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Pennsic Performing Arts Schedule

The Performing Arts Tent (see map) is on block N04 within the Pennsic University.

The Amphitheater and Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent (see map) are behind the bathhouse by the Barn & Camp Store.
Enter either from Low Road (behind the bathhouse) or from the Great Middle Highway (across from Midrealm Royal).
The Amphitheater is a natural grassy bowl; bring your own seating.

Thursday, August 3
6:30 - 7:00 pm
Amphitheater
i Verdi Confusi - Follies of Fools on the Green
A feast some of our classic and favorite commedia dell'arte shorts! Bring seating to enjoy an evening of entertainment on the green of the Amphitheater!
Friday, August 4
5:00 - 6:00 pm
PA Tent
Iron Commedia: World Premere
Earlier this same day, a group of foolish players came together to craft, cast, and create a brand new sixteenth-century commedia dell'arte play to premiere before your very eyes! Come see the zany foolishness in extremely live theatre! Possibly some material inappropriate for very young children, but it's unknown until the play is crafted at the workshop earlier that day.
6:00 - 7:00 pm
PA Tent
Pennsic Youth Readers' Theater: A Bag Full of Fables
A script-in-hand performance by the youth of Pennsic, ages 8-14, of "A Bag Full of Fables" by Robert Lehan. This type of performance does not have costumes, sets, or lighting. Sponsored by the Known World Players.
7:00 - 9:00 pm
PA Tent
Pennsic Readers' Theater: Youth Elizabeth
script-in-hand performance of "The Young Elizabeth" by Jennette Dowling and Francis Letton. There are no props, costumes, scenery, or special lighting. Sponsored by Known World Players. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
9:00 - 10:00 pm
PA Tent
Lorelei Skye - Songs of Humor, Whimsey, and Woe
Performing yesteryear and original songs of humor, whimsy, and woe for your enjoyment! Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
Saturday, August 5
2:00 - 5:00 pm
PA Tent
Afternoon Series: European Music Exhibition
Experience the history of composers and a variety of instruments and vocal music from the 11th-16th centuries. Bring your voices, instruments, and play along!
5:30 - 6:30 pm
PA Tent
Pennsic Night Live with The Hanging Jesters
A comedy Troupe of World renowned! They sing, they dance, they almost always wear pants!
6:30 - 8:00 pm
PA Tent
Psallite: Medieval Music for Everyone
Mistress Kasha Alekseeva, Mistress Jadwiga Krzyzanowska, and Master Aaron Drummond perform troubadour songs, cantigas, motets, and other medieval music. All songs are sung in English, with vibrant translations written by Mistress Kasha.
8:00 - 9:00 pm
PA Tent
The Irish Frau - Aibhilin inghean Daibhidh
A mix of music for harp and voice from period songs, modern SCA compositions, to rousing a capella SCA war songs. And, of course, a little humor thrown in!
9:00 - 10:30 pm
PA Tent
i Verdi Confusi
Players' Patchwork returns with hilarious antics of Commedia all'Improvviso! Show contains adult-themed content.
Sunday, August 6
2:00 - 5:00 pm
PA Tent
Afternoon Series: Commedia Experience
Meet the characters and the actors behind them and learn to act in comic masked style (movement, vocalization, express funny ideas). Experienced actors/directors from several well-known Commedia dell'Arte troupes will guide you if you're new, or give you free advice that's definitely worth the price to veteran performers!
5:00 - 6:00 pm
PA Tent
Bloody Bible Stories: Mar Yaakov HaMizrachi
Come hear Bible stories as full of action as an Viking Saga or Roman myth. Embroidered with 2,500 years of Jewish legend, these are not the happy stories you heard in Hebrew Day School or Sunday school! 100% period and guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
6:00 - 7:00 pm
PA Tent
In a Fool's Garden: The Original Fables of John Inchingham
Fantastical tales of dragons, giants, trolls, mermaids, hydras, pegasi and weaselopes too! Come sing along or just sit and listen to an hour’s worth of family-friendly entertainment.
7:00 - 8:00 pm
PA Tent
Duke Moonwulf's Annual Pennsic Concert
Music, stories, hijinks and history, in the concert that's become a Pennsic tradition!
