sing along with our end of day song!
Special Thanks: Stu Venable, Jr.


Though we part and say anon
Be not sad as you away
For our smiles, they linger on
For this day t'was a good day.


We part as friends most fine
Mem'ries shared like riches rare
We toast this day with ale and wine
Oh this day at our fine Faire.


For your return we shall await
Come what will and come what may
We raise a glass and bless our fate
For this day t'was a good day.


We part as friends most fine
Mem'ries shared like riches rare
We toast this day with ale and wine
Oh this day at our fine Faire.

  Our Featured Characters
  Be sure to look for these notable characters, appearing in shows or on the streets of the Faire…

Queen Elizabeth

Sir Francis Drake

Barnabus Blyss

Sheriff Bailey Blount

Lady Beaulah Blount

Customs Inspector, Don Guiesseppe Lorenzo de Coronzano

The Mistress of Misrule, Dahlia Llama


Queen Elizabeth, our beautiful, young, yet eminently wise monarch, is bringing pomp and ceremony, laughter and joy to our Port City.

The adventurous, heroic, and beloved Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the Faire all day.

Lord Mayor, Barnabus Blyss is the salt of the Earth, the cream of the crop and happy as a lark to welcome the Queen and her guests to Port Deptford.

Deptford’s Sheriff Blount (pronounced BLUNT) is a corrupt, greedy and self-centered man of power. Having seized this power in a bloodless and apparently vote-less election, he stands on a platform of no celebration without taxation.

Lady Blount is darkly beautiful, viciously charming and there is nothing blunt about her wit as she clearly wears the slops in the family.

Nothing gets by our Customs Inspector, Don Guiesseppe Lorenzo de Coronzano… without a large and very healthy bribe.

Lady Phoebe Scratchett, our extravagantly accomplished socialite. She is the Merry Widow whom is said to kill off her husbands and bury them under stages....

Mistress of Misrule and The Court of Misrule are the ambassadors of frivolity, festivity and celebration.

The loyal Guilde Masters make their way around Deptford educating visitors on the high caliber of marketplace merchants Deptford holds dear to the heart of the city. They’re happy to assist, especially when it comes to brew and weapons!

Watch for those crazy Broom Sisters! These …ladies will wile you with their  worldly tales, provide insight on what is to come, dazzle you with remedies galore and enchant you with ways to achieve your desires.

After an extensive sojourn through the Continent, the itinerate tinker, Chamber Potts (the ‘H’ is silent), has returned to Port Deptford with tales not for the faint of heart. Or he could just be trying to sell you something.


Stage Shows

Broon brings a conversational style to the variety comedy world with less emphasis on corny gags and empty flash and more on audience interaction and personality. While cracking bullwhips, juggling bowling balls or eating fire Broon keeps the laughs alive with a dry wit and extemporaneous style that keeps audiences in stitches. With his variety skills and stand-up comedy style Broon presents a show filled end to end with sly humor and impressive stunts and Broon's extensive improvisational experience guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike. Visit Broon's Website
  Clan MacColin Irish DanceClan MacColin Irish Dance
Featuring the award-winning step dancers from the Guild of St. Andrews, this highland fling stirs the "inner Celt" in us all.
  Clan TynkerClan Tynker
An enchanting kaleidoscope of skills from around the world performed to live music. An impressive variety of juggling skills, stage magic, comedy, Central Asian/Middle Eastern dance, sword swallowing, fire-eating and tight-wire walking with an accompanying musical soundscape played on an eclectic variety of instruments including concertina, accordion, harmonium, dumbek, Balkan tupon, as well as various horns, bells and whistles. Fun for the whole family!
  Country Garden DancersCountry Garden Dancers
A high-energy troop of English country dancers roams through the faire in a swirling flash of color and sound. Perchance these lively lads and lasses may show you a step or two.

