For only the second time in it’s 23 year history, the ORF had to close due to weather.
Now let me be plain. It was not the rain itself that was the issue. We have been out and playing in the rain and mud and sludge and done it with a smile.
It was the fact that the parking lot had become impassable. It presented a danger to patrons (and their cars) and as such just wasn’t safe. From what I heard we had people waiting at the gate in the downpour to get in regardless.
Still, yesterday was a lot of fun! Pumpkin vs. Watermelon wars is always a big turn out and it’s fun to see the ways in which people choose to align themselves.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Let me explain.
Some Ren Fairs have a fools weekend or something along those lines. It is a chance for the cast to engage in some well meaning anachronisms and decorate themselves in wilder (not necessarily period) garb. Since our festival falls at the end of summer, the Watermelon/Pumpkin is symbolic of the end of summer and beginning of fall. We have a Pumpkin/Watermelon Court, with Queens, Kings, princesses, vizir, master of talents. We dress up in the preferred colors of our chosen gourd and parade around. There is even a “War” where we have sack races, egg toss, all that good stuff. I would love it if we had a watermelon and pumpkin pie eating contest! I should suggest that next year.
We also had a bratwurst eating contest that went down WONDERFULLY! We even came up with a really good idea for next year! Won’t go into it in case it doesn’t happen. But still I hope it does.
The lovely gentlemen at The Lost Viking Hoard http://www.lostvikingshoard.com/
took cast pictures today! I am so excited! They do such wonderful work and are so fantastic to do this for people.
Just as a quick extra, this is what ORF looked at by 4 p.m. this Sunday.
By the Y Bridge
-The Aleing Knight Pub
What better way to celebrate Romance Weekend than with an interview from The Other Woman, Scarlet Lattaire!
How long have you been known as Scarlet Lettaire?
Where did you get your start?
I did my first commercial when I was 6 mths old and continued from there. I started doing standup when I was around 23. I got my first ren gig when I auditioned for a three part girl group in Toronto and was cast as Charity in the limeybirds. I performed with them for 7 years.
Were you nervous when you first had a stage show?
Not really. I had been performing for sooo long. My First solo Scarlett show was another matter. It was ALL me and I’d written it in three days. I’d gone to Arizona to bartend and found out when I got there that my visa wouldn’t Allow me to have an hourly wage Job. So the E.D. Offered me A stage spot… And Scarlett was born.
How many venues do you preform at?
Differs every year. Sometimes four or five long run shows per year, sometimes 7 or 8 shorter or one weekend shows.
Which is your favorite?
ORF. I LOVE performing here. Louisiana, cause I love new Orleans, Arizona cause its soo beautiful… Wherever I am is my Favourite.
What is the most difficult thing about being a Renny Stage Preformer?
Hmmm. It’s a lot of work. Unlike being in a theatre you don’t have a stage manager, and everything Is subjective to change. Unlike being in one location, you don’t have an agent.., so you have to do all your own bookings, accounting, contracts etc. I guess what I’m trying to Say is that you are responsible for everything. Especially in a solo show.
What is the BEST part about being a Renny Stage Preformer?
Everything. The people you meet, the freedom, the travel.., I get to do what I love. Perform. Very few people can actually make a living doing what I do.
Is there any advice you would give to people interested in performing at a Ren Fair?
Sooo much. There is so much you Learn just from trial and error. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I guess with patience. It takes a long time to build a rep, and book a full year. So you better be willing to work a shop or kitchen in your off times.
Did you know that some people have no idea that Ren Fairs have stage shows!?
Crazy!!! I know people think we all travel around together like a circus.
Like a bunch of educated carnies.
I may have little hands, but I don’t smell like cabbage!
Anything else you would like to say to people curious about life as a Renny?
There is an utopia. It does exist. There are drum jams and pot lucks and the best people on earth!
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