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Participate in Entertainment

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.

Guilds

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.

Theme Characters

Actors are 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.

Entertainment Workshops and Registration

  • Registration begins with a general meeting at 9:00AM sharp on Saturday, August 28th
    at main stage.
  • Workshops will immediately follow and continue August 29th, September 4th & 5th.
    (If you are unable to attend on the 28th, new applicants may still register by 10:00am on the 29th or 4th at the latest.)
  • All cast members are required to attend mandatory rehearsals September 11th & 12th.

All prospective performers must register in person and attend a specified number of workshops. Participants will receive a guideline of required workshops. Workshops are provided free of charge. They are informal, fun and brief. These workshops will guide prospective performers on appropriate costuming, language, and improvisation.

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes, a hat, and closed toed walking shoes. Bring a folding or lawn chair, a lunch, water, and sunscreen. On most weekends sandwiches and snacks are available to purchase on site.

Costume approval is required.
All participants must adhere to the costume guidelines of the Entertainment Department. Workshops will outline the costume guidelines.

2010 Workshop Schedule and Descriptions - COMING SOON

Entertainment Registration Form


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