If dad stopped paying your bills and you want a gig that makes you feel special, then you’re in luck: Medieval Times is hiring a princess. It’s the most royal gig in town, and you’ll be surrounded by jousting knights, horses, and wenches serving roasted chicken (without utensils, of course). From the plush throne, all you have to do is bat eyelashes at preteen birthday boys, acknowledge rowdy bachelor parties, and survive ironic jerks who bought a Groupon.
To find out everything about being a princess at Medieval Times, we sat down with hiring manager Michael Boisvert. How does he pick the perfect princess? What does a princess wear to a job interview? In the Great Hall, we covered all the ins and outs of modern princess job requirements.
Torontoist: What kind of resumés did you get for the job?
Boisvert: They were all professional actors, musicians, dancers or singers. They were some good stuff. I’m on the fourth day of auditions and I’ve seen 30 people so far. I’ll be auditioning 36 people total. I’m only hiring one person.
What’s the audition process like?
I sent them an older script from a show that we did. It’s very simplistic. I don’t want to freak them out. They perform it for me on the stage in the Great Hall and I record them. It’s competitive. It’s a cool job.
Why is it a cool job?
Well, you get to come in for four hours a night and put on a dress and a nice tiara and make people happy. I think that’s pretty cool. There’s no drama—except for in the show.
What are you looking for in a princess?
There’s definitely a look—what you’d expect in a Disney fairy princess. The voice is very important. There’s a certain tone to the voice. Not bubbly. Someone noble that can also have a bit of fun. She has her moments in the show where she’s elegant and then she’s like, “Let’s party.”
What do people wear to princess auditions?
Whatever they’re comfortable in. As an actor, you learn what you should and shouldn’t wear to an audition. I don’t have anyone showing up in sweatpants. Just normal job interview attire. I have some princesses show up in tight black cocktail dresses and high heels but they make it work. They run around the stage and I hope they don’t fall off.
Have you ever seen someone and right away been like, “Cut”?
Hair colour is the only thing. If you sent me a photo with brown hair and then you show up with blue hair, I can’t send that to head office. You should know better. If you send me a photo, you should at least be in the ballpark.
Have you ever had a bad princess? Have you ever fired a princess?
Nope. I’ve never fired anybody. Most people stay. Anybody who has left, it was to do another show or, in this case, I had a princess move back home to Australia. That was a shame. She was a great princess.
Do you think the audience for Medieval Times has changed over the years?
I don’t think so. There’s a certain element to a Medieval Times guest that stays the same. You suck them into the world right away—from the start to the end of the show.
Do you have any regulars?
Really? That was a joke! There are Medieval Times regulars?
We call them “superfans.” They come two to three times a month. That’s a lot, if you think about it. Every month. They’re an interesting crew. You get to know them. You try to keep everything professional, but because of the internet, they can find out your real name and it’s like, whoa, a little overwhelming. Can we stick with “Sir Richard” and not “Michael”? They just love Medieval Times.
In my mind Medieval Times is like high school and the princesses are like cheerleaders. True or false?
False. We’re all a team, from the wenches to everyone in the gift shop. The last thing you want is someone with an attitude.