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This year’s Atlantia Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival (KASF) has a great plethora of performing arts activities for all Atlantians to enjoy!

Performing Arts Spike image by Gabriel the Traveler (Gabriel West) See more at https://www.facebook.com/erica.west.393

This is the Day-long schedule:

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Open Sign ups for performances
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Demonstration Hour – specific performances demonstrating all the different kinds of performing arts in the SCA
    • 12:00 – 2:00 — Theater Guild Class in short scripted scenes by Lord Owyn Wolf (in a separate classroom).
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Oldcastle Poetry Smackdown
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Theater Guild Scenes performance
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Commedia dell’ Arte performance by i Firenzi
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Open Sign ups for performances
  • 4:00 Court Begins

Open Sign Ups: Performers are encouraged to sign up ahead of time for 10 minute time slots during “open sign ups for performances” when they can perform their favorite material. Please sign up for just one 10 minute time slot until February 25. After February 25, if there are still open time slots, go ahead and take a second slot if you wish.

The morning hours of 10:00 –  12:00noon are set for Open Sign Ups.  The half hour of 3:30 – 4:00 might need to be used for Court setup – so please be flexible if you select that time slot.

The Demonstration Hour is an hour of 10 minute performances meant to showcase the wide variety of performing arts enjoyed by Atlantians. Six demonstrations will be shown: 

  1. Solo vocal with instrument
  2. Solo instrument
  3. Group Vocal
  4. Group Instrumental
  5. Poetry
  6. Scripted Theater

If you are interested in demonstrating one of these arts, please email Lady Kilmeny directly via “thekilmeny AT gmail DOT com.”

Commedia dell’ Arte will be demonstrated later in the day with i Firenzi’s afternoon performance.

Click here for the sign up sheet:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YaC2mMtqKypcD1QtTsn14BliF4p3r0C-qPlkYfhmQ0k/edit?usp=sharing 

The Oldcastle Poetry Smackdown will be run by Master Dunstan   leHeryngmongere. His description of the competition is below.

Lady Jean Kilmeny and Baroness Sophia the Orange are jointly organizing the performing arts portion of KASF.  Please direct questions and requests to Kilmeny after February 1 via “thekilmeny AT gmail DOT com.” 

Please direct questions about the Oldcastle Poetry Smackdown to Master Dunstan via his directions below at the end of his text.

Thank you for participating in Atlantia’s Performing Arts Community!

Sincerely yours, 

Baroness Sophia the Orange

Past Guildmistress, Atlantia Performing Arts, AS 50-AS 53

Oldcastle Poetry Smackdown Announcement from Master Dunstan  leHeryngmongere:

Greetings and Well wishes unto all the Poets, Lyricists, Orators and Wordsmiths in this, the fairest of all Kingdoms, Atlantia!


This year (2019) at the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival (assuming the autocrat lets us in) there shall once again be held THE Duke Gyrth Oldcastle Memorial Poetry Smackdown, this one being the twelfth such annual event.

‘WHAT, PRAYTELL, IS A POETRY SMACKDOWN?’ I sense you asking . . .
I’m glad you asked.

The smackdown serves as an opportunity for poets of all experience levels to come and display their wordsmithing prowess in front of others in the spirit of good fun. This is not a competition, though each entrant shall be given a token to give to their favorite entry. And yes, occasionally some of the poets use this opportunity to . . . . make statements about each other. But that is by no means a requirement this year.

Entrants are asked to write the poems beforehand (this year there are two (2) poems required) and to either show up at the KASF to read their poems or to send them along with someone to read or to send them to me (the moderator of this year’s smack down) and I shall arrange to have them read.

There is an optional third poem that will be only for those who show up. The morning of the competition come find me and I will give you a verbal prompt. See #3 for a description below.


1) ENTRY POEM In honor of a great person and poet (Duke Gyrth Oldcastle) and in defiance of the many negative things happening in the SCA lately you must write a poem, in any period style, that speaks of the reason(s) why you still play in this game and dream this dream we share.

