Entertainment

See some of the best local and regional acts, as well as some of the best entertainment from Renaissance Faires throughout the midwest.

Are you a performer new or experienced? Click here to learn how you can get involved. We had a wonderful cast for 2016 and plans for 2017 are in the works. Keep an eye on this page for updates to our performer list.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

Week 1 Entertainment

September 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2017

On Stage:
Bardmageddon
Bawdy Buccaneers

Dazzling Swordplay and Witty Comedy!
The Bawdy Buccaneers get the crowd laughing and cheering with flashy sword battles, sharp humor, and audience participation.
This group of sassy pirates has been bringing the battle of the sexes to a whole new level at festivals all over the nation since 2009.

Better than Nun

Some women are born nuns. Some women achieve nunhood. But we, we had nunhood thrust upon us. Who are we? Originally from St. Louis and appearing all across the Midwest, we are Sisters Temperance and Prudence, the Sisters of Perpetual Motion, Better than Nun! If you like your music irreverent, if you like your jokes groan worthy, if you like drinking at 10 AM on a Sunday, have we got a show for you! Come indulge in some bad habits with Better Than Nun!

Clearly Guilty

There is only one word that describes Clearly Guilty’s music: Nerdy. And Purdy. Two words. There are only TWO words that describe Clearly Guilty’s music: Nerdy and Purdy. And Dirty. Three words.
Clearly Guilty: Nerdy, Purdy, and Dirty.
(Also Geeky, Funny, Science-y, Absurd, Delightfully Inappropriate, and Rutabaga)

Danza Mystique

Danza Mystique is a one of a kind troupe that brings the magic of dance to life. Versed in a variety of belly dance styles, the group conjures an atmosphere that is both entertaining and magical. While the dance alone might be enough, Danza Mystique mixes in humor, fire, a duet between dancer and serpent and many more surprises. This is a special performance that is sure to enchant and delight. Our dancers believe that the most important part of the show is audience participation where we invite everyone to share in the fun. So come, join us and believe in magic again.

Dirty Laundry: A Washer Well Comedy
Evengard Improv

evengardimprov.com
Their blitzkrieg style of improvisational theater has made them one of the premier improv groups at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Nebraska Renaissance Faire, and many others throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Their comedy is always entertaining and safe for all ages.

Have Court, Will Travel

This sixteenth century English Riding Court is portrayed by experienced reenactor’s, all dressed in the sumptuous costumes of the renaissance. An award winning ensemble, HCWT has been seen at the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow, the Door County Renaissance Fantasy Faire, the Dubuque Renaissance Faire and Iowa Renaissance Faire, as well as at schools, colleges and libraries across the midwest. Audiences can get up close and personal with the court members by taking part in period dances, participating in question and answer sessions and even be knighted by the King!

Joust Evolution

JoustEvolution is Iowa’s own professional joust team and is completing its 10th year of performances. These knights have battled throughout Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois and all across the Midwest.

Each performance provides entertainment for every person in the audience. JoustEvolution is as much known for its humor and unpredictability as it is for the dramatic action on the field. So, whether your champion is the steadfast hero or the sinister villain, you will be on the edge of your seat until victory has been claimed.

Molotov

For over a decade, Molotov has been entertaining at renaissance festivals all over the United States. His style of comedy combines wit, audience interaction, and the guts to do some really stupid stuff, like set himself on fire, stick a sword down his throat, and try to impress women with poetry!

Orckes and Trolles

Orckes & Trolles is a high-energy acoustic group that performs Irish drinking songs, contemporary tunes, and everything in between. They have been performing at Renaissance faires and other local venues for 25 years! At the faire, they will be playing pirate songs and Celtic songs you can sing and dance to. Eye patches or kilts not required! Find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/orckesandtrolles.

Pirates Inc.

“Drinking Songs? CHECK!
Rowdy Fight songs? CHECK!
Pirates? DOUBLE CHECK!
This group of musical pirates bring songs ranging from ballad to bar song and quite an assortment of original music as well. Get ready for a show for everyone!”