Drum Jam by John TruongDrum Jam

As the sun begins to set, the air fills with the booming rhythms of the drums. The ground shakes with the pounding of dancing feet. Bring your drum and join the jam, or clap, stomp, whistle, dance and shout along. With Wolgemut, Seraphim Mora and The Queen’s Percussion Ensemble, partake in the roaring crescendo of a day at Deptford; where the thunder of drums fuses with the crashing waves of dance to form the sound and fury that is the Drum Jam.  The rhythms rise at 6:20 daily at the White Hart Inn.

photo: John Truong


Gypsy GeoffGeoff Marsh – Amazing One-Man Circus

A showman who is devoted to expanding upon the wonderment of children, Geoff Marsh: juggler, physical comedian, and variety entertainer is both mesmerizing and enchanting. Come witness and be part of the master of mayhem and manipulation.  Visit Gypsy Geoff's Website
  Jack and JennyJack Dagger
Jack Dagger - Declared a Living Legend by the International Knife Thrower's Hall of Fame. Come see a little danger and a lot of comedy when Jack and Jenny break out the swords, knives and FIRE! A great time will be had by the whole family as these two
globe trotting entertainers make with the funny.

The JoustersThe Jousters

The Jousters' are a most unique performance jousting company. They have an entertaining fresh take on a very old sport! These knights utilize full armor with a very original jousting style combine that with bold attitudes and hold true competitions. All of the sporting games and all of the jousting are indeed truly competitive, no outcome is fixed and no equipment is rigged to break.  At approximately a combined 50 mph impact, the Knights attempt to impale their lance tip, shattering both lance and target or even stealing (snaking) the oncoming knight's shield.  With multiple levels of scoring possibilities this joust is a duel that engages strength, strategy and stamina.  The Jousters created this special style of jousting. With dirt and dust flying, thundering hooves and exploding lances and shields we are pleased to present it here for your sports entertainment pleasure!


Lord Franko, Master HypnotistLord Franko, Master Hypnotist

Come see what your mind will not believe. Yes, watch your friends hypnotized in a strange and mysterious fashion. Learn to tap into your subconscious mind in a fun and relaxing manner. Yes, the funniest show you'll ever sleep through. Come see Lord Franko, Master Hypnotist.


MooNieMooNie the Magnif'Cent
Enchanting audiences for over 20 years without saying so much as a word, MooNie is the undisputed master of the faire. MooNie presents a show that combines classic clowning, slack rope work and enough comedy to leave you gasping for breath. Enter the mind of MooNie.


Magic Brandon - The Wizard of Wonder - photo by Margery EpsteinMagic Brandon - "The Wizard of Wonder"

Come meet the spellbinding,charismatic “Wizard of Wonder.” This otherworldly wizard comes to us from a far away enchanted forest to delight you with his mesmerizing magical illusions and humorous adventurous tales. With lots of audience participation, on stage and on the roads, wizard Brandon Scott, headlining magician at the Magic Castle’s Academy of Magical Arts, interweaves comedy, magic and storytelling into an energetic whimsical tapestry of intrigue and fun.

Coming soon to a movie theatre near you as one of the leads in Paseo Miramar Picture’s "A Dog and Pony Show"- Magic Brandon will join pop legend Cyndi Lauper and a cast of amazing animals in an epic family film you won't want to miss.

Website: wizard-man.com
Photo by Margery Epstein


Seraphim Arabesque EnsembleSeraphim Arabesque Ensemble
From across the ocean of fire, the Silk Road carried them, like the desert D’jinn they were born of the sand. Blending music and dance from throughout the Middle East these performers will take to you on journey to exotic and ancient lands. The rhythm of the drums is infectious, the melody of the Oud will enchant you, and the dancers will make your heart race.
Sit back and enjoy as they invite you behind the veil of the harem.


Sky Kings FalconrySky Kings Falconry

Sky Kings presents a free flying falconry and birds of prey demonstration featuring hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.  This amazing show takes place ABOVE the audience! Come experience the 5000 year old "Sport of Kings" while learning about majestic raptors in an excitement filled and family friendly presentation.  Sky Kings is brought to you by Wildlife Revealed, a 501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of our planet's wildlife.

Visit their website!


VaNa MaZiVaNa MaZi

VaNa 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.

