Hints, Tips, and Misc. Guidelines
An after hours Cast Party is held at the Festival once each season and features complimentary food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). All those under the age of 18 that wish to attend the Festival Cast Party must submit a completed Parental Permission form to the Entertainment Department. Click here to download the form.
Cast members taking off work or school to participate on Student Days can download an excuse form to present to their school or employer. Click Here to download the form.
Not every patron wants to interact and not everyone laughs at the same jokes. Don't be discouraged. Ask your supervisor for advice on ways to refine a "bit".
It is illegal for Festival Participants to purchase alcohol at the Festival, regardless of age. Anyone found drinking or under the influence risks his/her participation in the Festival.
Remember, whenever you are inside the village you are "onstage". You are welcome to take your breaks "onstage" as long as you remain in character and receptive to the audience. However, if you cannot acknowledge passing patrons and/or fellow cast members because you are eating, then it is best you take your break in the Participant Break area.
Please confine personal conversation to backstage areas during your break or outside of Festival hours.
Conversations onstage should be in character and loud so that they are overheard by patrons. Watch out for the "doughnut" when multiple cast members start a conversation too close together inadvertently shutting out the audience.
Your friends and family will want to see you perform at the Festival. When this happens, you should stay in character and keep to your schedule. Please treat them with the respect and courtesy you would show any other patron, without public displays of affection or disagreement.
Sometimes overly excited patrons can become overly attached and/or rude and make performers feel uncomfortable. When in that situation, feel free to use the code phrase "Captain Peabody" as a subtle call for assistance. Ask for help from a fellow cast member by asking "Have you seen Captain Peabody?" and that cast member will excuse you away from that patron. Alternatively, if you see a cast member that may need help, you can ask "Are you looking for Captain Peabody?" and await their response.
The Festival offers entertainments for all ages and tastes. A number of the shows involve comedy improvisations with the opportunity for the occasional risque joke. Although this type of humor tends to go over the heads of young children (and some adults as well), you can look for the rating "LC" (Loose Cannon) on the event schedule for shows that we recommend parental discretion. As the schedule is subject to change, "LC" shows will be indicated on stage kiosks as well. Shows with "LC" content are approved by the Entertainment Department. Characters performing in the village lanes are to avoid "LC" material and vulgarity and be conscious of the ever-changing audience around you.
We pride ourselves on providing something for everyone including disabled patrons. Avoid the tendency to shy away from guests who may be disabled. Remember, they are just as willing to play and deserve the same show as any other guests.
Complimentary tickets are given to cast members in packets distributed at Dress Rehearsal. There are opportunities to earn additional tickets for participation at promotions and on Bale & Bench Day. If you would like more tickets for friends and family, you can purchase discounted tickets at the Festival office at a $3.00 per ticket savings.
We are fortunate to have such a large cast of so many dedicated individuals. We will take the opportunity during Cast Call and at the end of the Festival to acknowledge many hard-working cast members nominated by their supervisors for special recognition.