2) SHORT BUT SWEET- LET’S ALL TWEET!- A poem in any period style that speaks of a person that inspires you. Please note the definition of inspire; The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. This can be a positive inspirational message or a full on smackdown, as long as it is about some form of inspiration. The catch is- it has to 144 words or less (not counting the title)

3) (OPTIONAL) THAT’S DEBATABLE- This one is only for folks who show up to the smackdown. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the debate between Martin Luther and John Eck wherein Martin famously denounces the Divine right of the Pope, I am going to give you a prompt and a note on whether or not you are ‘pro’ or ‘con’ for that prompt. Someone else unknown to you will be given the opposite side for that same prompt. You will be required to write, on site, a poem in any period style defending your stance. Then you and your oppone . . .er . . . colleague . . . will go head to head at the end of the smackdown.

Any questions, concerns, or dirty limericks should be addressed directly to me, your humble moderator.

Master Dunstan leHeryngmongere
On facebook you can message Keith Nealson if you have questions.

By Baroness Sophia the Orange, immediate past Guildmistress of the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild

At the Atlantia University’s 100th session this Saturday, February 2, 2019, I officially passed the torch of leadership for the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild to Lady Jeane Kilmeny! Vivat!

SCA Guilds are unofficial organizations, similar to households, that are created and managed by the people invested in them. Like so many aspects of the SCA, you get out of it what you put into it.

After 3+ years of re-energizing this guild, I felt it was time to pass on leadership, and Kilmeny accepted my invitation. She is a fountain of great ideas, new energy, and stuff I never would have thought of. I will still pitch in, especially for technical support for this blog and the Google resources we’ve been using for sharing information within the guild. And now, the buck stops with the magnificent Kilmeny. She will serve our community well, and I’m thrilled to pass this torch to her.

Passing the torch of leadership to Lady Jeane Kilmeny for the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild

Below is the introduction of Kilmeny I gave the audience at University’s convocation yesterday. Many thanks to Mistress Adriana for allowing us time during the convocation to do this business.

Passing the Torch to Lady Jeane Kilmeny:

Bards are the foundation of Performing Arts in the SCA. Bards were the first ones to create space at SCA events for a person to take the stage and sing. Blossoming from the bardic foundation, many other performing arts have found space in the SCA: vocal, instrumental, solo, groups, theater: both scripted and improvised, commedia dell’ arte, storytelling, magic, sword dancing, and many more.

The Atlantia Performing Arts Guild provides informal structure for performing artists to network and find resources. That structure includes: an email list, roster, blog, and a Google drive for sharing tons of documents. (The facebook group “Bards and Performers of Atlantia was started by Lady Scholastica Joycours before the Guild was re-energized, so it’s not an official resource of the Guild, but that’s really splitting hairs. We’re all using the FB group to share and network.)

This Guild was started by Master Corun McAndra in 2002 with a royal charter and an email list on Yahoogroups. In 2015, with Corun’s blessing, Her Majesty Adelhait allowed me permission to re-energize the guild. Today, I pass the torch of leadership to an awesome new leader, Lady Jeane Kilmeny! <applause>

Kilmeny gets the job done with passion, accountability, and empathy. She works successfully with a wide variety of people, including special needs folks, and all the crazy wacky people all of us SCAdians are. She’s a mother of 2 and has been playing in the SCA for over 20 years. She pays attention to individual needs and balances them with the needs of the community making the SCA experience better for all of us.

She is reliable, holds herself accountable, and has a mischievous sense of humor.

At University alone, she started taking classes in 1994. She started teaching here in 2002. She has served many times as Autocrat, Nastycrat, Children’s Activities Coordinator, Performing Arts Coordinator, she’s fought heavy weapons, she sings, and she can teach you a ton about Irish culture!

Lady Jeane Kilmeny now has the torch!

My lords and ladies, I give you the new Guildmistress of the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild, Lady Jean Kilmeny! <the crowd goes wild!>

Group hug!