  Washing Well WenchesThe Washing Well Wenches
“Wet Dirty Women, Good Clean Fun!" These two wacky wenches prove that a good scrubbing and lots of belly laughs are good for the soul! Doing laundry has never been so much fun! Visit the Washing Well Wenches
at  www.facebook.com/WashingWellWenches.



Ad HocAd Hoc Consort

Throughout the shire you can hear the dulcet tones of our period instruments: recorders, krumhorns, sackbuts & others. Come experience the true sounds of the English Renaissance!


Brigid's DaughtersBrigid’s Daughters

These two British sisters are fascinated by the beauty and romance of the madrigals and love songs they sing from Spain, Italy, France, and their English homeland. They long to roam and explore the world and find the kind of love of which they sing. Their angelic voices have been known to capture hearts and delight children of all ages. Perhaps this will help them find a love to whisk them away… Is it you?



photo: Bob Leggett


The Briton EnsembleThe Briton Ensemble

The members of the Briton Ensemble, named for director James Briton Hendricks, have been singing ancient music together since 2001.  Rather than musicians who are also friends, the Ensemble is composed of friends who set themselves at the challenge of choral singing.  Achieving a surprising standard of quality, the Briton Ensemble now performs regularly at Renaissance Faires, the Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, and at concerts in Altadena CA.


Bugle BigginsBugle Biggins

Master Bugle Biggins is a ship's musician who's lately retired from a lifetime at sea.  So he's come to Deptford to entertain and amuse you with tales of his adventures, and to enchant you with soulful melodies on the harp and tin whistle.

  Glen MorganGlenn Morgan
A familiar sight at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for a number of years now, come and find him in the streets of Port Deptford as he shows you his Mastery of the beautiful and enchanting Hammered Dulcimer.

Patrice RuanePatrice Ruane

Patrice Ruane plays traditional Celtic music on a harpsichord, a Renaissance-period keyboard instrument. Rather than hammer the strings like a piano, the harpsichord plucks the strings, giving it a delicate, music box-like quality.  Enjoy her graceful, elegant melodies as you stroll the lanes. 


(April 11/12 and 18/19 ONLY)

Hoping to be the Crosby, Stills & Nash of the shanty scene, Daniel Rover Singer formed QuarterMaster in 2012 with musical director James Briton Hendricks.  Traditional songs with updated lyrics and new 3-part harmonic arrangements (written specifically for QuarterMaster) bring a fresh spin to old music about Drinking, Sex, and the Sea.  Cap’n Salty and Rover are joined by Stosh, Boots, Arrmen, Padre, Spike and Rufus making up the crew of “The Dodgy Sally.”


Sportive TricksSportive Tricks

A Southern California Folk-Rock Band with a heavy Irish influence, Sportive Tricks take great delight in giving traditional music a strong beat and an interesting twist. They also play many original tunes, both serious & silly.
The band started as performers at the Original Renaissance Faire more than five years ago and now play year round at pubs and concerts in Southern California. Inspired by the rich traditions of Irish, Scottish, & English folk, Cape Breton music, and sea shanties; Sportive Tricks combines traditional instruments with new arrangements, high energy, and a dash of humor for a foot tapping, hand clapping good time
. Visit our website!


Wren of InquityStory Songs by Wren of Inquity

"Bringing the ancient story songs to life, with all their beauty, passion and violence."
Tight harmonies on traditional English folk songs, Child ballads and silly sea songs are are accompanied by mandolins, mountain dulcimer, harp, tin whistle, bass and bodhran.


Kids' Kingdom

  Kids of all ages will have an amazing time with games, crafts, story-telling, song, shows and our magical Kids’ Kingdom characters. Join in the fun and the magic!

Beauty and the BeastNEW Beauty and the Beast

A clever witch has turned the selfish Prince into a horrible Beast until he learns how to be kind.  Can sweet and innocent Belle save him?  And will her sister ever get some pie?  Get the answers in our new play complete with musical accompaniment.