Punch and Judy
Sons of the Mist

Since their start in 2009, The Sons of the Mist have been bringing the Highlands of Scotland to life with history and comedy all over Iowa with their own brand of humour and swordplay. With a different show every season you’ll always see and learn something new! Come for the Kilts, stay for the Swords!

The Mez

Using the powers of hypnosis, The Mez will probe the limits of the subconscious minds of his volunteers who willingly submit themselves to be placed under his authority and control. There is no script. No one, not even The Mez ever knows for sure what will happen next. It’s situational comedy at its best. If you have ever wanted to be hypnotized and if you are brave enough, you can volunteer to be entranced by The Mez and let him have his way with you. It’s a family friendly show that you must see to believe.

William and Blackjack

Families throughout the Midwest love the William and Blackjack Show. Come see this storytelling bard and participate in his interactive stories. But most of all, come see the REAL star of the show, Blackjack the Dragon. Find out the true story of how William came to be friends with Midnight, the dancing stick. See if you are brave enough to sleep at Grandpa’s Castle, or face the Dragon with the One Black Eye. Sometimes we will be in for a treat when the Ogres of the Deep Dark Forest dance for us. Join William in Looking for Dragon Eggs, and finding pirate treasure. Catch William between shows and ask for a Magic Dragon Bubble. Children have been collecting these rare dragon artifacts for over 15 years. See you at the Faire.

 

Lane Performers:
Forking Queen
Jaden the Scottish Warrior

Battle Worn Highland Mercenary
Born a royal, trained as a knight.
After seeing his family lands destroyed by war. Jaden set out to travel through the lands for himself with no oath to a king or country.
He searches for those who are in need of his skills and willing to pay for them. May it be on the battlefield defending a castle, in a village warding off pirates or escorting royalty safely to their destination.
Jadens only allegiance now belongs to the one who shall pay the most in gold.

Rachel the Harpist

Rachel Shapiro began learning to play the harp at age eight, under the instruction of Laura Erickson. She has been studying with Mrs. Erickson for ten years. During this time, she has volunteered to play at numerous retirement homes in the Des Moines area, and has been hired to play for weddings and other private events. Rachel has also been a member of the Lyric Harp Ensemble for four years, an ensemble which performs at retirement homes and other venues during the holiday season and St. Patrick’s Day. Rachel has appeared with the Lyric Harp Ensemble at the Salisbury House’s annual “Holly & Ivy” event on multiple occasions, as well as with the Iowa Youth Choir in their 2013 holiday concert. She also played in Waukee High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in October 2014, and she studied harp at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan with Jaqueline Pollauf. Rachel is currently studying music and pre-medicine at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Shaylee the Fluting Faery

Do you hear bells? What about a flute? It could be coming from Shaylee Piper, fluting faery and infamous jingler. Since 2007, Shaylee has brought joy to children and adults at festivals in Nebraska and Iowa with her bells, her flutes, and her charming personality. She encourages people to dance with her catchy Irish tunes, played on a range of flutes and tin whistles. In past years, you may have seen her playing for the queen of the faeries herself. Children (and adults) who are brave enough to approach this red-capped faery for a dance or a conversation are often rewarded with treasures straight from Neverland. It’s said that these treasures ward off nightmares. When not playing her flutes for whomever will listen, Shaylee can be found around the festival making mischief. She is not difficult to find, as the sound of bells and chimes accompanies her wherever she goes.

Siren Stephanie d’flute

Siren Stefanie d’ flute has been performing at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire for 10 years. She began as a fairy with the enchanted realm, playing flute in the lanes and for the fairy dance. Her character has grown and transitioned, becoming a lady in order to play music for Have Court Will Travel. You might find her in a bright, cheerful fairy dress, flitting about the village in billowing wings, or you might see her dressed as a lady, sedately making music in the lanes. The mellow sound of the flute provides a subtle background track to the day, adding to the atmosphere of our medieval village. She loves it when the sound of the flute brings a smile to the face of our village guests. Lady Stefanie’s favorite part of her time at the festival has been the excitement and challenge of researching and rehearsing new music, the magic of having another musician stop and jam in the lanes with her, and seeing that music can bring enjoyment and peace to not only the musician, but to everyone whose heart is touched by a song.

