The Guild of St. George, Inc.

Teaching History Through Interactive Theater

Language

One glory of the Elizabethan Age is the beauty of the language.  Linguistically, the language spoken by modern Americans is closer to Elizabethan than is modern British English, but while the pronunciation may sound familiar, the vocabulary and phasing is very different.  The members of the Guild of St. George receive training and practice that allows them to speak the language of Shakespeare and the King James Bible with ease and confidence.

Theater

The Guild of St. George is fundamentally a performance organization.  The guild uses the tools and techniques of both staged and interactive theater to present a re-creation of the past that looks, sounds, and feels like the real thing in ways that are interesting, entertaining, and honest.  The guild embraces the following acting principles:
 
1) While in costume and onstage, always stay in character - Never, in word, deed, or physical mannerism, admit to the audience that you are anything other than the character you are portraying.  Always present the face, actions, and words of that character to the audience.
 
2) Always support the ensemble and your fellow actors - No matter what goes on, listen and be aware of what your fellow actors are doing.  Support their character, believe in their character, and support the intention of the scene and the play.
 
3) Be prepared – Know your character before you initiate anything.  Know the play.  Know your fellow actors’ characters and your relationship to them.  Know what you are playing and play what you know.
 
4) Everyone should be set up to win – No one should be put into a position onstage that will make them look foolish or embarrass them.  No one will be asked to do a gig that cannot perform well or that is hopelessly beyond their skill.  No one will ever let a fellow cast member flounder (see rule #2) or create out-of-character situations (see rule #1) that don’t serve the play or ensemble.