Welcome to the ever changing world of performing arts in the Kingdom of Atlantia!

Visit this page often to see news regarding the ever changing and expanding community of performers throughout our fair kingdom. You can also subscribe via email or RSS feed. Watch our Social Media page for the ebb and flow of our social media outlets. If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the site, please contact capo AT ifirenzi DOT com.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. The Kingdom of Atlantia encompasses all of Maryland, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, most of Virginia and a small portion of Georgia. Members create and attend events which feature performing arts, tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more. Click http://sca.org for more!


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…



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!


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!


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


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!

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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


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:



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





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Atlantians Performing at Pennsic 45!

If you want to go to the Performing Arts stages at Pennsic and say “Hey! I know that performer!” then feast your eyes on this list of your fellow Atlantians and their performance days and times!


  • Bardic Music Expo – Monday August 8 from 1:00-4:00 – many Atlantians have slots including Lord Johann von Solothurn, Lady Scholastica Joycours, and Dragonsong!
  • Mistress Rosalind Jehanne in concert: Sunday August 7 at 5:30pm “A Little Knight Music” Mistress Rosalind Jehanne and Master John Lyttleton present songs of chivalry, humor, and nobility, accompanied by good friends.  *Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12
  • Master Efenwealt Wystle and Mistress Aénor d’Anjou in concert: Sunday 8:00pm – For over 25 years these loopy Laurels have been making musical magic with their mix of medieval melodies, bawdy ballads, terpsichorean tirades and sundry songs for SCAdians. Join in the fun for their annual Pennsic concert! *Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12.*
  • Bardic Exposition: Monday 1:00 – 4:00pm Master Efenwealt Wystle presiding over a smorgasbord of Pennsic Bards!
  • Atlantia Queen’s Bardic Circle – for everyone! Middle Sunday, August 7, starting at 8:00pm in Atlantia Royal Camp. Hosted by her Majesty, coordinated by Lady Scholastica Joycors.
  • Camp Southwind Bardic Night – Monday August 8 starting at dusk
  • Master Efenwealt comedy music halfhour — Monday at 6:30 at the Amphitheater, opening for the “Who’s Line Doth It Be” show where you may see more Atlantians performing improv comedy!


  • Mar Yaakov HaMizrachi performs “The Book of Delight” Monday August 8 at 8:00 – 9:00pm in the PAT – Tah Sh’ma! Come and hear!  Storyteller Mar Yaakov HaMizrachi in performance of his reconstruction of the period work “The Book of Delight” by Yosef ben Meir Ibn Zabara.  Zabara wrote this classic work of folk tales in about the year 1200 in Toledo, Spain.  Hear how a clever fox seeks to trick a foolish leopard to his doom! Only the leopard’s wise wife stands between our Well Meaning but Foolish Hero and his certain death! In this contest of wit between a loving wife and a cunning foe, whose cleverness shall prevail?

Commedia dell’ Arte

  • Iron Commedia show: Friday August 5 at 5:00pm – Directed by Lady Avalina del Dolce, Lord Derek le Gard, Lord Manus MacDhai, and Lady Sophia the Orange
  • I Verdi Confusi Commedia show: Saturday August 6 at 9:00pm – performances by Lord Manus MacDhai and Lady Sophia the Orange
  • Commedia Expo: Sunday August 7 at 2:00pm – Performances by Lady Avalina del Dolce, Lord Derek le Gard, more from Vagando Stolti, Lord Manus MacDhai, Lady Sophia the Orange, and possibly more!
  • Pennsic Commedia All Stars show: Thursday August 11 at 9:30pm – Directed by Lady Sophia the Orange with performances by Lady Avalina del Dolce, Lord Derek le Gard, Lord Manus MacDhai, Lady Genefa Wolfelin, and Lady Tessa Despina!


Pennsic Fools’ Parade – for everyone! Tuesday August 9 at 3:00 pm starting at the Bath house. Lead by Lady Sophia the Orange.

Children’s Fete – Wednesday August 10 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Performers organized by Lord Richard Wyn! Performers that are often seen there include Fevronia and Igor, Deridre o’Bardhan, and sometimes that Spare Time Fool, Efenwealt!

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Song Lyrics & Tunes for Atlantia at Pennsic

Pennsic has many opportunities to sing and get your bardic on! But you’ve got to prepare!