  Starboard Stocks

Starboard Stocks, founded in 2010 and formerly known as both A Helping Hand Mercenary Guild and Humiliation For Hire, have quickly built up a reputation as the best group of Pirate Pillory Proprietors in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: as long as they can put people in the stocks, they don’t have to go in themselves. Along the way, if they can earn a bit of coin and have some fun in the process, all the better. Come see them at a fair near you, and find out firsthand why your freedom isn’t free.

Titania’s Fairies

Faerie Queen Titania was first discovered wandering in the Middle Amana Colony of Iowa along with King Oberon, Princess Lily and Princes Argentum and Thistlefew. They then played in Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa. In 2007, King Oberon returned to the Faerie Realm. And Faerie Queen Titania and the children had a wondrous tree house built at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire to honor his passing from the mortal realm. Today the Princes have moved on to other pursuits while Titania and Lily continue to bring delight and magic to children and adults, in the area. A few various other fae have joined the Royal Court. The Lady Acacia – Sister to Titania. This year we will have an even bigger and better Faerie Court joining us this year are Arachne, Foxfire, Wildfire, Azura, Mariposa, Lilac Wisteria, Galaxie, Octavia, Rain, Kitty and Captain Squeaky, The Duck Faerie to name a few who will fill out our ranks making this year the biggest year ever for the Faeries!

Living History:
Free Company of the White Stag

The Free Company of the White Stag is a family friendly non-profit organization that focuses on historical re-enactment and Historical European Martial Arts. We bring this to life in our living history encampment by offering demos on blacksmithing, children’s crafts, and tent living quarters. We also offer live steel swordfighting, where we bring to life the martial arts as shown in Historical texts dating back to the 13th Century.

Olskipan

We are Olskipan Vikings. A viking encampment that shows a day in the life of the seafaring Vikings. We focus on education of the viking daily life. Some of the highlights of our camp are the storybooks around camp which tell of the history, life and legacy of the Vikings. We also tell stories and give the children souvenirs so they remember their time at our camp.

Skjaldborg

Skjaldborg was founded in 1994 as a Living History and Live, Steel Combat group. We are all free men and women doing our very best to educate the public, as well as, entertain them with our combat demonstrations. We have grown substantially over the years and have over a hundred members in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, with many more to come.

Sons of Valhalla

Week 2 Entertainment

September 9th-10th, 2017

On Stage:
  3 Pints Gone

3 Pints Gone plays Celtic traditional-style folk songs and sea shanties at bars, Celtic fairs and events around the country. Their distinctive sound is full of high energy and harmony-rich arrangements.

Bawdy Buccaneers

Dazzling Swordplay and Witty Comedy!
The Bawdy Buccaneers get the crowd laughing and cheering with flashy sword battles, sharp humor, and audience participation.
This group of sassy pirates has been bringing the battle of the sexes to a whole new level at festivals all over the nation since 2009.

Better than Nun

Some women are born nuns. Some women achieve nunhood. But we, we had nunhood thrust upon us. Who are we? Originally from St. Louis and appearing all across the Midwest, we are Sisters Temperance and Prudence, the Sisters of Perpetual Motion, Better than Nun! If you like your music irreverent, if you like your jokes groan worthy, if you like drinking at 10 AM on a Sunday, have we got a show for you! Come indulge in some bad habits with Better Than Nun!

Danza Mystique

Danza Mystique is a one of a kind troupe that brings the magic of dance to life. Versed in a variety of belly dance styles, the group conjures an atmosphere that is both entertaining and magical. While the dance alone might be enough, Danza Mystique mixes in humor, fire, a duet between dancer and serpent and many more surprises. This is a special performance that is sure to enchant and delight. Our dancers believe that the most important part of the show is audience participation where we invite everyone to share in the fun. So come, join us and believe in magic again.

