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The Renaissance Festival of Nebraska by Bootstrap Productions

Huzzah!  The Renaissance Festival at the Bellevue Berry Farm is back May 1st for two full weekends of fun!!  We speak to Howard Coffin of Bootstrap Productions, as well as two of his volunteers!  Though this year the cast will be smaller to adjust because of the pandemic, there are still lots of food, activities, and fun for all ages! Purchase tickets at the door or online. Please see their website and Facebook page for covid safety protocols and mask requirements. Website:  https://renfestnebraska.com/ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RenFestNE/ Tickets:  https://www.purplepass.com/#u49281/Bootstrap_Productions.html The Bellevue Berry Farm is located at 48th street between Cornhusker road and Highway 370 in Bellevue / Papillion 11001 S 48th St, Papillion NE ****** Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2021, Chris and Sheri Berger

55mins

30 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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TAG Update with Daena Schweiger - Plus Extra Bard Content!

Join us for a very bard-like episode, as we talk with Daena Schweiger, President of the Theatre Arts Guild.  Daena gives us an update on the work the TAG's Board of Directors is doing for the Guild in 2021.  In addition, we have a short story and a poem to share with you in our bard way! Daena Schweiger is the President of the Theatre Arts Guild in Omaha, Nebraska.  Daena is also an actor, director, playwright, sound designer, stage manager, audiobook narrator, and also a podcast host of the podcast, "Thank You 5" where she interviews many of the local artisans in the area!   It's a pleasure to work with the Theatre Arts Guild, and we thank both Daena, and the TAG Board of Directors for sharing their work with us! TAG CONTACT INFORMATION:  Website:  https://theatreartsguild.com/ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TAGOmaha/timeline/ Instagram: Instagram: https://instagram.com/tagomaha?igshid=pwdhdnok2lt1 Twitter:  https://twitter.com/tagomaha *** Daena Schweiger, "Thank You 5" Podcast is available anywhere you find podcasts, including Apple, Spotify, Anchor, Listen Notes, Stitcher to name a few!  Or visit Daena's website at https://thankyou5pod.com/.  You can also find Daena on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thankyou5pod *** The story and poem read in this podcast are in the public domain:  The Tomb of Pan by Lord Dunsany  Songs for the People by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper  For more information Frances Ellen Watkins Harper:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Harper https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/frances-ellen-watkins-harper https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/frances-ellen-watkins-harper *** Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2021, Chris and Sheri Berger

24mins

26 Jan 2021

Rank #2

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KCRF Virtual Renaissance Festival with The Jolly Rogers

The Jolly Rogers, the Original Singing Pirates of the Midwest have been entertaining audiences at festivals around the country and the world for over 30 years.  We talk with the group after they filmed their Kansas City Virtual Renaissance Festival for their You Tube Channel, and discuss their new album, A Night at the Admiral Benbow Inn. The Jolly Rogers consist of your host, Chris Berger, Cliff Lawson, Mark Stahl, Sean Foree and Kurt Hanover. To watch The Jolly Rogers Virtual Renaissance Festival Live Show, and see all seven of the performing artists we have interviewed on this Series perform, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0UmSj0L9Uo&t=7174s CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE JOLLY ROGERS: Website:  www.jollyrogerskc.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JollyRogersKC You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheJollyRogers/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jollyrogerskc/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jollyrogerskc Purchase The Jolly Roger music through their website, or from everywhere you stream or download your music, including iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon and Spotify. ************ To join The Jolly Rogers Fan Club on Facebook, visit:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/theofficialjollyrogersfanclub ************ To learn more about Mark Stahl's group, The Redheaded League, visit:  Website: https://www.theredheadedleague.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redheadedleagueband ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

42mins

3 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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KCRF Series: Bawdily Harm with Cliff Lawson and Emily Brattin

