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Putting the "Play" in Swordplay

  • Nov 26, 2012
I've visited the Texas Renaissance Festival four years in a row.  I simply love visiting there each year.  Last year I took in a performance of the Steele Sisters.  The sisters, Gertrude and Gwendolyn, square off against one another in pursuit of a husband (or in the case of "Pirate Adventure" weekend, a first mate).  The sister who successfully finds a husband first will be granted all of their father's land, horses, flowers, and weapons (pew!).

I enjoyed their performance so much that I decided to check them out again this year during "Highland Fling" weekend.  They were still looking for a husband and fought over him with words and swords.  The duo picked their would-be husband, "Frank," from the audience and began listing their standards for the perfect mate.  Of course, "Frank" met each and every standard, and Gertrude and Gwendolyn sparred with one another hoping to win his heart.

They made jokes about each other and "Frank," pop culture references, a little light (and totally family friendly) innuendo, and a bit of downright silliness as well.  They also performed physical comedy that included wrestling, pratfalls, and, of course, swords.  

The duo put on an excellent show of swordplay, reminding me a lot of fencing competitions I watch during the Olympics.  Not well versed on the different forms of sword fighting, just know that they did an excellent job of it all.

I won't ruin the end of their performance for you, but I will say that they were both extremely friendly ladies and I managed to grab photos with both of them.  They are humorous, well-skilled with a blade, and a must-see act for families attending TRF.

Highly recommended.
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