PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Movie Night — War Room - Sunday Night!

Movie Night — War Room (Rated PG)
Sponsored by Trenton Street Baptist Church!
Open to the public 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Get Your Pirate On At The 1st Annual Pirate Fest - Harriman

"Ahoy, Matey"
Announcing 1st Annual
Tennessee Pirate Fest
Open Auditions Saturday 7/30 & 8/6
Seeking Vendors, Applications due 9/1

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, is announcing the first annual Tennessee Pirate Fest to be held on Columbus Day weekend in October. This family-friendly event will be in Harriman at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. All are invited to the fictional pirate haven of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800’s.
The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are popular, and acting like a pirate is fun for all ages. ARRR!” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager & Entertainment Director.

Pirate entertainment will include live music, comedy stage shows, interactive street characters, costume contests, beach games, original crafts, delicious food, and refreshing beverages--including beer.

Open auditions for interactive street characters will be held on Saturdays, July 30 and August 6, from 2-5p, at 125 Barrie Ln, Kingston, TN. Auditions will include individuals demonstrating talents such as singing, playing an instrument, speaking like a pirate, telling jokes or tall tales, and participating in improvisational games. To audition, costumes are encouraged but not required, and performance experience is helpful but not necessary.

Festival organizers are seeking quality craft and food vendors to fill the village. Vendor applications and guidelines can be downloaded from the website under the vendor tab. The application deadline is September 1st.

The Tennessee Pirate Fest will take place October 8-9-10 from 11a-6p ET--rain or shine. Ticket prices will be $13.00 for ages 13 and up, $8.00 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under. Parking will be 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; and “like” them on Facebook.

“Get Your Pirate On!”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Princess Gets A New Movie Quality Projector!

A new Panasonic projector with new lens was installed at the Princess today, by Jon Chemay and Morgan Anderson (photos by Darren York)!  The $7K projector is capable of projecting DVD or Blue Ray.  The last projector was unable to do Blue Ray.  The clarity and precision is MUCH, MUCH better; what you would expect of a Turkey Creek, or Oak Ridge movie projector.  Darren York says the colors are stunning!
The Panasonic PT-DW830 8500 Lumens 1-Chip DLP Projector (Black) features a dynamic RGB Booster to provide high picture quality and color reproduction and DIGITAL LINK for All-in-One connectivity.

With the incorporation of the new 420W dual lamp and new lamp drive system, the PT-DW830 is able to deliver a high brightness of 8500 lumens in an incredibly compact body.

The Panasonic proprietary Dynamic RGB booster, which has been enhanced, provides images with brilliant color and brightness, optimizing lamp intensity of individual red, green and blue colors according to each scene.  Detail Clarity Processor 3 improves the clarity, detail and depth of images and the System Daylight View 2 function also helps maintain picture quality, even in a bright room. The Series is 3D-compatible and supports various 3D formats including frame packing, side by side, top and bottom, line by line and simultaneous.

The projector delivers continuous immersive image quality
thanks to its shielded optical system which effectively blocks dust and its new heat pipe system which enables an efficient cooling system. The PT-DW830 is also designed with a dual lamp system that eliminates projection interruption due to a lamp failure.  The Lamp Relay mode alternates operation of each lamp to enable 24/7 operation of the projector. Furthermore, its lamp replacement cycle has been improved compared to conventional Panasonic 1-chip DLP models and is now up to 3000 hours in normal mode and 4000 hours in eco mode for reduced maintenance.

The Panasonic PT-DW830 8500 Lumens 1-Chip DLP Projector, has a Powered Zoom Lens, a 10000:1 Contrast Ratio, with WXGA 1280x800 Resolution, 16:10 Aspect Ratio, and is 3D ready.

This means two things: your donations and patronage has paid for a new "state-of-the-art" projector for our Princess, and from now on, all movies will look the way they are supposed to...GREAT!  Can't wait to see it in action!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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!
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