Bawdily Harm is the three-person fighting group found on the Three Lions Stage at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.  Their act features sword fighting, flaming torch fighting, comedy, innuendo, and a lot of audience interaction.  The three performers are Cliff Lawson, Emily Brattin, and Nick Marion, all Kansas City Renaissance Festival veterans.  Though they make light of it in the interview, what they do requires a massive amount of rehearsal and experience.  Cliff is a nationally recognized fight choreographer, and Nick Marion has been a competition fencer.  You are guaranteed to have a good time and help be part of the show, when you attend one of their performances at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Watch Bawdily Harm in The Jolly Rogers Virtual Renaissance Festival Show found here:  https://youtu.be/C0UmSj0L9Uo Find Bawdily Harm contact information here:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bawdily.Harm Listen to the audio Platte River Bard Podcast at  www.platteriverbard.podbean.com or anywhere you get your podcasts.  We are on Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Podbean, and many others!  You may also find us by just asking Alexa.  Or you can listen on Podbean on your computer, or our website:  www.platteriverbard.com.  Please find us and Subscribe! ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  platteriverbard  Twitter:  @platteriverbard  Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

12mins

26 Dec 2020

Rank #4

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The Lofte Community Theatre is "Making Spirits Bright"

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley, Nebraska is giving the community a free virtual Christmas play in these unprecedented times.  We talk with the cast of the show, the Artistic Director, and the playwrights, Kat and Will Cover.    The Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert, chose to work with local playwrights for this production, and the result is a heartwarming Christmas story about a couple who have lost the Christmas spirit, and is in jeopardy of losing a connection with each other.   The production will be released this week, so be sure to visit the Lofte's website and Facebook page for more information.  ***You can now watch this online until January 22nd at: www.lofte.org/making-spirits-bright ** Lofte Contact Information:  Website: www.lofte.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loftecommunitytheatre Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loftetheatre/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelofte?lang=en ************ Kat and Will Cover, Grandpa Snazzy's, Victorian Emporium and Theatrical Rentals Contact Information:  Website: https://grandpasnazzys.com/ ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

28mins

21 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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KCRF Series: The Medieval Medicine Show!

The Medieval Medicine Show brings you humor and music about healthcare in medieval times - which is also relevant in 2020!  The Medieval Doctor (MD) and the Renaissance Nurse (RN) bring you a fun and energetic show as they explore all of the reasons why it's better to get your medical care in modern times. Join us for a fun chat with them, and even hear one of their songs!  Watch The Medieval Medicine Show in The Jolly Rogers Virtual Renaissance Festival Show found here:  https://youtu.be/C0UmSj0L9Uo Find The Medieval Medicine Show contact information here:   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/medievalmedicineshow Purchase music on CD Baby, Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, and find on You Tube Music or contact them through their Facebook page to purchase both albums. Listen to the audio Platte River Bard Podcast at  www.platteriverbard.podbean.com or anywhere you get your podcasts.  We are on Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Podbean, and many others!  You may also find us by just asking Alexa.  Or you can listen on Podbean on your computer, or our website:  www.platteriverbard.com.  Please find us and Subscribe!  ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

14mins

19 Dec 2020

Rank #6

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KCRF Virtual Renaissance Festival with EZNDIL

EZNDIL is the performing act of Michael and Nancee Micham, a married duo who have been performing together for nearly 30 years.  We’re not making it up!  EZNDIL play a variety of musical styles based on the folk music tradition; Americana and Celtic, as well as original songs and comedy.   They are an eclectic, energetic, funny and heartwarming experience to see.  Mike and Nancee are an absolute delight, and without a doubt, if you ever get a chance to see them perform, go out of your way to do so!  Join us for a crazy and wonderful interview with EZNDIL. We’re not making it up! And the day this Podcast releases, is also their 30th Wedding Anniversary!  So feel free to visit their Facebook page and wish them well after you’ve checked out the Podcast! Watch EZNDIL in The Jolly Rogers Virtual Renaissance Festival Show found here:  https://youtu.be/C0UmSj0L9Uo Find EZNDIL contact information here:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EZNDIL Website: www.frondoorfarmmarket.com To purchase music, visit Bandcamp, or follow the links on their website. Kansas City Storytelling Videos on You Tube:   13th Annual Storytelling Celebration (Night 1):  https://youtu.be/2-axO_P941g (Night 2):  https://youtu.be/D9_5FNYPUMw Listen to the audio Platte River Bard Podcast at  www.platteriverbard.podbean.com or anywhere you get your podcasts.  We are on Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Podbean, and many others!  You may also find us by just asking Alexa.  Or you can listen on Podbean on your computer, or our website:  www.platteriverbard.com.  Please find us and Subscribe!  ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

