PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Friend Of The Princess And Of Harriman Has Passed - C. Vaughn Leslie

Leslie, C. Vaughn, Jr., age 71, of Dandridge, TN, departed this life on Monday, October 10, 2016, at his home.
Mr. Leslie and his band "Boys' Night Out" played the Princess stage in 2013 and 2014 to a packed house.  He and his band had both audiences on their feet and dancing on both occasions.  "Boys Night Out", an R&B/Beach band, never failed to draw an audience, wherever they played, but Roane County always knew the name and came in droves to "dance to the music"!

Music was always a part of his life, beginning with 4-H contests in elementary school, then drum major at Easley High School, and part of a traveling choir at Brevard College in NC.  He started his own band at ETSU, C. Vaughn Leslie & the Sleepless Nights, as well as a youth night club, The Burning Giraffe.  After a few years of only promoting bands and R&B artists, he was encouraged to join with other 60’s R&B lovers to create the band “Boys' Night Out”, which has been very popular in the East Tennessee area for over 30 years.
Boys' Night Out (BNO) was organized in 1983 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with the goal of recreating the authentic performances of the rhythm and blues (R&B) music that had been extremely popular with teenagers in the south during the late 1960s.  Boys' Night Out's first public performance was at the Oak Ridge Azalea Festival on May 5, 1984, and they have played a busy schedule ever since.

Between 1984 and 1987, several band members came and went until a stable configuration of personalities and artistic focus could be established.
Clifford Curry, C. Vaughn Leslie, and Archie Bell
As life would have it, Mr. Leslie sat with his long time friend, Clifford Curry, as he passed away just over a month ago (Clifford died on September 7)!  We should all have such a friend.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Perry) Leslie; sons, Matthew V. Leslie, and Barrett A. Leslie.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

I post these remaining photos in remembrance of the good times he brought to the Princess Theatre.


C. Vaughn Leslie will be missed!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Psycho! Coming To The Princess October 20th At 7PM - FREE!

Roane State’s Arts and Lectures Committee invites you to a Halloween viewing of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Psycho* (1960, Rated R). Starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, this movie has garnered attention and discussion for over 50 years. Introduction and brief lecture by Prof. De Anna Stephens of Humanities.

Open to the general public. Free admission. Donations kindly accepted.

October 20. 7 PM.

*Parents Strongly Cautioned: Some material is inappropriate for children under 13). Violent content including some bloody images, thematic material; brief sensuality, and partial nudity. (IMDB warning for parents)

Monday, September 19, 2016

“Avast, Ye Swabbies!” Tennessee Pirate Fest is on the Horizon!

The first annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is on the horizon.

This daytime family-friendly costume-play event is being produced by Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, and will be held at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  Patrons will feel transported to the fictional town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800’s.
We are throwing a pirate party and everyone is invited,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager & Entertainment Director.  “International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day (September 19) was a great warm up to ‘Get Your Pirate On!

Patrons are encouraged to dress in costume and enter the costume contest to win a prize.  There will be two categories, ages 5-12 and 13+, and winners will be decided by audience applause.  Free activities will be available to play, including karaoke by Ward Entertainment, porthole (corn hole), volleyball, tetherball, limbo, stocks, and steel drum.  Also, for $2, children may participate in a treasure hunt.

Outlaw Ritual

Pirates, Inc.

Tortuga Twins
Professional entertainment includes the Tortuga Twins, an interactive comedy show; Pirates, Inc., sea shanties; Outlaw Ritual, blues/swamp rock duo; PanEZ, Caribbean steel drum; Three RRR’s, comedy stunt show; Trouble the Waters, Irish musical duo; Captain Anton Neal and the Sirens, sea shanties; and Kombat Kroquet.  An entertainment schedule will be available online and at the entrance gate.
The village of Port Royale will consist of interactive street characters--including British red coats, the Governor’s household, and pirates.  Merchants will also help create the village, selling custom crafts, festival food, and hot and cold beverages, including beer.

The Pirate Fest will be held on October 8 & 9 from 11am-6pm ET--rain or shine.  Ticket prices are $13 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5-12, and there will be free admission for children 4 and under.  Parking is free, and tickets may be purchased with cash or credit at the ticket house on show days.

The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  Festival rules include the following:  No sharp weapons or loaded guns (stage weapons must be sheathed and zip-tied); no pets (service animals only); no outside food or drinks; no visibly intoxicated persons will be admitted; no onsite patron camping (for a list of local accommodations, please visit 

For more information, please visit, call 865-248-8414, or “Like” them on Facebook.
Get Your Pirate On!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

"Sweet Clifford" Has Died

Clifford Curry, who once appeared on the Princess Stage, has died at age 79!

Clifford, an East Tennessee native who was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995, was best known for his 1967 single "She Shot a Hole in My Soul."

Curry began singing as a teenager. He performed with groups like The Five Pennies before embarking on a solo career in the mid-1960s. He recorded a handful of singles for Nashville-based label Excello Records under the name “Sweet Clifford.”

Check out THIS LINK to see more photos from that music filled night at the Princess. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Eh440 - Coming To The Princess September 20th!

Sep 20 2016 - 07:00 PM


As a popular and well known a cappella music group from Toronto, Eh440 has won numerous awards for their 2014 CD “Turn Me Up” and received rave reviews for their latest work. The five-artist quintet often tours both Canada and America, wowing both young and older crowds with an upbeat eclectic mix of harmony, R & B, beatboxing, and more. Their crisp sound and electric performances are like nothing else you will see!

Come join this amazing, talented group as they perform live at the Princess Theatre in Harriman!

Admission is free and the general public is welcome. Generously sponsored by the Roane State Campus Activities Board.

Doors open at 6. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Movie Night — Lincoln

Sep. 15, 2016 - 07:00 PM

The RSCC Arts and Lectures Committee is pleased to sponsor September’s free movie night: Lincoln (Rated PG-13, 2012).
This soul-searching movie explores the tragedy of the Civil War, the carnage of the battlefields, and the many difficult decisions made by one of our most interesting presidents. With an introduction by local historian and professor John Brown, we invite you to celebrate Constitution Day at the Princess Theatre.

General admission; free to the public. Donations appreciated and accepted.

Running time: 150 minutes.

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!”
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