The Festival is committed to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.) guidelines pertaining to discrimination and/or sexual harassment. This covers not only work relationships but also inappropriate behavior between Festival patrons and participants.
The E.E.O.C. defines sexual harassment as: "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment."
Attendance & Late Arrivals
A Festival day is tightly scheduled and it is important that we all work to keep the show running on time. The same applies to Festival workshops, rehearsals, and promotional events. It is to be understood that you will see it as a courtesy to our patrons as well as to your fellow cast members that you arrive on time as scheduled. We are aware that, occasionally, something can interfere with running on time and we are grateful for your efforts to prevent lateness from becoming a habit.
Many participants have active lives with regular commitments and we are grateful for all the time dedicated to the Festival. Please make your Festival supervisor aware of any Festival dates you cannot attend or will be running late to at the first available opportunity so necessary scheduling adjustments can be made.
If you are ill and unable to attend the Festival and cannot reach your Festival supervisor, please contact the Festival office at 704-896-5555 so office personnel can relay your message. The Festival office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Festival days.
While arriving to your scheduled event on time is important, it is more important that you arrive safely. When driving to the Festival, please be sure to allow plenty of time for traffic, to follow the posted speed limit signs on the Festival property, and be respectful of Festival parking personnel.
Break Area Etiquette
The open air, outdoor, covered Break Area is enjoyed by participants of all ages. Furthermore, clean up of the Break Area is a responsibility shared by all. Be a good steward to your fellow cast members by following these common sense guidelines:
- No smoking or vaping (especially inside the privies)
- No profanity or adult sexual language
- No drama. Negativity is contagious and will kill the mood of anyone in earshot ultimately affecting the energy we bring to our patrons. Save the negativity and/or personal conflicts for home. Festival related conflicts should be privately communicated immediately to your supervisor for resolution.
- Always clean up after yourself and leave nothing behind
- Do not seek shade at the back of nearby work vehicles, trailers, and/or vendor booths.
- Trash cans becoming full? Take action! Pull the bag, set it aside and insert a new liner. Sanitation crew will come by to dispose of the full bag.
- Water coolers running low on ice or water? Take action! Water source and ice cooler is located nearby.
As a cast member you will have opportunity to see various shows performed at our many stages, as your schedule allows. Please keep the following in mind when you attend any show remember that you are seen as an example of appropriate behavior.
- If you sit in the audience at a stage, PLEASE WATCH THE SHOW. Much like shows at a movie theatre, this is not an appropriate time or place to visit with friends. Pay attention as a courtesy to the performers on stage as well as to the audience sitting around you.
- You are still a character in our village. Please remain in character any time you are within the village (onstage). This includes when sitting in the audience at a stage.
- As a customer service, please try to sit at the back or outside edges of the audience. Make room for any patrons that arrive after you.
- If you need to go behind a stage for any reason while a performance is in progress, please be quiet and discreet. Do not distract from the performance on the stage.
Workshops are a fun and professional environment. Please act accordingly.
- No smoking or vaping anywhere on workshop grounds.
- No weapons of any type on workshop grounds. This includes props.
- No profanity or adult sexual language.
- Workshops and rehearsals are participatory in nature. If you attend, be prepared to participate and not watch nor simply socialize. Interactive theatre requires action. Participate.
- There will be plenty of time to socialize such as during lunch breaks and troupe breakout sessions. Please do not socialize or loiter in the hallways of the workshop venue.
- Keep items of value locked and secured in your vehicle.
- Our Veteran cast members are valued. Veterans should hold feedback and insight until called upon by the Teacher and/or waiting until the dedicated time.
Participation in promotions occurs in costume and in character. While in costume before, during and after a promotion, it is understood that you are perceived as a representative of the Festival, no other event nor organization, and are to behave in a professional manner. Be on time, courteous, respectful to others, and patient. Some promotions require a lot of "hurry up and wait" and our professional presentation will have our promotional partners willing to work with us again and again.
- Not all cast members have the resources to develop elaborate period costuming complete with period props and accessories. Costume approval is handled on a case by case basis by the Entertainment Department. Do not shun a fellow cast member for costuming that does not meet your own personal standards.
- Modern anachronisms such as cell phone usage, smoking, vaping, drinking from product containers, wearing sunglasses or watches is prohibited "on stage" (inside the Village).