Pennsic Performing Arts
We are excited to bring you another year of amazing, talented performers in two venues.
From Friday to Thursday, musicians, dancers, actors, and storytellers will make you laugh and cry and sing. We hope you will
enjoy them as much as we do!
You will see assorted performers in the marketplaces, and Pennsic has two dedicated performance spaces:
Where to See Performances:
The Performing Arts Tent is at the corner of Kurdson Way and Chandler's Road
( see map), with complete facilities for performers, including a stage, lighting, and a small backstage area.
The College of Performing Arts Amphitheater is an open air venue for daylight performances. It is located
behind the merchants on the Great Middle Highway, with an entrance across from the Midrealm Royal encampment ( see map).
The schedule of performances will be available in the Site Book, and also on this website, closer to Pennsic.
The Pennsic Performing Arts staff are ready to assist you in scheduling your performances and rehearsals
so you may share your stage arts with the Known World!
We would like to encourage a wide variety of acts, but they should deal with the time period and the
interests of the Society for Creative Anachronism – specifically the Medieval and Renaissance periods and the peoples and cultures
those periods encompass. The exceptions are those performances which reflect specific aspects of our Society – its background,
history, administration, and culture/traditions. Performances that are blatantly modern in subject matter, music, costuming,
scenery, and instrumentation are not appropriate for performance at the Pennsic War.
Performer Registration and Deadlines
April 15th is the deadline to submit your request to hold performances and/or rehearsals in the Performing Arts Tent or the Amphitheater.
If you applied by the deadline and have
not recieved a confirmation of scheduled time from this office, please
Thank you for volunteering to share your talent and your passion for the performing arts with the Pennsic populace!
Pennsic War would not run without its volunteers, and the Performing Arts are not an exception to that rule. We are in need of some help!
The four areas where we are seeking volunteers are:
To volunteer, please Set-up –
Tuesday of Land Grab Week, we put in place the stage, the curtains, and the chairs. This starts at about 10 am and goes until we are done.
Come help us make the tent into a theater worthy of the name! Bring your drills.
Thursday night of War week, after the final scheduled performance, we will break down everything we set up. Again, bring your drills.
Every day at the Performing Arts Pavilion starts at 8:30 am. We need someone each morning to help open up our walls.
If you are an early riser and your camp is not, have we got a job for you!
Both the Performing Arts Pavilion and the Amphitheater have water coolers for the convenience of performers and audiences.
These need to be filled every day. If you want to volunteer and only have 5-10 minutes to do so, we can use your help!
email us with: which task you are volunteering for
and a selection of days when you are available. If you have a preference to help in the Amphitheater or the PAP, please note that!
We will put you on the schedule and email you a confirmation.
We would also like to remind our performers that they agreed during the application process to supply two (2) volunteers for the performing arts venues.
Performing Arts Tent Policies
The Performing Arts Tent has to run on schedule, for the enjoyment of all. Please respect your allotted time limits. Performances that attempt to run beyond their scheduled time will be shut down and your chances of returning to the Performing Arts Tent in future years will be greatly diminished.
There shall be no parking of vehicles around the Performing Arts Tent during performances. If your equipment cannot be carried to the tent you may have it dropped off during your setup time, but the vehicle must be moved away from the tent before your performance begins. Vehicles cannot be used as a power source for amplifiers or other equipment. Vehicles left parked at the Performing Arts Tent outside of your setup time will be reported to security.
The Performing Arts Tent has very limited electric service. The electricity that runs to the tent will not support amplifiers or electric instruments of any kind. If your instrument needs amplification and you can provide battery or generator-operated equipment, you are welcome to do so, but the volume must be kept at a reasonable level and all evidence of modern amplification must be hidden from the audience's view. The use of modern electric instruments such as keyboards and electric guitars or basses is not allowed. Amplified acoustic instruments are acceptable within the above terms.
The outlets at the Performing Arts Tent are not to be used to charge phones or other small electronics. They are for official staff use only. Anything found plugged into our electricity will be turned in to Lost and Found.
Sales of CDs or other merchandise is strictly prohibited in the Performing Arts tent, as is "passing the hat." If you have merchandise to sell, you may contract with a merchant to sell it for you in the marketplace or contact Cindy Cooper to register as a Pennsic merchant.
Only performances or rehearsals officially registered with Pennsic Performing Arts and following the rules and regulations, are posted in the Pennsic A&S schedule.
Please be courteous and request ample time to set up and to strike your stage. Your reserved time in the Performing Arts Tent will include these activities. Your group must also leave the stage and backstage tidy and ready for the next performance group to use. Failure to clean up after your performance will result in a decreased chance of using the tent in the future.
Performers wishing to be invited back must provide two people to help with set up or tear down of the tent (Tuesday/Wednesday of land grab week, and Thursday afternoon of war week).
There are no "traditional time slots" in the Performing Arts Tent. Be specific in asking for your date and time and please prepare to be flexible. Each request will be considered based on the following criteria:
How inclusive is the activity? Is it open to anyone who wishes to perform or is it a small group of performers or solo act?
How period or SCA relevant is the activity? Does it reflect the goals of the SCA – to research and re-create the various cultures of the Middle-Ages and Renaissance? Does it contribute positively to SCA culture through original works, compositions, and yes, filks and satires?
How well do you follow directions? Incomplete requests will fall to the bottom of the pile automatically. We have many requests to process. Please don't make us chase you down for more information.
How well have you followed directions in the past? Performers who have disregarded the policies of the Performing Arts Tent in the past will be given the least amount of consideration for a time slot on the stage.
Contact Info Dean of the College of Performing Arts / Scheduler
TH Lady Mihri Deniz-Yetim Christina King 1127 Bellevue Ave Elgin, IL 60120 773-454-6498 (please, no calls after 11 pm EDT).
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