"It's kind of raunchy..."Two
My Waterloo Days Renaissance Faire 2002
The Washer Well Wenches are a (mostly) female comedy stage
act centered around the village washing well. At this central gathering
places in town, the wenches get to hear about everything
that is going on. Occasionally the rogue John-Paul (who is not a
wench) will show up to check on the girls, but usually they are
getting into trouble just fine without his help.
Disclaimer: While certainly not dirty, some of the jokes
can be suggestive so the act should be considered PG rated. Remember:
if your kids get the jokes, it's not our fault! Blame it
on cable television... Or maybe Barney.
The shows are "loosely scripted". (Hey, they are written
by wenches so what do you expect?). No two performances will be
identical and, unlike many touring acts, new stories are added each
year to keep things fresh for returning fans. Between performances
the group can be found roaming and doing improvisational skits,
wench tricks, and posing for photos. Except for John-Paul. He's
not very good at wench tricks.
Since the shows repeatedly draw crowds larger than their stage
areas can handle, try to arrive early and get a spot up front. Especially
if you want to sit near Sheila.
Here is a list of some of the situations the girls have gotten
themselves into...or plan to get themselves into:
Male Order (or "G Marks the Spot")(New for
2002.) Jealous of the steady men in the other wenches lives, Mistress
Sheila determines that she will find a man for her who will be around
longer than just one night... Even if she has to pay for him.
The Ring(New for 2002.) John-Paul gives Willa a ring
for their anniversary, but when Sheila tries it on it gets stuck
on her finger. Can they keep JP from finding out?
Up In Arms(New for 2002.) By a strange coincidence,
each wench has had an accident leaving one arm in a sling. Can the
shorthanded washing trio actually learn to cooperate and get their
Wenches Sell Out (or "How to get a Wench in Advertising")(New
for 2002.) Business is slow at the well so the wenches come up with
creative ways to bring in new customers.
My Faire Lady(2001 season, retired.) Can a wench pass
for royalty? The wenches find an invitation to a royal party and
decide to disguise Mistress Sheila as nobility in hopes of getting
her married off.
The Letter(2001 season, retired.) A love letter is
found at the well, but who is it for? Sheila and Keirra compete
for the affection of their secret admirer.
Who's Wash Line Is It, Anyway?Adlib and improv, wench
Wench AuctionsTypically reserved for special occasions,
the wenches host a mock auction with the high bidders winning a
wench to sit by their side during the joust (or other major festival
To find out where you can see us in 2002 please see our Tour
We have publicly performed at renaissance festivals in the Midwest
including: Wybreg Village Renaissance Festival (Bonaparte, IA),
Salisbury Faire (Des Moines, IA), Iowa Renaissance Festival &
Harvest Faire (Amana Colonies, IA), Renaissance Faire of the Midlands
(Council Bluffs, IA), Geneseo Shakespearean Festival (Geneseo, IL),
My Waterloo Days Renaissance Faire (Waterloo, IA), Greater St. Louis
Renaissance Faire (Wentzville, MO), Siouxland Renaissance Festival
(Sioux Falls, SD) and A Renaissance Affaire (Osceola, IA). We have
also appeared at a corporate events organized by Festivals
Members of the troupe have made appearances (sometimes by buying
a ticket) at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (Bonner Springs,
KS), Jubilee Olde English Faire (Brimfield, IL), Hamlet of Slater
(Slater, MO), and the Southern Illinois Renaissance Festival (Edwardsville,