The Shire is filled to the brim with colorfully costumed characters and merrymakers, ready to make your visit an unforgettable experience! Immerse yourself in the days of Merrie Olde England, steeped in the allure of bygone days and knights! Learn more about the two acting troupes that make up the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire—The Bacchanalians and The Blackfryars.
Henry VIII, by the Grace of God, King of England, France and Lord of Ireland
Boisterous and energetic, lover of sport, mirth and merriment, our handsome king is an athlete, a warrior, a musician and poet. Henry is the most charismatic man to ever take the throne, but don’t let his love of festivities deceive you. Our king is a military lionheart with a deep love for his country and new wife. Henry has a lot to learn about politics but thankfully has a shrewd and loyal Queen by his side to help him navigate these potentially troubled waters.
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Queen Catherine of Aragon
Known for her graciousness, compassion and charm, Catherine is the epitome of nobility. Her courage and piousness earned for her the love and devotion of her people. This daughter of Spain was raised to one-day sit on the English throne. The day has finally come and she is more than prepared to rule side by side with Henry.
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Sir Walter Roderick Kensington - Master of Revels
Lady Dolores Pemburthy - Lady Mayor
Baron Helmut von Wolfe - Bavarian Ambassador
Hans Tolhoffer - Sword Master
Gruber Richtofen - Landsknecht
Captain Valeria Mendoza - Pirate Captain
Penelope "Penny Dreadful" Smythe - Pirate First Mate
Zerafina - Gypsy Dancer
Zoraida - Gypsy Dancer
Matthew Perry Smith
Angus MacGuffin - Stable and Tavern Keeper
Sheriff Samuel Briggs - Sheriff of the Town
Mary Barnham - Shepherdess
Colleen Weaver - Irish Seamstress
Iona Finn - Faerie Hunter
Nathan Landis Funk
Connor O'Flanagan - Woodsman
Wailin Brendan Whelan' - Romantic Poet & Bard
Susan Gimble - Scullery Wench to the Earl of Oxford; Sultry Siren
Angelica Finch - Scullery Wench to Lady Pemburthy; Sultry Siren
Tally Applebottom - Scullery Wench to Sheriff Briggs; Sister to Deputies & Sultry Siren
Jenny Groves - Scullery Wench to Sir Walter; Sultry Siren
Derrick the Unready - Pirate; Rakish Rogues
Marty Sloth - Pirate; Rakish Rogues
Davy - Pirate; Rakish Rogues
Barty Sloth - Pirate; Brother to Marty & Rakish Rogue
Nicodemus Stone - Astrologer; Brother to Mabel Stone
Ned Applebottom - Deputy in the Town Watch
Diggory Applebottom - Deputy in the Town Watch
Guy Ablehammer - Fence and Thief
Danforth Pemburthy - Son to the Lady Mayor
Scribe to the Baron von Wolfe
Mable Stone - Chimney Sweep; Sister to Nicodemus Stone
Beatrice "Betty" Diver - Harbor Mistress
Winnifred Baker - Baker and Miller
John de Vere, Earl of Oxford - Courtier to King Henry
Todd Fenniman - Barber Surgeon
Marjorie Briggs - School Mistress; Wife to Sheriff Briggs
Mabelanne Mumchance - Butcher's Apprentice
Mabelanne is an only child of our reclusive butcher. While she loves to swing her cleaver into a good side of beef, nothing is more exciting than heading into town for a festival. Today, this mischevious, fun loving, cleaver wielding woman is hoping to spy the King and offer a bit of beef jerky or a jest. She loves to tell jests!
Lady Mary Fiennes - Lady in Waiting
This sweet Lady is excited to be on her first progress with Her Majesty. Holding the cup, carrying the basket and fetching lunch for the Queen is such an honor! However, she is hoping there is chocolate on the Shire! She LOVES chocolate!
Rosy Parker - Gossip Monger
Rosy Parker, a name synonymous with knowledge! Shire knowledge that is! If she doesn't know it, it's not worth the knowing! For a price, she'll share it with you or spread it for you! Today, a festival day, is ripe for gathering knowledge! Watch out!
Alice Kebel, Lady Mountjoy - Lady in Waiting
Third wife of Lord Mountjoy, Lady Alice knows that 3 is her lucky number! Today she will revel in the trifecta of days; Waiting upon the Monarchs; enjoying the treats of the Shire of Mt. Hope and sharing her gift of music with the people.
