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Mirth and merriment were what awaited the AP English, British Literature and Drama students who attended the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on Oct. 8.
At the gate, students were warmly welcomed by an assortment of characters ranging from peasants and pirates to merchants and musicians. They were paraded through the town and waited at the stage where they met King Henry VIII and his Queen Catherine of Aragon.
Instantly students were taken back to 1509 when Henry was to be crowned the new king of England. Conflict arises when Edmund de Pole arrived and challenged Henry for his own right to the throne. The two agreed to resolve the matter in a game of human chess later on at noon.
After the scene for the day was set, students were free to visit vendors and shows as well as gorge themselves on a plethora of food.
The point of the trip was to connect this fabricated world to what the students are learning about in class. The Brit. Lit. classes learned more about the cultural and historical elements of the time, and the drama students were offered powerful insight into the art of acting.
“It’s amazing the way the actors interact with the attendants,” senior Abigail Foxwell said. “In my drama class, it’s really useful to learn how to come out of our shells and really get into a role.”
At 12:30 p.m., crowds gathered around the life-sized game board to watch the chess match and root for their favorites. The crowd shrieked with excitement as acrobatic players flipped and flew through the air. It was then that the students finally bade farewell to the faire and returned to reality, their minds opened and their bellies filled.