PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

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!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Third Annual Talent Show Kicked Off Wednesday!

The Third Annual Multi-County Talent Show started on Roane Street, in front of the Princess, Wednesday evening with "sidewalk art" outside, and the hanging of the entries inside.

The talent show gets underway Thursday evening at 6PM, and the winners of the "art show" will be announced after the show.

Please come down and support the area students in their pursuit of art.  There will be lots of music, dancing, laughter, and beautiful art.

The admission is only $5, and students get in free!
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