Fashion, music and plays at LHS's Renaissance Fair

Lebanon High School captured the look of a different world Saturday as the first Renaissance Fair took over the auditorium and the cafeteria.
May 25, 2009


Lebanon High School captured the look of a different world Saturday as the first Renaissance Fair took over the auditorium and the cafeteria.
The freshmen and sophomores that make up Carmen Valkyrie's Honors World Studies and Amanda Hargis' Honors English I classes donned the attire, learned the words and prepared the food of the era.
For over three-hours, they presented a fashion show of all types of clothing from the Elizabethan era including one young man, Michael Dobson as Paris, in Chain Mail like the knights used to wear.
Following the fashion show, a LHS choir group, lead by Greg Harris, presented a sampling of music of the time. This led into an updated adaptation of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."
"Two of our students, April Dash and Emily Halbert, took the 100 pages of the original script and cut them down to 20," said Valkyrie. "The two of them also directed the play."
It was obvious the kids were having a ball with the skit, with modern lines that included "like the 17 guys you gave your phone number to," the insertion of a few bars of "When A Man Loves A Woman," or a boy lip synching to a girl's voice.
A demonstration of renaissance dancing followed the Bard's "As You Like It." This led into a rendition of another Shakespearean classic, "Romeo and Juliet."
"Only this version is called the 'Romeo and Juliet Wedding,'" said Valkyrie. "It's what should have happened if the story had ended with family and friends at a happy wedding and reception instead of the tragedy it turned out to be."
The cast, with Alecia Jennings as Juliet and Case Sloan as Romeo, went through the wedding ceremony complete with bridesmaids, groomsmen, family and friends and then retired to the cafeteria for a renaissance reception.
All the food was indicative of the Elizabethan era and made by the students themselves. The feast was highlighted by a cake made like a castle by English student Sarah Kozuszek. Connecting the castle was a bridge and then an island, on which sat a reclining blue dragon that was shaped, molded and made by Sarah's twin sister, Megan.
Several plates of cupcakes surrounded the main cake, all decorated with turrets. On another table was a big cake made by Hargis' class that bore the family crest. At a point, Romeo and Juliet cut the castle cake as they would have if they'd had a wedding reception.
Other student-produced items that rounded out the "authenticity" of the fair included crafts such as shields, cross necklaces, bracelets, balloon swords, face painting, an apothecary station filled with faux potions and a stockade.
"This project is a culmination of what all the students have learned this year in their English classes," explained Valkyrie and Hargis. "It gives them a hands-on activity that lets them analyze the characters better from a higher order of thinking. If it turns out well, we hope to do it as an annual culminary project for the freshman and sophomore English classes to come."
Valkyrie admits she helped a bit in cutting out patterns, but said Hargis was responsible for making all the costumes, some of them rather elaborate.
Valkyrie's Honors World Studies students taking part in the productions included Michael Stokes, Eric Vasughn, Xander Eisenstein, Kenny Htfield, Kathryn Ludwikowski, Ross Haines, John Bennett, Amber Buck, Nicole Hobbs, Caroline Rhodes, Brittany Fennell, Jessica Lackey, Kalee Kenbrick, Hannah Gallagher, Taylor Wade, Emily Halbert, Daniel Tribble, Casey Smith, April Dash, Luke Smith, Cynthia Frick, Bronson Manning, David Brady, Sarah Hall, Cody Allen, Toby Hickson, Nigel Dedman.
Hargis' Honors English I students included Case Sloan, Austin Olah, Dre Smith, Philip King, Jesse Raines, Michael Dobson, Alecia Jennings, Elizabeth Durham, Erin Lumlee, Carlee Clark, Jasmine Hasting, Alexis Hicks, Atley Nugent, Anthony Grose, Lacey Kenbrick, Gage Dean, Blair Conaster and Sydney Trentham.
Remember, as the Bard himself said all those years ago:
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."


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