“They’re super team players aside from being extremely talented,” he says. “They don’t just do their job and go home. They’re always concerned with the big picture and what is it they can do to help out in any way. It’s a joy to work with people like this.”
The family camps off-site during the Miami-Dade event. Once it opens they work long days on the weekends and get five days off in the middle of the week, a precious bonus.
“I can take the family to Zoo Miami or the Seaquarium or Coral Castle, or we can go to the beach,” Schultz says. “It’s the middle of winter! We can go to the beach in the middle of the week! And we’re exposed to things going on in Miami. These past four years I’ve developed an appreciation for guava that I never thought I would.”
Having the kids be part of the experience is the biggest bonus, both actors say. Baby Catherine merely dresses up — as Catherine of Aragon — but 3-year-old Nathanael, who plays Charles V, loves to perform, Ready says. At the end of each day, the queen gives a toast, and Nathanael goes up on stage with her.
“I did the joke, ‘Where does the king keep his armies?’ Nathaniel took the mike and said, ‘Up his sleevies!’ ” Ready says, laughing. “He had no fear, no qualms, no problem taking that mike. He wants to make his voice louder. He says, ‘Can I go up on stage now, Mommy?’”
His parents have a couple of years to decide what to do about school — homeschooling, full- or part-time, is an option, Schultz says — but they have no plans to leave the Renaissance fair lifestyle.
“We love having them with us at work,” Ready says of her kids. “We get to teach them through example. You have to have passion about what you’re doing. I love the pageantry and the language. Chris and I will be watching a miniseries where there’s exquisite language, and we’ll pause the video and write down what we’ve heard. It’s so rich, and the verbiage is beautiful. … To be able to take that back to the people coming through the gate, I love being able to do that. … And I like being able to do it as a family.”
“I want to keep doing it as long as it’s something we both enjoy,” Schultz says. “And we get to be snowbirds!”