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Unevent will again host a business meeting for the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild!

Atlantia Performing Arts Guild – Summer 2016 – by Lady Machteld Cleine

Everyone who comes gets a KAZOO!  Because of course it can’t ALL be business…. 😉

4:30 – 5:30pm!

Come and discuss what you are doing, what you want to be doing, and what this kingdom size community of performers can do together. Event link: http://atlantia.sca.org/137-events/167-event-flyer?event_id=ebd8a9fe

I have a thousand ideas for what we can do, you guys will have even more, and we’ll never have time for all of them, so help pick! Which activities do YOU want to do in the coming year to enjoy the Performing Arts in Atlantia? Where will you find resources to help?  Who wants to join you?  Who wants to help you? Who’s already doing the same thing?

That’s what the Performing Arts Guild is for!

Here’s the Agenda for our meeting:

Agenda for Performing Arts Guild Meeting:

  • Report on the Atlantia Royal Players – Year 2
  • Reports from any Performing Arts Champions – What are you doing? What do you need help with?
  • State of the Performing Arts in Atlantia Discussion – I’ll tell you what I see happening and you tell me what you see happening
  • What specific activities to you want to do?
  • What specific activities are you prepared to lead?
  • Resources for getting those activities to happen
  • Our new graphic logo by the magnificent Gabriel the Traveler!
    • (Here’s a sneak peek:  )

      Atlantia Performing Arts Guild logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Agenda Continued…
  • What you can do with the Atlantia Performing Arts Blog
    — Publish articles you already have
    — Publish anything you want to
    — Find links for online resources
    — Get summaries of big Performing Arts activities throughout the kingdom
  • Job jar! Jobs I know would help out our Performing Arts Community if anyone wanted to pitch in.
    • Do you have a job to do where you need help? Ask for help here!

Upcoming special opportunities for Performing Arts:
— Twelfth Night (Lady Kilmeny is PA Coordinator)
— Winter University (A whole Theater track!)
— Ymir
— Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival

You can participate remotely in this meeting by logging in or calling in to a Zoom call! Use the info below to connect with us:

I Firenzi Admin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Performing Arts Guild Meeting at Unevent 2017
Time: Dec 2, 2017 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/571805354

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This is a rare opportunity to meet fellow performers and get organized!

With excitement and gratitude,
Baroness Sophia the Orange
Guildmistress of the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild

Performing Arts show up in many forms in the SCA, and at the Atlantia Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival (KASF), the Atlantia Performing Arts community is demonstrating all those forms. Below is the schedule for Performing Arts opportunities at KASF followed by the link to the Google spreadsheet where you can sign up for performance times!

THIS SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED AS OF 2 MARCH 2017:

10:00 – 11:00 – Nothing.

11:00 – 1:30 – Open Sign Ups for Performances

1:30 – 2:00 – Competition Performances for Pentathlon and Baronial Champions

2:00 – 3:00 – Performers Resources and Materials Roundtable – in the sanctuary

3:00 – 4:30pm – i Firenzi Commedia del’ Arte mini-class and performance – in the sanctuary

 

Sign up sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1skHFIcWH_m9ehUHP0U2_BeqE9Yllb1i1kULl5BHr758/edit?usp=sharing

 

Due to lack of participation, we are no longer doing the pre-defined slots for demonstration performances. To get an idea of what we were going for, please see the video recording of last year’s KASF Performance Demo Hour here: https://youtu.be/8NYrd9kS7Ww  If you want to try to set up one of these Demo Hours at another event, please contact Sophia the Orange via orangesophie AT gmail.

 

Please go ahead and sign up on your own via the google spreadsheet if you’d like to perform during “Open Sign Ups”in the hours between 11:00am – 1:30pm. Please take as many slots as you want. To get an idea of what we’re going for, please see the video recording of last year’s KASF Performance Open Sign Ups Hour here  https://youtu.be/6ifUTJwEEFI

Performances for the Competitions in Persona Pentathlon, Persona Triathlon, or Baronial Championship will be held between 1:30 – 2:00pm. If they end early, the performance slots will be open to Open Sign Ups for those performers who are in the room at that time.

Contact Lady Sophia the Orange via orangesophie AT gmail DOT com if you have any questions about the Performing Arts Program at KASF.

