Chateau Charmant’s history begins in 2003, when Robert Palmer purchased 149 acres of ranchland. As architect and builder, Robert Palmer conceived a retreat~castle and sent Bonnie a drawing of this castle like home, with the words "I want to build you a castle" scrawled across the bottom. After several objections, Bonnie acquiesced and from that sketch grew Chateau Charmant, inspired by a magnificent 13th century French Chateau. Almost all of the work has been done by the Palmer's'.
It is believed to be the largest castle built by the smallest crew in the world.
The estate, although, still unfinished has harbored the dreams of the Palmer's to create a haven of learning, theater, education and a commitment to benefit and give back to the community.
In 2020 the idea of forming a Non- Profit began... Castleshire, (a Federal Not- For-Profit).
Castleshire, is a historical-educational village and castle to teach ancient skills, relive historical village lifestyle and work, an organization formed to educate and increase the knowledge of the public about historic events by researching, studying, and involving the public in historically accurate reenactments and theater! Then giving back to charitable organizations through the Castles extraordinary Benefit Events throughout the year.
And that is how Castleshire Theater Project began!
In this area, where high schools have no drama department, Castleshire Theater gives students the opportunity to explore the contributory arts of the theater. Learning all the skills to produce exciting new productions, including: writing scripts, directing, staging, acting, lighting, sound, music scores, advertising... all while learning to collaborate in the theatrical experience.
Lionora's Loves (adaptation) Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare) Rapunzel, the True Story (adaptation) The Rivals (Sheridan) Murder at the Governors Ball (original)
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When you donate to Castleshire Theater, you contribute to the education of youth in the Theater Arts.