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Pennsic Performing Arts

Dean of the College of Performing Arts

TH Lady Lorelei Skye of Sans Nomen |

We are excited to bring you a Pennsic full of:

Thank you to all performers, event organizers, and teachers volunteering to share your talents and passion for the performing arts with the Pennsic populace. We encourage a wide variety of performances and events, reflecting the Medieval and Renaissance periods, and peoples and cultures those periods encompass, as well as performances which celebrate our Society and its unique history, culture, and traditions.

Pennsic 46 is my fifth and final year as Dean of the College of Performing Arts. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served in this department. It has been an honor, a journey, and an amazing experience; working with, and learning from, so many these past 5 years. Please welcome Scholastica Joycors as your next Dean of Performing Arts, Pennsic 47!

Schedule of Performances

Online: You can view the day-by-day schedule of performances, or the breakdown by venue of all rehearsals, performances, classes, etc.

You can also use the online Thing to look up performances and create your own personal calendar of events you want to attend.

At Pennsic: The schedule of Performing Arts events will be listed in the Site Book at Pennsic. Any changes to the schedule will be listed daily on the Performing Arts marquee and in the Pennsic Independent newspaper.

Performers: We are still accepting performance requests, in case of any late or emergency cancellations. Please contact the Dean for more information.

Performance Venues:

Performers can be found at our two dedicated performance spaces:

The Performing Arts Tent has facilities for performers, including a stage, lighting, and a small backstage area, as well as a generous seating area under a fully covered tent. It is located within the Pennsic University, near the corner of Kurdson Way and Chandler's Road (see map).

The College of Performing Arts Amphitheater is an open-air venue for daytime and early evening performances. Bring an al fresco picnic while you sit in the shade and enjoy entertainment at the stage down on the green! You may sit on the ground or bring your own seating.

The Amphitheater is located behind the bathhouse across from the Cooper's Store (see map). There are three entrances: one from the Great Middle Highway (across from Midrealm Royal), one from the Low Road behind the bathhouse (walk past the shower entrance), and a third, slightly flatter path farther down past the merchants by the large willow tree.

In case of rain, Amphitheater performances may be moved to the expanded Rehearsal & Class Tent near the Amphitheater (On the map, it is the blank tent by the "r" in "Amphitheater.")

The Pennsic University Staff and Performing Arts staff kindly request that:

  • Attendees do not block the paths to the University Tents while viewing performances.
  • If you move chairs out of the Performing Arts Tent into the courtyard or class tents, or chairs from the class tents to view a performance, please return them for others to use.
  • Smokers - please step 10 feet away from any tent.
  • Dispose of litter in lined trash cans around the Commons.
  • For performers' safety, no flash photography.
  • Please do not place video cameras on, behind, or around the staff light table.
We thank you for your consideration!

Volunteers Needed!

Pennsic War would not run without its volunteers, and the Performing Arts are no exception to that rule. Please see our staff at the PA Tent, or stop by the Volunteer Office to sign up.

The five areas where we are seeking volunteers are:

  1. Performing Arts Set-upMonday through Wednesday of Peace Week, we build the stage, hang curtains, rig 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. We also set up the Amphitheater and the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent and work on special projects.
  2. Tent Openers/Closers – Most activities at the Performing Arts Tent begin around 8:00 am and end after the final show of the evening.

    We need help each morning around 8:00 am to help open up our walls. If you are an early riser and your camp is not, have we got a job for you!

    Are you a night owl instead? Help us drop walls, straighten chairs, and clear the tent at the end of the night after the final performance, often around 11:00 pm.

  3. 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 10-15 minutes to do so, we can use your help.
  4. 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 in finding seats, and announce shows as needed. Split shifts are available.
  5. Performing Arts StrikeFriday night of War week, after the final scheduled performance, we break down and store everything. Again, bring your cordless drills. Friday afternoon we also break down the Amphitheater and the Rehearsal & Class Tent.

To volunteer, please contact Performing Arts for more information and the most up-to-date signup sheets.

Performing Arts Policies

Artists, event organizers, and teachers who do not abide by these policies are putting this year's activities in danger of on-site cancellation as well as consideration for scheduling in future years.

  1. The Performing Arts Spaces are subject to the Pennsic University Tent Use Policies.
  2. Performers, Teachers, and Event Coordinators wishing to use the Town Crier Boards for posters or announcements, please read the Town Crier Guidelines (link available soon). Strongly Recommended - have signs pre-approved. Contact the Town Criers.
  3. Only performances, events, rehearsals, and classes officially registered with Pennsic Performing Arts and following the rules and regulations are posted in the online and onsite schedules.
  4. No open flames shall be used in classes, performances, or demonstrations in any Performing Arts Venue at Pennsic War.
  5. 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.
  6. Performances wishing to be invited back must provide at least two people to help with set-up and/or strike of the Performing Arts venues (Tues/Wed and Fri/Sat). 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.
  7. Please request ample time to set-up and to strike your performance, event, or class. Your reserved time in performing arts spaces must include these activities.
  8. Performing Arts facilities have to run on schedule, for the enjoyment of all. Please respect your allotted time limits. Rehearsals, Events, Classes, and Performances that attempt to start early or run beyond their scheduled time will be shut down and your chances of returning to Performing Arts spaces in the future will be greatly diminished.
  9. Your group must leave the stages, seating area, and backstage clean, tidy, and ready for the next performance group to use. Failure to fully clean up after your class, rehearsals, event, or performance will result in a decreased chance of using the space in the future.
  10. 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 or events.
  11. 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.
  12. The Performing Arts Tent does not provide access to electricity. The outlets at the Performing Arts Tent are solely for the use of the Performing Arts staff and Pennsic War operations. Anything else found plugged in will be turned over to Lost and Found.
  13. No microphones, speakers, or sound system are provided by Pennsic Performing Arts. The electricity that runs to the tent is not available to performers or guests, and is not available to use for video cameras, recording equipment, battery chargers, or other electric equipment of any kind.
  14. If your event requires use of microphones, amplifiers, or "canned music" through speakers, please email the Dean of Performing Arts, or indicate that you need a tech rehearsal and sound check when you fill in the Performing Arts performance request form. Exceeding sound levels set during tech check during performance could result in being shut down and your chances of returning to Performing Arts spaces in the future will be greatly diminished.
  15. If an acoustic instrument needs amplification to be heard within the performance space, or you are bringing/using "canned music" and you can provide battery or generator-operated equipment, you are welcome to do so, but the volume must be kept at a reasonable and courteous level for the time of day and all evidence of modern amplification must be fully hidden from the audience's view.
  16. The use of fully modern electronic instruments such as keyboards, electric guitars, or basses are not allowed. Amplified acoustic instruments are acceptable within the above terms.
  17. 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.
  18. 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. Incomplete forms will delay or prohibit processing your request.
    • How well have you followed these policies in the past? Performers and event coordinators who fail to meet volunteer requirements or 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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