8:00 - 9:30 pm
PA Tent
Efenwealt Wystle and Aénor d'Anjou - Music & Mirth
Bring a kazoo, a cardboard cutout of the letter 'W', an emergency mustache, and an interesting hat just in case. They are the best musicians in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical, one-liners, or lutefisk. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
9:30 - 11:00 pm
PA Tent
i Sebastiani
Buon giorno! O, you lucky people! Truly you are blessed among the living, for into your lives has come i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell'Arte Troupe in the Entire World! Join us as we improvise, from the thinnest of outlines, a wondrous entertainment in three acts. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
Monday, August 7
2:00 - 5:00 pm
PA Tent
Afternoon Series: Bardic Arts Exhibition
Featuring a variety of bardic arts and artists from around the Known World.
5:15 - 7:15 pm
PA Tent
A Little Knight Music – M. Rosalind Jehan & M. John Littleton
Mistress Rosalind Jehanne, Master John Lyttleton and their Bardic Friends perform original songs of chivalry, humor, history, and a few bawdy ones as well. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
6:30 - 7:00 pm
Amphitheater
Medieval Foolery, Efenwealt Wystle
An in-persona "Trunk Show" experience. Audience members should bring seating.
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Amphitheater
Whose Line Doth It Be
The improv comedy competition where anything can happen. Audience members should bring seating. Would-be contestants must attend the Auditions at 4 pm. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
7:15 - 8:00 pm
PA Tent
The Debatable Choir
Performing songs of love and laughter by such luminaries as Palestrina, Gastoldi, Nannino, Morley, and Josquin.
8:00 - 9:00 pm
PA Tent
Drake Oranwood: Troubadour Next Door
Drake Oranwood returns with songs (and friends) new and old, including material from the brand-new compilation CD "Sing for the East". Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
9:00 - 11:00 pm
PA Tent
i Genesii
Love! Money! Greed! Sex! Murderation! Overwhelming beauty! Underwhelming intelligence! All in one magnificent Commedia dell'Arte show, as only i Genesii can do! Join us for an evening of wondrous wackiness, fabulous funniness, and tenuous tastefulness! Show Contains Adult-Themed Content.
Tuesday, August 8
2:00 - 4:30 pm
PA Tent
Afternoon Series: Known World Harp Celebration
All harpers of the Known World are invited to join us in demonstrating the glories of our instrument; if your harp is not present, someone will probably be willing to lend you one. We do ask that all pieces be five minutes or shorter. If we have extra time, we will invite anyone interested to play a second piece. At the end of the event we bring all the harps up on stage and have fun playing together, whatever we all know or can improvise harmonies for. It's great fun - come join us! Harp lovers are also welcome to come and listen.
5:00 - 7:00 pm
PA Tent
Middle Eastern & World Dance Expo
The Middle Eastern Dance Exhibition returns to delight and amaze audience of all ages
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Amphitheater
i Sebastiani
Buon giorno! O, you lucky people! Truly you are blessed among the living, for into your lives has AGAIN come i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell'Arte Troupe in the Entire World! Join us as we improvise, from the thinnest of outlines, a wondrous entertainment in three acts, completely different from whatever it was that we did on Sunday night. Bring seating and take your ease at the stage on the green!
7:00 - 8:00 pm
PA Tent
Depressing Song Competition
We rise yet again from the Pits of Despair to summon those with songs of sorrow, tales of torment, and other wails of woe in an attempt to bring us to tears. Please keep performances to 5 minutes or less, and the topic pre-1600 CE and/or SCA related. Filk is fine. Prizes will be awarded. Sign up at Moongate Designs. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
8:00 - 9:00 pm
PA Tent
Cantore Borealis
A pick-up choir performing music that celebrates the SCA tradition and culture. We form up each year at Pennsic, with a base of performers from Northshield, but we welcome others. We select music and rehearse most afternoons at Pennsic creating harmonies and counter-melodies as we go. If interested in joining, contact Orlaith at Northshield populace encampment.
Wednesday, August 9
2:00 - 5:00 pm
PA Tent
Afternoon Series: Open Stage Theater Expo
Come ye one and all to open-stage Shakespeare and other playwrights! All are welcome to bring a favorite Shakespeare sonnet or two, monologue under 5 minutes, or short scene (under 10 min.) to perform. Sign in with the hosts the afternoon of the exhibition. Enjoy an afternoon in company with those who enjoy the Bard and his fellow playwrights! Meet others who enjoy period theater, some of the people who bring you the Known World Players productions, and a bit of Pennsic technical theater trivia!