  The Court of MisruleFoolish Fractured Fairy Tales
Don't miss the Foolish Fractured Fairy Tale show - where you decide what fairy tales they mash together in the most hilarious ways. What happened when Red Riding Hood met the Three Men in a Tub? We may never know! It's never the same show twice! Presented by The Court of Misrule.

The Giant’s Treasure

What are the pirates so afraid of? Can Molly save the day?  Find out what is most valuable in life as pirates land on a Giant’s island in our delightful play presented just before the Queen’s Knighting Ceremony!


Gnome Quest

Gnomes have invaded Port Deptford yet again!  Start at the Front Gate of Deptford or at the desk at Kids’ Kingdom to get your maps.  Then seek out the many gnomes hidden about the village in the guild yards, markets, and shops. When you find them, get the shopkeepers and guild members to sign your map.  Then return to Kids’ Kingdom to receive your Official Gnome Finder Certificate and credit towards this year’s Collectible Limited Edition Medallion


Here be Pyrates!

Pyrates have come and buried their treasure in our sandbox! If you can find any of the loot, you may keep your favorite piece and rebury the rest just like a pyrate yourself! Arrrrgh!
  Wheat Weaving at Kids' KingdomInteractive Arts
Join the enchanting characters of Kids Kingdom as they show you and your children fun and interesting projects every day. Learn to weave wheat into a love knot with Mistress Rose and Master Rugbie or card wool and spin it into yarn with Mistress Hope. Mistress Elinor and Mistress Isobel will help you create a peasant doll. Make a sachet with Master John. Mistress Catherine will teach you to weave.  Mistress Victoria can help you create historical brass rubbings.  And so much more – ALL FOR FREE for children!
  Knighting CeremonyKnighting Ceremony
Be one of only 25 lucky children each day to be made a Knight or Dame of the Realm by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in person! Signups start at 1:00 pm for the 4:20 pm ceremony at Kids Kingdom.

Merlin 1Merlin's School Of Magic

Our wacky wizard returns with an interactive show.  It's time for magic class!  Enjoy this fun blend of magic, comedy, and audience-participation as Merlin searches for a new sorcerer's apprentice.  Beware, things can go terribly wrong, but with a little bit of magic all will be fine in the end.  Be amazed and amused and leave the show an official "apprentice" of magic. 



Music and Learning

Listen to the haunting tunes of the time and learn about Renaissance instruments played by the Ad Hoc Consortium.  Hear tales of adventure and learn what it is like to be a musician at sea with Bugle Biggins. Sing along with us as we shout out tunes whilst working on crafts.


Little Sean the Gamemaster of Kids' KingdomPlay Games

Learn to play Renaissance games such as Nine Men’s Morris, Skittles, and Goose. See if you can beat Little Sean, the wily Game Master or Tiny Ramsbeard, his star apprentice. Practice first with the young gamer lads who will sharpen your skill for your battle with Little Sean.  Fun for young and not as young alike!


NEW The Prince and his Squire

Prince Isaac has a new Squire, and it is his job to show him the ways of being a noble man, as well as keeping him out of trouble!


Storytelling and Drama for Young and Old Alike

Enjoy the plays on stage as our Improvisational storytellers engage children in comedy! Listen to the tale of a boy making a new wool coat, starting with only his sheep! Share a folk story and song with Lucy Lockett. Help the Giant make new friends.


NEW Witches and Princesses

Enjoy the contest between out lovely fairytale Princesses and Witches as they battle each other onstage using their improvisational skills while including the audience in their merriment. The Princesses and the Witches will be out and about in Kids’ Kingdom and the rest of the shire to engage you in enchanted conversation and play.


Happily Ever After

Relax at the end of the day as our children create plays for you on our stage, and you can play along.


For Naughtier Appetites

The following shows may contain adult themes or content!


