Pennsic Performing Arts
Dean of the College of Performing Arts
Lady Lorelei Skye
We are excited to bring you another year of amazing, talented performers –
musicians, dancers, actors, storytellers, and more!
Where to See Performances:
Performers can be heard throughout the Pennsic marketplace, and can also be found at our two dedicated performance spaces:
Performing Arts Tent
is located within the Pennsic University, near the corner of Kurdson Way and Chandler's Road
). It has facilities for performers, including a stage, lighting, and a small backstage area,
as well as a generous seating area under a fully covered pavilion.
College of Performing Arts Amphitheater
is an open-air venue for daylight and evening performances.
Come bring an al fresco picnic while you sit in the shade and enjoy entertainment at the stage down on the green!
The Amphitheater is located behind the merchants on the Great Middle Highway, down in the grassy area behind the bathhouse
across from the Cooper's store (
In case of rain, performances may be moved to the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent which is very near the Amphitheater.
The schedule of performances will be available online after April 20th,
and will be in the Site Book at 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!
Performer Registration and Deadlines
To request space and time for Performances and Rehearsals:
Please read the Performing Arts Tent Policies, then
fill out and submit the Performing Arts request form
(one for each performance) in order to be considered and have the information printed in the Site Book at Pennsic.
April 15th is our deadline for requests for performances/rehearsals in the Performing Arts Tent or the Amphitheater.
April 16th to July 15th will be considered on a contingency basis in case of late or emergency cancellation of a scheduled performer.
These performances will not be listed in the Pennsic Site Book, but will appear in the online and on-site schedules.
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, 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.
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 no exception to that rule.
We would also like to remind our performers that they agree during the application process to supply two
(2) volunteers for the performing arts venues for set up and strike.
The five areas where we are seeking volunteers are:
Performing Arts Set-up –
On Tuesday and Wednesday of Land Grab Week, we build the stage, hang curtains, rig the house and backstage lights, and set up the chairs.
This starts at about 10 am each day and continues until we are done.
Come help us make the tent into a theater worthy of the name! Bring your cordless drills. On Wednesday we also set up the Amphitheater and the
Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent.
Tent Openers/Closers –
Every day, activities at the Performing Arts Pavilion begin at 8:30 am, and end after the final show of the evening.
If you are an early riser and your camp is not, have we got a job for you! We need someone each morning around 8 am to help open up our walls.
Are you a night owl instead? Help us drop walls and straighten chairs after the final performance, often around 11 pm.
Water Bearing –
The Performing Arts Tent has two water coolers for the convenience of performers and audiences. These often need to be filled twice every day. If you
want to volunteer and only have a minutes to do so, we can use your help.
Light Table Helper / Usher–
Sit at the light board table during shows, help bring up stage lights and house lights as needed, help communications run smoothly between front of house and
backstage, assist patrons to find seats, and announce shows as needed. Split shifts are available.
Performing Arts Strike –
Friday night of War week, after the final scheduled performance, we will break down everything.
Again, bring your cordless drills. This will continue on Saturday morning from 10 am as needed until we are finished.
On Friday afternoon we also break down the Amphitheater and the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent.
Performers can indicate how they would like to help at the time they send in performance information. All others can volunteer
by using Pennsic's
online Volunteer sign-up.
Artists who do not abide by these policies are putting this year's performance in danger of on-site cancellation, as well as consideration
for scheduling in future years.
Performing Arts Tent Policies
The Performing Arts Spaces are subject to the Pennsic University Tent Use Policies
Performers and Event Coordinators wishing to utilize the Town Crier Boards for posters or announcements, please read:
Town Crier Guidelines for 2014
Only performances, events, and rehearsals officially registered with Pennsic Performing Arts and following the rules and regulations
are posted in the online and onsite schedules.
No open flames shall be used in classes, performances, or demonstrations in any Performing Arts Venue at Pennsic War.
Performing Arts facilities have to run on schedule, for the enjoyment of all. Please respect your allotted time limits. Rehearsals and Performances that run beyond their scheduled time will be shut down and your chances of returning to Performing Arts stages in the future will be greatly diminished.
Please request ample time to set-up and to strike your own stage performance. Your reserved performance time in the Performing Arts Tent must include these activities.
Your group must leave the stage, seating area, and backstage clean, tidy, and ready for the next performance group to use. Failure to fully clean up after your rehearsals or performance will result in a decreased chance of using the space in the future.
Any damage to tent, stage, curtains, or other Pennsic Performing Arts properties may result in a monetary fine to the performer or performance group and possible temporary suspension or permanent exclusion of future performances.
Be considerate and courteous to fellow performing groups, fellow instructors, as well as the other Pennsic departments and their staff who interact with Performing Arts. Reports of discourtesy will be taken under consideration for future performance scheduling.
Performers wishing to be invited back must provide at least two people to help with set-up or strike of the Performing Arts venues. If unable to help (or find others to sign-in for you) due to Pennsic travel schedules or physical challenges, please email the Dean of Performing Arts for other volunteer arrangements.
There shall be no parking of vehicles around the Performing Arts spaces during performances. If your equipment cannot be carried you may have it dropped off during your setup time, but the vehicle must be moved 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 or Amphitheater outside of your setup time will be reported to security.
The Performing Arts Tent has very limited electric service. No microphones or sound system are provided. The electricity that runs to the tent will not support cameras, amplifiers, or electric equipment 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 electronic instruments such as keyboards, 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 - including video recorders. They are for official staff use only. Anything found plugged in will be turned in to Lost and Found.
Sales of CDs or other merchandise, and other soliciting, is strictly prohibited inside the Performing Arts Venues and University Blocks, 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 spaces or register as a Pennsic merchant.
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 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 inclusive is the activity? Is it open to anyone who wishes to perform or is it a small group of performers or solo act?
Did you submit an incomplete form? 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 policies in the past? Performers who have disregarded the policies of Performing Arts in the past will be given the least amount of consideration for a time slot on the stages.
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