Performing Arts Schedule for Twelfth Night is here!

The holiday season brings a joyous occasion for our kingdom to gather in friendship and celebration of our many blessings! Many of us will enjoy the kingdom’s Twelfth Night event on January 14th, 2017 in Greensboro, NC: http://www.twelfthnight.atlantia.sca.org/

Performers and those who enjoy being an audience will revel in an embarrassment of riches at Twelfth Night! See the schedule of Performing Arts Activities below, and don’t hesitate to contact the Performing Arts Coordinator, Lady Sophia the Orange via orangesophie AT gmail DOT com for more information.

  • 10:00am
    • Dance class begins in the Grand Salon 2 (Performing Arts area upstairs middle section of Ballroom)
Our Twelfth Night Dance Leader is Lady Elizabeth of Northumberland with support from our Royal Player in DanceLady Nicolosa d’Isenfir. They will be able to teach you many dances, likely even if you have one to request that is not previously published on the evening’s dance list.
During morning court, attendees will witness the beginning act of the Twelfth Night Murder Mystery.
  • 12:00noon
    • Royal Bard competition Round 1 begins downstairs in the el Salon de Baile (Ballroom-the end of the hall with head table) run by Master Ruaidhri an Cu and Lord Gideon ap Stephan, Royal Bards of 2016.
Royal Bard’s announcement text:
“My Lords and Ladies, Most Worthy Peers, and dearest cousins, Once more the time has come to select those who will serve as Royal Bards for Their Majesties and Their successors. At the celebration of Twelfth Night a competition will be held and Lord Gideon, the Bard of the South, and I encourage all bards to come and compete. The competition will be comprised of three rounds.
In the first and second round competitors should perform pieces in different modes. For example, if a story is performed in the first round, the bard should perform a song, instrumental piece, poem, or some-such for the second round. One of the pieces performed in the first two rounds must be period, documentation should be provided. Please limit pieces to five minutes. Extra consideration shall be given to bards who perform original compositions in addition to the period piece.Those bards who are selected for the final round shall perform for Their Majesties and the populace during feast. Pieces should be limited to eight minutes. Should you have any questions, concerning the competition, appropriate pieces, etc., please feel free to contact me.
Your servant, if you would have me,
Olaugh Ruaidhri an Cu (Bard of the North) Email: ruaidhriancu@gmail.com Phone: (301)570-9434 Facebook: Ruaidhri an Cu”
Mini-Concerts run from end of morning court (~12:30pm) until the beginning of afternoon court (5:00pm).
  • 1:00pm
    • Act 2 of the Murder Mystery begins in the Grand Salon 2 (Performing Arts area upstairs middle section of Ballroom)
  • 2:00pm
    • Shakespearean Recitation Competition begins in la Rotanda. This competition is brought to you by our Royal Player in Theater, Lady Meriorie Matheson. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-I8MzWumXriZnp7mSwj9W0XNciqinEEWHKg2fR1ortA/edit?usp=sharing  SIGN UP AT THIS LINK! THIS IS WHERE YOU SIGN UP FOR PERFORMANCE SLOTS!
      • Description of Shakespeare Competition: Friends, Atlantians, countrymen, lend me your ears! As Twelfth night is a time of frolics and festivities, we must partake in one of the most beloved entertainments of the middle ages – theater. I challenge Atlantia to bring me your best performances of a monologue from any of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, or the Bard himself. A prize for the best performance! And as Tudor theater was memorized quickly for more performances, extra prizes for anyone who’s off-book! So everyone has a chance to participate, try to keep monologues around 5 minutes in length.
    • Dance Class #2 begins in the Grand Salon 2 (Performing Arts area upstairs middle section of Ballroom)
    • Dance Band Rehearsal begins downstairs in the el Salon de Baile (Ballroom-the end of the hall with head table) The Twelfth Night Dance Band is a pick up band brought together for one day under the fearless and skilled direction of our Royal Player in Music, Mistress Azza. Any instrumentalist is welcome to join in the band.
Here is the link for the google doc with the play list and links to downloadable music: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YeM3VdOfQ1qvh-aR8lzYk4KwrJk8j_w2-y6OJF8Fryo/edit#gid=0
  • 2:30pm
    • Act 3 of the Murder Mystery begins in the Tavern
  •  3:00pm
    • Royal Bard competition Round 2 begins in Grand Salon 2 (Performing Arts area upstairs middle section of Ballroom)
    • At 3:00pm in the Throne Section of the Ballroom, there will be a “Garb Runway Challenge” hosted by the Clothiers Guild. The organizer of the event has asked for musicians to play some background music while the entrants proceed down the runway. Musicians can contact Lord Johann von Solothurn for more information. If you don’t know how to catch Johann, please direct questions to Sophia the Orange.
  • 4:00pm
    • Commedia dell’arte performance by i Firenzi of “Arlecchino of La Mancha” in the Sala del trono (throne room). Set up your seats early before court to hear the true story of how Don Quixote really went mad back in La Mancha! If you don’t know what Commedia dell’ Arte is yet, start at the troupe’s web page: http://ifirenzi.com 
  • 5:00pm
    • Their Atlantian Majesties’ Evening Court begins in the Sala del Trono (throne room)
  • 8:00pm
    • The La Danza de Oro (the Dance of Gold) begins in the upstairs Grand Salon 3

This Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Unevent, anyone who wants to participate remotely in the Performing Arts Guild meeting at 4:30 can do so via the Zoom.us conference call now set up. You can log into a Zoom.us conference call to participate in this meeting remotely! You can log in from your computer and use your web-cam to share your face, or not if you choose, AND you can also call in with a regular phone to enjoy audio-only participation!
Please see the log in info below and let Lara Coutinho/Sophia the Orange know if you have any tech problems!

Agenda will include and is not limited to the following topics (Just let Sophia know if you want to add topics to the agenda!):
— Sharing files and resources via the Guild’s Google Drive
— Update on the Royal Players program
— Administrative separation of the Performing Arts Guild from the Kingdom MOAS Office
— Royal Bard competition at 12th Night – January 14, 2017
— Winter University Performing Arts tracks getting organized (deadline is December 19th!)
— Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival (March 4) Performing Arts program – lots of performing opportunities!

— Other performing opportunities at events: Ymir, Gulf Wars, Gemutlichplatz

To add your own topics to this agenda, you can add a comment to this blog post or email orangesophie AT gmail.
Performing Arts Guild of Atlantia UNEVENT meeting 3 DEC 16 Zoom.us log in info below
Time: Dec 3, 2016 4:30 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Unevent 2016 Schedule

Unevent 2016 Schedule

WoW Performing Arts 2016 – simplified!

War of the Wings is a huge event, and with that comes more opportunities for Performing Arts! And there are so many opportunities to get confused… so let me sum up…

 

Thursday:

Dance Band Practice 2:00 – 4:00pm in the Castle: If you told the dance band leader, Mistress Azza, that you’re coming, great! If you didn’t, show up anyway, and look here for the sheet music (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kq9aaWUo-i7S3LOrfn7qFCsVPn1rapWMh1iJOyEMHIk/edit?usp=sharing Most of it is from the Pennsic Pile #45 but some is from Eric Praetzel’s Dance Music Database). Print out and bring your own copies if you can, but show up even if you can’t bc Azza has some extra copies!

Friday:

European Dance classes throughout the day – check the site book for details!

Improvisation Skills Class 12:00 – 1:00pm: Improv theater games/training to help anyone live in persona or have better conversations at SCA events.

Bard of the People Competition 1:00 – 3:00pm: Any material welcome. Peoples’ choice for the winner!

Dance Band Practice 2:00 – 4:00pm in the Castle: same as Thursday.

Bardic Madness by the Sea 3:00 – 4:00pm: Bardic Challenges for everyone! You will most likely create the material you perform within this hour of bardic fun!

Who’s Line Doth It Be Anyway SHOW! 4:00 – 5:00pm: Anyone with the daring to do improv games is welcome to perform them, and anyone who wants to watch should come be the audience! Laughs guaranteed!

Childrens’ Ball for European Dance 7:00 – 9:00pm: Dancing focused on kids in the Castle!

Pirate Ball for European Dance 9:00-11:00pm: European dancing with a piratical theme and live dance band in the Castle!