5:00 - 6:00 pm
PA Tent
il Titolo Provvisorio Commedia
Come and see the Youngest Commedia Dell'arte Troupe in the Known World perform their second (yes, we're back!) show at Pennsic War. A show full of Conflict, Cunning, and Cantaloupe. We call upon you to be confused as we present "The Miraculous Misconception!" Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
6:00 - 7:00 pm
PA Tent
David Anthony, The Creepy Bard
Songs of drinking, roving, fighting, and things to keep secret from your mother. You will laugh, cry, blush, and wonder where you left the whiskey. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Amphitheater
Shenanigans with Vagando Stolti
Join us for fun, foolish times. We promise that we will be "better than you expected!" Bring a chair and join us at the theater on the green!
7:00 - 9:00 pm
PA Tent
John Inchingham, Cerian Cantwr, & House Sans Nomen
Sing along with some of the Midrealm's best-known (or more infamous) bards - and Northshield's Master Dahrien Cordell too! Two hours of music, mayhem, and merriment of the odd-kind!
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Amphitheater
Lanea verch Kerrigan
Lanea will perform her original translations, original pieces, and early period favorites. Bring something to sit on to enjoy the show on the green! Show contains adult-themed content.
9:00 - 11:00 pm
PA Tent
Marian of Heatherdale & Friends Bardic Concert
Well-known bard Mistress Marian of Ealdormere has spent more than a decade travelling to all corners of our Current Middle Ages. Join her on the pilgrim's road as she shares a lively bardic retrospective of her travels. Everyone is welcome; bring friends and show them why the bardic arts are truly the lifeblood of our Society.
Thursday, August 10
2:30 - 5:00 pm
PA Tent
Performing Arts Series:  Storytelling Exhibition
An amazing afternoon display featuring a variety of storytellers from around the Known World!
5:00 - 6:00 pm
PA Tent
Storytelling Academy Student Performance
The student performance of Minerva’s Spindle's Storytelling nine-day academy from Minerva’s Spindle. During the academy, students gained knowledge about the history and techniques for storytelling both in the SCA and the modern world.
6:00 - 6:30 pm
PA Tent
Known World Recorder Ensemble
Join Recorder players from across the Known World for period music in concert.
6:30 - 8:15 pm
PA Tent
Known World Choirs Performance
The Pennsic Choirs, consisting of the Pennsic Choir, the select choir Chorulus Pennsicus, the Youth Choir, and the Children's Choir, will perform an extravaganza of medieval and Renaissance choral music.
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Amphitheater
Iron Commedia World Premiere
Earlier this same day, a group of foolish players came together to craft, cast, and create a brand new sixteenth-century commedia dell'arte play to premiere before your very eyes! Come see the zany foolishness in extremely live theatre! Possibly some material inappropriate for very young children, but it's unknown until the play is crafted at the workshop earlier that day.
8:30 - 9:30 pm
PA Tent
Nutmegs & Ginger
"Saints and Sinners" - Nutmegs & Ginger brings you new songs as well as old favorites from sacred to bawdy. Join us to celebrate the best and worst of humankind! Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
9:30 - 11:00 pm
PA Tent
Pennsic Commedia All Stars
The humor and excitement of improvised 16th-century Italian commedia dell' arte brought to you by teachers and experienced actors coming together at Pennsic from across the Known World! Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.
Friday, August 11
5:00 - 6:00 pm
PA Tent
Pennsic Youth Theater Performance
Come see a culmination of Youth Theater classes displaying these students' hard work and creativity.
6:00 - 7:00 pm
PA Tent
Pennsic Youth Commedia Performance
The final product of the hard work and dedication of the Youth Commedia students of Pennsic War 46. Enjoy the crazy antics of your favorite characters and children, while meeting some new characters and the rising popular faces of commedia. (Youth commedia open rehearsals: Sunday - Thursday, 9-10 am, in the Amphitheater.)
8:00 - 11:00 pm
PA Tent
Known World Players: Merry Wives of Windsor
Shakespeare's classic comedy featuring some of his most memorable characters. Falstaff sets out to seduce two wives of the town. How will they respond? How will their husbands respond? It is about love, seduction, jealousy, revenge, with hilarious and a great resolution. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.


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