A court jester walking around with a Chick-fil-A sandwich.
Heavy-metal characters from the late Middle Ages mixing it up with pirate or two, here from the high seas to cause trouble.
Lords and ladies with sophisticated words — but teenage freshness.
It's the first Renaissance Festival this Saturday, Feb. 16, of the Naples High School Performing Arts Society, a volunteer organization that takes its arts seriously. The group will show off its own acting and theatrical skills — sword fight, anyone? — along with the talents of the pros they learn from.
There's the Craic, St. Petersburg-based costumed singers who look like a thrash version of centuries past but will sing humorous and poignant folk songs with authentic instruments.
Shakespeare in Paradise, the Naples professional troupe, will reprise its hair-raising fight scene between Petruchio and Katherina from "The Taming of the Shrew."
There's a Moliere skit in double languages, so French speakers or students can get practice; minstrels and an insult-hurling contest, a sort of "American Idol" competition using the Bard's voluminous vocabulary.
If you go
An Afternoon with Shakespeare Renaissance Festival
What: Historical talks, songs, skits, musicians, poets, jugglers, jokers, wandering minstrels, pirates and food for sale. Presented by the Naples High School Golden Eagles Performing Arts Society.
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16
Where: Naples High School, 1100 Golden Eagle Circle, Naples; events are indoors and outdoors
Harpists Dickie Fleisher and Laura Lou Roth will perform, as will the quick-footed Tir Na Nog, the Irish dance group.
There's plenty of 21st-century food: Chick-fil-A is selling chicken sandwiches and donating proceeds to the group; Costco is donating food for sale as well.
The society has already had a helpful sponsor in Best of Everything, which has underwritten some expenses to bring in the Craic, a nationally known troupe.
Chris Ellison, who teaches orchestra and chorus, musical theater and music appreciation at Naples High — along with being assistant band director — says the society wants to raise money so students can get serious experience in the arts.
So Ellison teamed with Cynthia Odierna, a French and Spanish teacher whose college minor was theater, to found the society.
"The funds are very, very shallow," he said of those groups.
"We're the product of our experience, and we're hoping the Performing Arts Society will enrich these students' experiences — maybe obtain master classes from some Philharmonic musicians, or help music students who are not able to afford private lessons," he said.
"It's a combination orchestra, chorus and theater arts. What Chris is trying to is combine it into one unit to enhance the level of all of those things," Odierna added.
"We had a Shakespeare competition, and these kids perform in front of judges and get disqualified and move on. Why can't the kids get a chance to shine where other people can see them? And to see what kind of responses audiences give — it's a very different world performing for the public," she said.
The society's 75 members last year were given the opportunity to see to the touring production of "Les Miserables" at the Phil. Then, of course, Ellison made them write a five-paragraph essay about the musical's production values. That may pay off if the society lives its dream for next season: to stage its own production of a Broadway musical, "In the Heights."
On Saturday, however, the Bard rules.
"It's going to be a Lollapalooza of culture," Odierna said. "With Philly cheesesteak sandwiches wedged in there somehow."