Lady Bridget Wingfield - Lady in Waiting
Married to Sir Richard Wingfield, this lady has easily followed his lead in learning the fine art of diplomacy. Often the lady with the level head on her shoulder and a keen eye for the art of compomise, Lady Bridget is the epitome of proper Lady, unless, of course she spies butterflies. Oh dear, clear the way then!
Fionna Mary Flint - Shire Fire Mistress
While Fionna knows how to throw a fiery good time, in her line of business, throwing cold water on a hot time is just as important. As the Shire Fire Mistress, she ensures that Fire Safety is number one in our little town! Today, however, is a Faire Day, time for song, merriment and good times! No cold water from this Miss!
Donatella Bella - Artist
Able to find inspiration in everything...and I mean EVERYTHING. If only she could keep her focus on one project at a time, she would be remembered as one of the true...OOO A BUTTERFLY!
Karen Rose Bitzer
Harmony Hamelin - Rat Catcher
Harmony and her viola can be found dancing about the Shire. With a song on lips and a smile on her face, she does her duty in a most unusual way. By luck, by song or just by her sweet nature the rats stay away and we enjoy the gift of her presence!
Beatrice May Smith - Net Maker
Beatrice has a smile that lights up the Shire. Her skill at net making is known county wide which is why all the best fishermen get their nets from her! Always light on her feet, Beatrice can be seen dancing about with that inner joy that shows on her face!
Harriett Haddock - Fish Monger
Fish are friends, and friends tell stories. This effervescent merchant's tales of the ocean will leave you heading to the nearest lake, pond, stream, or puddle to make a fish friend of your own.
Liona Lynn Longacre - Rag Picker
Cotton, velvet and a bit of trim are what put a smile on this ladies' face. As she wanders about the Shire, she finds joy in scraps of fabrics and sharing tales of where they might have come from and perhaps, even finding a new home for them!
Bryan J. Cook
Sir Robert Wallace Collinwood - Noble Man
Sir Robert is a trusted confidante of both the King and Queen. Faithful and loyal, you will often see him in the company of the Ladies of the Court. His strong, deep voice is perfect for reciting poetry and telling grand tales of magnificant battles. Often time, doing both at the same time!
Jane W. Fulton - Shipwright
There is one question that dominates the mind of this genius of bouyancy: "Can it float?". Mount Hope's most promising marine architect will find a way to get your goods where they need to be with as little leakage as possible.
Camilla Goodard - Bee Keeper
Camilla grew up tending to the bees; she is as sweet as the honey she gathers. She is, by nature, one to buzz from place to place, sharing the goodness of life, soothing those little stings and arrows that are often tossed in our way. However, please, by all means, do not bring up the subject of crab grass!
Shauna Entwistle - Lady Mayor's Music Tutor
Shauna is the most patient woman to ever cross the Penburthy threshold. Charged with tutoring the Lady Mayor's tone deaf son in the art of music, never has anyone been more pleased to see a festival day! Today Shauna can sing, play her music, enjoy the Shire away from her responsibilities. With laughter in her heart she heads out to enjoy the day! Perhaps she may even catch sight of the King and Queen!
Louis Vernay Jadot - Master of Corks
This jaunty Frenchman appeared on the Shire one day and decided to make it his home. As the master of Corks, his joy is to acquire corks from near and far and by the sniffing of them, describe the wine from whence it came. Of course, there is a fair coin to be made by supplying them to the wine maker, an honest living, to be sure!
Sam Macfarlane - Blacksmith
It's not that this strong young lass is pretending to be a man, she just doesn't realize she isn't. In Scotland it's pretty hard to tell the difference; raised by a "smithing" family, Sam has an affinity for hammering hot metal, so whether it's mending a carriage wheel or hammering shoes for a horse, Sam just does what she does best! Today she and her sister, Lois are in town to enjoy the revelries of the day!
Robert Crusoe - Sail Maker
Robert comes from a family of sail makers and is proud to carry on the tradition. Pirates, sailors and all sorts of sea faring men call his name when hitting the wharf. Usually it's because they know he's an ace with the mending of a sail and, more importantly, knows where to find the best "eats" in the Shire! AND, he does the BEST parrot training in the Shire, ask him his favorite Parrot Phrase!
Pasquale (Jaymz) Grasso
"Sir" Joshua Abraham Zebulon Joseph Norton, the Second - Bedlamite
This quirky gentleman walked into the Shire of Mount Hope, declared himself a visiting diplomat, and made his way to the nearest bar to hold court. He's just so adorable, the lady mayor didn't want to hurt his feelings, and so the people of mount hope have come to love their local "ambassador"
Rip Skeleton - Grave Digger
Have spade, will dig is the motto of this most regal of all grave diggers. A fearless man who can be seen digging graves as battles rage, Rip also knows how to relax. Certainly, "down" time is as important as "digging" time! He surely wouldn't want to be caught dead because he worked too hard!
