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2018 Renaissance Festival Performance Information

Table of Contents
Performance Participation Guidelines
Rehearsal Information
Performance Dates and FODs
Costume Information
Tips for a Fun & Safe RenFest
RenFest-Related Links
Handy Links
» Participation Policy
» Performance Repertoire

Contact Information:
2018 RenFest Co-Chairs:Bill Brown
drbillbrown [at]
Eric Dam
edam523 [at]
Rehearsal Directors/Teachers:Lara Friedman-Shedlov
lfriedmanshedlov [at]
Chandi McCracken
chandi.mccracken1 [at]
Performance Participation Guidelines

Dancers who wish to perform with the branch at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival (MRF) are required to familiarize themselves with the performance participation guidelines established by the board and teachers of the branch. Please direct any questions or concerns to Lara Friedman-Shedlov or Chandi McCracken. » Go to the Performance Participation Policy

Rehearsal Information

Regular rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Fridays June 25th through August 13th. NOTE: No rehearsals on 6/29, 7/2, 7/6, or 8/3.

All Monday and Friday rehearsals will be 7:30 to 9:30pm.

All Monday rehearsals will be at Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis

All Friday rehearsals will be at Freedom Center(Godtown/Koinonia House), 565 Kent St N, St. Paul

The Friday, August 10 rehearsal will be outdoors at 7pm at a location to be announced. Wear RenFest footwear and any costume pieces you haven't previously tested in an outdoor performance setting.

Instructors are Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Chandi McCracken, and Fer Horn

Rehearsal Requirements:
In order for the group to be ready to perform at the Renaissance Festival, we have the following expectations for all dancers:

For most dancers, meeting these deadlines will require some time spent outside of rehearsals studying the dance instructions.

Performance Dates and FODs

Unless other specific arrangements have been made with the FOD, dancers are expected to be on site, costumed and ready to perform by the 9am opening cannon at the latest. We typically do 4 half-hour performances throughout the day, plus the parade. Please meet near the Irish Cottage immediately following cast call (about 8:25am) to check in with the FOD, get any last minute announcements, and do walk-throughs. Out of professional courtesy, please be on time. Lateness may get you eliminated from the line-up for the day.

Dates and FODs

The 2018 Minnesota Renaissance Festival runs weekends and Labor day from August 18th through September 30th The Branch will perform 6 out of the 7 weekends -- all but Labor Day weekend.

Getting Out to Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is located here.

*What is a FOD, Anyway?
FOD stands for "Facilitator of the Day" or "Facilitator of the Demonstration" and is the person who will be in charge of the performance for that day. The FOD assigned for each day you sign up to perform will contact you and let you know when and where to meet. S/he will: Listen carefully to the FOD's instructions and be sure to tell him or her if you have injured yourself, aren't feeling well, or need to leave early. Be sure to contact the FOD as soon as possible if you find you cannot make it to a performance you have signed up for.

2018 RenFest Dance Program

The performance repertoire program and instructions are available from the Performance Repertoire page.

Costume Information

Information about Renaissance Festival costumes is available in the RSCDS Twin Cities Branch Costume Guidelines. If you have never performed with the branch at the RenFest before, you should get your costume approved by the RenFest chairs. If you have any questions at all about costumes, contact the Wardrobe Mistress. Hannah will be glad to answer you any questions you have, make suggestions for costumes, and help with patterns, etc.

Where to Get Costumes:

Contact branch wardrobe mistress Andi Helebrant (argea16 [at] for patterns and tips on sewing your own costume.

If you don't sew, there are several people in the group who are willing to sew costumes for reasonable compensation (contact Hannah or Andi for information). There are also several commercial vendors who sell reasonably priced items*:

*It would be a good idea to double-check with Jim before ordering any clothing to make sure it is appropriate for the Renaissance Festival.

A Few Costume-Related Tips:

Tips for a Safe & Fun RenFest

Renaissance Festival-Related Links

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