Belles of BedlamBelles of Bedlam

From hauntingly beautiful to cleverly naughty, the Belles of Bedlam turn Celtic folk up a notch! The Belles originated as a comedy troupe that sang Celtic music at Renaissance faires and festivals. Soon after, they began to include bawdier, yet witty songs in their repertoire. While they've never strayed from their comedic roots, over the years the troupe has grown into an acoustic band that continues to play traditional and original Celtic folk -- now infused with a healthy dose of blues, rock, and gospel to create their unique sound. Come take a bawdy vaudevillian romp with The Belles of Bedlam. NC-17 when performing on The Rogue's Reefe Stage. www.facebook.com/bellesofbedlam


Dread Crew of OddwoodThe Dread Crew of Oddwood

The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a pirate themed band that blends Heavy Metal, Celtic Rock, and Folk Punk with a unique acoustic instrumentation to proclaim a new genre: Heavy Mahogany. Embarking from San Diego in 2008, this bloodthirsty horde has accumulated a commendable cult following in the musical underground of Southern California, and is rapidly gaining infamy throughout the far corners of the world.


Merry Wives of WindsorThe Merry Wives of Windsor

These Lusty Serving Wenches return to the Faire serving bawdy songs and plenty of good cheer! NC-17 when performing on the Rogue's Reef Stage. PG-13 when performing on the Royal Music Stage.


Poxy BoggardsPoxy Boggards

This self-described "drinking group with a singing problem" will delight you with their bawdy songs and naughty antics. NC-17 when performing on the Rogue's Reef Stage. PG-13 when performing on the Royal Music Stage.


Guilds and Troupes


The guilds & troupes of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire are performance groups portraying various facets of Elizabethan life. Click on the name to go to their official website, where available. Contact information is available if you'd like more information on joining or auditioning for that Guild or Troupe.


ASL graphicThe ASL Interpreters of the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire

We provide interpreting services for our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HoH) guests. Stage shows, shopping, directions, etc. are all covered to allow the best show possible. A schedule of Interpreted shows is given to all information booths, for each faire day. Each stage board also will have the interpreter symbol with a list of interpreted show. There will be an interpreter stationed at the info booth near the feasting commons to facilitation communication for Faire information. We will also provide interpreters for any Deaf/HoH person who would like to work at the Faire, for their workshops or on site meetings with their guild/booth.  If an emergency occurs on site and an interpreter is needed, we do that too! We are here to make your faire experience the best it can be!
Several years ago a mentorship/internship program was instituted where Interpreters who are looking for something new and different can be involved as well as Interpreting students can get school credit for their work. This program has been very successful in helping them to fulfill their practicum requirements. We are very excited to have been providing interpreting services to the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire since the mid 80’s.

Are you interested in having an interpreter with you for the day to interpret for you and our Marketplace vendors, interactions in the street, or other non-stage interpreting? Contact the director of the ASL interpreters for setting up this free service! We look forward to see you at the Faire!!!

Director: Tabatha King

Email: tking7984@gmail.com



Country Garden DancersCountry Garden Dancers

This dance troupe performs high energy, exhilarating dance in the English Country tradition -- including both authentic period dances and original pieces -- in bright and colorful stage shows.  CGD also continues the ancient and hallowed tradition of dancing around the Maypole as a celebration of springtime and revelry.  Children are welcome to join us as we wrap the Maypole up in ribbons!
Director: Anne Atkinson

Email: TBA

Country Garden Dancers


Court of the MayCourt of the May

Fun and Merriment abound in the presence of the May Revelers! These blissful representatives of spring and all its glory are here to play, to dance and to sing, and to encourage spring romance throughout Port Deptford!  The lovely Queens of the May can be found wrapping the Maypole with the Country Garden Dancers, Thwarting the Puritans, flirting with the Yeoman of the Guard, and thoroughly enjoying their day at the Faire!
Director: Alessia Zemo


May Revelers


The Court Of Misrule - Fool's Guild

These boisterous and punny fools bring wit to the city! Demand to hear their arsenal of jokes, or challenge them in friendly banter and YOU could be crowned King Fool for the day.

Don't miss their Fractured Fairy Tale show - where you decide what fairy tales they mash together in the most hilarious ways. What happened when Red Riding Hood met the Three Men in a Tub? We may never know! It's never the same show twice! The Fractured Fairy Tale show takes place upon the Kids' Kingdom stage.

