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Monday, June 21st, 2010
7:57 am
[ronsonbeck]
New England Pirate Faire - second weekend discounts
There is still one more chance to enjoy the New England Pirate Faire! Come to our second and final weekend of NEPF this weekend, June 26 and 27 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester!

To encourage carpooling (and help you save some money), we are offering one FREE adult admission for every carload of four adults who use the Stage Fort Park parking lot. This offer is good for the whole second weekend!

Also, Saturday, June 26 is Gloucester Day. If you're a Gloucester resident, show proof of residency at the gate (driver's license, MA state ID, or other form of picture ID showing your Gloucester address) and receive $4 off an adult admission.

(Discounts cannot be combined; the greater discount will be honored.)
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
9:13 am
[ronsonbeck]
The 2010 New England Pirate Faire video
Here's a behind-the-scenes video of the show, shot during the weekend dress rehearsals. Hope to see everyone this weekend or next!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
12:29 pm
[ronsonbeck]
The official New England Pirate Faire press release
For immediate release

Pastimes Entertainment is proud to announce the return of the New England Pirate Faire, the region’s original pirate-themed interactive theatrical event, and this year we’re expanding to two weekends of family-friendly fun and thrills.

On June 19, 20, 26, and 27 Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park will be transformed into “Pirate Island” for the story of “Felicity Dane and the Pirate Treasure.” This light-hearted adventure pits the spunky young heroine of the title against four of history’s most notorious pirates – Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, Anne Bonney, and the Barbarossa Brothers – in a race for lost pirate booty.

The New England Pirate Faire features a daylong storyline full of action and comedy, interactive scenes that make the audience part of the show, food and refreshments, and the “Tortuga Marketplace,” where guests may purchase handcrafted wares ranging from clothing to jewelry to their very own pirate cutlass – all in a unique seaside setting that sets the perfect stage!

Pastimes is pleased to announce its lineup of variety performers for the 2010 New England Pirate Faire. Old favorites Rosalita's Puppets and the Bawdy Buccaneers are back, as is the death-defying world-renowned Wonderfool and the balloon artistry of Royal Sorell. We also welcome this year two new performers: the musical stylings of Barnacle, and a brand-new action comedy show that can only be called: "Pirate Vs. Ninja"!

The New England Pirate Faire runs from 10 AM to 5 PM each day, rain or shine. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, students, and military personnel (positive ID required!); and $8 for children age 12 and under.

The city of Gloucester is providing on-site premium parking at Stage Fort Park for $15 per car, and there is free streetside parking available within walking distance.

For more information, visit the official Pastimes website at www.pastimesentertainment.com or look for our event page on Facebook.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
12:47 pm
[ronsonbeck]
Pastimes announces 2010 auditions
Pastimes Entertainment is seeking talent for their 2010 season and beyond on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at the Elephant and Castle, 161 Devonshire St., Boston, Ma 02110, from 7-10 pm.



For twelve years, Pastimes has been New England's premier interactive theater company. We have produced and performed hundreds of corporate, civic, and private events throughout the region and beyond including: The New England Pirate Faire, Hammond Castle's Castle of the Damned, The King Arthur Festival, A Dickens' Christmas, plus a wide variety of themed dinners, renaissance weddings, murder mysteries, colonial variety shows, interactive theater classes, educational presentations, team builders and much more.



Interactive theater is the fastest growing theater industry in the country. With an ever growing roster of themed dinner theater, corporate theater, museum theater, theme parks, festivals, murder mysteries, and convention work, it is an essential part of any regional actor's livelihood.



We are seeking to expand our talent roster for many upcoming corporate and public events in our 2010 season and future projects. We are looking for interactive performers specializing in renaissance and murder mystery-style theater, historic educators and interpreters, hero and heroine types, improvisational and sketch comedy artists, character actors, period musicians, variety and unique talents and more.



Performers should prepare a comic or dramatic monologue under two minutes in length. Singers should prepare 16 bars of an a cappella piece. Variety performers should prepare a presentation of your act 5 minutes or under in length. All performers should bring a copy of their headshot and resume.



Please contact Paul Stickney at cardinalcs@aol.com to schedule an audition!
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
2:01 pm
[ronsonbeck]
New England Pirate Faire - call for actors
The 2010 New England Pirate Faire is coming and we need you!

Calling all pirates and privateers, cutthroats and corsairs, freebooters and filibusterers to the original (and best) Pirate Festival in the northeast. This year, we once again return to Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park featuring real period defenses, beautiful beaches and views of the harbor. Due to popular demand we are expanding to two weekends. We are seeking actors, singers, fighters, and other entertainers to entertain our many guests. Rehearsals will begin the first week of May and will feature scripted scenes, interactive shows, music shows, and stage combat.

