All the Faire is a stage for the Participant, and never more so than for the Entertainers and Performing Artists involved in Interactive Theater with Villager and Visitor alike. Theater Guilds, Street Players, Musicians, and Character Actors to name but a few, each with their own personality and talent bring Life, Laughter, and Delight to the streets of the Village. And for some, this is where you can indulge that secret lifelong urge to be a ham....and get away with it!
BUSKING & PASSING THE HAT
All Shrewsbury performers, whether scheduled on stage or in the streets, are encouraged to Pass The Hat. Get out your Busking Bowl. Hand out information and literature about Who You Are and What You Are Doing. And of course, getting the Public to join in with you is greatly encouraged! There are no vendor or site fees for performers who pass the hat, or musicians selling copies of their own work, or performers wishing to gain advertising and recruitment exposure for themselves or their groups, on the understanding that they will accept schedule performances and/or play during both days of faire.
HOW WE PLAY
To keep the Elizabethan Renaissance Village atmosphere, Shrewsbury has both stages and performance areas of varying sizes scattered throughout the Village. You are encouraged to perform both days at least 3 times per day if you can. Performances over 25 minutes each must have prior approval from Performing Arts & Entertainment Coordinator. NOTE: New and returning acts may be asked to audition or send an audition tape or video for review by the Entertainment Director.
TYPES OF PERFORMANCE