Join them for a properly improper tea time at the Unruly Foolie Tea for truly delicious treats and foolishness that cannot be repeated! What happens at the Unruly Foolie Tea stays at the Unruly Foolie Tea!

Director: Misty Rivera-Pauly

Email: ditzie_chick@yahoo.com

Court of Misrule


Danse MacabreDanse Macabre

Even in the most festive villages, the Plague could always rear its ugly head and spoil our play. Join these dancers in the street as they trick death away from our Shire and remind us to live each day to the fullest.

Director: Bob Fox

Email: cyberbobfx@aol.com


Danse 2

  FantastikalsThe Fantastikals

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
The legend of Elizabeth as the Fairy Queen is heard even in the realm of the Fantastikals and so her immortal subjects have come to Deptford to witness her beauty as well.  Among them dwell fairies, sprites, brownies, and elemental creatures whose descriptions cannot even be spoken of with mere human words.  These lithe, lovely, and lyrical beings are also mischievous and fierce, as changeable as the winds and tides.  Seek them among the trees, behind the shadows, or on the wind, but if you find one you are either childlike and innocent or completely mad.  They know which you are.  Do you? 


San LorenzoThe Florentines of San Lorenzo

Florence: The Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to the d'Medici family, infamous leaders of Tuscany; patrons of the finest artists, architects and scholars; and world-renown arbiters of style and grandeur. Ambassadors from the d'Medici family have arrived at Port Deptford with a colorful contingent of Italian lords and ladies, soldiers, swordsmen and artists. Learn the methods and techniques of the rapier and arming sword, enjoy a reading of beauteous Italian literature, watch a Florentine court portrait artist ply his craft, or discover what the Renaissance Florentines knew about herbs, plants and medicine. As the saying goes, "Everyone wants to be a Medici." Come see for yourself.

Guildmaster: Drew Murphy

Email: drew.murphy26@gmail.com



The Gentlemen AdventurersThe Gentlemen Adventurers

The patriots, Heroes and Explorers of Elizabeth's England! We are the men responsible for establishing England's first colonies, the exploration of the New World and leading England's interests in military matters. We are men of money, education and fortitude. See these military officers, explorers and gentlemen take to the streets conducting personal duels and practicing their swordplay.

The ladies of the Gentlemen Adventurers are the educated women of the emerging 'merchant class' and frequently came from well-to-do families of England. They dance, spend their husband's money at the markets and train alongside our gentlemen as they form the backbone to all of the Gentlemen Adventurers.

Watch us on YouTube

Guildmaster: Steven Leon


Gentlemen Adventurers


St AndrewGuild of St. Andrews - Clan MacColin

This lively clan of Scottish singers, dancers, musicians, and soldiers demonstrate their slice of life in their interactive camp, entertain with their high stepping dance show and thrill with their skills in battle on the Tournament field.

Guildmaster: Steve Gillan

Email: Colinchief@hotmail.com




St Cuthbert 1St Cuthbert SealGuild of St. Cuthbert -

Parades and Pageants

Participating in most of the Faire’s parades each Faire day, we open and close the Faire with a song, escort the Lord Mayor in his parade and accompany Her Majesty the Queen during her Progress throughout Port Deptford.

In addition to parading about, we offer interactive craft classes and demonstrations at our Guild area. Leather crafting for children – learn to work with leather and take home your project. Spinning demonstrations and lesson as well as wool and knitting/crochet supplies.

Our daily highlight is Tea with the Queen at 4:00. Have the opportunity to spend time with Her Majesty and enjoy a full tea service including tea, scones, sandwiches and tarts. Each adult guest receives a teapot to take home and children receive a teapot charm.