Dirty Laundry: A Washer Well Comedy
Evengard Improv

evengardimprov.com
Their blitzkrieg style of improvisational theater has made them one of the premier improv groups at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Nebraska Renaissance Faire, and many others throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Their comedy is always entertaining and safe for all ages.

Have Court, Will Travel

This sixteenth century English Riding Court is portrayed by experienced reenactor’s, all dressed in the sumptuous costumes of the renaissance. An award winning ensemble, HCWT has been seen at the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow, the Door County Renaissance Fantasy Faire, the Dubuque Renaissance Faire and Iowa Renaissance Faire, as well as at schools, colleges and libraries across the midwest. Audiences can get up close and personal with the court members by taking part in period dances, participating in question and answer sessions and even be knighted by the King!

Joust Evolution

JoustEvolution is Iowa’s own professional joust team and is completing its 10th year of performances. These knights have battled throughout Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois and all across the Midwest.

Each performance provides entertainment for every person in the audience. JoustEvolution is as much known for its humor and unpredictability as it is for the dramatic action on the field. So, whether your champion is the steadfast hero or the sinister villain, you will be on the edge of your seat until victory has been claimed.

Molotov

For over a decade, Molotov has been entertaining at renaissance festivals all over the United States. His style of comedy combines wit, audience interaction, and the guts to do some really stupid stuff, like set himself on fire, stick a sword down his throat, and try to impress women with poetry!

Musical Blades

Since the turn of the century, this fearless band of misfit rogues has been terrorizing and delighting the Midwest with a unique blend of hilarity and harmonies. The Musical Blades have spent the last 15 years bringing soaring vocals and vibrant, energetic performances to countless Renaissance festivals and clubs in 12 states across the country’s midsection.

Orckes and Trolles

Orckes & Trolles is a high-energy acoustic group that performs Irish drinking songs, contemporary tunes, and everything in between. They have been performing at Renaissance faires and other local venues for 25 years! At the faire, they will be playing pirate songs and Celtic songs you can sing and dance to. Eye patches or kilts not required! Find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/orckesandtrolles.

Punch and Judy
Sons of the Mist

Since their start in 2009, The Sons of the Mist have been bringing the Highlands of Scotland to life with history and comedy all over Iowa with their own brand of humour and swordplay. With a different show every season you’ll always see and learn something new! Come for the Kilts, stay for the Swords!

The Mez

Using the powers of hypnosis, The Mez will probe the limits of the subconscious minds of his volunteers who willingly submit themselves to be placed under his authority and control. There is no script. No one, not even The Mez ever knows for sure what will happen next. It’s situational comedy at its best. If you have ever wanted to be hypnotized and if you are brave enough, you can volunteer to be entranced by The Mez and let him have his way with you. It’s a family friendly show that you must see to believe.

William and Blackjack

Families throughout the Midwest love the William and Blackjack Show. Come see this storytelling bard and participate in his interactive stories. But most of all, come see the REAL star of the show, Blackjack the Dragon. Find out the true story of how William came to be friends with Midnight, the dancing stick. See if you are brave enough to sleep at Grandpa’s Castle, or face the Dragon with the One Black Eye. Sometimes we will be in for a treat when the Ogres of the Deep Dark Forest dance for us. Join William in Looking for Dragon Eggs, and finding pirate treasure. Catch William between shows and ask for a Magic Dragon Bubble. Children have been collecting these rare dragon artifacts for over 15 years. See you at the Faire.

White Rose Players

The White Rose Players provokes thought, discourse, and action in the communities we serve through original, devised, and adapted plays. Representing the Players at The Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow are Brandon Brockshus, Kitty Corum, and Michael Wilkerson. Brandon is a theatre professional based in Stratford, Iowa and recognized Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) actor/combatant. Kitty is a theatre student in Missouri and recognized SAFD advanced actor/combatant. Michael is a fight enthusiast based in Ames, Iowa. The White Rose Players will thrill you with live stage combat in the thoroughfares and combat workshops on the English Castle Main Stage. brockshustheatre.com

 

Lane Performers:
Forking Queen
Jaden the Scottish Warrior

Battle Worn Highland Mercenary
Born a royal, trained as a knight.
After seeing his family lands destroyed by war. Jaden set out to travel through the lands for himself with no oath to a king or country.
He searches for those who are in need of his skills and willing to pay for them. May it be on the battlefield defending a castle, in a village warding off pirates or escorting royalty safely to their destination.
Jadens only allegiance now belongs to the one who shall pay the most in gold.

