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July 2008

Friday, July 25 2008

5:26 PM - (from 2008) DMRF Acting Workshops: August 3rd, August 22nd 2008 (posted by Webmaster)
The next two acting/training/orientation workshops--for merchants, performers, newbie volunteers and auditionees--for the DES MOINES RENAISSANCE FAIRE will be August 3rd (sunday) and August 22nd (friday). Both are set for 5:30pm in the Feasting Hall at the festival site, just behind Sleepy Hollow Sports Park. Leave your vehicle up front by the Sleepy Hollow buildings and walk (between the batting cages and Go-Kart track) to the south end of that open field. There you will see the big steel brown bridge leading into Festival Park (Canterbury-on-Sherwood).

This will be a shorter session than the first one with probably fewer people. All are welcome, even if you attended the first session. This should be mostly new stuff. If we haven't met, yet, make sure you get a one-on-one with me before you leave that night. Just in case - I'll have a sign-up sheet there in order to get ALL of your contact info & comments/questions.

This is going to be the biggest cast, the largest attendance and the best presented festival grounds that we've had, so far. We are all excited about taking the Faire to the next level WITH YOUR HELP. So, the more training that inhibited merchants and actors get == the better.

If you can help get posters and flyers out (in August) in your neighborhood, place of business, school or organization please let me know at greg at with a cc to mxknkl at

See you soon,

Gregory Schmidt
aka Sir William Rogers

Wednesday, July 9 2008

9:28 PM - Character Workshop/Auditions - THIS SATURDAY (July 12th) (posted by Webmaster)
This saturday (July 12th) starting at 1pm in the Feasting Hall at the festival site {Festival Park - "Canterbury-on-Sherwood"} we will be holding the first orientation meeting for new volunteers, apprentice actors, developing village characters, and act auditions. The location is behind Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, which is at 4051 Dean Avenue. Park at the Sports Park and walk back between the batting cages and Go-Cart track (to the south) to find the large brown steel bridge to the festival site. The Feasting Hall is the large open-air shelterhouse-type of structure facing you from the center of the grounds after you enter the front gates.

This is basically a workshop on getting many more of our shy and reserved participants "up to speed" on inter-acting with the public. Part of the session will be a basic 'Welcome & Introduction' -- part will be a workshop on costuming & character development -- part will be a fun theater games experience -- and part will be a 'Questions & Answers'. The final portion of the session (2:30 to 3:00pm) will be spent allowing new acts or solo performers to audition for possible stage shows or major village character roles.

It is imperative that everyone attending fill out the Sign-Up Sheet with ALL of your contact information. It is also requested that you inform us if you have any specific talents, goals or interests in getting involved.

*There might be another workshop session in August (date not yet set). If you are interested in participating in the Renaissance faire, this year, and wanted to attend another workshop or can't get to this one - -PLEASE stay in contact with Gregory Schmidt at or Tel. #641-357-5177.

Saturday, July 5 2008

2:04 PM - June 29th Stage Combat Workshop recap (photos soon). (posted by Webmaster)
Congratulations to the individuals who participated in the Stage Combat Workshop on June 29th! The day started out cloudy with the possibility of rain, but ended up being sunny and warm, a perfect day to work outside. The workshop students were an enthusiastic bunch and quickly progressed from training weapons to working with live steel blades. By the end of the day a few students were working with longsword blades and bucklers (small shields). If there other interested individuals who missed the workshop, keep checking the website for anouncements on the possibility of a another stage combat workshop.