All photos here were taken by Andrea Nichols and used here with her permission. Thanks Andrea!! <3

The Atlantia Royal Players are a team of performers that are both excellent performers and work to create time and space for performing arts to happen at SCA events.

This team of administrator-performers is comprised of performers from a wide variety of different performing arts as well as geographically spread throughout our fair kingdom. 

At Pennsic 2016, Their Majesties of Atlantia, Dietrich and Thora, kicked off this new experimental program at Royal Court.  At court during Pennsic 2017, Their Majesties of Atlantia, Cuan and Signy, witnessed the success of the first year of this program and blessed the team to continue.

At Pennsic Royal Court on August 8, 2018, Their Majesties of Atlantia, Dietrich and Una, will again witness and bless the Royal Players. The team members for Year 2 will be honored, and the team members for Year 3 will be introduced to the populace.

Each summer, the existing team members have the option to continue for the coming year or opt out. They also invite new members based on who they have seen devoting effort to both excellence in performing and also volunteering to create time and space for performing arts at events.

The Royal Players team for Year 2 are the following talented and hardworking performers:

  1. Lady Scholastica Joycors – storytelling
  2. Lady Harper an Cu – instrumental and vocal music
  3. Lady Meriorie Matheson – theater
  4. Lord Hákon Erfikvaethiskald – solo and ensemble singing
  5. Mistress Fevronia Murometsa – instrumental and vocal music
  6. Mistress Azza al Shirazi – instrumental music, specialty in dance band music
  7. Lady Nicolosa d’Isenfir – European dance
  8. Master Johann von Solothurn – instrumental and vocal music
  9. Lady Rhiannon of Raven’s Cove – singing, multi-instrumental, European dance and starting some middle eastern
  10. Lady Maia Bowen – Middle Eastern dance and music; European Dance
  11. Lady Wenllyan Goch – European Dance
  12. Lady Darci of Hawkwood – singer and multi-instrumentalist (including Hurdy Gurdy!)
  13. Lady Machteld Cleine – Singing and theater, theater techniques and theater science, encompassing theater history, practice, sociology, audience reaction and societal context
  14. Mistress Dervila Ni Leanon and Baroness Sophia the Orange – administrative and mentoring support

The Royal Players team for Year 3 will add a new member, Lord Owain Wolfe, who recently graduated from Highpoint University with a degree in Theater. He has participated in the commedia troupe I Firenzi, worked with other Royal Players Machteld, Meriorie, and Sophia to create a Theater Track at Atlantia University, and is also an avid fencer.

Year 2 team members Azza and Maia have done amazing work and are opting out for Year 3. The Atlantia Dance Band exists greatly because of the amazingly well-organized materials Mistress Azza has produced for musicians to prepare ahead of a dance band event.  Lady Maia has been impressively dedicated to teaching dance, both European and Middle Eastern to anyone in her travels. Her zills classes have been a hit at events and demos.

Mistress Dervila is also retiring from the Royal Players program this year. Her steadfast belief in the program was key to creating it and kicking it off in 2016, and we would not be here if she had not been so supportive.

The total number of activities for Performing Arts that the Royal Players have created or supported in the past year comes to 205!  The number of events that Royal Players attended totaled 48 not including rehearsals!

If you are seeking assistance in creating performing arts at your event, please reach out to the Royal Players team for support!  A public facebook group is available for anyone to post and reach the team, and anyone is welcome to email me, the administrator of the team, with any questions or requests for help. Orangesophie AT gmail

 

Vivant to the Royal Players of Atlantia!

 

With great appreciation,

Baroness Sophia the Orange

Guildmistress of the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild

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)

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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

Last summer, our beloved Queen Thora approved and blessed a new experiment by the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild – the Royal Players program! This is a program where a team of experienced performers is gathered to represent a wide variety of performing arts and geographic locations throughout Atlantia. This team has the mission to create time and space for Performing Arts activities at events throughout the kingdom and model excellence in performing. The Royal Players team is presented and approved by Their Majesties of Atlantia and presented to the populace at Pennsic. They serve a one year term, then they have the option to continue or opt out. New members can be recommended and invited by the team.

