Sir Francis Walsingham

Sir Francis Walsingham

Last January, I responded to an add in the Fishers Star for callouts for the 2008 Fishers Renaissance Faire. My family and I had attended the October ’07 faire and had a lot of fun despite the 90+ degree heat (!)

We were looking for ways to get involved in the community, so I went to the Fishers Public Library for callouts thinking that I would volunteer to help out in some capacity. Instead, I was invited to audition. I landed the role of “Sir Francis Walsingham,” Secretary of State to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Britian’s first “spymaster.” If you have seen the Elizabeth movies, it’s the role played by Geoffrey Rush.

If you aren’t familiar with the Renaissance Faire phenomenon, it’s basically a fun re-creation of Elizabethan England in a “theater-in-the-round” style. The Fishers Ren Faire is set in the London suburb of Billericay. A cast of volunteers act out roles in period costumes while the public strolls through town, visiting the market where there’s lots of period stuff for sale and watching stage shows, jousts, mock sword fights, and such.

Anyway, the 2008 Fishers Ren Faire is rapidly approaching (October 4-5, 10am to 6pm each day). I’m getting into character by working on my accent, learning my lines, and growing a beard. Nicole is furiously working on a costume.

So come check us out. The faire is held at Connor Prairie right in Fishers. Tickets in advance are $6 for adults $3 for kids. See link above for more details. Look forward to seeing you there!