The Company-of-Foote!

Sir Nicholas Worthington’s Company-of-Foote!

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at The Renaissance Pleasure Faire (North)
at Black Point Forest, Novato in Marin County, California

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Sir Nicholas Worthington’s Company-of-Foote RPFN ’83 at Black Point, Novato in Marin County, California

“Why then the world’s mine oyster, which I with sword will open.”
-Pistol (“The Merry Wives of Windsor” Act 2, scene ii by William Shakespeare)

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Worthington’s Company-of-Foote RPFN ’84

This Blog is about the magical Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point Forest, Novato, in Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco, in the early to late 1980’s, produced by The Living History Centre (LHC) and the College of Renaissance Delights).

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“Eat, Drynk & Be Merry!” at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (North)

We have written about the Renaissance Faire before. You can read the previous Blogs “Phyllis Patterson RIP She Changed My Life” and “Return to the Paramount Ranch”, (and see pictures of) the old Southern Faire Site in Agoura.

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“Make Ye Way! Make Ye Way!”

In 1582, journeyman monger Eric Bacon left his home in Chipping-under-Oakwood and joined Nicholas Worthington’s Company-of-Foote mercenary soldiers. He went to Flanders to fight the Spanish and on his return to the Shire he faithfully served her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth for two more years (1583-84) as a Royal Guard and Chair Bearer during the Queen’s Progress through the annual Harvest Faire. “G-d Save The Queen!”

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Eric Bacon left Worthington’s Company-of-Foote honorably after the 1584 Harvest Faire. He joined The Fool’s Guild, became a follower of St. Stupid, and also “served” as the Lord Mayor’s Fool. For several years he was often seen walking the streets and wandering throughout the Shire after dark looking for trouble. He mysteriously vanished into the Woods of Holly in 1588, never to be seen again.

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In Spring of 1980 we were introduced to the fun of working at the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California by an older high school friend. In late summer of 1981, we began “carpool” commuting each weekend from Los Angeles to Marin County to visit and work at the Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point, Novato in Summer (and still working at the Southern Faire in Spring) as a street actor.

Costume Crew

In 1982, we were first hired as an hourly CREW employee by the Costume Department for a promotional fashion show at the Old Globe Theatre in West Hollywood. We worked for the CREW Costume Department and continued to perform as a street actor first with the Mongers, and then with the Company-of-Foote, at the Northern Faire until 1985 when we began working for the Security Department as well as Costumes.

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When we moved to Santa Cruz for college we commuted to both the Northern and Southern Faire (and also the Dickens’ Christmas Fair at the Fox Theatre in Oakland and Pier 45 in San Francisco) and we continued working for Living History Centre Security and Costume Departments until we graduated. We moved to Novato after college and worked the Northern Faire one more season in 1988, before moving back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood. We continued to work Security at the Southern Renaissance Faire until 1994. We worked as a Walking Guard, Night Security, a Walking Lieutenant, Mobile Security (during the week on the Northern Lot in 1987), and then as Night Security and as the Front Gate Lieutenant after the Southern Faire moved from the Paramount Ranch in Agoura to Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore (San Bernadino), California in 1990.

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The Red Barn & Cardiac Hill – Blackpoint Forest, Novato

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Company-of-Foote Morning Muster and Drill at the “Front of Faire”

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The Elizabethan Cottage (Before) at the “Front of Faire”

Living History! Live Interactive Street Theatre! Hundreds of Costumed Performers!
The centerpiece of the the Northern Renaissance Faire was the daily parade, the “Queen’s Progress Through The Shire” to the Ben Johnson Stage for “The Queen Show” at 3pm each afternoon. Beginning at the Red Barn in the “Front of Faire”, Queen Elizabeth and her retainers would be joined by the Town Criers, the ER Band, the Nobles from the Royal Court, the Scots, the Irish, the Germans and the Guild of St. Cuthbert’s. Queen Elizabeth would be carried in “the Tudor Sedan” and guarded by the Company-of-Foote through the dense crowd to the stage. After the stage show, the Queen would continue with the parade to another destination within the Faire and/or return to the Red Barn staging area. On a few rare occasions we carried the Queen all the way through the Fairesite to “The End of The World” Alestand and back.

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Guardshack – Black Point Forest, Novato (Dario took this pic)

This was written for the original fb photo album a few years ago:
“RPFN early 80s – I’m not sure how it happened but I blame Pugsly. I’m marching in the parking lot at Blackpoint dressed in blue and carrying a pike wheeling to the left and right. It’s hot. It’s dusty. How did this happen to me at the Faire? So I marched with the company ’82-’84? I was a rear wheel on the Tudor Sedan for the hottest summer in history (actually two years). Rory and I both agreed that there’s no better workout at the Faire than carrying the Queen from the Red Barn to the End of The World and back in 100 degree heat! For my time with the Company-of-Foote, I must admit it was a great time with great people and lots of great fun (from what I can remember). So for those who were there, THANK YOU! For those who came later or missed the party, here are some pics I collected from others. And for those who are no longer with us, you are missed and remembered by your friend and comrades in arms.” – JoshWillTravel

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“Murph and the Magictones” The ER Band

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“Huzzah! Huzzah! The Queen!”

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The Art of Burlap Over “The Serpentine” (from above)

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“Long Live The Queen!”

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“Well met, Good Gentles! Well met!”

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“G-d Save the Queen!”

 

 

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Ben Johnson Stage from Alestand 3

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“The Golden Hind” at the Ben Johnson Stage

THE QUEEN SHOW!
(“Our Shire Welcomes The Queen” on the Ben Johnson Stage at Three O’the Clock!)

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Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth

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“Parade Rest!” Hurry Up, Then Wait.

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Big Shout Out To All The Water Bearers and Support People!