The Royal Players for our first (experimental) year have been outstanding in their support of Performing Arts! They have proven that this is a program that works. Here are their accomplishments from the past year:

  • Hosted 26 bardic circles
  • Performed 9 times for background music
  • Hosted 8 competitions
  • Taught 35 classes
  • Performed 9 concerts
  • Performed music for dancing 9 times
  • Created 7 dance balls or haflas
  • Performed administrative duties to support Performing Arts programs at 14 events
  • Wrote 4 articles or white papers on Performing Arts

Altogether, the Royal Players team created 121 activities in support of Performing Arts this year. They attended 26 events over the past year, not including rehearsals and practices.

Additional accomplishments of this team includes:

  • Lady Harper an Cu was selected to be Kingdom Bard
  • Johann von Solothurn was elevated to the Order of the Laurel
  • Mistress Kisaya kicked off and expanded the Atlantia Middle Eastern Guild
  • Mistress Azza has created a system for the Atlantia Dance Band to get organized. She posts the play list with links to sheet music and recordings of her playing the pieces. It’s an excellent way to support musicians and dancers.
  • Lady Nicolosa d’Isenfir was selected as the new Chancellor of the Atlantia Academy of Dance

Royal Players Year 1 at 12th Night 2017

The Royal Players for the year of Pennsic 45-46 includes these fine performers:

  • Lady Scholastica Joycors – storytelling
  • Lady Harper an Cu – instrumental and vocal music
  • Lady Meriorie Matheson – theater
  • Lord Hákon Erfikvaethiskald – solo and ensemble singing
  • Mistress Fevronia Murometsa – instrumental and vocal music
  • Lady Reynsa Keyferin – vocal and ensemble music
  • Mistress Azza al Shirazi – instrumental music, specialty in dance band music
  • Mistress Kisaiya Zingara – middle eastern music, dance, and culture
  • Lady Nicolosa d’Isenfir – European dance
  • Master Johann von Solothurn – instrumental and vocal music
  • Mistress Dervila Ni Leanon and Baroness Sophia the Orange – administrative support

Here are some more pics of the Royal Players in action this past year:

Meriorie running a Shakespeare competition at 12th Night 2017

Royal Players Year 1 at War of the Wings 2016

Royal Players Year 1 with Spike at War of the Wings 2016

Mistress Azza rehearsing with the dance band at WoW 2016

Next year’s Royal Players team is currently in the hands of Their Majesties, Cuan and Signy, awaiting approval. The announcement for approval and names of the team members will be made at Atlantia Royal Court at Pennsic, starting at 6:00pm on War week Wednesday.

Great Vivants to the Royal Players of Atlantia!! Great job everyone!!!

With great appreciation and applause,

Baroness Sophia the Orange,

Guildmistress of the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild

Atlantia Performing Arts Guild meeting at Unevent: December 3, 2016

Video recording link: https://youtu.be/Ee6vHBwngw4

Agenda & Notes:

