Master Jonathan Tone & Elizabeth Anonymous (‘Lizzie Anon to her friends’).
Menagerie, the musical duo of Jon and Lisa Butts, got their start back in 1989, when Lisa’s aunt came into Lisa’s house and said that she had “something that was right down Lisa’s alley”. Very shortly thereafter, Lisa’s aunt took her to the site of the Ohio Renaissance Faire. The Faire had not even opened yet; in fact, it was still under construction. That didn’t stop Lisa,. because she jumped right in and helped with the construction by hammering nails and painting walls.
During her first year there, she sold clothes. Also, she and Jon started a Recorder trio. They were known as The Royal Pipers and performed for two years. Then, in 1993, they joined with another and Menagerie was born. Once Menagerie was formed, they began performing at many Renaissance Faires and Festivals, such as the Ohio Renaissance Faire, The Tennessee Renaissance Festival and the Alabama Renaissance Faire. Then in 1998, Menagerie became a duo and still they continued performing at various Renaissance Faire and events. In 2006, they went on the road, full time, traveling the East Coast from Michigan to Florida. A few years later, Jon and Lisa slowed down to take care of their grandchildren, Luke and Lois. Now, Menagerie only performs at the Alabama Renaissance Faire and the Great Lakes Medieval Faire, as well as some of their local festivals. Each October, Menagerie can be seen performing for the Alabama Renaissance Faire in Florence, Al
The Rainbow Dancers are but one of the many performers you will see at the Alabama Renaissance Faire. They are led by the Lady Wiporwill, Queen of the Rainbow Dancers. Though their numbers have changed over the years, one thing remains the same, what they do is not just a dance, it’s an Art.
The Zholdak Kozaky are a live steel, living history re-enactment group, who’s shows revolve around life in a mercenary camp. You will see sword fights, black smithing and even learn how to make simple medicines.
The incorporeal home of lowly minion “Duchess” Lizzy Fleete, unworthy poor beggar, groveller, and carrot enthusiast. Kisser of feet, praiser of magnificence, footstool to Royalty. Having grown up in the sombre shadow of the Fleet Debtor’s Prison, Lizzy learned fine manners from those of the incarcerated noblefolk while running errands for a coin. After losing her carrot farmer husband (or possibly just misplacing him on purpose), Lizzy became a member of the unworthy poor, and sought a career as a lowly minion and beggar.
The Shire of Glynn Rhe is a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the research and recreation of pre-17th century European history. Whether you would be a warrior, scholar, or artisan, there is a place for you and your family in the current Middle Ages. If you’ve ever had the dream of seeing what it was like to fight in armored combat like a knight, or dance courtly dances far into the evening, or feast at great feasts with kings and barons and other nobles, come check us out!
Photo courtesy of Ron Tencati
From a far land travels L.U.T.E., the Living Statue. Combining a time when the Church was the greatest patron of the Arts flourishing in the Renaissance, and the magic of a faire where anything can happen, L.U.T.E. encourages guests to Lift. Up. Thine. Eyes.
Bards of Birmingham was informally launched in 2008 as the “Cahaba Valley Players.” Bards is the brain child of Laura Heider, who conceptualized the group while serving as a minister for children and youth. In 2010, Bards of Birmingham became an independent non-profit theatre company. Bards of Birmingham was formed with the intention of providing an opportunity to engage in theatre to all young people in the Greater Birmingham area, regardless of experience, education level, age, race, and/or economic constraints. Bards’ primary focus is on classical theatre, particularly the works of Shakespeare.
Bob and Mariah’s full-length show, Skin & Bones’ Comedy Circus, is great family entertainment, featuring trained dogs and potbellied pigs, juggling, low wire, magic, and plenty of comedy! Mariah trained at the Dell’Arte School of Mime and Comedy, and at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, both in California. The pups and pigs, hailing from various parts of the country, take primary credit for having trained their humans in the art of zaniness. Each show contains a combination of circus acts, clowning, and animal acts, and appeals to young and old alike. The animals are the real stars of the show, presenting several different turns.