2010 Renaissance Faire Was A Success!
Crimson and yellow banners flew across a perfect blue sky as Konocti Christian Academy (KCA) opened its fifth annual Renaissance Faire and Shakespeare in the Meadow fundraiser on Saturday, May 8. Over 270 students, families, and guests walked back in time to spend a day in a beautiful meadow to be immersed in music, feasting, games, and theater as the students of KCA entertained them.
Musicians Bill VanDerWall on acoustic guitar, Paul Krohn on flute, and Aaron Bielenberg on violin played for guests throughout the day. Strolling troubadour Michael Kimbell-Auth played guitar and announced events as guests moved easily from activity to activity. Sandy Goss and Regina Aponte’s kindergarten and first grade students amused the crowd with their rendition of “The Twelve Days of Shakespeare”. Becky Madison and Jamie Shaw’s second and third graders performance of “Kids in Tights” impressed the crowd with their comedy and theatric skill.
A gourmet lunch of pulled pork, smoked ribs, roasted asparagus, garlic potatoes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, artisan rolls and gourmet cookies satisfied guests as they ate in the meadow and took part in the live auction. Many wonderful items were won in both the live and silent auctions and the lucky bidders walked away with smiles. Banners advertising our generous sponsors' logos waved in the breeze as well as adorning the back of the annual Ren Faire T-shirts.
Naomi Coffelt and Deb Sombs’ (director) fourth through sixth grade class presented scenes from Hamlet and Mac Beth, which amazed the crowd with their theatrical abilities. The finale was an hour-length production of “As You Like It” by the seventh and eighth grade class, directed by Ben Sombs. The students, along with the help of Mr. Sombs, created the abridgement for this production. The cast blew the audience away with their comedic timing and mastery of Shakespeare’s wit, which rivaled many a more experienced cast. They closed to a standing ovation and well-deserved praise of their many hours of practice and dedication which had resulted in such a spectacular production. All the productions were held at the Hillside Amphitheatre on hand-made benches crafted from logs set amidst the trees in a beautiful natural setting.
The action of the day then moved from theater to other Renaissance activities as Deb Baumann and her horse Sunny demonstrated “Riding for the Rings” to the audience’s applause. The day concluded with “Assault of the Castle”, the perennial favorite, with Joel and Ben Sombs’ at the helm of their authentic medieval catapult, the trebuchet. Melons, pineapples, croquet balls, and bags of flour were launched in a grand effort to destroy the model castle in the middle of the meadow. As always, flour was the favorite ammunition with its huge plume of dust.
Many thanks to all the students, staff, families, and guests who took part in the beautiful day and supported the academic success of KCA in the process!
Konocti Christian Academy is a private, non-profit school located in downtown Lakeport educating students in kindergarten through eighth grades since 2005.
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