Do you long to speak in a British accent all day? Do you feel comfortable in tights or cod pieces? Are you a huge fan of crying children who kick you in the shins, annoying teenagers who yank on your clothing and busty wenches? Well, my good fellow (or me lady), we may have just the thing for you because the Texas Renaissance Festival is holding auditions for six of its lead roles including King Henry VIII, the Fairy Princess and Mother Earth. Of course they always need busty wenches, aye, gov'nah?
It's a chance for you to flex those acting muscles and your jaw line as you scarf down turkey legs the size of your head. Auditions are also being held for other talents like juggling, story telling and music, so bring your lute and don't be afraid to swallow fire. This is the chance of a lifetime!
"We are looking forward to this year's auditions and can't wait to see how the performers will get into character, especially for the Fairy Princess and King Midas roles. Much like the festival, auditions are improvisational. The characters can be interpreted broadly and be cast in a multitude of ways," says Jeffery L. Baldwin, Entertainment Director at the Texas Renaissance Festival. "We prefer an outgoing personality and a talented and passionate performer over an extensive theatrical resume."
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One thing to know if you are trying out is there is NO breaking character in front of patrons lest ye be banished from ye olde kingdom. I have friends who have worked the Ren Fest and they are big on maintaining appearances as it were. Also, if you get the desire to sneak into the visitor campgrounds at night to drink some homemade moonshine and maybe dance around a fire with some topless college girls (all surprisingly not uncommon), think again, court jester.
Auditions are being held this Saturday, May 4 and next Saturday, May 11. You have to schedule an appointment to audition, so call 1-800-458-3435 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit texrenfest.com.
And get ready to down some funnel cakes!