The Greenshow and the Renaissance Faire

Jack Juggler Greenshow 2019

For more entertainment pleasure in our Shakespeare season, the Shakespeare Festival returns its popular Renaissance Dress performers, The Greenshow. The production is a short, entertaining and interactive English Renaissance piece. Grand Valley and festival alumnus Michael Empson directs a classic Greenshow production titled Jack Juggler. The Greenshow is an annual Shakespeare Festival production that often features student performers making their first appearance at Grand Valley. The Greenshow performances are free to all.

September 27
3:30 p.m. in Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus. Their performance precedes our Scholar John Cox's public presentation. 

October 3
4:30 p.m. Patio in front of the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts

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Renaissance Faire October 5 and 6. “Greensward” (lawn areas) surrounding the university’s Cook Carillon Tower

The Greenshow will also perform at the annual Grand Valley Renaissance Faire. The faire returns with family-oriented festivities including minstrels, bagpipers, sword-fighting demonstrations, face painting, dancing, and crafts instruction. Vendors will be on hand selling clothes, jewelry, candles, woodcarvings, weavings, and of course, food and drink. There is ample parking, and visitors are welcome to bring picnic supplies.

The festivities include minstrels, bagpipers, jugglers, sword-fighting demonstrations, children's games, face painting, dancing, and crafts instruction. 

Vendors are on hand as well, selling everything from clothes to jewelry, dulcimers and candles to woodcarvings and weavings, and, of course, food and drink.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. and continues all day, rain or shine, with many visitors and participants in medieval or Renaissance costumes. There is ample parking, and visitors are welcome to bring picnic supplies.


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