Drury University theater students to host medieval festival for all ages April 13

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 2, 2019 — Drury University’s Theater Department will host “The Medieval Players Festival,” an outdoor gathering of local performers, vendors, craftsman and enthusiasts, to be held at Drury’s Kellogg Green Space from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13.  Admission to the event is free and all ages are invited to attend this unique celebration of medieval and renaissance culture.

The festival was created to accompany Drury Theater’s production of two medieval farces, “Pierre Patelin” and “The Cave of Salamanca.”

“These plays were originally performed in a time when no functioning theaters existed in the western world,” explains Drury theater professor Dr. Mick Sokol. “We decided that, in addition to the regularly scheduled performances in the new Sunderland Studio Theater, we would perform them once outside as an educational experience to recreate the atmosphere of these plays in their own time frame and culture.”

Thus, the outdoor performances, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, are intended as an authentic representation of theater from the medieval era. The plays will also be performed in the Sunderland Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. April 10 through 13, in addition to the free outdoor performance.

Adding to the atmosphere are a host of other activities and events including:

  • Local food trucks Davalon, Jamaican Patty Co., Dark Stone Coffee and more on Drury Lane
  • A performance by the fair’s “wandering minstrels” – Drury’s ukulele club, The DUkes
  • Art and crafts from more than fifteen local vendors

Additionally, Drury theater students will attend the festival in period costumes. Attendees are invited to take part in the festivities by donning their own medieval or renaissance attire for this family-friendly event.

Ticket information for the evening performances can be found online at