PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Monday, June 6, 2016

Movie Night — Finding Nemo - June 18th!

Movie Night - 7 PM — Finding Nemo (Rated G).
Free admission.

Open to the public. Brought to you by Knoxville TVA Credit Union!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Tennessee Medieval Faire Memorial Day Weekend - 3 BIG DAYS!

Interview with Chad Wood
performing as King Arthur of Camelot
at the Tennessee Medieval Faire 2016

By Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager & Entertainment Director, Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC

Q: What is the TN Medieval Festival like?
A:  If a patron walks through the gates, they enter a new world.  Characters take you to a distant time and place.  You see jousting, shows and entertainment wherever you go.  Master craftsmen showing off their wares….

Q: Since you live and perform in Knoxville, how would you explain to someone in Knoxville why they should go?
A:  It’s a good time.  It’s one of those experiences that you won’t know unless you go.  You have to come and see to appreciate what it really is.

Q:  Tell us a little more about yourself as an actor.
A:  I’ve been acting since I was able to walk.  I’m an adopted son of Knoxville and have been in the Knoxville theatre scene for a decade.

Q:  Can you tell us a little about the Knoxville theatre scene?
A:  Knoxville embraces its artists.  The theatre community is tight and small.  But I have never gone without a production to go to or a performance to be in.  That’s a wonderful thing about Knoxville.

Q:  How did you get the role of King Arthur?
A:  My good friend, Alex Riggs, told me there was an audition for King Arthur of Camelot for the Tennessee Medieval Faire.  I had also worked for the festival production company a few years ago, when they were doing props and sets.  I also have several years of stage combat experience, taught by Bob Borwick of the Society of American Fight Directors at Pellissippi State “the Success Connection.” (he sings).  I got to know the entertainment director, Barrie, from fight class.  She helped with the class and was there as a talent scout.  I auditioned and got the part.

Q:  What’s being the street character of King Arthur like?
A:  It’s a dream role for me.  I jumped at the chance.  It’s been a whirlwind experience and life-changing.

Q:  How has it been “life-changing”?
A:  I can see how one can become an actor and sell themselves.  To take a character from the stage to when you are interacting all day and not break character.

Q:  Compare it a little more to being a stage actor.
A:  It’s totally different than being on stage.  As a stage actor, when you go back stage, you are who you are and take a break.  As a street character, I find I’m staying in character on and off stage.  

Q: Yes, I heard you commanded the Producer/President to bow to you off stage.  You might not want to do that again.
A: Oh, yes, I did do that, didn’t I? (laughs)

Q: Do you feel this experience has made you a better actor?
A:  Yes, I feel I’m a better actor now.  Being a street character has freed me to improve my improv skills (not having everything scripted).  When someone asks me a question as King Arthur, I have to give them a response that they believe and that I believe.

Q:  Has it gotten easier to respond in character?
A:  Yes, we’ve had 4 shows days out of 7.  At first I had to think as my character.  Now I don’t have to think about it--I am the King.  And, it’s good to be the King.

Q:  What’s been your favorite thing about the Faire?
A:  My favorite thing about the Faire is seeing the light in the children’s eyes when they see me, as King Arthur, and Guinevere walking together.  Also the daily public Knighting Ceremony at 3:30.  These things spark the children’s’ imagination and interest.  It shows them that not everything is video games and movies, but reaching out and talking to the King and Queen as real people.

Q:  On Sunday, an actor had dragon puppet on strings and walked up to patrons and interacted with them.  A 2 or 3 year old girl bent down, petted and hugged it.  It was a beautiful moment.
A:   Yes, there are countless moments like this at the Faire.  Once the gate opens, Magic Happens!

Q:  How has attendance been so far?
A:  It’s been good but we hope to have a great final weekend because the show is really great.  We think the variable weather, other events, and bridgework between Kingston and Harriman has kept some away so far.  But, on the weekends, the bridgework is only a minor inconvenience and it is supposed to be finished this week.  We hope people will come and support the show, so it can continue.  I hear once these shows catch on, they really become popular.   

Q:  You have one more weekend?  Would you share some information?
A:  Yes, our last weekend is this Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day, May 28-29-30.  Hours 10a-5p ET.  Tickets are $16.95 ages 13+, $8.95 ages 5-12.  Free ages 4 and under, and free parking.  They accept cash/credit at the front ticket house.  The event is open rain or shine.  For your comfort and safety, dress for the outdoors and wear comfortable shoes, weapons must be sheathed and zip-tied, service animals only, no outside alcohol.  Site address is 550 Fiske Rd, Harriman, TN.  Website is  Office number is 865-248-8414.

Q:  Anyone you’d like to thank?
A:  Yes!  Specifically the jousters, the Hanlon-Lees Action Theatre, and all the premier stage entertainment.  They are showing us “locals” how it’s really done.  I’d also like to thank Lars and Barrie Paulson of Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, for producing the show based on their life-time of entertainment experience.  Lars had a vision of creating a high quality interactive environment that is the TN Medieval Faire.    Many of us see that vision and are helping to make it a reality. 

“Camelot Lives!”  HUZZAH!  


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Camelot Comes to Life on May 14 at the Tennessee Medieval Faire

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, invites you to go back to the early Middle Ages (c. 500) and celebrate King Arthur and Camelot at the second annual Tennessee Medieval Faire, situated in Harriman just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  This rugged outdoor festival opens on May 14 and runs the last three weekends in May, including Memorial Day.