Rachel the Harpist

Rachel Shapiro began learning to play the harp at age eight, under the instruction of Laura Erickson. She has been studying with Mrs. Erickson for ten years. During this time, she has volunteered to play at numerous retirement homes in the Des Moines area, and has been hired to play for weddings and other private events. Rachel has also been a member of the Lyric Harp Ensemble for four years, an ensemble which performs at retirement homes and other venues during the holiday season and St. Patrick’s Day. Rachel has appeared with the Lyric Harp Ensemble at the Salisbury House’s annual “Holly & Ivy” event on multiple occasions, as well as with the Iowa Youth Choir in their 2013 holiday concert. She also played in Waukee High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in October 2014, and she studied harp at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan with Jaqueline Pollauf. Rachel is currently studying music and pre-medicine at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Shaylee the Fluting Faery

Do you hear bells? What about a flute? It could be coming from Shaylee Piper, fluting faery and infamous jingler. Since 2007, Shaylee has brought joy to children and adults at festivals in Nebraska and Iowa with her bells, her flutes, and her charming personality. She encourages people to dance with her catchy Irish tunes, played on a range of flutes and tin whistles. In past years, you may have seen her playing for the queen of the faeries herself. Children (and adults) who are brave enough to approach this red-capped faery for a dance or a conversation are often rewarded with treasures straight from Neverland. It’s said that these treasures ward off nightmares. When not playing her flutes for whomever will listen, Shaylee can be found around the festival making mischief. She is not difficult to find, as the sound of bells and chimes accompanies her wherever she goes.

Siren Stephanie d’flute

Siren Stefanie d’ flute has been performing at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire for 10 years. She began as a fairy with the enchanted realm, playing flute in the lanes and for the fairy dance. Her character has grown and transitioned, becoming a lady in order to play music for Have Court Will Travel. You might find her in a bright, cheerful fairy dress, flitting about the village in billowing wings, or you might see her dressed as a lady, sedately making music in the lanes. The mellow sound of the flute provides a subtle background track to the day, adding to the atmosphere of our medieval village. She loves it when the sound of the flute brings a smile to the face of our village guests. Lady Stefanie’s favorite part of her time at the festival has been the excitement and challenge of researching and rehearsing new music, the magic of having another musician stop and jam in the lanes with her, and seeing that music can bring enjoyment and peace to not only the musician, but to everyone whose heart is touched by a song.

  Starboard Stocks

Starboard Stocks, founded in 2010 and formerly known as both A Helping Hand Mercenary Guild and Humiliation For Hire, have quickly built up a reputation as the best group of Pirate Pillory Proprietors in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: as long as they can put people in the stocks, they don’t have to go in themselves. Along the way, if they can earn a bit of coin and have some fun in the process, all the better. Come see them at a fair near you, and find out firsthand why your freedom isn’t free.

Titania’s Fairies

Faerie Queen Titania was first discovered wandering in the Middle Amana Colony of Iowa along with King Oberon, Princess Lily and Princes Argentum and Thistlefew. They then played in Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa. In 2007, King Oberon returned to the Faerie Realm. And Faerie Queen Titania and the children had a wondrous tree house built at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire to honor his passing from the mortal realm. Today the Princes have moved on to other pursuits while Titania and Lily continue to bring delight and magic to children and adults, in the area. A few various other fae have joined the Royal Court. The Lady Acacia – Sister to Titania. This year we will have an even bigger and better Faerie Court joining us this year are Arachne, Foxfire, Wildfire, Azura, Mariposa, Lilac Wisteria, Galaxie, Octavia, Rain, Kitty and Captain Squeaky, The Duck Faerie to name a few who will fill out our ranks making this year the biggest year ever for the Faeries!

