Renaissance Faire Preview Includes Cast Auditions for Fall Festival

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The St. Louis Renaissance Festival, which is moving to a fall run after 17 years as a springtime festival, is holding the first of its two free “Preview Weekends” on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

The preview weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The second preview will be on June 4 and 5. The festival is located in Wentzville’s Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road.

The event is “a sampling of delectable eats, show stopping entertainment, and unique, one-of-a-kind wares exclusively found at the Festival,” according to a festival press release. Only a portion of the festival site will be open to visitors.

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Live performance will feature festival favorites Pictus and 3 Pint Gone (Celtic music), the Scallywags (pirate humor and music), and the Chuvani belly dance troupe.

Season passes and other discounts for the fall run will be available during the preview weekends.

Non-Costumed Seasonal and Part-time Jobs

The festival, which is run by Minnesota-based Mid America Festivals, has announced that it is hiring for the fall run, which will be on weekends, September 17 through October 16.

The company is looking for;

  • Interns in marketing, public relations, and sales
  • Security, gate guards, and parking attendants
  • Part time seasonal grounds crew, carpenters, and maintenance
  • Temporary weekend help: booth supervisors, inventory specialists, customer service reps, food and beverage runners, cooks, and guest relations

Applications are available on the festival’s website.

Auditions for Costumed Cast

“Guilds” of costumed entertainers will also be on hand to represent the Royal Court, gypsies, faeries, Germans, and Scots. These educational groups “are passionate about their portrayals,” said Will Malloy, a marketing manager for Mid America Festivals. Some of the groups also perform independently of the festival.

In addition to the living history cast, the festival is looking for performers: street characters, musicians, singers, dancers, sword fighters, acrobat, and fire spinners.

Anyone wishing to audition for either an educational guild or as a street performer should bring a resume and headshot, Malloy said. Front gate staffers will direct potential cast members to the audition area. Auditions will take place throughout the day, on both days and both weekends of the spring preview.

These positions are paid, but no information was available about pay range.

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