27mins

12 Dec 2020

Rank #7

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KCRF Series: Marvelous Matt, Magician and Escape Artist

Hopelessly in love with the art of illusion for more than 30 years, Matthew Gurley has spent much of his life learning practicing, and perfecting his magic and his stage performance.  Matthew was in high school when he was introduced to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.  In the course of his experiences with the Festival, he has played all manner of roles including working for artisans and crafters, and in 2005 teamed up with Dr. Dumpe, a 30 year veteran of the Faire.  Matt has escaped from a straight jacket while suspended upside down 12 feet above the stage, walked in a bed of broken glass, fire-eating and even the Human Blockhead stunt.  Matt’s wife Dani, and his daughter, Claire are both performers at the Faire.  You will find Claire on stilts and can find her on Facebook at “Claire Up There Entertainment”. Watch Marvelous Matt in The Jolly Rogers Virtual Renaissance Festival Show found here:  https://youtu.be/C0UmSj0L9Uo Find Marvelous Matt contact information here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marvelous.Matt.Magic Website: https://pastmagic.biz/marvelousmatt ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard You Tube:  Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

16mins

5 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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KCRF Series: Dr. Dumpe, Physician turned Magician

Rod Sipe, aka “Dr. Dumpe L.B.P.” has been performing at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival for over 40 years.  In that time Rod has presented tens of thousands of shows with an assortment of magical feats mixed with a brand of comedy that has amazed, amused, and entertained audiences throughout the USA, Mexico, and Europe.  Not only is Rod a Magician, he is also a Fire Eater.  Rod Sipe is recognized as America’s Premier Fire-Eating Magician, and is a featured performer in a variety of venues with his famous act performing as Dr. H. Dumpe, Physician Turned Magician, L.B.P. Watch Dr. Dumpe in The Jolly Rogers Virtual Renaissance Festival Show on The Jolly Rogers You Tube Channel found here: https://youtu.be/C0UmSj0L9Uo See the video of this podcast by visiting and subscribing to the Platte River Bard Podcast You Tube Channel here:  https://youtu.be/m3kUXoJxNc4 Dr. Dumpe contact information - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magicandfire Website: www.eatfire.com To find out more about the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, visit their website at www.kcrenfest.com. ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPDzMz8kHvsLcJRV-myurvA Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

30mins

4 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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KCRF Series: Bob the Incredible Juggler, Brian Wendling

Brian Wendling, aka “Bob The Incredible Juggler”, is an award winning entertainer who has performed at Disney World and the Atlanta Olympics.  He has also opened for the Guess Who and has been a guest artist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Reparatory Theatre.    He has is an International Jugglers Association Team Champion, had placed 5th place in the Individual Competitions.  Brian is also an approved Missouri Touring Performer with the Missouri Arts Council, and the National School Assemblies, as well as many other headlining acts.  Brian’s charm, and his unbelievable consistent talent through the years makes him a experienced and trustworthy performer. He has performed at The Kansas City Renaissance Festival for 40 years. Watch Bob the Incredible Juggler in The Jolly Rogers Virtual Renaissance Festival Show found on The Jolly Rogers You Tube Channel here:  https://youtu.be/C0UmSj0L9Uo See the video of this podcast by visiting and subscribing to the Platte River Bard Podcast You Tube Channel here:  https://youtu.be/tzv0hFd8htU Find Bob the Incredible Juggler contact information here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BobtheIncredibleJuggler Website: http://www.brianwendling.com/ ************ Find The Platte River Bard on social media: Website:  www.platteriverbard.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theplatteriverbard Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/platteriverbard/ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/platteriverbard You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPDzMz8kHvsLcJRV-myurvA Hashtags:#theplatteriverbard #platteriverbard #lincolntheatrealliance #communitytheatre #nebraskatheatre #livetheatre #nebraska #performingarts #community Email:  platteriverbard@gmail.com Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.  www.jollyrogerskc.com © The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

19mins

28 Nov 2020

Rank #10