 Bag Piper Mark Hurm 

 

Living History:
Free Company of the White Stag

The Free Company of the White Stag is a family friendly non-profit organization that focuses on historical re-enactment and Historical European Martial Arts. We bring this to life in our living history encampment by offering demos on blacksmithing, children’s crafts, and tent living quarters. We also offer live steel swordfighting, where we bring to life the martial arts as shown in Historical texts dating back to the 13th Century.

Olskipan

We are Olskipan Vikings. A viking encampment that shows a day in the life of the seafaring Vikings. We focus on education of the viking daily life. Some of the highlights of our camp are the storybooks around camp which tell of the history, life and legacy of the Vikings. We also tell stories and give the children souvenirs so they remember their time at our camp.

Medieval & Renaissance Society
Sons of Valhalla

 

 

Week 3 Entertainment

September 16th-17th, 2017

On Stage:

Molotov

For over a decade, Molotov has been entertaining at renaissance festivals all over the United States. His style of comedy combines wit, audience interaction, and the guts to do some really stupid stuff, like set himself on fire, stick a sword down his throat, and try to impress women with poetry!

Bawdy Buccaneers

Dazzling Swordplay and Witty Comedy!
The Bawdy Buccaneers get the crowd laughing and cheering with flashy sword battles, sharp humor, and audience participation.
This group of sassy pirates has been bringing the battle of the sexes to a whole new level at festivals all over the nation since 2009.

Better than Nun

Some women are born nuns. Some women achieve nunhood. But we, we had nunhood thrust upon us. Who are we? Originally from St. Louis and appearing all across the Midwest, we are Sisters Temperance and Prudence, the Sisters of Perpetual Motion, Better than Nun! If you like your music irreverent, if you like your jokes groan worthy, if you like drinking at 10 AM on a Sunday, have we got a show for you! Come indulge in some bad habits with Better Than Nun!

 

Clearly Guilty

There is only one word that describes Clearly Guilty’s music: Nerdy. And Purdy. Two words. There are only TWO words that describe Clearly Guilty’s music: Nerdy and Purdy. And Dirty. Three words.
Clearly Guilty: Nerdy, Purdy, and Dirty.
(Also Geeky, Funny, Science-y, Absurd, Delightfully Inappropriate, and Rutabaga)

Danza Mystique

Danza Mystique is a one of a kind troupe that brings the magic of dance to life. Versed in a variety of belly dance styles, the group conjures an atmosphere that is both entertaining and magical. While the dance alone might be enough, Danza Mystique mixes in humor, fire, a duet between dancer and serpent and many more surprises. This is a special performance that is sure to enchant and delight. Our dancers believe that the most important part of the show is audience participation where we invite everyone to share in the fun. So come, join us and believe in magic again.

Dirty Laundry: A Washer Well Comedy
Evengard Improv

evengardimprov.com
Their blitzkrieg style of improvisational theater has made them one of the premier improv groups at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Nebraska Renaissance Faire, and many others throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Their comedy is always entertaining and safe for all ages.

Have Court, Will Travel

This sixteenth century English Riding Court is portrayed by experienced reenactor’s, all dressed in the sumptuous costumes of the renaissance. An award winning ensemble, HCWT has been seen at the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow, the Door County Renaissance Fantasy Faire, the Dubuque Renaissance Faire and Iowa Renaissance Faire, as well as at schools, colleges and libraries across the midwest. Audiences can get up close and personal with the court members by taking part in period dances, participating in question and answer sessions and even be knighted by the King!

Joust Evolution

JoustEvolution is Iowa’s own professional joust team and is completing its 10th year of performances. These knights have battled throughout Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois and all across the Midwest.

Each performance provides entertainment for every person in the audience. JoustEvolution is as much known for its humor and unpredictability as it is for the dramatic action on the field. So, whether your champion is the steadfast hero or the sinister villain, you will be on the edge of your seat until victory has been claimed.

