For 16 days days of the year, Brianna Henderson speaks in a Scottish accent.

The Leavenworth resident is one of approximately 100 actors, performers and entertainers at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

Henderson, 18, plays the role of Margaret Hamilton, a young woman in a Scottish clan in 1542.

As part of a living history group, she is required to dress in clothes from the era and speak in a Scottish accent at all times while on festival grounds.

Henderson said she performed on a limited basis last year, but will be a full-time performer this year.

“I really enjoyed it,” she said. “I love the atmosphere and the people I work with in living history.”

A handful of the actors at the festival are paid performers, but most of them are volunteers like Henderson.

Henderson said she went through auditions in April and was offered the part shortly after.

She said that in the run-up to this year’s season, she has been studying the history of the era by reading scholarly articles online and watching documentaries of the period.

At the festival, her living history group performs at what it known as Highland Hill. There are eight members in her group.

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival opens its new season Saturday. The festival is located at 633 N. 130th St. in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

The festival is open every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 14, as well as on Labor Day and Columbus Day.

For more information about the festival, visit or call 913-721-2110.