Havelka Ventinari - Gypsy
Havelka is traveling with the Gypsy Prince. As part of this gypsy tribe, Havelka has many responsibilities, including personal protection for the Prince. Of course, he has no idea! So Havelka sings, dances, mingles with the Shire folk and all the time is on the look out for any who might harm her Prince. So, don't let the smile and laughter fool you; she is a force to be reckoned with!
"M'Lady" Felicity Fakenham - Maudlinite
This slightly-off-kilter lass rolled into town a few months ago. She says she's a lady...she probably even thinks she is, and everyone else in town just finds her so delightful who are they to argue?
Rebecca Verwood - Apprentice Love Monger
The art of the Love Monger is a tricky one indeed. What is that magic spark that draws one to another? These secrets are passed from mother to daughter for generations; however, our dear Rebecca was raised by her father. Therefore, who can blame her if her matches seem a bit off. Afterall, if you love your chocolate, why shouldn't you marry it? OHHHHH—and the sadness when it's all gone! Oh well, where is the logic in love, says Rebecca!
Sir Michael Micklewhite - Retired Knight
Now that he is retired, Sir Michael can enjoy the good life. Living in the countryside is so peaceful and serene...it's literally driving him up the wall! He needs some excitement, even if he has to create it himself.
Netti Potts - Apothecary
This apothecary has the cure for whatever ails ya! The only thing she can't shake is her own cold. I guess it's just her curse for having such skill at curing everyone else…
Malcom Blunder - Royal Navy Gunner
When you spend all your time around gun powder, splintering wood and loud noises, it tends to have an affect on your senses. To call Malcolm paranoid would be an insult, so just don't say it to his face, okay? You don't want to get on the bad side of the guy with the cannons…
Wendy Vimes - Night Watchwoman
A one-woman nocturnal security force. Nothing happens in the dark twilight of the shire that slips under Wendy's nose. The daytime is another story. Something about the sun makes Wendy INCREDIBLY hyper. So much so that she can barely process all of the stimulation of the festival day.
Thea Thornbury - Wise Woman
Where medicine ends, wisdom begins. This holistic healer knows that the body's worst enemy is the mind, and what loosens the bmind up more than alcohol? Once the alcohol kicks in, her "healing" hurts a lot less...
Manuel Garcia de los Angeles - Shire Messanger
Manuel can be found all about the Shire delivering messages and spreading joy. You see, his specialty is the infamous melodic missive delivered with style and grace. Often times people send reminders to themselve, just to hear Manuel sing! His deepest desire is to deliver a missive or two to his beloved Spanish Queen of England.
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisburg - Lady in Waiting
Lady Margaret Pole can be found attending both the King and Queen. She is beloved for her efficiency at problem solving! With style, grace and witty banter, this Lady takes on every day as if it were a festival day! Let there be no issues to damper this day for her Monarchs!
Darrel Cringer - Yeoman Guard
Older, fun loving brother of Adam Cringer. Always more of a lover than a fighter, Darrel is a master strategist. He serves the court faithfully, and knows that he and his brother can handle practically anything that threatens the Majesties. Practically anything...
Lady Elizabeth Fettiplace - Lady in Waiting
The wife of a member of the King's council carries so much responsibility. Of course, no one mentioned this to Lady Elizabeth! This happy go lucky lady of the court often finds herself in curious situations that seem to just happen. For example, while it is true that anyone could lose the Queen on the Shire for a few minutes; Lady Elizabeth once lost the Queen for a week. However, the story she told of the adventures she had while hunting for her were so amusing that all was forgiven (and Lady Elizabeth was assigned a "keeper" from that moment on!)
Fionnoula (Fingers) O'Garvey - Shire Pickpocket
This little Irish lass heard that there was to be a grand meeting of the minds in the small Shire of Mt. Hope and thought she may be able to have herself a little meeting of her own. A meeting of her fingers with other peoples' gold. Keep a close eye on this one, a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eye and she might even steal your heart!
Amber Maywether - Butter Churner
Amber and her sister are heading into Mt. Hope to see the King and Queen. Amber is excited to put the butter churner away for the day and talk to people. Of course, her conversations are peppered with all things "butter"......spices to add; goat or cows milk; sweet butter......She wonders if the Queen uses it on her beautiful hair? Perhaps she'll ask!