Bardic Smackdown Competition 9:00pm start in the marketplace: This is the war-point competition for bards, and Their Excellencies have asked 8 bards to compete in tourney fashion with the Kingdom MOL keeping order.

Commedia dell’ Arte show by i Firenzi for ADULTS ONLY! We break out some period-but-not-family –friendly material for this annual “Naughty Show” which really starts at 10:00pm in Vingolf Hall regardless of what’s printed in the event book or on the web page. If you are under 18 years of age and want to see the show, bring your parent and have a deeply honest talk with the i Firenzi director, Sophia the Orange, about the adult content in the show. After complete and mature consideration, it’s your parent’s choice to let you watch or not. NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED!

Saturday:

Intro to Commedia dell’ Arte class 11:00 – 12:00noon: Commedia dell’ Arte basics intended to prepare you for participation in Iron Commedia.

Iron Commedia Rehearsal 12:00 – 3:00pm:  Pull together a commedia scenario and perform it in the hour before court! Anyone is welcome to join the cast regardless of experience level, but you must commit to staying in rehearsal the entire time from 12:00 – 3:00 then the show goes on at 3:15pm!

Iron Commedia SHOW 3:15pm: Iron Commedia cast members put on the show they just invented in the hour before court!  Bring your chairs and set up for court early and be entertained with period comedy!

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo with Lord Gawain de Barri 2:00 – 4:00pm in the Castle!

There’s also a Music Solar in Tent #5 every day from 9:00 – 4:00pm!

The Raven’s Cove camp is sponsoring a Middle Eastern dancing Hofla starting at 8:00pm!

THE BIG CLIMAX of the event is the Spectacular Performance Expo starting at 8:00pm in Vingolf Hall! If you want to perform and have not yet signed up with Master Efenwealt, just show up or find him at his merchant booth – Camelot Treasures – and ask for a time slot!  ELEVEN of the kingdom’s best performers have already signed up to entertain you and bring you the best celebration ending ever!

Check out the War of the Wings web page Performing Arts section here: http://warofthewings.com/performing_arts.html

and the whole schedule here: http://warofthewings.com/schedule.html

But by all means… CHECK AT TROLL FOR CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE!!!

And bring your comfy chair so you can sit back and be entertained by the most fun opportunities for Performing Arts you’ve ever seen in Atlantia!

The next Atlantia Performing Arts Guild Meeting & Conference Call will be held at Atlantia University on June 11, 2016 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. This is during the lunch time of Atlantia University, and the members gathered at University will hopefully get their lunch and find a quiet corner to eat lunch and gather around Sophie’s laptop to share the web cam and conference call using the Zoom.us online conference room.  Please join us using the log in information below.  You can also call in from a regular phone with the phone number below:

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/339633783

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): 14086380968,339633783# or 16465588656,339633783#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 339 633 783

The Meeting will include discussion on the following topics:

Status Update of Ongoing Projects:

  1. Creation of Best Practices list for Bardic Circles by Johann and Richard
  2. Creation of Best Practices list for Competitions by Scholastica and Reynsa
  3. Use of the Googlegroup is growing constantly! We’re up to 74 members!

Status of recruiting:

  1. Lord Jaume de Monco is our Guild liaison for Atlantia University for Fall and Winter. Many thanks to Vrowe Machteld for organizing our 2.5 Performing Arts Tracks for this Summer University!
  2. Mistress Dervila has accepted the position for Librarian! She is working with our WordPress blog to build in the right plugin to allow people to upload documents and other files like MP3s to share and keep organized. This is an ongoing effort, so we will use the Google Shared Drive as an interim solution.
    1. THIS is the link for the Google Shared Drive for our Guild:  https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-ta6p8JkuHPOVc0Tk0tellxcEU&usp=sharing

Special Projects:

