By Andrew Zimmerman, Multimedia Journalist - email
BONNER SPRINGS, KS (KCTV) -
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival prepares to open this weekend for its 37th season and organizers said this year brings even more excitement.
"I was a patron for eight years before I became a performer and I loved the magic that was here. And when I came out the first day I was like, 'oh my gosh. Can I do this?'" said Portia Bowers.
Within five minutes Bowers found herself entertaining a crowd and knew this was for her.
"This is so Misto. That means 'good' in your language. It is fun to see all the people and to dance," said Bowers' character, Sapphira.
Bowers plays a new role every year and this year she is Sapphira Bolin, the lead dancer of the Hearts Fire group.
"The real exciting part is that you walk into the 16th century village and you get to play and you get to be a part of things," said Jim Stamberger, the festival's entertainment director.
Stamberger works to find nearly 300 full-time actors and 2,000 others that work select weekends to make sure that attendee's entire experience at the Renaissance Festival is authentic.
"Everybody is working differently as a character. Some of them it's just a very thin veneer and they are really just here to sell you a T-shirt, but we want to enhance your experience," Stamberger said.
After 13 years Bowers is still enjoying herself and has no plans to stop acting at the Renaissance Festival.
"It's just so much fun and the audience is thriving and every year I get to play somebody new and exciting so yeah I plan to do it until I can't walk," she said with a laugh.
The Renaissance Festival is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting this Saturday and it goes through Oct. 14.
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