Kids Kingdom (or KK) is a troupe at the Bristol Renaissance Faire that performs puppet shows, stage shows, organizes treasure hunts and is the home of the Knighting Ceremony where any child can be knighted by Queen Elizabeth herself.
The stage was constructed to house Histopolis Puppet Theatre and a shop was moved across the inner circle to make way for the maze (the shop is now Ladies in Braiding, but used to be Thatcher Leather). The Histopolis troupe had had another stage down near where Thistle Croft and the Cheshire Chase Action Theatre are now. Performances were based largely upon storytelling, at which Judith and her cast were expert.
In 1999, after the Virginia Renaissance Faire closed, director Alison Moss took attained many of the decorations from that Faire to "dress up" the Kingdom, giving it much of the look it retains today.
In 2005, the large swing in front of KK was removed to open up the space.
In 2015, the Kingdom recieved a complete overhaul including a new stage, halfling houses (including slide), walls covered in murals, a hatching dragon egg, and a second ship. The only aspect of the old KK that remains is the wooden ship once dubbed The Broken Oar but even even that got a facelift with a new paint job, railings, and the name The Dirty Peter.
Cast List Edit
Each year, Kids Kingdom has a series of shows they perform for the patrons.
For a list of past KK shows, see KK show list (Bristol)
2005 Kids Kingdom Shows
The Robin Hood Show
Sleeping Beauty vs. the Evil Powers of Evil
Be In The Show (feat. Cinderella, Rapunzel & Katryn Boots)
Treasure Hunt (feat. Captain Grace Underfyre & Jane the Phoole)
Rumpelstiltskin (Puppet Show)
2015 Kids Kingdom Shows
Beauty and the Beast
Saint George and the Dragon (largely Street Cast feat. KK's Aurora)
The Guildmaster's Show
The Princess and the Pea
Kid's Quest 1 and 2
The Magic Bubble
The Golden Chicken
Knighting Ceremony occurs in Kids Kingdom every Faire day, usually beginning at 4:15. Before Queen Elizabeth arrives at 4:30, the children are given instruction on proper manners. After she arrives, the Queen asks the children on manners and then makes each child an honorable Knight or Lady of her Court.
The largest cast of Kids Kingdom was 23 members, set in 2015.