  • Google resources for sharing files like class handouts etc:
  • Royal Players program is going strong – 10 people across the kingdom and covering many skills in Performing Arts. Monthly check ins. Creating many opportunities for performing arts to happen at events.
    • Search Facebook with the term “Royal Players” to find their Facebook group and engage with them. Here’s the direct link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RoyalPlayersofAtlantia/ 
    • The Baroness of Marinus, Baroness Catalina, is interested in producing a run of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, so she will reach out to the Royal Player Lady Meriorie Matheson who is a Shakespeare scholar.
      • Anyone can reach out to the Royal Players via their facebook group to consult on any Performing Arts topics.
  • Administrative separation from MOAS office:
    • Lord Etienne, the Kingdom MOAS, decided in June that the Guilds all needed to be completely separate from the MOAS office.
    • We (Etienne and Sophia) agreed that the one required duty for supporting performing arts in Atlantia that would remain with the MOAS office, specifically the duty of the MOAS Deputy for Performing Arts, would be creating the quarterly report on the status of Performing Arts in Atlantia. For an example of this report, see the last report submitted by Sophia for the October 2016 quarterly report here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-ta6p8JkuHPOUpmRWdXODBZcWc
    • The remaining tasks for supporting the Performing Arts in Atlantia remains with the Performing Arts Guild.
  • Royal Bard competition is January 14th at the Kingdom Twelfth Night event: http://www.twelfthnight.atlantia.sca.org/activityPERF.html
    • The description offered by Royal Bard of the North, Master Ruaidhri an Cu, is this:
      • 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: raidhriancu@gmail.com  Facebook: Ruaidhri an Cu
    • The description of the Royal Bard duties from Kingdom Law is this text from Appendix E of Kingdom Law availabile here: http://atlantia.sca.org/offices/seneschal/clerk-of-law/book-of-law/laws-of-the-kingdom :
      • E.1. Duties and Responsibilities of Kingdom Royal Notables The Kingdom Royal Notables are expected to encourage the disciplines for which they are selected.
        • Suggested goals and duties are:
          • • Services in their discipline for the Crown
          • • Sponsoring at least two competitions in their field during their tenure
          • • Working with Branch Officers to encourage the growth of their discipline
          • • Teaching in such venues as are available and reasonable
      • E.2. Kingdom Royal Notables
        • E.2.1. The Royal Bard for excellence in the individual performance of any of the following fields: Singing, Instrumental music, Poetic rendition, Storytelling. The Royal Bard is encouraged to be proficient in at least two of these fields. One or two bards will serve at the same time, depending on the whim of the Crown.
    • Additional ideas about what the assembled members of the Guild wanted to see produced by the Kingdom Bard were generated:
      • Random acts of Entertainment
      • Entertainment during breaks in Crown Tourney
      • Supporting and promoting the concept of “Mug the Gate” where, at camping events, camps can issue an invitation to wandering performers to come into their camp to entertain by hanging a mug decorated with ribbons from their camp gate. See the song from Lord Drake Oranwood called “Mug Your Gate” here” https://drakethebard.com/bardic/mug-your-gate/
      • Leading groups of bards to crawl campfires at camping events to find mugged gates.
      • Passing on their knowledge by sharing lyrics and sheet music and links to recordings on You Tube
      • Producing sing alongs where people can sing along even when they’re new and don’t know the words.
      • Bringing back social and silly songs
      • Pre-court entertainment
  • Conference call for discussing Performing Arts Competitions
    • Interest was moderate for participating in a conference call just to discuss Competitions
  • Upcoming events with performing opportunities:

The next meeting of the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild will be in January after Twelfth Night and include an introduction to the new Royal Bard who will be determined at Twelfth Night.

Link to these notes in the Google Drive shared folder: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jpTCB25lDwouuEQQGMwC-5PJxWWSNeKYbDC-Je_L6Jk/edit?usp=sharing

 

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.
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Unevent 2016 Schedule

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The Royal Players of Atlantia – a new program!

During the Royal Court at Pennsic, August 10, 2016, Their Majesties Dietrich and Thora kicked off a new program for supporting the Performing Arts in Atlantia beyond their reign:

The Royal Players of Atlantia

royal-players-3-of-10-with-text-at-university

The Royal Players of Atlantia is a group of 10 talented performers (just 3 shown above), spread geographically throughout the kingdom, who have well developed skills in a wide variety of Performing Arts:

  • Vocal and instrumental
  • Solo and ensemble
  • Music and theater
  • Scripted and improvisation
  • Secular and sacred
  • Dance – both Middle Eastern and European
  • And those performing arts that don’t fit into a category!

The mission of the Royal Players of Atlantia is to serve as resources for event staff to help make time and space for all Performing Arts to happen at events throughout the kingdom and then to model excellence in performing themselves.

