Entertainment at the Faire

Travel back to 13th Century England! Marvel at the colorful pageantry of costumed villagers, artisan and musicians, and laugh and gasp with the merry entertainers and skilled daredevils on the stages! Come share the music, and thrill at exciting presentations and events - great entertainment for all ages and enjoyment for the entire family awaits at The Great Lakes Medieval Faire!

Actors, dancers, and general merry-makers!
Interested in being part of our in-house cast?
Check out the 2016 Audition Information!

Performers at the 2015 Faire include:

Washing Well Wenches They're wet! They're wacky! Come see medieval girls gone wild! (In a clean way.. what were you thinking? Shame!) The Washing Well Wenches bring us "good clean fun and wet, dirty women"!
Johnny Phoenix The show is called Johnny Phoenix, comedy for a world on fire! To quote Johnny, "It mixes interactive comedy, variety arts (fire eating, whip work, and fire walk) with performance arts and stand-up comedy. Its message is strong and rooted in humanity."
Danger Slash Action-Hero-Comedian Spencer "Slash" Humm presents the most dangerous act at the Faire with feats of balance, precision knife throwing, bullwhip stunts, comedy and more. It's like the Oprah Winfrey show, but without Oprah or her show.
Broon 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.
Note: Appearing the first three weekends (July 11th - 26th), only
StickBow Archery Master archery experts David Ruff and Caitlyn bring forth an award-winning display of archery prowess. Introducing this year: the Archery Trick Shooting show - displays & feats made famous by masters of old, combined with a dash of humor and modern flair.
Living Combat
Chess Match
Sword and axes clash as the forces of White and Black fight for each precious square. Cheer your side to victory at this Battle Royale! A main event not to be missed - only one show daily.
Highland Games Join the fun! All are welcome to participate or just watch these challenging traditional Scottish Highland games. Prizes will be awarded to the winners at each show!

Adamo Ignis A top-notch juggling, stilt-walking, fireshow!
Joffrey Behold giant Joffrey as he plays twisted tunes upon instruments strange. Don't let his song of boogers get stuck in thy head! Jeff has performed many venues on stilts, ranging from the floor of the NY stock exchange to a "Dutch" theme park in Japan. He has performed at renaissance festivals around the country for over 15 years. Joffrey will be in the lanes to amuse and delight you with his songs and humorous wit.
Note: Appearing the first four weekends (July 11th - 26th), only
The Rogue Flames The Rogue Flames are a pirate show like none other! Fire breathing, sword fighting, and witty quick banter come together to form the slide-splitting, death-defying, flaming act you see before you!
Note: Appearing the final two weekends (Aug. 8th - 16th), only
Hopeless Romantics He's back! Come hear Master Story-teller Guido Libido tell the "real" version of your favorite love tragedies, like Romeo & Juliet or Adam & Eve, in a way you've never heard before...or will want to ever again. Guido's been been "Making Love Funny" for over 10 years at Festivals across the country with an interactive comedy that involves the audience and is never the same show twice. And new this year - Guido will share his personal stories of LOVE! (...and, ah, Tragedy.)
Note: Appearing the last three weekends (Aug. 1st - 16th), only
Fool Hearty These traveling court jesters will delight you with three separate Shows: Fool's School (Learn how to be a Fool, or how to look like one!); The Untrained Dog Show (Come see Border Collies Blockhead and Polka Dot in this comedy dogshow); and Magic Show (Audience participation - your child could be the star!). Winner, Best Children's Act or Performance from Renaissance Magazine, three years running!
Note: Appearing the final four weekends (July 26th - Aug. 16th), only
Isaac Fawlkes My name is Isaac Fawlkes and I'm here to "magish" for you. Aren't you glad I'm not a Wizard?
Note: Appearing the first three weekends (July 11th - 26th), only
The Dueling Fools Sir George Silver and Rocco Bonetti were actual historical figures from the 16th century. Both were believed by separate parties to have the best skills with a blade, however, a duel never took place between them to determine who was better. Until now! The Dueling Fools present an encounter between these two great swordsmen in a stage show full of humor, clever wordplay, and of course, sword fighting!
Note: Appearing the second, third, and fourth weekend (July 18th - Aug. 1st), only
Whiplash O'Reilly Whips, Knives, and Fun.

