The Crown Players are a regional theatre organization based out of Southbridge, Massachusetts, that draws performers from around the New England area who share a passion for creativity and the performing arts. Together we create a community theatre that enchants thousands of patrons annually in both Connecticut and Massachusetts providing theatre opportunities for all skill levels ranging from new to very experienced. Members are trained in various arts including stage combat, voice, period dialect, interaction with the public, improvisation, and more as required by the role they are playing.
Performances for the Crown Players take place at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire over its entire run both on-and-off stage. On stage, performances are like any outdoor theatre production (Shakespeare in the Park, for example) with a seated audience watching, laughing, and clapping to the show. Offstage, performances are more intimate one-on-one experiences with festival guests using learned improvisation and public interaction techniques that create highly-memorable experiences.
Our group is made up of more than actors alone. We transcend traditional theatre with a creative combination of singers, dancers, street performers, magicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, musicians, jugglers, musical comedy performers, and more.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, has accepted a visitation from King Henry III and members of the Catholic Church. The meeting to be the first of a possible courtship between the two monarchs. However, the day’s events are complicated by the Queen’s malady, with mad medicine, meddling clergy, and plenty of comical errors.
- Queen Elizabeth I, our ruling monarch.
- Dr. John Dee, a well-intentioned, though quite mad, scientist.
- Chief Gentlewoman Blanche, a funny and forward lady of the court.
- Countess of Shrewsbury, Bess of Hardwick, a stern counsel to the Queen.
- Baron William Cecil, a silly and nervous advisor.
- King Henry III, a troubled visiting monarch.
- Bishop Charles de Bourbon, a church leader with nefarious intentions.
- Brother Jacques, ally to the Bishop.
- General Gaspard de Saulx, a short-tempered, but a good man.
- Lady Renee, a companion to the king’s court.
PEOPLE OF THE SHIRE
We play a variety of characters that breathe life into the kingdom for guests. We could be anything ranging from a visiting king or queen to the butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. Whatever the role, we have a blast bringing history to life in a fun, creative way. This is where varying talents come into play with wandering minstrels playing guitar, jugglers, stilt walkers, puppeteers, and more. If you’ve got a talent that would make the village more exciting, we’d like to hear from you.