  • Ladies of the Rose song, poetry, and other performance event for new, Golden Rose inspired event
    • Ideas for this concept should be posted to the Guild email list “atlantiaperformingartsguild AT googlegroups DOT com”
    • Queen Thora expressed interest in what we could propose to her. Her reign only lasts so long, so get your ideas moving and we might be able to create something!
  • We need heraldry for the Guild – and a graphic for it! The graphic should be the size of an avatar for Facebook.
  • Performing Arts Demo Hour at Kingdom A&S Festival was AWESOME!  And the video is now up at:  https://youtu.be/8NYrd9kS7Ww  Many thanks to Manus MacDhai for proessing the video!
  • Another hour of video from KASF is also available (Thanks again Manus!) for the many performers who demonstrated their performing prowess before the Demo Hour at KASF!!!  Here’s the link to that video:  https://youtu.be/6ifUTJwEEFI
  • War of the Wings has a new Performing Arts Coordinator: Lord Akiyama Kazuhiko!  (“Sata Prescott” on Facebook)  He is seeking your ideas on what he can organize for you at WOW and offers also this sign up sheet for teaching classes:  http://goo.gl/forms/WFBuy3XU6gdJQE7k1  

Want to express an opinion or tell everyone what you want? Go for it!  You’re welcome to say so at the Guild meeting or post an email to the email list!

Keep in touch!

–Lady Sophia the Orange, Atlantia Performing Arts Guild Guildmistress and Kingdom MOAS Deputy for Performing Arts

 

The next Atlantia Performing Arts Guild Meeting & Conference Call will be held at Atlantia University on February 6, 2016 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. This is during the lunch time of Atlantia University, and the members gathered at University will get lunch and find a quiet corner to eat lunch and gather around Sophie’s laptop to share the web cam and conference call using the Zoom.com online conference room.  Please join us using the log in information below.  You can also call in from a regular phone with the phone number below:

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/638392316

Or iPhone one-tap: 14086380968,638392316# or 16465588656,638392316#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 638 392 316

The Meeting will include discussion on the following topics:

Status Update of Ongoing Projects:

  1. Creation of Best Practices list for Bardic Circles by Johann and Richard
  2. Creation of Best Practices list for Competitions by Scholastica and Reynsa
  3. use of the Googlegroup is growing constantly!
  4. Reaching out to specific people to join the Googlegroup for networking – especially to help the Kingdom Bards!

Status of recruiting:

  1. The two new Kingdom Bards, Master Ruaidhri and Lord Gideon are still figuring out their strategy
  2. Lady Machteld is thinking about volunteering to be the liaison for Atlantia University for Summer, but we need someone for long term.
  3. Mistress Dervila has accepted the position for Librarian! She will work with our WordPress blog to find the right plugin to allow people to upload documents and other files like MP3s to share and keep organized. This will, however, take some many months, so Sophie is going to establish a simple Google Shared Drive as an interim solution.

Special Projects:

  • Royal Travel Fund song writing service for Ymir silent auction
  • Ladies of the Rose song, poetry, and other performance event for new, Golden Rose inspired event
  • We need heraldry for the Guild – and a graphic for it!
  • Performing Arts Demo Hour at Kingdom A&S Fest, March 5!

Next Guild Meeting is at Ymir, February 27, at 11:00am, immediately after morning court.  Zoom/call in option will be available!

 

The SECOND conference call for the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild will happen on Sunday 17th of January, 2016 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  We’re using Zoom.us which is a lot like Skype in that you can log in via internet and use your web cam and speakers/microphone or just call in with a regular phone. We will be discussing the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild FINAL plan, particularly the effort to document Best Practices for Performing Arts Competitions and the role of the Kingdom Bards.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/629956441

Or join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 629 956 441
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=HmB2Ihmp5jyawU7WQKNnqhFFx-sQcGIi

Notes from the last meeting on December 20, 2015 and a link to the recording of the call on You Tube are available on the January 13, 2016 blog post here: http://perform.atlantia.sca.org/?p=222

The Guild will have a meeting at Atlantia University’s Winter Session on February 6th DURING LUNCH from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm, and also another meeting at Ymir on February 27 from 11:00am to 12:00. Anyone and everyone who’s interested in any kind of Performing Arts in Atlantia is welcome to join in!!

 

Since I had to call in sick at Unevent, the kickoff meeting for the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild will be held as a conference call on December 20, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:30pm.

We will be using Zoom.us, an online service much like Skype but with some extra fun features:

  • anyone can call in using either a web browser on the internet or a regular phone line
  • you can use a web cam or not
  • the call will be recorded for later viewing
  • no account is necessary for you to join

Please feel free to join in the call even if you did not RSVP. This call is open to anyone interested in supporting and participating in the Performing Arts Community of Atlantia.