Musical offerings:

Axel the Sot Heard on DOCTOR DEMENTO!
ALL HANDS ON DECK! for your favorite Drunken Sailor AXEL THE SOT! He's just come ashore from sailing the seven seas and he's brought back a BOATLOAD of COMEDY to share. Climb aboard 4 times daily for his NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY PUB SHOW at the GLMF ADULT AREA!! Get "Ship-Faced" with Axel as he brings you Outrageous Songs, Inappropriate Jokes, and Embarrassing Limericks. This Seasoned & Salty Sailor's Off-Brand Humor will make you BLUSH (all four cheeks)!
First 2 Shows Rated PG-13+; Last 2 Shows Rated R
Silent Lion Intense instrumentals and lyrics of a Medieval mysticism reveal Silent Lion to be genuinely enchanted. Spirited and romantic or passionate and brooding, Silent Lion will bring you into their own magical world.
Rio Blue See his antics as he provides percussive accompaniment at the Chess Match and at other village events throughout the day.
Rogues of Rafferty You won't want to miss this duo of rough & ready rogues! Rogues Riff and Rough put a new spin on traditional Celtic melodies. Every performance is an interactive party with this comedic duo. Their upbeat, harmonic blend and witty banter will leave you wanting more.
Note: Appearing the final three weekends (Aug. 1st - 16th), only
The Plunder Doggs Join this crew of scallywags as they perform sea shanties, pirate songs, and traditional Irish and sailing songs; combined with comedy and story-telling.
Captain John Stout With one foot on land and one on sea, this Ancient Bard for a Modern Age is ready to get your blood pounding, your foot tapping, your heart singing, and your imagination wandering with song and story! Come and take a trip across time and space with this minstrel of the mythical and mundane, as he weaves music both invigorating and soothing and all the while captivating with his ever-growing collection of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, American, and Australian Folk Music as well as his Sea Shanties to awaiting audiences!

Cu Dubh This Bagpipe and drum band will entrance and uplift you with their wonderful music!
Terry Griffith,
the Irish Troubadour
Terry is able to make an audience laugh with songs of Irish humor and then weep with ballads that touch the soul. His guitar melds with his voice to create one instrument that stirs the imagination and captures the heart.
Michael Manderen Be swept away by the melodious tunes of our Medieval Minstrel, played on lute and viola da gamba as he meanders through our magical lanes.
Barrett the Bagpiper Through the lanes of the shire this wandering piper roams, and the melodies of the Highlands will be heard by all.
Note: Appearing the final weekend, August 15th-16th, only
Roxanne Bruscha
of Wine and Alchemy
Roxanne is a diverse performer bringing a variety of world and celtic music to her performances. As the lead singer of Wine and Alchemy and of Tarragar, she plays Harmonium and the Hurdy Gurdy, and performs songs in several languages as well.
Banish Misfortune Enjoy the guitar, drums, and violin as Banish Misfortune provide all manner of shanties and Celtic tunes
Judy Frahm,
the Village Fiddler
Nimble fingers and a dazzling array of melodies graciously come from Lady Judy and her violin. Sure to enchant and mesmerize one and all throughout the shire. Come and listen wherever you find her playing either alone, or with others, and you surely will not be disappointed.
Barby Holder Barby Holder will entrance you with ballads presented in her stirring voice and unique guitar arrangements. Original songs and old tunes will keep you smiling and singing along! Her hammered dulcimer arrangements are amazing to the eye and delightful to the ear.
Note: Appearing the first three weekends (July 11th - 26th), only
Sovereign and Farthing Choir Enjoy the acapella sound of our street cast
Phoenix Players Dance & Scenario Follow the story of the Prince and the Pauper, presented by our street cast. (Watch carefully for the switch!)

Encampments and Laneways:

The Great American
Family Circus
Circus under the big top: animal rides, donkey wagon rides, and unicorn sideshow, every weekend of faire!
Live Mermaid Encounter     Meet our live mermaids, Gem and Daisy, brought to the village by pirates
Viking Encampment Experience the Viking Life with The Practical Viking
Pirate Encampment A crew of adventurous, fun-loving souls, lookin' to raid and duel - brought to you by Harlot's Virtue.
On Pirate's Weekend (July 25-26th) they'll be joined by special guest Raiders of the North Shore
The Soothsayer Description coming soon...!

For the Wee Ones:

Butterflies Encounter Come frolic with our butterflies - learn about their habitats and feed them as they land on your hand. A must-see for every child.
Fairie Forest The Temenos Fairie Fae will enlighten you all day and present the Fairie Tales Show twice daily. Come stare into the Magic Mirror as it tests your wits - it's great fun for children of any age.
Fairie Games and Crafts Perfect for kids of all ages! Come join the faeries in Arcadia, our Fairie Forest, and create magical paper masks, wands and more.
Pirate's Cover Pirate Ship    Beware - here be real, live pirates, so enter at your own risk...
Storytelling Tree Mother Maggie tells tales of old
King's Miniature Golf Test your skills and compete for best daily score
Rides & Games Kids' Swordplay Ring, Knight Toss and many other games to enjoy
Gypsy Scavenger Hunt Seek, and ye will find!

Please note: All entertainment is subject to change without notice

Questions about Entertainment at the Faire?
Contact our Entertainment Director at entertainment@medievalfaire.com

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