Molotov

For over a decade, Molotov has been entertaining at renaissance festivals all over the United States. His style of comedy combines wit, audience interaction, and the guts to do some really stupid stuff, like set himself on fire, stick a sword down his throat, and try to impress women with poetry!

Order of Wrath
Orckes and Trolles

Orckes & Trolles is a high-energy acoustic group that performs Irish drinking songs, contemporary tunes, and everything in between. They have been performing at Renaissance faires and other local venues for 25 years! At the faire, they will be playing pirate songs and Celtic songs you can sing and dance to. Eye patches or kilts not required! Find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/orckesandtrolles.

Punch and Judy
Sons of the Mist

Since their start in 2009, The Sons of the Mist have been bringing the Highlands of Scotland to life with history and comedy all over Iowa with their own brand of humour and swordplay. With a different show every season you’ll always see and learn something new! Come for the Kilts, stay for the Swords!

The Mez

Using the powers of hypnosis, The Mez will probe the limits of the subconscious minds of his volunteers who willingly submit themselves to be placed under his authority and control. There is no script. No one, not even The Mez ever knows for sure what will happen next. It’s situational comedy at its best. If you have ever wanted to be hypnotized and if you are brave enough, you can volunteer to be entranced by The Mez and let him have his way with you. It’s a family friendly show that you must see to believe.

William and Blackjack

Families throughout the Midwest love the William and Blackjack Show. Come see this storytelling bard and participate in his interactive stories. But most of all, come see the REAL star of the show, Blackjack the Dragon. Find out the true story of how William came to be friends with Midnight, the dancing stick. See if you are brave enough to sleep at Grandpa’s Castle, or face the Dragon with the One Black Eye. Sometimes we will be in for a treat when the Ogres of the Deep Dark Forest dance for us. Join William in Looking for Dragon Eggs, and finding pirate treasure. Catch William between shows and ask for a Magic Dragon Bubble. Children have been collecting these rare dragon artifacts for over 15 years. See you at the Faire.

ScallyWags

Since the dawn of time, there have been few certainties. The sky is blue, water is wet, and The ScallyWags are twisted. For the last two decades there have been ScallyWags Pirate comedy shows in many locations. Now, for the first time at Sleepy Hollow, the ScallyWags pirate comedy show, where Captain Hook is the hero, Yoda leads the Red Eye knights, King Arthur found the grail, Game shows are fun again, and a script is just a reference guide.

White Rose Players

The White Rose Players provokes thought, discourse, and action in the communities we serve through original, devised, and adapted plays. Representing the Players at The Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow are Brandon Brockshus, Kitty Corum, and Michael Wilkerson. Brandon is a theatre professional based in Stratford, Iowa and recognized Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) actor/combatant. Kitty is a theatre student in Missouri and recognized SAFD advanced actor/combatant. Michael is a fight enthusiast based in Ames, Iowa. The White Rose Players will thrill you with live stage combat in the thoroughfares and combat workshops on the English Castle Main Stage. brockshustheatre.com

 

Lane Performers:
Forking Queen
Jaden the Scottish Warrior

Battle Worn Highland Mercenary
Born a royal, trained as a knight.
After seeing his family lands destroyed by war. Jaden set out to travel through the lands for himself with no oath to a king or country.
He searches for those who are in need of his skills and willing to pay for them. May it be on the battlefield defending a castle, in a village warding off pirates or escorting royalty safely to their destination.
Jadens only allegiance now belongs to the one who shall pay the most in gold.

