Frequently Asked Questions
Are those real swords?
The question asked most frequently at our shows is “are those real?” Yes. Our swords are real. Our rapiers are stage-quality, blunted live steel. They are safe and very durable for working in a variety of environments, they also go TING and SWISH which makes us all very happy. Because we use live steel, we do require audiences to maintain a safe distance when we fight and audience members may not touch our blades. We do allow close up inspections and we’ll happily answer questions about the tools of the trade.
What ages are appropriate?
Almost all of our shows are family friendly and great for all ages. However, it’s good to let us know the age range when booking your show. We do ask that children under 10 be accompanied by a parent at all times. Also if your child has problems sitting still or may get up and wander during a show, we ask that a parent stay with the child and stay away from the performance space for the safety of our performers and the audience. Workshops and camp academy experiences are best suited for kids ages 6 and up.
Are you trained? Are you safe?
Yes. Maria Romine and Maggie Wininger, our fight choreographer have both received training from the Fight Directors of America. All of our ladies are fully trained in stage combat techniques and learn how to fight safely. While it looks like we’re fighting hard and dirty, safety is our first concern.
Are your shows insured?
Yes, our company carries insurance both for our audience and the ladies involved in our shows.
Can you do a show about elephants, ninjas, llamas, or the Green Bay Packers?
Yes, yes, yes, and probably. Truth is, we write shows for clients all the time. If you can’t find a show that you’d like to see on our Shows page, we can work with you to create something for your venue and event. Please contact Maria Romine for more details. We do require at least one month lead time for a newly commissioned show.
Can you come to my house?
Yes, we do birthday parties, showers and other small venue events. We do require at least a 13 foot by 13 foot space. If you space has concrete floors (like a basement), some movements may be modified for the safety of our ladies and the integrity of our equipment.
What if it rains?
We have been and continue to be soggy pirates. We normally do shows rain or shine. That said, if you move your event inside due to weather, we can adapt our show to fit in your space as long as we have room to swing our swords safely.
I wanna be a pirate! How can I audition?
Currently we have all the pirates we need. However we do occasionally hold auditions. To submit your name for consideration, you can send a resume and headshot to Maria Romine. No previous fight experience is required, but applicants must be willing to work hard, memorize songs, fights, and the words to the film The Princess Bride, and be generally drama free and fun on long car rides.
I’m a dude, can I still audition?
While we are primarily a ladies-only operation, we do have some commissioned shows featuring men. Contact Maria Romine for details.
Are you safe? Are you trained?
Maggie and Maria are trained by the Society of American Fight Directors
Can you come to my house?
The normal space requirement is no less than 12 x 20. (spaces are smaller need to be approved by Maria)