If you’re on the call or not, please read the plan I will present to the guild on the call available at this link:

Atlantia Performing Arts Guild FINAL plan

Info to join the call is listed below:

Hi there,

Sophia the Orange is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Atlantia Performing Arts Guild kickoff meeting
Time: Dec 20, 2015 4:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/131792440

Or join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 131 792 440
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=oCAJPsWiczis507zbo5nblhsGBHdaMym

I look forward to kicking off the Guild Rebirth with you all tomorrow!

–Lady Sophia the Orange

Guildmistress of the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild

Atlantia Kingdom MOAS Deputy of Performing Arts

The competition to select the next Kingdom Bard will take place at the Kingdom Twelfth Night event on January 9, 2016. The letter below was published by our current Kingdom Bard, the Magnificent Lord Johann von Solothurn. Make note that anyone wishing to compete for the position of Kingdom Bard must submit a letter of intent to Lord Johann, and his deadline was published as December 18th.  If you are considering competing, have not yet submitted a letter of intent, and would like to have more time to consider taking on this significant position, please email Lord Johann to express your concern and he might extend the deadline.  (Keeping the bar as high as he and Lady Scholastica have raised it is a task worthy of some other magnificent performers in our Kingdom, and worth taking serious time to consider.)

Please read and make note of Lord Johann’s email address and directions below, and Bona Fortuna to any performers ready to step up and compete for this position!

Lady Sophia the Orange, Kingdom MOAS Deputy for Performing Arts

Letter text from Lord Johann von Solothurn:

Greetings!  I am Johann von Solothurn, currently serving as Royal Bard of fair Atlantia.  I wish you all a joyous and music-filled holiday season!  As I near the end of my tenure as Royal Bard, I will be attending Yule Toy Tourney and Twelfth Night, and hope to see many of you around bardic circles and entering the bardic competitions at those events.
 At Yule Toy Tourney, I will be hosting a bardic bear pit competition.  The cost of entry in the competition is one toy per entrant.  The toys collected at the event will be donated to Country Santa, a Program that collects toys for needy children across upstate South Carolina.  Bring your bardic weapons (songs, stories, poems) and prepare to have fun while you do battle with your fellow bards!  Bonus points will be awarded for period pieces and original compositions.  Time permitting, there will be three rounds of head to head bardic combat.  Don’t forget your bard book!  The bard with the most points (wins) will win the day – and the prize!
At Twelfth Night, a new Royal Bard will be chosen from among Atlantia’s many talented and skilled bards.  I hope many of you will choose to compete for the mantle of Royal Bard.
Their Royal Majesties are now accepting letters of intent from those who wish to enter the Royal Bard competition.  If you would accept the challenge and compete for the title of Royal Bard, please send your letter of intent to me at  RoyalBard@atlantia.sca.org  by December 18.
Per the Atlantian Great Book of Laws, the Royal Bard is chosen for excellence in the individual performance of any of the following fields:  singing, instrumental music, poetic rendition, or storytelling.  The Royal Bard is encouraged to be proficient in at least two of these fields.
Kingdom Royal Notables are expected to encourage the disciplines for which they are selected.  Suggested goals and duties for the Royal Bard include:  1) services to the Crown as Their bard, 2) sponsoring at least two bardic competitions during their tenure, including the Royal Bard competition to select a successor, 3) work with Branch Officers to encourage the growth of the bardic arts, 4) teaching in such venues as are available and reasonable.  The tenure of the Royal Bard is one year.
The Royal Bard competition will consist of a minimum of two rounds.  For the first round, bring a period piece (song, story, instrumental, or poem) with documentation.  For the second round, bring an original composition (SCA-themed or Period-themed) with documentation.  At Her Majesty’s whim, a third round may be required, and will be announced during the competition.
It has been an honor to serve the Kingdom as Royal Bard for the past year.  The position of Royal Bard has been a more gratifying role than I ever imagined it could be.  I cherish the new friends and memories made while promoting the bardic arts across Atlantia, and I look forward to seeing what our new Royal Bard will bring to the position.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you  have concerning the position of Royal Bard.  I look forward to hearing my fellow bards compete at Twelfth Night!
Yours in Song and Service,
Lord Johann von Solothurn
Royal Bard of Atlantia
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