Rachel the Harpist

Rachel Shapiro began learning to play the harp at age eight, under the instruction of Laura Erickson. She has been studying with Mrs. Erickson for ten years. During this time, she has volunteered to play at numerous retirement homes in the Des Moines area, and has been hired to play for weddings and other private events. Rachel has also been a member of the Lyric Harp Ensemble for four years, an ensemble which performs at retirement homes and other venues during the holiday season and St. Patrick’s Day. Rachel has appeared with the Lyric Harp Ensemble at the Salisbury House’s annual “Holly & Ivy” event on multiple occasions, as well as with the Iowa Youth Choir in their 2013 holiday concert. She also played in Waukee High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in October 2014, and she studied harp at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan with Jaqueline Pollauf. Rachel is currently studying music and pre-medicine at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Shaylee the Fluting Faery

Do you hear bells? What about a flute? It could be coming from Shaylee Piper, fluting faery and infamous jingler. Since 2007, Shaylee has brought joy to children and adults at festivals in Nebraska and Iowa with her bells, her flutes, and her charming personality. She encourages people to dance with her catchy Irish tunes, played on a range of flutes and tin whistles. In past years, you may have seen her playing for the queen of the faeries herself. Children (and adults) who are brave enough to approach this red-capped faery for a dance or a conversation are often rewarded with treasures straight from Neverland. It’s said that these treasures ward off nightmares. When not playing her flutes for whomever will listen, Shaylee can be found around the festival making mischief. She is not difficult to find, as the sound of bells and chimes accompanies her wherever she goes.

Siren Stephanie d’flute

Siren Stefanie d’ flute has been performing at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire for 10 years. She began as a fairy with the enchanted realm, playing flute in the lanes and for the fairy dance. Her character has grown and transitioned, becoming a lady in order to play music for Have Court Will Travel. You might find her in a bright, cheerful fairy dress, flitting about the village in billowing wings, or you might see her dressed as a lady, sedately making music in the lanes. The mellow sound of the flute provides a subtle background track to the day, adding to the atmosphere of our medieval village. She loves it when the sound of the flute brings a smile to the face of our village guests. Lady Stefanie’s favorite part of her time at the festival has been the excitement and challenge of researching and rehearsing new music, the magic of having another musician stop and jam in the lanes with her, and seeing that music can bring enjoyment and peace to not only the musician, but to everyone whose heart is touched by a song.

  Starboard Stocks

Starboard Stocks, founded in 2010 and formerly known as both A Helping Hand Mercenary Guild and Humiliation For Hire, have quickly built up a reputation as the best group of Pirate Pillory Proprietors in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: as long as they can put people in the stocks, they don’t have to go in themselves. Along the way, if they can earn a bit of coin and have some fun in the process, all the better. Come see them at a fair near you, and find out firsthand why your freedom isn’t free.

Titania’s Fairies

Faerie Queen Titania was first discovered wandering in the Middle Amana Colony of Iowa along with King Oberon, Princess Lily and Princes Argentum and Thistlefew. They then played in Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa. In 2007, King Oberon returned to the Faerie Realm. And Faerie Queen Titania and the children had a wondrous tree house built at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire to honor his passing from the mortal realm. Today the Princes have moved on to other pursuits while Titania and Lily continue to bring delight and magic to children and adults, in the area. A few various other fae have joined the Royal Court. The Lady Acacia – Sister to Titania. This year we will have an even bigger and better Faerie Court joining us this year are Arachne, Foxfire, Wildfire, Azura, Mariposa, Lilac Wisteria, Galaxie, Octavia, Rain, Kitty and Captain Squeaky, The Duck Faerie to name a few who will fill out our ranks making this year the biggest year ever for the Faeries!

Living History:
Free Company of the White Stag

The Free Company of the White Stag is a family friendly non-profit organization that focuses on historical re-enactment and Historical European Martial Arts. We bring this to life in our living history encampment by offering demos on blacksmithing, children’s crafts, and tent living quarters. We also offer live steel swordfighting, where we bring to life the martial arts as shown in Historical texts dating back to the 13th Century.

Olskipan

We are Olskipan Vikings. A viking encampment that shows a day in the life of the seafaring Vikings. We focus on education of the viking daily life. Some of the highlights of our camp are the storybooks around camp which tell of the history, life and legacy of the Vikings. We also tell stories and give the children souvenirs so they remember their time at our camp.

Medieval & Renaissance Society
Sons of Valhalla