Her Majesty Thora is a big fan of sing-a-longs, so here is a set of links for you to prepare, print lyric sheets, and listen to someone sing the tune for some classics loved by many.  At least some of these will be sung at the Atlantian Queen’s Bardic Circle at Atlantia Royal Camp on middle Sunday starting at 8:00pm!

These tunes are recommended by Very Experienced Performers as highly likely to rouse the Pennsic spirit for Altlantians!  Use these links to find the recordings to learn the tunes by ear and the lyrics for you to print out and bring with you to bardic circles:

Fair Lady Atlantia by Master Efenwealt Wystle / Scott Vaughan
Lyrics & chords – (new version with Raven’s Cove) http://camelot-treasures.com/music/efenwealt/Minstrel/FairLadyAtlantia.pdf
Audio (new version) – https://blibberinghumdingers.bandcamp.com/track/fair-lady-atlantia-ravens-cove-remix

Audio (old version) – https://blibberinghumdingers.bandcamp.com/track/fair-lady-atlantia-1990s-version
You Tube – (old version) https://youtu.be/BQNxiHZhGF0


Argent and Azure by Lady Ambra / Samantha Moore
Lyrics & chords – http://www.hartshavenmusic.com/HHSiteLoad/Ambra/Songs/AAA.htm
Audio – https://youtu.be/V3rSSVWg4d0

Band of Brothers by Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory / Ken Theriot
Lyrics – http://www.ravenboymusic.com/Lyrics/HumanHistorylyrics.doc
Audio – https://youtu.be/1Ct5749N4RM

Parting Glass – Traditional Irish
Lyrics: http://www.ireland-information.com/irishmusic/partingglass.shtml
Audio: https://youtu.be/qgboqZNduF0

The Song of Love aka Rosalind’s Bawdy Ballad
Lyrics: http://www.rosalindjehanne.com/linked/the_song_of_love.pdf
Audio: https://youtu.be/px8PJsUSV8A

— Song of the Waves by Steve Shell/ Gideon ap Stephen
Lyrics: see below
Audio: https://youtu.be/-DhgTp5MAWY

Lyrics to Song of the Waves:

Heave ho, away we go
Rowin’ faster, rowin’ faster
Heave ho, away we go
Atlantia sails to war.

Our King sets eyes on foreign fields
To ever stand and never yield
To bend their knees and break their shields
This day we sail to war

Heave ho, away we go
Rowin’ faster, rowin’ faster
Heave ho, away we go
Atlantia to war.

With Azure Banners now unfurled
Our Thanes take up the challenge hurled
And we prepare to leave this world
Our King must have his War

Heave ho, away we go
Rowin’ faster, rowin’ faster
Heave ho,away we go
Atlantia sails to war.

Longships piled deep and wide
We ride the waves from side to side
No shore can stand or stem the tide
Of Atlantia at War

Heave ho, away we go
Rowin’ faster, rowin’ faster
Heave ho, away we go
Atlantia to war.

Warriors of the Salt and Stone
At battle’s end we stand alone
Upon this field of blood and bone
Our King commands this War

Heave ho, away we go
Rowin’ faster, rowin’ faster
Heave ho, away we go
Atlantia to war.
Lord Odin guide us ‘cross the sea
To fulfill this destiny
Into the arms of Valkyries
Allfather bless this war

Heave ho, away we go
Rowin’ faster, rowin’ faster
Heave ho, away we go
Atlantia to war.

Join voices with the raven’s cry
Swear one last oath to sea and sky
Valhalla’s gates are swinging wide
We’ll see you at the War.

Heave ho, away we go
Rowin’ faster, rowin’ faster
Heave ho, away we go
Atlantia to war.


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Videos of Performances at KASF 2016!

The Atlantia Kingdom Art and Sciences Festival 2016 hosted an amazing extravaganza for Performing Arts!  No less than 26 performers showed the populace of Atlantia a Demo Hour of the many ways Performing Arts shows up in the SCA, and the hour before that was filled with impressive performances from groups and soloists!

This link takes you to the video recording of the Demo Hour of Performing Arts: https://youtu.be/8NYrd9kS7Ww
This link takes you to the video recording of the open sign-ups hour we had for all performers right before the Demo Hour: https://youtu.be/6ifUTJwEEFI

More recordings of the Commedia dell’ Arte mini-class/demo and the period scenario presented by i Firenzi are coming soon!
Many thanks to Lord Manus MacDhai for processing these videos and making them available to us all!