Their term of service is one year, September to August, ensuring that among them at least one performer can travel to Gulf Wars and Pennsic to represent Atlantia in the Performing Arts communities there. For this first year, the Royal Players were appointed by Their Royal Majesties Dietrich and Thora, and future teams of Royal Players may be chosen by appointment or audition at the whim of the Crown. The Royal Bard(s) work as partners with the Royal Players and may serve as a Royal Player at the whim of the Crown. Administrative support to the Royal Players is provided by the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild.

When you have need of music, entertainment, and the environmental richness that performing arts brings, reach out to these people and they will help you create the magic!

  • Lady Scholastica Joycors
    • Specialty-Storytelling
    • Location: Barony of Lochmere
  • Lady Harper an Cu
    • Specialty-Instrumental Solo Music
    • Location: north end of kingdom
  • Lady Meriorie Matheson
    • Specialty-Scripted Theater
    • Location: Barony of Caer Mear
  • Lord Hákon Erfikvaethiskald
    • Specialty: Solo and Ensemble singing
    • Location: Barony of Black Diamond (during academic year)/Barony of Ponte Alto (home)
  • Mistress Fevronia Murometsa
    • Specialty: Solo & Ensemble instrumental music and singing
    • Location: north end of kingdom
  • Lady Reynsa Keyferin
    • Speciality: Ensemble instrumental music
    • Location: Barony of Nottinghil Coil
  • Mistress Azza al Shirazi
    • Specialty: Middle Eastern music
    • Location: Barony of Sacred Stone
  • Mistress Kisaiya Zingara
    • Specialty: Middle Eastern Dance and culture
    • Location: Barony of Sacred Stone
  • Lady Nicolosa d’Isenfir
    • Specialty: European Dance
    • Location: Shire of Isenfir
  • Lord Johann von Solothurn
    • Specialty: Solo instrumental and singing
    • Location: Barony of Black Diamond

Lady Sophia the Orange and Mistress Dervila Ni Leanon are serving as mentors and admin help for the team.

You can connect with The Royal Players of Atlantia in their public Facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RoyalPlayersofAtlantia/

royal-players-facebook-screenshot

If you’re not a facebooker, please contact Lady Sophia the Orange via orangesophie AT gmail for email addresses to contact the Royal Players.

 

 

 

 

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:

 

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Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
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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 Atlantia Performing Arts Guild held a meeting at the Tournament of Ymir in the Barony of Windmasters’ Hill on February 27, 2016 from 11:00 – 12:00am in the Great Hall.

Attendees included:

  • Lady Evelynne Merrymet
  • Mistress Azza al Shirazi
  • Aplin ap Daffyd
  • Mistress Dervila Ni Leanon
  • Mistress Rosalind Jehanne
  • Eoin MacEadbhaird
  • Lady Sophia the Orange

Topics covered included:

  1. Ongoing Projects:

    1. Bardic Circles Best Practices – lead by Lord Johann von Solothurn and Lord Richard Wyn
    2. Performing Arts Competitions Best Practices – lead by Lady Scholastica Joycours and milady Reynsa Keyferin
    3. Troubleshooting group – lead by our two Kingdom Bards, Master Ruaidhri an Cu and Lord Gideon ap Stephen
    4. Online Resources for Sharing:  This one went into some detail….
      1. We have the Atlantia Performing Arts Blog here: http://perform.atlantia.sca.org/
        1. This includes a page for handy links to bardic and other performing resources recently re-organized by our friend Catarina di Paulo / Shannon Hamilton.
        2. This includes pages for: Kingdom Noteables, Performer’s Directory, Performing Groups, a separate page for the Guild, and more tidbits.
      2. Mistress Dervila is working on creating a library on this blog. It’s built with WordPress, so it’s really a Content Management System – one that Dervila has some experience with.
      3. While Dervila is working on that library, we will use a new Google Drive shared with the Google Group email list for the Guild. That means that if you’re email address is on the Google Group email list for the Guild, you have access to that shared drive on Google Drive.
        1. This allows us to share documents and resources immediately and,
        2. this allows us to see what files people want to share and what categories they settle out into before Dervila launches the new library. The categories we actually end up using over the next few months will be the ones we start with in the new library.
        3. The link for the Google Drive is here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-ta6p8JkuHPOVc0Tk0tellxcEU
        4. The link for the Google Group email list is here (if you’re not already on it):  https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/atlantiaperformingartsguild 
    5. Guild jobs
      1. The position of University of Atlantia Liaison for the Guild is being shared this year between Lady Machteld Cleine and Lord Jaume de Monco.  Machteld will handle organizing classes for Performing Arts for the Summer University session and Jaume will handle organizing classes for the Fall University session.
        1. When you’re ready to submit your classes for Summer University, please send email to Machteld first. She’s going to ensure that certain basic performing skills classes get taught for sure and that other classes for certain audiences don’t conflict (like having two commedia classes in the same hour slot). Jaume will follow in the Fall.
      2. Mistress Dervila is holding the position of our Librarian, but she and I can both use some help from folks who are savvy to Google and WordPress resources.
        1. Lord Kazuhiko and Harper an Cu both volunteered to pitch in on that after this Spring semester is over.
        2. More help is welcome!
      3. I’m still looking for a Point of Contact for every single SCA group in Atlantia. Some groups have a “Bardic Champion” or “Performing Arts Champion” but most don’t.  If you’re willing to step up as a Point of Contact for your local SCA group as the “person who knows something about Performing Arts and maybe how to get ahold of that crazy Guild”, please let me know!
  2. New Projects

