The Performers
Sanford Lee & Mary Kay Lee

Sanford Lee (Prof. Farquar)

While a college drama student in his home town of Kansas City, Sanford Lee began his entertainment career in 1966. When he wan't involved with a stage production at the newly formed Missouri Repertory Theater, he was performing as a folk singer at nearby coffee houses and pubs. Following graduation, Sandy ventured into television broadcasting, producing and hosting a daily talk show in Columbia, Missouri for two seasons.

In the decade that followed, he performed at Tiffany's Attic Dinner Theater (Kansas City), toured the country with a night club act and appeared in dozens of television and radio commercials. in 1982, Sandy create the character of Simpkin the Foole for the Kansas City Renaissance Festval and became that event's public relations director. He also worked on promotional projects for Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. But performing was his passion! So in 1987, he created a new persona for himself, Professor Farquar (a 19th Century mountebank). One of the most popular variety acts on the circuit today, Farquar performs more than 300 shows each year (at fairs, festivals, theme parts, historic sites, museums, schools and corporate events).

Mary Kay Lee (Curlie Dimple, Polecat Annie)

Curlie Dimple is a diminutive, warm-hearted clown. Polecat Annie is a western wild woman. Both characters are alter egos of multi-talented variety artist, Mary Katheryn Lee (acrobat, mime, juggler, puppeteer, balloon artist and psychic). She began training as a dancer at the age of two. By age sixteen, she had opened her own dance studio. At the same time, she continued training as a gymnast with the U. S. Olympic Team. After a knee injury prevented her from competing in the '68 Olympic Games, Mary used her experience and knowledge to assist others; pursuing a career as a certified coach with the United States Gymnastics Federation. Mary earned a reputation not only as a successful coach, but also as an exceptional instructor in tap, ballet and modern dance. For thirteen years, she was the choreographer for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and won national recognition as an authority on traditional folk dance. Since 1994, Renaissance Festival patrons have seen her as the "rat lady," one of that event’s most popular attractions. When not performing, Mary and Sandy enjoy collecting antiques (especially dolls and toys) and restoring their Victorian home in Concordia, Missouri.