Please contact Robin Frank-Rininsland at rpf@comcast.net if interested.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
11:15 am
[ronsonbeck]
New England Pirate Faire vendor applications now available
Vendor applications are now available online at the Pastimes website: http://www.pastimesentertainment.com/Vendor_Info.html

Vendors may file their applications online and pay through PayPal! The final deadline for applications and vendor fees is June 1.
Sunday, January 31st, 2010
8:11 am
[ronsonbeck]
New England Pirate Faire 2010 - New plot! Old prices!
The Pastimes creative staff met recently to discuss the 2010 New England Pirate Faire, and we're happy to announce that we will NOT be raising ticket prices this year! Tickets will remain at $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors, and military (positive ID required), and $8 for children ages 12 and under.

We're hoping to reduce the price of parking as well, and we should have a formal announcement soon.

We also plan to have a formal announcement for the annual Pastimes open auditions for actors for our festival shows and corporate work. If you think watching our shows is fun, try becoming a part of them!

As for the storyline, here is the official teaser blurb:

Join some of history and literature's most famous (and infamous) pirates as they spin a tale of murder and betrayal, of treasure found and lost, of swashbuckling action and daring adventure, and learn the story behind one of the greatest stories of piracy ever told!

Over the years Pastimes has presented some of the most daring storylines ever seen in the New England region, from the "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" and two-day "Fall of Camelot" storyline at the King Arthur Festival to the "Death of Blackbeard" storyline at the Pirate Faire. This year's scenario promises to be another Pastimes classic, and of course will be chock full of the drama, humor, audience interaction, and thrilling live swordplay that have made our shows among the most highly anticipated faires each year.
Saturday, January 9th, 2010
8:15 am
[ronsonbeck]
Reminder: NERennies is open!
http://nerennies.net/expo/

NERennies Expo, a business-to-business networking site for the New England Renaissance Faire community, is up and running. Pastimes Entertainment, Storied Threads, Daniel Greenwolf, Phoenix Swords, and Ice Cream Social have already posted their entries, and it's certainly not too late to join them!

If you're a faire looking for new actors, variety acts, and vendors, or vice-versa, register and post your information (directions are on the main page). The site is free (though we are looking for paid advertisers to offset maintenance costs).

Contact admins Keith or Mike via the site's personal message system with any questions.
Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
7:11 am
[ronsonbeck]
NERennies Expo is live!
As a service to the New England renaissance faire community, NERennies has launched a new site: NERennies Expo (http://nerennies.net/expo/), a site dedicated for faires and the folks who work them to connect, network, and promote themselves to one another.

Faire producers, variety performers, merchants, musicians, and individuals offering behind-the-scenes services for hire may add their information to the site, free of charge (but NERennies Expo is seeking paid advertisers and donations to support site maintenance).

In the interest of keeping the site content simple and clear, participants are asked to use this format for posting information:

* Entry type (faire, variety, merchant, music, staff/crew)
* Name (i.e., faire name, variety act name, business name, name of musical act, or your name if an individual offering work-for-hire)
* Location
* A descriptive paragraph or two about the business/act/individual
* What are you looking for? (Example: faire seeking paid support staff or volunteers, variety act seeking faires to work during a particular time of year, etc.)
* Website URL (if applicable)
* Direct contact info (e-mail and/or phone)

Since this is a business-to-business site, please do not format your entry as an advertisement to potential customers.

Graphics such as company logos and publicity photos may be posted as part of the entry, but we request that you limit yourself to one image.

The site is open to faire producers operating in the New England market (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), as well as independent contractors located within New England (the indie contractors forum is coming soon), and outside of New England but who have an interest in working in the region.

Please pass this announcement along to anyone who might be interested, and contact site admins Mike (general questions) or Keith (for technical issues) via the site's private message system. Thank you!
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
8:49 pm
[ronsonbeck]
An invitation to the NERennies Online Faire Expo
As a service to the New England renaissance faire community, NERennies is launching a new site: NERennies Expo, a site dedicated for faires and the folks who work them to connect, network, and promote themselves to one another.

Beginning January 1, 2010, faire producers, variety performers, merchants, musicians, and individuals offering behind-the-scenes services for hire may add their information to the site, free of charge. NERennies Expo is also seeking paid advertisers and donations to support site maintenance.

In the interest of keeping the site content simple and clear, participants are asked to use this format for posting information:

* Entry type (faire, variety, merchant, music, staff/crew)
* Name (i.e., faire name, variety act name, business name, name of musical act, or your name if an individual offering work-for-hire)
* Location
* A descriptive paragraph or two about the business/act/individual
* What are you looking for? (Example: faire seeking paid support staff or volunteers, variety act seeking faires to work during a particular time of year, etc.)
* Website URL (if applicable)
* Direct contact info (e-mail and/or phone)

Since this is a business-to-business site, please do not format your entry as an advertisement to potential customers.

