beadwork into the fabric. Because the French Court is an independent troupe, they pay their own way into the Renaissance Faire and other places, often in 100 F weather while wearing heavy, restrictive clothing. But they love it.
“It’s all about making a difference in the world,” Tom said.
Photo by Gordon and Paul
“I love seeing the face of a child light up,” Toni added. “There are so many negative influences out there, I feel like we’re doing something good. We’re giving history lessons.” Not to mention entertaining thousands. Whether they are at the Faire or visiting senior citizen centers and schools, the French Court causes a sensation. The response is something to which they are only now becoming accustomed.
“People were following us around,” recalled Renee of their first public appearance. “They were asking for autographs and asking who we were, just staring at our costumes!” she laughed.
As their popularity grows, they have been invited to more and more festivals throughout the state as “honorary casts” where they make
MansfieldNOW May 2008