Guildmaster: Sue Honor

Email: suehonor@pacbell.net

Tea with the Queen



Guild of St. Helena - The Commoner's Guild

St HelenaWe the Common Folk of the Guild of St. Helena’s have set forth upon the city to revel, cavort, caper, parade and otherwise celebrate the visit of our most honor-ed and glorious Queen Elizabeth! We sing, dance, parade, prank, practice our Shakespeare and generally make merry and rejoice with all the visitors to our Port Depford. Our Country folk residents can also be seen crafting, churning butter, feasting, singing and playing in Duckbilled-Nippingshire, the lovely little suburb of West Depford. Come sing, pull a rope, kick a cabbage, work on your prose, throw dice, be a sheep or otherwise frolic with us! This day is ours! Look for the bloomers of the Guild of St. Helena’s. We are an excellent entry into Faire participation, and welcome new members.

Guildmaster: Kevin Wright

Director: Ruthanna Bridges

Email: bruthanna@gmail.com



St IvesThe Guild of St. Ives - The Townsfolke

The Saint Ives Historical Society (Guild of St. Ives) is celebrating its 25th year! As you enter the faire, our townsfolk are busy about their daily activities. Watch our skilled craftspeople as they spin thread, throw pottery, and craft jewelry, and gaze at the flirtatious women on the Bell’s porch. Listen to the sounds of our lusty blacksmiths as they forge hot iron, and the musicians as they play and sing lively Renaissance songs at the Queen’s Cup Tavern. Feel the handwoven wool and linen cloth and braid created in front of you by our master weavers, and take a hand to join in a spontaneous street dance of Sellenger’s Round. Have a word with our street folk, who always have time for a friendly greeting (as well as a ready quip). We are tremendously excited at the prospect of a visit from our beloved Queen, Elizabeth! Smell the fine aroma of sixteenth century baking from our cookyard; do all this, and before you know it, the Guild of St. Ives will have transported you to the streets of Deptford during the Elizabethan Renaissance on the morning of our spring Pleasure Faire…

Visit our website at www.saintives.com

Guildmaster: Donna Flood

Email: dflood@ccis.com


St Ives


St MichaelGuild of St. Michael - The Military

The fierce, hardy soldiers and camp followers are found in this encampment, battling in the Arena, and escorting Her Majesty, The Queen. Stop by before 1:00 PM and your kids can train and march with the Queen's military and even join the show at the Queen's Royal Joust.

Guildmaster: "AJ" Johnson

Email: Aaron_Johnson@verizon.net

St Michael 2


Kids Kingdom 2014Kids' Kingdom

There are wonderful family-friendly activities all over Faire, but nowhere greater than in the magical land known as Kids' Kingdom. Kids of all ages will have an amazing time with games, crafts, story-telling, songs, shows, and our magical Kids' Kingdom characters. Special guests visit Kids' Kingdom throughout the day:  mystical Story Tellers spinning stories older than time, Merlin, direct from the Magic Castle, as well as other favorite characters from traditional storybook tales. Kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun and the magic!
Director: Linda Conley Ballard

Email: gammergosling@gmail.com



Norwich WaitsNorwich Waits

The Southern California Early Music Consort appears as Norwich Waits at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire as the Queen's band and the horse tourney fanfare ensemble. The Norwich Waits celebrates 37 years with the faire in 2012.

Historically, The Norwich Waits was the band that traveled with Queen Elizabeth when she left London on Progress. The group was famous for its collection of the finest musicians in the British Isles.

Our Norwich Waits can be heard performing all the music for the dances of the Royal Court as well as music for the Call O'the Faire & Queen's Show at the Main Stage and the Opening Gate Show at the beginning of every faire day.

Director: Tom Axworthy

Email: scemc@earthlink.net

Norwich Waits 2Norwich Waits 1


PrivateerLogoThe Privateers

Provided with a letter of Marque and in the name of England they have sailed across the seas. Some call them pirates, but they are proud privateers and are of the sea. They have pillaged many a ship for the glory of her Majesty and now return to land with many riches! These old salts are looking to spend in excess on drinks, gambling, company and maybe a few hearty fights. Be wary when one swaggers by, because when a sailor is on leave anything can and will happen.

Make ready your cannons and hail shot!

The Privateers use a mix of historical knowledge and guerrilla improv to create a comedic portrayal of privateering sailors on shore leave.

