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Much Ado About the English Renaissance
Horticultural Hall
Lake Geneva, WI
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Much Ado About the English Renaissance
The Geneva Lake Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) invites the public to attend "Much Ado About the English Renaissance," the second program in the AAUW Speaker's Series.  

The event will be held at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, Thursday, April 18 event at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  

Money raised benefits the scholarship fund and other activities of the Branch.

The program provides a return to the Renaissance with Lady Anne Bacon, attendant to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, portrayed by Lake Geneva historical performer Chris Brookes, who has arrived from the court of Queen Elizabeth to describe life in sixteenth-century England.

From the royal schoolroom to the formal presence chamber, Lady Bacon has seen it all. She educated her son Francis Bacon, traveled with the Queen on Progress, and lived during the times of Shakespeare, Raleigh, Drake, and Walsingham. Dressed in period clothing and using her traveling basket full of necessaries, Chris Brookes captures the essence of a Renaissance courtier's life.

Biographical info:
Chris Brookes, a Lake Geneva, WI native, performs one-woman, researched-based shows for schools, clubs, organizations, libraries, and senior centers. She currently owns more costumes than clothes in order to bring history and literature to life for her re-creations of literary and historical figures from a variety of time periods: the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Victorian times, and the 1860's to the 1960's. She has performed as Lady Bacon at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and has played a variety of characters with several community theater companies. In her other life, she taught literature and social studies at Lake Geneva Middle School.

In 2008, she produced an educational DVD Introduction to the Elizabethan Age, and in 2012, after years of study, Chris co-authored and published an alternative history of the legend of King Arthur, Arthur of the Gododdin, with Michael Ferenz. Both the DVD and book will be available for sale and signing following the program or through

Chris serves on the Lake Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees and is secretary of the Friends of the LGPL. She teaches for Road Scholar and Cardinal Stritch University, and is a member of the Wisconsin Humanities Council and DPI Speakers Bureaus, Northlands Storytelling Network, AAUW, DAR, Walworth County Genealogical Society, and The Friends of the Geneva Theater.



Horticultural Hall (View)
330 Broad Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
United States

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