History comes alive at Texas Renaissance Festival
The Texas Renaissance Festival (www.texrenfest.com) will host the Seventh Annual School Days presented by Radio Disney on November 1 & 2, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 pm..
The King & Queen invite all public, private and home school
educators and students to participate in this unique educational event
offering students in grades K through 12 the chance to step back in time
and join in music, theatre, English, art, history
& science competitions, along with demonstrations from jousting and
juggling to glass blowing and blacksmithing.
In addition, students and
teachers will have the opportunity to interact with
King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and hundreds of other costumed
characters showcasing the culture, science and literature of the
Renaissance period! All events and shows are age appropriate and
designed to be both entertaining and educational.
is a unique opportunity for students and educators alike to experience
history in an authentic setting, allowing them to not just read about
historical figures and key discoveries, but to
interact with the people, the places and the events of the time period
in a truly memorable manner,” said DJ Cooley, School
Days coordinator. “It’s our goal to get these kids interested in a
variety of subjects from math and science to music, theater and
art, as there were so many notable discoveries and events that took
place during the Renaissance period which are frequently studied from
grade school through college.”
will have the opportunity to learn courtly dances, the ancient art of
falconry and the history of arms and armor. Artisans will illustrate the
technological advances of the Renaissance
age through live demonstrations in pottery, glass blowing,
blacksmithing, armor making and other arts and trades of the 16th century.
TRF School Days program also offers a variety of contests for students
to compete. Individual adjudicated events include art, poetry, essay,
costume and trebuchet contests. Groups will compete
in the Early Music Festival on Tuesday, November 1st and showcase choirs, bands and orchestras from schools across Texas and Louisiana. The
Theatre Arts Festivalwill take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2 featuring groups competing in one act plays, group scenes, duet scenes and monologue.
The 2011 School Days event will also feature participation from the
Houston Symphony’sRoger Daily,
Director, Music Matters!, who will serve as a judge for the adjudicated
musical competitions. Daily will also provide valuable feedback,
guidance and instruction for musical students.
will be presented each day from King Henry VIII to the winners of each
contest; the Houston Aeros will provide complimentary tickets to
finalists in each non-performance category.
Radio Disney will be on-site in the morning for a live broadcast featuring interviews and giveaways on Tuesday, November 1st.
For a complete list of participating schools and event times, visit
Admission for School Days is $8
and includes all contests, stage entertainment, craft demonstrations
and path performances. Cost for games and rides are not included with
admission, but may be purchased at the School Days event.
Lunch tickets are $9and feature (1) entrée, (1) drink and (1)
dessert. Food may also be purchased directly from the various food
vendors or students may opt to bring a sack lunch. For more information
on the TRF School Days program please call 800-458-3435
or visit www.texrenfest.com.
Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) is the Nation’s largest and most
acclaimed Renaissance theme park where the sights, sounds, tastes and
beauty of the 16th
Century come alive for eight magically-themed weekends. TRF
welcomes more the 450,000 guests annually and features nearly 500
costumed performers on 17 stages; 340 shoppes including international
food purveyors, unique artisans, merchants and craft vendors;
human-powered rides; an abundance of strolling performers and the Royal
Finale at dusk. The Festival is held Saturdays, Sundays and
Thanksgiving Friday. TRF is located 50 miles Northwest of Houston on
more than 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds
on FM 1774, between Magnolia and Plantersville, Texas. For more