Leading the charge is The Royal Joust performed three times a day by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theatre.  There will also be sword fighting at the Warriors’ Chess Matches, performed twice daily.  Between arena shows, Unicorn and Warhorse Rides will be offered.

Excitement is increasing because more people know about the Faire,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager & Entertainment Director.  “People tell us they appreciate the quality of our show and want to see it grow.

Rotating on three stages will be professional, interactive, family-friendly shows.  Acts returning this year include Aaron Bonk’s “ridiculously dangerous” Fire * Whip * Sword Show; The Jackdaws, previously named Banish Misfortune; Professor DeWitt’s Punch and Judy Puppet Show; Albi Belly Dance; and Aristotle Simplified, aka Einstein Simplified.
New acts this year include Topsy Turvy, an acrobatic duo; Feckless Fear Dearg, a Kentucky Celtic band; Tom Smiter--Bizarre Feats of Rhythm and Melody; and Dendarah Middle Eastern Dance with Raks el Anwar.  There will be other musicians, interactive folk dancers, fairy tale shows and medieval games. The Royal Players, who roam the Faire and interact with patrons, include the characters of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Merlin.  Performance schedules will be posted on the festival website by May 11 and will be available at the Faire.
The number of medieval village merchants has almost doubled this year and will include around 50 craft, food and beverage vendors.  Artisans will sell their handcrafted wares made of leather, wood, clay, metal, glass, cloth, etc.  Hungry patrons can enjoy delicious medieval fare including turkey legs, gyros, hearty soups, scotch eggs, dragon jerky, fresh fruits and desserts.  Hot and cold beverages including beer will also be available.

The Tennessee Medieval Faire will be open on May 14-15, 21-22, 28-29-30; rain or shine.  Hours are 10-5 EDT.  Ticket prices are $16.95 for ages 13 and up, $8.95 for ages 5 to 12, and will be free for ages 4 and under.  Parking is free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or credit.  Onsite camping for patrons is not included, but public campgrounds and hotels are nearby.  The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  For Faire rules, guidelines and more information, please visit  Please like us on Facebook. 

Camelot Lives!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Movie Madness Fundraiser - April 30th!

Apr. 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM
  • Disney character meet and greet at 11
  • Minions (PG) at 12:30
  • Musical event by the RCHS wind ensemble and accompanists at 3
  • War Room (PG) at 4
  • Star Wars (PG13) at 7:30
APRIL 30, 2016!
$10 per movie at the door
$25 all access pass
All proceeds go to the RCHS Band!

Friday, April 15, 2016

And Your 2016 Princess Idol Is: THE OAKDALE BLUEGRASS BAND!

The Oakdale Bluegrass Band, featuring Olivia Chapman, Cole Tilson, Stone Stewart, and Jess Langley, singing "Never Harlen Alive", won last nights Third Annual Multi-County Talent Show!
I don't like to clearly identify our young talents, but they and their parents and grandparents will know who they are in the photos below.

Regardless, the Princess Theatre Foundation, Roane State Community College, and everyone who had something do with this production is very proud of all of them.  It takes courage to step out on the stage they did so well.  They will get more and more used to in years to come, and maybe they will be encouraged to follow that "dream" on to bigger stages someday.
Muse Watson, representing the Princess Foundation, again spoke of "The Dream".
The Princess Theatre Foundation would like to thank the Roane and Morgan County Schools Directors, everyone at Roane State Community College, the Princess Theatre staff, and all the volunteers that help at each show, who make these events possible.
Kelsey Cate - 2015 Princess Idol
Thursday night's show started with Emery Francis, our first "Princess Idol", and Kelsey Cate, last year's "Idol"!  Kelsey also filled in at intermission and while the judges (Becky Ruppe, Bridgett DeFee, and Kathy May Martin) made their extremely close decision.  
This year's talent was remarkable, making it the best season yet, but there are more talented "kids" out there, so please encourage them to step forward next year. 
After a great (non-judged) session of "Hee Haw" style "pickin' and grinnin'" by the Oakdale Bluegrass Band, the show began with the first category:
MUSIC INDIVIDUALS: K through 5th Grades
INDIVIDUALS: 6th - 8th Grades
INDIVIDUALS: 9th - 12th Grades
MUSIC GROUPS: 6th - 8th Grades
MUSIC GROUPS: 9th - 12th Grades
After a short intermission, John Condrone (the evening's emcee) introduced:
Haven was a crowd favorite and won this category.
Stone Stewart and Jess Langley for "Rinder Cellar". 
Jason Benjamin and Kelsey Cate handed out the awards.
Prior to these awards, Morgan County Representative John Mark Windle stepped out on stage to marvel at the Princess Theatre and to congratulate all the participants for their courage and for their individual talents.
I personally think this was the best "talent show" yet, and I ask parents and grandparents, friends, and teachers of talented area children to encourage them to sign up for next year's "Multi-County Talent Show".  This very event could change a child's entire life.  All they need is your encouragement.  What a difference in self-esteem standing on the Princess stage could make!
And now, for what you've been scrolling down for...more photos!
 Thanks for coming!

See you next year; same place, and about the same time!
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