Graphics such as company logos and publicity photos may be posted as part of the entry, but we request that you limit yourself to one image.

The site is open to faire producers operating in the New England market (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), as well as independent contractors located within New England, and outside of New England but who have an interest in working in the region.

The URL will be announced on January 1. In the meantime, please pass this announcement along to anyone who might be interested. Thank you!
Saturday, October 31st, 2009
9:16 am
[ronsonbeck]
Castle of the Damned - help needed for Halloween night!
Tonight and tomorrow are the last nights for Castle of the Damned at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, and we need some people to help out! If you're available tonight from 5:30 (call time) to 11, please show up at the castle.

If you can't work the show, then please refer this announcement to friends who might be available, or show up as a patron and support the non-profit Hammond Castle Museum!
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
8:30 am
[ronsonbeck]
Castle of the Damned - help needed!
Hey everyone! Pastimes' Castle of the Damned starts this weekend, and we need some bodies to help us scare the bejesus out of people for two weekends!

You don't need to commit to the entire run -- even if you can only do one night, it helps us, and in turn helps Hammond Castle since CotD is a fundraiser.

Please contact producer Robin Frank-Rininsland at rpf@comcast.net with all questions (do not post questions here, please).
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
8:34 am
[ronsonbeck]
Castle of the Damned!
CTRF and KRF will be over in a little bit, so it's time to plan your Halloween activities! Come see some of your favorite Pastimes performers as they scare the bejesus out of people.

New England’s most terrifying Halloween event is back for its 11th year –
The CASTLE of the DAMNED!

The haunted house attraction the Boston Globe called “The scariest, by far, of the bunch” returns to thrill and chill audiences for two fear-filled weekends in October: Pastimes Entertainment’s “Castle of the Damned”!

Hammond Castle will once again serve as the atmospheric backdrop for the most unique Halloween attraction in New England. Guests will take a guided tour through the historic castle and its grounds, and bear witness to nightmarish displays inspired by the works of author H.P. Lovecraft, Italian horror maestro Dario Argento, and Pastimes’ own Dean Calusdian, director of the independent horror film “Tortured Hearts.”

Dean and Pastimes’ producers David and Paul Stickney re-team to design this year’s Castle, which eschews traditional haunted house fare for bizarre images that will truly haunt those who brave the Castle’s halls. “There are no people in sheets jumping out and yelling ‘Boo!’ ” Dean said. “We want people to be afraid to go to sleep for the rest of their lives.”

BEWARE! “The Castle of the Damned” is a PG-13 show and may be too intense for young audiences!

“The Castle of the Damned” is scheduled for October 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and November 1 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays), and runs from 7 PM until 11 PM each night (ticket gate closes at 10:45 PM).

Admission is $15 for adults and seniors, $12 for students and members of the military (with ID), and $10 for children. Proceeds go to benefit the non-profit Hammond Castle Museum.

Parking is available at Stage Fort Park. Pastimes and Hammond Castle will provide a free “Shudder Shuttle” to carry visitors to the site from Stage Fort Park.

For more information, visit the Pastimes web site at www.pastimesentertainment.com or call Pastimes at 781-346-1028.
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
11:34 am
[ronsonbeck]
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
9:14 am
[ronsonbeck]
A sneak-peek of the New England Pirate Faire poster
Courtesy of Pastimes' graphic design wizard, George C.

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Monday, May 18th, 2009
11:23 am
[ronsonbeck]
Friday, May 1st, 2009
8:05 am
[ronsonbeck]
New England Pirate Faire promo in Salem this weekend!
Hey, everyone! Members of the New England Pirate Faire cast will be at Old City Hall in Salem (off Essex St.) Saturday and Sunday (May 2 & 3), from 8 AM to 6 PM, with an interactive bit scheduled for 2 PM. Come on out and say hello!
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
5:25 pm
[ronsonbeck]
Anouncing the annual Pastimes auditions!
EDIT: The phone # originally listed was incorrect. The correct number is now listed.

Pastimes Entertainment will be holding open auditions for both their corporate and theatrical casts on Sunday April 5 at the Gloucester House in Gloucester, Mass.

Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 PM and by appointment only.

Pastimes is seeking friendly, professional, high-energy performers for their theatrical ensemble casts for the New England Pirate Faire and other planned staged shows for the 2009 season. These shows combine scripted plot-based scenes with improvised audience interaction (“street theater”) to create a unique and engaging form of theater.