    1. Lady Teleri the Well Prepared has started working with our very music-friendly Princess of Atlantia as a “Royal Entertainment Coordinator.” (That’s a draft job title.)  I did this job for Amos and Isabella during their reign, and it was rather successful at creating more performing arts activities at Royal Progress events.  Since there is a great deal of administrative legwork involved in creating Performing Arts activities that work seamlessly and smoothly with Royal Progress events, having a person on the Royal Staff that handles all that email and planning ahead is extremely helpful.
      1. We all predict that our two Kingdom Bards and Teleri will all work as a team when the opportunity presents itself to make more and better Performing Arts opportunities happen at Royal Progress events.
    2. Dance Band Musicians
      1. Lady Evelynne Merrymet expressed a deep desire to have live musicians at dance practices.  Mistress Azza concurred with this given her deep enjoyment of playing live music for dancers.
        1. I strongly recommend using the Pennsic Pile sheet music if you’re a musician playing for dancing because the copyright in versions since Pennsic 42 have been cleared to allow for use at SCA events AND the sheet music is arranged for the correct repeat structure for all the dances as they’re danced at Pennsic.
        2. Other sheet music resources exist, but respect of copyright is important, so please check the copyright before you run sheet music through a copier.
        3. Get the Pennsic Pile in PDF download here:  http://pennsicdance.aands.org/pennsic44/PennsicPile44.pdf
    3. Pictures of Performers for the Roster
      1. Mistress Dervila has a method to create a page on the Performing Arts blog that can serve as a directory that INCLUDES PICTURES! This has been a technological struggle for me. I’ve set up text only rosters for folks to submit their data on what they perform and who they are, but I have not been able to easily create a roster with pictures. Now that Dervila has a way to do it, we can now fill our roster with pictures!
      2. Please be prepared to send in pictures once we find the best place to put them before Dervila’s ready with the new directory.
    4. Performing Arts Groups
      1. I need help fleshing out the content pages for Performing Arts Groups on the blog. I need help gathering info on the following groups:
        1. Ladies Fair singing group
        2. Ponte Alto Singers
        3. PAGE
      2. If anyone’s willing to write up a blog post on any one of these groups, or any MORE groups you’re aware of – please let me know!!
    5. Guild Heraldry and Online Graphics help needed
      1. The Kingdom MOAS wants us to nail down some heraldry for the Guild. We also need some better graphics for the blog.
      2. Eoin Mac Edhbaird volunteered to help in this, and if there are other herald & graphics folks interested in helping, please pipe up! We may need a committee for this.

The next meeting of the Guild is TBD. It will be after Gulf Wars for sure!!

Thank you all for pitching in to the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild!

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

 

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