Kostana Ocan Vatrashi - Gypsy Prince
Kostana, the Gypsy Prince travels with his tribe of merry gypsies. His nature is one of joy and merriment. He finds life on the road to be full of surprises and great wonder. Today they happen to be in Mt. Hope on the same day as the King of England! This news causes him to jump for joy, somersault in the serendipitiously good fortune and back flip for just because he can!
Adam Cringer - Yeoman Guard
Captain of the Guard; Ready at all times to lay down his life in service to his King and Queen. Like his father, Adam Cringer, and his grandfather, Adam Cringer, this Captain is stalwart and true! He can be counted on to share a fine tale of bravery or a good bit of advice on the art of growing flowers, this is the man to have at your side in all types of situations!
Lois Macfarlane - Farrier
No one shoes horses like Lois. Really, it's a wonder why people don't let her nail a metal plate to the bottom of their foot. It would last a lot longer than that leather boot... Oh well, she always had a better time relating to horses than people anyway. She and her sister Sam are here to celebrate this Festival day; perhaps she'll find a way to shoe a person after all!
Lanky Hemptwister - Rope Maker
Hanging ropes, shipping ropes, rigging ropes, jump ropes, and ropes to keep people in the food queue. Lanky knows 'em all, makes 'em all, and sells 'em all. When he gets around to it that is. It's easy to get distracted when you're also the shire's greatest bon vivant.
Madeline Anastasia Von Schaesberg - German Ambassador's Cousin
This is Lady Madeline's first visit to England and now, she's traveling to Mt. Hope with the Queen. She is very excited to share the best of her land with these English folk! Happy go lucky by nature, Lady Madeline finds it difficult to remain calm and cool while in attendance to the Queen. It's a good thing she's allowed some free time so she can dance about the Shire, spreading German joy!
Greta Farbissina - Ettiquitte Mistress
There is a proper way to do everything, and this Frau knows it. A proper way to eat, a proper way to escort a lady, a proper way to stab your enemy in his sleep. She's more than happy to teach you, just don't get out of line, or you'll become her next visual aid.
Constance Mayweather - Dairy Mistress
This spoiled milk maid has no patience for cows that don't give their fair share of milk. Today she is joyfully off the milking stool and onto the Shire to catch a glimpse of the King and Queen. She's brought her grand pewfellow and sister, Amber, and together, they are going to milk this day for all it is worth.
Charlotte Harper - Poet
Charlotte has returned from London, happy to be back home! Her poetry has caused some misunderstanding in London, but in Mt. Hope, she is the "voice" of the Shire when it comes to rhyming! Ask her to give you a love rhyme, a noble rhyme, a gypsy rhyme or a rhyme just because!!
Rowan Blackstone - Tinker
When Rowan comes to the town, everyone runs to greet this mysterious tinker! With a smile on his face, Rowan always seems to have just what you need. He is quick with a jest, and mesmerizes all with his slight of hand! You can find him about the Shire bringing joy and excitement to all who gather around his table of goods.
Jessy Hamel - Director of Entertainment
Gwen Byrnes - Entertainment Assistant & Housing Manager
Sam Little - Lead Performance Director
Doug Kondziolka - Character & Interaction Director
Ron Keller - Fight Director, FX Coordinator & Casting Director
Brian Huff - Assistant Fight Director
Courtney Calato, Katie Maiello, Andrew Willis - Fight Captains
Doug Sarmir - FX Operator
Arthur Rowan - Head Script Writer
Kelly Morris Rowan - Music Director & Casting Director
Nathan Landis Funk - Assistant Music Director
Sheila Barton - Blackfryar Director
Jeff Wolfthal - Assistant Blackfryar Director & Associate Performance Director
Blake Braswell - Casting Director & Creative Consultant
Doug Wallace - Dramaturge
Carrie Emich-Wallace - Choreographer
Ashley Zoglman - Production Stage Manager
Lily Steiner - Head Costumer
Erika Krause - Cutter/Draper
Erin Shaeffer - Craftsperson & Shop Assistant
Natalie Lawton - Stitcher
Morgan Porter - Stitcher
Katie Gallagher Worster - Wardrobe
Clair Molitoris - Costume Shop Intern
Ian Smith - Technical Director & Sign Shop Manager
Amanda Scott - Assistant to Technical Director
Michael Pryor - Master Carpenter
Alex Truccano - Prop Artisan
Julia Bowman - Production Crew
Cian Girven - Production Crew
Isaac Tide - Production Crew
Roger Fitzwater - Audio Director
Shawn Kreider - Audio Technician