Pastimes Entertainment’s corporate cast provides unique and dynamic performers for corporate and private events, themed dinners, and much more. Pastimes works with the northeast’s top event planners and venues to produce events running the gamut from costumed “interactors” for cocktail receptions to full productions with custom-designed scripts, music, and dancing.

Pastimes is seeking flexible, creative performers of all ages and disciplines with strong interactive, improvisational, and comedic skills. Pastimes is particularly interested in strong male hero and ingénue types, as well as female ingénues and character actresses. We also seek actors of color and diverse ethnicity.

In addition to principal cast performers, Pastimes is seeking unique and unusual variety acts for use in its corporate and theatrical casts, including period musicians (Middle Ages through Colonial America and beyond), magicians, jugglers, dancers, sword-swallowers, jesters, acrobats, and more.

All ages and all skill levels are welcome to audition. Headshots and résumés are recommended but not required. Actors auditioning for corporate work or cast roles should prepare no more than two brief monologues. Individuals or groups auditioning as a variety act should prepare a five-minute presentation.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Executive Director Paul Stickney at cardinalcs@aol.com or call the Pastimes office at 781-233-8081.

Pastimes Interactive is a family-owned independent theater company. Pastimes’ corporate division provides interactive performers for private functions and educational youth programs, while Pastimes’ theatrical division produces family-friendly stage plays and Renaissance faire-style shows.
7:22 am
[ronsonbeck]
New England Pirate Faire - photos and news
Hey, everyone! Lots of new stuff to report!

First, please check out the early results of our recent New England Pirate Faire photo shoot at our new home, Stage Fort Park, behind the cutCollapse )

Second, it looks like we have set an audition date for April 5, and auditions will be held at the Gloucester House restaurant. More details there coming soon, but mark your calendar now if you'd like to audition for the NE Pirate Faire, our soon-to-be-announced stage production for 2009, and Pastimes corporate work.

Finally, we will have more details coming soon about the NE Pirate Faire plot, the above-mentioned stage production, and our revamped website. Stay tuned!
Monday, March 9th, 2009
2:00 pm
[ronsonbeck]
The New England Pirate Faire - official press release
David Stickney
Creative Director
Pastimes Entertainment
781-346-1028
pastimes_david@yahoo.com


NEW ENGLAND PIRATE FAIRE COMES TO GLOUCESTER

Pirates and buccaneers to raid Stage Fort Park June 20 - June 21

GLOUCESTER – Pastimes Entertainment has announced that their 6th annual pirate festival will take place in Gloucester this year at Stage Fort Park during June 20-21.

The New England Pirate Faire has moved to America’s Oldest Seaport to take advantage of the historical significance of Gloucester, as well as to enjoy the oceanfront view afforded by Stage Fort Park.

The annual production debuted in 2004 and has been held every year since in Salem.

Pastimes’ Creative Director David Stickney said the production’s move to Gloucester will fulfill a long term goal for the company.

“Wherever you are at Stage Fort Park, you can see the ocean. The realistic cannons at the park, the picturesque setting and the historical relevance of the park offers us the perfect backdrop for a pirate and sea-faring festival,” Stickney said.

Additionally, the move allows the company to expand the faire, which will feature over a cast of over 100 actors and musicians. The festival will also host the “Tortuga Marketplace” for vendors offering pirate clothing, prop weapons, accessories, jewelry, food, refreshments, and more.

The show will feature a scripted daylong storyline with several interactive scenes with characters drawn from literature and a different time.

The two-day event will be held on June 20 and June 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and guests with a military ID and $8 for children 4-12.

Stickney is working with Linn Parisi, owner of Over the Bridge Tours of Cape Ann in order to facilitate a citywide celebration of all things pirate.

"I'm thrilled for our City that The New England Pirate Faire wants to call Gloucester its home. Stage Fort Park is a fabulous venue for pirates young and old to enjoy a weekend of family fun. Plans are in the works for Pirate Faire themed activities on land and sea to please landlubbers, scalliwags and privateers!" Parisi said.

Pastimes, an interactive theater production company based in Revere, has been producing

festivals and faires in the Boston area for over 15 years, including the Castle of the Damned held annually at the Hammond Castle in Gloucester.

“We believe this event will be a great draw to the city of Gloucester, and we appreciate the support of local businesses and residents who wish to help support the faire,” Stickney added.

Any businesses interested in vending or sponsoring portions of the festival are encouraged to contact Stickney at 781-346-1028.


About Pastimes Entertainment

Pastimes is an interactive theater company based in New England made up of professional entertainers and actors trained to bring history or fantasy to life. Pastimes' corporate division provides interactive performers for private functions, including corporate and community events, educational and theatrical programs for local schools and youth groups, and unique fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Pastimes' theatrical division produces family-friendly stage plays and renaissance faire-style shows based on historical and literary sources.
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