Yes, this *IS* a rare public post! I'm just SOOOOO excited about this!!!
When I went to Reenactor Fest in February, there was a company there saying they were looking for historical reenactors to be in movies and commercials called Prairie Star Productions
. They had just sent people out for The Weather Channel show "When Weather Changed History". They were taking everyone's info, and photos, and Brice and I figured, what the heck. It can't hurt, and might even help! Neither one of us seriously thought we'd ever get called.
In April, Brice got a call, and told me, "Call these people back! They want people in our area, and have a very short list of who they can take!". I called back as close to immediately as I could. They asked what exactly I did, confirming what I had told them on my application. I've worked at Bristol Renaissance Faire as a vendor's assistant since 2003, we'd auditioned and been accepted into the military guild (Guilde of St. Michael) and graduated BAPA (Bristol Academy of Performing Arts)
for the 2007 season, went back to vendors for the 2008 season, and were looking to get more into French & Indian War.
I just looked, and MY GOD! The class schedules for BAPA 2007, the year Brice & I graduated, are still online! Here
is the stuff we learned! Yes, they've got the whole slew of PDF files, and I still sort of remember which classes we took. It was an amazing season, with brilliant teachers! I'm not sure it's possible to thank these people enough!
The acting company said they were not looking for a camp follower (person who follows the military), or a peasant. They wanted me to wear the outfit they'd seen me in, and portray a merchant.
Yes, this outfit that I wore to Reenactor Fest.
Portray a merchant, rather than being paid to be a merchant's assistant? Hrm, that would be an interesting twist! Did I have any props? Um... er... props? No, you don't seem to understand. I sold what they gave me to sell. But I'm sure I could come up with something.
I mentioned this at karaoke in April, and two ren faire goers were in attendance. They asked about old outfits, and what I used in daily life, the stuff I always brought with me when I went to faire. I said, "OH!!! That's so obvious, I didn't think of it!" So I can thank Anthony Faust xirpha
for helping me with that idea, and Brice electronicrope
for going through his basement, and coming up with a LOT of stuff!
When it got closer to the date, Brice said he would not be able to join me. He had something going on in Madison Friday, followed by a Boy Scout trip to Devil's Lake (Wisconsin Dells) over the weekend. I would not be able to use his car because of this, and my car was still in need of repairs. xirpha
would not be able to come and pick me up, but could give me a lift from the bus stop. raven_ap_morgan
had music producing appointments, and would not be able to join me on the bus. Argh, a 3 hour bus/ train ride alone, with a banana box full of stuff, in addition to a backpack with my outfit, and a couple other bags! I knew I was going to suffer for my art! And boy, did I get some strange looks for wearing my hat! It was the best way to carry it, and the rest of my outfit was a Bristol polo shirt, covered with Bristol sweatshirt, black jeans, and Bristol boots, and a few Bristol bags and pouches, a backpack, and my heavy banana box.
I got several phone calls while on my trip, asking how far along I was, and raven_ap_morgan
said I was making good time. I'd left at 7am, and got to the finishing point at 10am. I'm sorry I annoyed fitzotter
with my calls, looking for xirpha
, who did ultimately pick me up at the ending bus stop. He mentioned his folks were actually living in the senior assisted living center where this event would be held, but he was busy with other things, and might be able to pick me up later.
I walked into the building with my stuff. I strode up to the front desk, they saw my hat, and I said, "Guess why I'm here!". They said the renaissance faire was setting up in a room down the hall. I was quickly followed by other people also there for the event, who showed me the room.
And now the pictures and fun really begin!( Collapse )EDIT
: I just realized, the day of this event, May 1, was May Day! How the heck can we ALL do a renaissance faire on that day, and not a single one of us remember to dance around the maypole?!?More Edits
Got my first set of e-mails about the event, and better pictures! Here we go...( Collapse )
From Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Re: Thank you
Wow – very impressive Adrienne. Thanks for sharing your journal.
Here are some pictures that I thought you may all like to see. We’re also on youtube – 2 videos – Welcome to King Richard’s Renaissance Joust and the Jousting Match.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8kFVxmqlGIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpm_P8aozp4
I think you will enjoy these – I have at least a dozen times.
p.s. I will send more pictures in following e-mails
REALLY GOOD pictures behind the cut! From Donna Brown( Collapse )