Thanks also to Mistress Ceridwen ferch Owain for helping us organize this extravaganza at KASF!

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

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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


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Did you know that Atlantia is home to an extraordinary group of performing artists, the Laydes Fayre vocal ensemble?  Under the direction of Mistress Arianna Morgan, for over 16 years, these singers of all levels and backgrounds have come together to produce beautiful period music!  Read the introduction to the group below written by Mistress Arianna, and watch for their performances in the northern half of the kingdom! – Sophia the Orange

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Laydes Fayre is an inter-baronial  women’s vocal music ensemble dedicated to the performance of pre-17th century European polyphonic music.  The ensemble was formed by the Director, Mistress Arianna Morgan, in 1999 to provide women in northern Atlantia with additional opportunities to sing period choral music.   Laydes Fayre currently has members from Lochmere, Dun Carraig, Ponte Alto, Storvik, and Roxbury Mill.  Members come from a variety of musical backgrounds and experiences.

Laydes Fayre averages about 5 to 6 performances per year at SCA events, most of which are local.   The Laydes have performed in a variety of SCA settings.  They have provided processional/recessional music for Coronations, Investitures, and peerage elevations; performing arts showcases and concerts; during feast, and before court.   Several years ago, the group recorded a CD (Here’s to the Laydes).  The CD features a variety of well-known and not so well known pieces of the 16th century.  The CD also includes some original pieces composed by Mistress Arianna. (Email her directly to buy a copy of the CD.)

Mistress Arianna considers a number of factors when selecting music for the group including audience appeal; variety of tempos, genres, and languages; voicing, and appropriate level of complexity.    The complexity of the music is varied so that the more experienced members won’t get bored and the less experienced members increase their skill level.

The group works hard to learn their music and has fun in the process!  After each rehearsal, the Laydes enjoy baked goods and conversation.  Even members’ birthdays are celebrated with cake and candles!  Occasionally, the group takes a break from rehearsals to have a girls’ night out.

The group typically rehearses twice a month on Friday nights from 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.  in Tracys Landing, Maryland,  just 20 minutes south of the Washington, D.C.  Beltway.  Each voice part also has a “sectional” rehearsal every third month.  Performance and rehearsal schedules are provided well in advance and music is provided to members at no cost.
Laydes Fayre is always welcoming new members for all voice parts:  Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, and Alto II.   (Most music performed is for SSA, SSAA, or SAT voicing.)    Music reading skills and choral experience are helpful, but not required.  Learning by rote is perfectly acceptable.   Music memorization is never required.

There are no formal auditions.  However, members are expected to be able to sing in tune in a choral setting, follow direction, attend rehearsals and performances regularly, and work and play well with others.  If you are interested and/or have questions, please contact Mistress Arianna via e-mail at   chrissings AT juno DOT com    or via telephone at (410) 533-4535.  If sending an e-mail message, please use “Laydes Fayre Interest” as your subject line.

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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: https://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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Meeting Notes for the Atlantia Performing Arts Guild meeting on February 6 at Atlantia University


Teleri the Well Prepared attended via the Zoom online web service

In the room were:

  • Sophia the Orange
  • Tessa de Spina
  • Frixco Osnath
  • Ruaidhri an Cu
  • Harper an Cu
  • Con O’Quyrke
  • Rhiannon of Raven’s Cove
  • Watkyn of Kent
  • Johann von Solothurn
  • Alys d’ Avignon
  • Edward Bedevere
  • Jaume de Monco

Topics covered:

  1. Ongoing Projects – three of them!
    1. Project #1) Johann von Solothurn and Richard Wynn are compiling Best Practices for Bardic Circles
    2. Project #2) Scholastica Joycors and Reynsa Keferin are compiling Best Practices for Performing Arts Competitions
    3. Project #3) Ruaidhri an Cu and Gideon ap Stephan, the two current Kingdom Bards, are working on getting their Dual Kingdom Bard strategy together and they want to create a group for hard hitting problem solving. A sub-group of the regular everyday member of the Atlantia Performing Arts community who is ready to talk seriously about problem solving, including possibly using strong language and airing dirty laundry. This group should be tightly controlled with approved membership of those folks ready to make positive change. The most likely next step is to create a Google Group email list where the membership can be easily monitored and controlled but is still easy to request membership to.
    4. If you’re interested in pitching in on any of these ongoing projects, please contact the folks running them! I’m requesting that you make that contact via the Guild’s email list so we can all see what’s going on.  Facebook is moderately ok for reaching out, but if you want to build community and track the communication that happens more than a day later, the email list is the best way to do it.
  2. Guild Communications: Use the new Google Groups email list for the Guild! Click here to add yourself:  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/atlantiaperformingartsguild
    1. The Atlantia Performing Arts Blog is open for anyone to write a blog post about any topic related to Performing Arts! Please write stuff!  https://perform.atlantia.sca.org
      1. Blog posts can be great for getting your material online if you don’t have your own web page. It’s better than Facebook because it’s often hard to find material on Facebook a few days after you saw it. This blog is open to anyone supporting the Performing Arts in Atlantia!
    2. Online Library for sharing Performing Arts Resources – coming soon!
      1. Mistress Dervila has accepted the job of the Guild’s Librarian! But she could use some help!
      2. She’s going to build us an online library on the blog platform since it’s WordPress and actually build to manage lots of content. She is, however, going to need some significant time to get that done, so….
      3. We’re going to launch a Google Drive to share documents and Performing Arts Resources online – through this Google Group – WHILE Dervila works on the Blog Library. This Google Drive will be a temporary storage facility that will easily migrate to the WordPress Blog Library when it’s ready.
      4. If you’re interested in helping with managing files – especially if you like being a Librarian type of person – please let us know!
        1. Kazuhiko and Harper both expressed interest in pitching in as Librarians, but only after this academic semester is over. We support their decision to keep school the top priority! J
    3. University of Atlantia Liaison for Performing Arts
      1. Lord Jaume de Monco has stepped up to be our Liaison for Atlantia University! This means he’s going to be asking around “Who’s interested in teaching these classes?” and proposing a number of classes that should always be taught like “Bardic 101” or “Research for Performers” and the like.
      2. He’s also going to help the University folks deconflict tracks of classes and schedule classes if they need to be in some kind of order.
      3. Jaume can only pick up this job in the Fall since he works in the professional baseball season. Lady Machteld might step up to handle Summer University for us, but if you’re interested in this kind of work, please step up and help them out!

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

  1. YMIR has a bunch of great Performing Arts activities! February 27 in Windmasters’ Hill! http://ymir.windmastershill.org/
    1. Meeting of the Performing Arts Guild: 11:00am – 12:00noon
    2. Bardic Circle: 12:00 noon – 2:00pm
    3. Bardic Competition: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    4. Commedia dell’ Arte family friendly performance: 3:45pm – 4:45pm
    5. Commedia dell’ Arte adults only performance: starting ~9:45pm (after feast)
    6. Bardic Circle for Night Owls: starting after commedia is done ~11:00pm
    7. Dancing starts in the big hall after feast ~ 9:30pm
  2. Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival – March 5 – Canton of Studdentorre   http://sudentorre.atlantia.sca.org/jmla/index.php/activities/events/kingdom-a-s/kasf-menu-pg-entertain
    1. There is an hour of open slots for performers to sign up for a 10 minute performance slot between 10:00am and 11:00am – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13TWU9q14CJtP1PJYXAbbO3FsKN7yQ-nLpnW9b46n41M/edit?usp=sharing
    2. There is a Demo Hour of performances between 11:00am – 12:00 noon. Sign-ups are already full, but we want to make this bigger next year!
    3. The Oldcastle Poetry Smackdown runs from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm.
    4. I Firenzi will do a mini-class in Commedia dell’ Arte to put it in perspective and context for SCAdians starting at 1:30pm.
    5. I Firenzi presents a period scenario from 1611 “The Fake Tofano” as the greatest achievement in Commedia this kingdom has ever seen!! (Ok, I’m a little biased…)
  3. SCA 50 Year Celebration – June 17-26 in Indianapolis, IN – will be TONS of fun for performers of all kinds! I’m (Sophia) running the Performing Arts Program, so if you have anything that you’d like to do, perform, teach, or see at the SCA 50 Year event, please let me know!  http://sca50year.org/index.html

Anyone else want to plug the Performing Arts activities at their event???

Next Meeting is at Ymir, February 27, from 11:00am – 12:00noon and we will use the Zoom.com online conference call service so you can participate via web cam or call in using a regular phone.

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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!


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