Director: Jason Sheffey

Email: tellmedark@gmail.com




Pay heed to their stern warnings and colorful preachings against excess fun and frivolity but remember they do not always practice what they preach!
Director: Nick Balbas

Email: nickbalbas@aol.com



Queen's Court 1The Queen's Court

The Queen’s Court is an ensemble group of hearty volunteers who portray the historical characters who were part of Queen Elizabeth’s court during the first 10 years of her reign.  With research, costumes and a visual environment they strive to entertain and create a slice of Elizabethan life for customers and participants alike.  Their main task is to support the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth and they spend many hours in training and rehearsal to achieve this goal with improvisational theatre techniques.

Guildmaster: Terri Casey


Queen's Court



Find the Adventurer in YOU!
Experience an entirely NEW RenQuest! -a bold interactive adventure at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire. RenQuest delights gamers with an abundance of profound and absurd riddles, clues, spells and hunts. Players directly interact with faire performers, artisans and merchants throughout the village. Earn achievements, collect rewards and ultimately test your mental and strategic abilities while questing with the Crew of the Twisted Claw.  Are you brave enough to take on the swashbuckling challenges of RenQuest?
For our younger adventurers, experience KidsQuest. Help our pirates hunt for the lost treasure of the Twisted Claw Armada.

Directors: Amanda Zeller
Email: tba


Saint NicholasSt. Nicholas Home for Wayward Children

Babies built the Renaissance, and at St. Nicholas Home for Wayward Children, you'll meet a menagerie of children wearing authentic Renaissance wear, playing authentic games. The children of the performers become performers themselves as they learn authentic songs and dances, practice for a pageant, do the "washing" and play with the audience. Just remember, keep your fingers out of the cage, and please, don't feed the children!

Director: Kate Knight

Email: Chiquens@gmail.com

St SwithinSt. Swithin's Guild - The Village Mongers

The Mongers Guild portray relentless and determined street merchants who will attempt to sell anything. Barter with a frolicsome fishwife, a clattering tinker, or a bumbling barber-surgeon during morning market for some of the most interesting wares in the village!  And, once a day, they take to the stage with the rollicking faire classic, Pye Powder Court.

Guildmaster: Maggie Hall

Email: magienooni@aol.com



Towne CriersThe Town Criers

The Town Criers of Saint Blaise are known for their boisterous ways. Whether it is ringing bells, frolicking in the streets, crying the news or napping in a pile, the Criers can easily be spied about the Shire in their yellow sashes. Throughout the years, the Criers lead both the Queen and the Lord Mayor to various destinations, as well as delivering the news and gossip of the day. So if you hear our bells and the call of "Make Way!" you know that the excitement is approaching.

Director: Heidi Halsell

Email: heidibug1976@hotmail.com

Town Crier


St MinervaSt Minerva's Washer Women

Caution, you may get wet! - Wit, Water & Song fly freely at the washing well. Laundry, and laughter is the life-blood of these lively women. The Washing Well has been seen as a slice of daily life for the village where women gather to do their wash, gossip, argue and laugh. (photo by John Truong)

Director: Angela Allen

Email: bucketandcudgel@gmail.com



Yeoman wooYeomen of The Queen's Guard

You'll see them on the streets, dashing young gentlemen dressed in bright red. They are England's longest standing military unit, the Yeomen of the Guard. They protect the Queen. They protect the nobles. They hunt for spies. And they woo women, oh do they woo women. You'll find them accompanied by ladies in blue, the Queen's Household. They protect the men, they hunt for husbands, they woo, too. Do not ask them about their jugs. You'll find them all at lunchtime, entertaining her Majesty with fine foods, lovely songs, and stories that might make you laugh. Maybe cry.

Find then on Facebook.

Guildmaster: Gordon Bradley

Email: biggb@jps.net


Yeomen Women

Get Your Coupon
Join our email list
and get exclusive
discount tickets!


Constant Contact
The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area is a United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Facility and a unit of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation System
Website created by Ntelligent Systems Inc.