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Nicholas Worthington & the Landsknecte (colorful German mercenary soldiers)

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“End of the World” – Blackpoint Forest, Novato

Gone Too Soon! Our COF Friends who have gone on to “Sky-Faire” before us:
Auntie, Gleb Perfiloff, Charles Sanders, Thomas Willey, Robin Wadsworth RIP

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Many more of our dear Friends from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire have gone on to “Sky-Faire” too soon! We remember them all and there are too many to list here!

The “Neenster” wouldn’t be happy if we did a Blog about Northern Faire and didn’t include this amazing picture. It was taken at Monday Brunch on the lot while we were waiting for steak & eggs (as Reggie and Michael look on).

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“Neenster” RIP at Monday Brunch

And here’s a group pic of the Security CREW from “way back” (1985):

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Security CREW – Blackpoint Forest, Novato

Black Point is another place that is on the list of “Things That Aren’t There Anymore”, the land was sold and developed, and now there is another fine golf course and private community of multi-million dollar homes on the old Northern Faire Site.

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“Hay-Foote, Hay-Foote!”

NOTE: FULL DISCLOSURE! None of the pictures in this Blog post are mine! (Well, okay there are a couple…) They were ripped from the interweb over the years to remind us of the past and now have been used to illustrate our story. Not all of the pics are from the 1983-84 period, again they are used with “artistic license” to visually tell the tale. They are included for educational purposes only and not for commercial gain. BIG THANKS to all the photographers, if you want credit pm me. Also, as a member of the Costume CREW, these pictures are a part of my professional resumé as well as my personal history.

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William Shakespeare RIP: poet, playwright, actor-Died April 23, 1616

William Shakespeare RIP: poet, playwright & actor
A great writer and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist
England’s national poet aka the “Bard of Avon”
Died April 23, 1616

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
~William Shakespeare ‘Twelfth Night’

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The playwright was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Warwickshire market town, and returned there when he retired.

  • Born in 1564, and the earliest record of his writing dates from 1592
  • Wrote around 38 full plays (including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth), 154 sonnets and other works.
  • Words including “assassination”, “addiction”, “generous” and “bedroom” had their first recorded uses in his plays
  • Introduced phrases like “elbow room”, “heart of gold” and “tower of strength” to the English language
  • Acted as well as wrote, and owned a share in the original Globe theatre
  • Died on 23 April 1616, aged 52

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Greg Bell as Shakespeare at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Agoura 1985

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company (original members) performed “Hamlet” and “Romeo & Juliet” on the Caravanserie Stage at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Novato, California 1984-87

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Jess, Adam & Daniel – The Reduced Shakespeare Company Original Members

When we were in college in Santa Cruz we worked for the University of California, Santa Cruz, Performing Arts Department and the Living History Centre (the producers of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire & Dickens’ Christmas Fair) in Black Point, Novato, California.

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Shakespeare Santa Cruz 1984

“And, most dear actors, eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy.”
~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 4, Sc 2

In 1989, we traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England as a consultant to Homer “Murph” Swander’s “Theatre in England” (associated with UC Santa Barbara).

We saw 13 plays in 3 weeks at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theaters in Stratford, and at The Pit, the National and Barbican in London. We saw Mark Rylance perform the title role of “Hamlet” in pajamas in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the role of Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet” in The Swan Theatre. We also saw “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, “Cymbeline”, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and many other non-Shakespearean classical performances. We even saw Dustin Hoffman perform Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” in London (his first time doing Shakespeare on stage).

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Mark Rylance as the title character in the RSC’s “Hamlet” 1989

NOTE: While in Stratford-upon-Avon, we had the pleasure to meet and drink with many of the RSC actors after the performances at the Falcon Hotel Bar across the street from the theatre. In addition, some of the RSC actors spoke, performed and answered questions at scheduled daytime meetings of our travel group. We also toured Broughton Castle.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Allen Elizabethan Theatre’s Stage

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Past OSF Performances we’ve attended (only a partial list of course):

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37 Plays! How many have you read? How many have you seen?

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Shakespeare Doodles (thanks http://www.goodticklebrain.com)

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Some Shakespeare Infographics:

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Some Shakespeare Insults:

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Some Shakespeare Humor:

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Shakespeare is buried in the cemetery at the Church of the Trinity in Stratford.

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Church of the Trinity – Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, Oregon Visitor's Map

Ashland, Oregon – Visitor’s Map

Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit professional theatre company located in the City of Ashland in southern Oregon. The performance season runs  ten months of the year, from February through early November.

The OSF’s Mission Statement:
“Inspired by Shakespeare’s work and the cultural richness of the United States, we reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory.”

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The OSF season features eleven works by William Shakespeare and by other classic writers, as well as modern and contemporary work and original world premieres. Plays are performed in three theatres: two indoor stages, the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the Thomas Theatre, and the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

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The Green Show & Angus Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Green Show presents FREE performances on an outdoor stage in the courtyard by visiting acts before the evening shows (outdoor performances run from early June to mid-October). Backstage tours, park talks, lectures, classes, workshops, pre and post-show conversations, community and special events are also available for visitors.

The Green Show! FREE Performances before the evening show June-October

The Green Show! FREE Performances before the evening show June-October

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The Allen Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The OSF welcomes everyone and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both insights into the work presented on stage and in our relationships with each other. They are committed to diversity!

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The Thomas Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

2015 Season: Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Anthony & Cleopatra, Long Days Journey Into Night, Guys & Dolls, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fingersmith, Head Over Heels, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, Sweat, and The Happiest Song Plays Last

2016 Season: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard II, Timon of Athens, Great Expectations, Roe, The Winter’s Tale, The Wiz, The River Bride, The Yeoman of The Guard and Vietgone,  

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