Melanie Singer from Plymouth sings at King Richard’s Faire at Carver

PLYMOUTH — Melanie Singer lives up to her name, and in the weeks to come people will find out why.

The Plymouth woman is a cast member of the Royal Musical Script at King Richard’s Faire at Carver and for the next two months will star in the now familiar role of Lady Mary Annette Fairchild, lady-in-waiting to Princess Snow.

It’s a role the 21-year-old says she’s been preparing for all her life.

Plymouth resident Melanie Singer plays Mary Annette Fairchild, lady-in-waiting to Princess Snow, in King Richard's Faire.

Originally from Carver, Singer was just a month old when she attended her first King Richard’s Faire. Her family was captivated by the Renaissance fantasy world that opened up each fall in their hometown, and Singer caught the bug.

At the age of 4, Singer already knew that she would one day be part of the cast. She got a behind-the-scenes glimpse when her older brother joined the musical script aged 9 and finally got his own chance at 14, helping children play being princesses and knights as a volunteer at Faire’s Kids Cove.

The singer then landed roles in La Faire’s bakery and played 16th-century villagers, before landing her dream job as a member of the Musical Script in 2019.

As Lady Mary Annette Fairchild, the singer can interact with village guests and performs a singing role in the Musical Script – the Broadway-like play the Fair commissions for each new season.

The storylines tell a different story each season, using parodies of pop songs to drive the story forward. Each year’s storyline is a secret, but it looks like Singer’s character has some explaining to do this fall.

Melanie Singer, left, and Danica Carlson play sisters Mary Annette and Jan DeMiddle Fairchild in King Richard's Faire.

The singer is easy to recognize as she and her stage sister, Jan DeMiddle Fairchild (played by Danica Carlson), roam the kingdom in their big black and white dresses, entertaining patrons with songs and street numbers.

A daycare worker the rest of the year, Singer said her job at the Fair was liberating.

“I’ve always felt like an anxious and shy person, but here I can be bold and loud and I can be myself. We get to look different here,” Singer said.

“This place felt more like home to me than anywhere I’ve been. You can literally escape your reality here. I found my family, because everyone becomes your family. They love you and accept you no matter what.

Aimee Shapiro Sedley, managing director of King Richard’s Faire, said Singer’s rise through the ranks is a remarkable but well-deserved achievement that reflects the passion that makes the fair special.

King Richard’s Faire started in Chicago

Sedley’s father, Richard Shapiro, started the Fair outside of Chicago in 1972. The first King Richard, he used to joke that it was a good thing his name wasn’t Wally. King Wally’s Faire didn’t have the same royal ring, he said.

Shapiro moved the Fair to Carver in 1982 and it became the largest and oldest Renaissance Fair in New England. The current king is Richard Eleventh.

Wareham's Justin Grankewicz (last year as

Sedley said a major reason for the Faire’s continued success is the show’s insistence on hiring singers, not just actors, for lead roles in the annual.

King Richard, his Queen and so many of their court not only know how to transport patrons back in time, but they can also carry a tune.

The fair features eight stages with shows at all hours of the day, including a mini musical performed twice a day.

“Many Renaissance fairs have only one actor in these roles; our royalty sings and dances,” Sedley said.

Sedley said the Faire can be a great training ground for new actors, who spend four weeks each August learning the songs, dances and dialects they’ll use as Renaissance villagers. The Fair is always on the lookout for volunteers who, like Singer, live for their fall weekends in the 16th century.

Members of the royal court Danica Carlson of Rye, New York, and Melanie Singer of Plymouth with Frank Dixon of Attleboro as

King Richard’s Faire runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, including both bank holiday Mondays, from Saturday September 3 to Sunday October 23.

Customers who dress in Renaissance clothing are often their own show at the Fair, but period clothing is not required.

“You just have to really enjoy it and make it your own,” Singer said. “People come here and dress up in so many different costumes. You can be whoever you want here and no one will judge you.

For more information, visit the King Richard’s Faire website.

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