PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

John Condrone Dies After Long Battle With COVID!

A special supporter of the Princess Theatre, John Condrone, has lost his battle with COVID-19!  He began his fight back in mid-September, and shortly thereafter, his conditioned worsened and was put on life support.  He died at Blount Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.

John Condrone, emceed all of our past annual Multi-County Talent Shows at Princess, and loved to come to the Princess stage to help encourage our budding local talent.  

John was an Award-Winning Dove & Grammy Nominated Songwriter, Performer & Author with over 300 songs in radio, film & TV. He has had song cuts with SONY, Disney, Lamon Records, and many others. His #1’s include Kimberly Simon's "If You Stole My Heart" (which was a Top Twenty CMT video), “Bubba Claus”, “If The Heart Is Right”, “But Then” and “Since I Found You”.

He will be missed!

Here are some of my favorite photos of John on the Princess stage...








Friday, August 7, 2020

Tennessee Medieval Faire Cancelled Due to Pandemic

The award-winning Tennessee Medieval Faire has been cancelled for 2020 due to the global pandemic.  The rescheduled show dates were to be October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 in Harriman, TN.

With the Covid-19 on the rise in Tennessee, the state guidelines were very clear to discourage large community events to keep people safe.  It was a difficult decision for us to cancel the show because we have been working for months on it, and people look forward to our events each year.  But ultimately, our decision was based on safety,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director.


The festival producers, Lars and Barrie Paulson of Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, hope to continue hosting their annual Tennessee Medieval Faire and Tennessee Pirate Fest in the spring and fall of 2021.  These events are family-friendly outdoor interactive costumed themed festivals with the slogans “Live the Age of Chivalry” and “Get Yer Pirate On.”  The festivals have numerous professional stage shows, street characters, crafts, food, games and activities.


The Paulson’s would like to thank the participants, patrons, and community members for their support.  In 2019, the Tennessee Medieval Faire received an Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Annual Festival by the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council.  In 2020, the Tennessee Medieval Faire received the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Festival in Roane County by readers of the Roane County News.


For festival updates, please visit their website www.TMFaire.com or like and follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/tennesseemedievalfaire and https://www.facebook.com/Tennesseepiratefest/

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac Coming October 17th!

The Fleetwood Mac tribute show 
has been rescheduled to Oct. 17.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Christmas with Dr. Bill Bass, Bill Landry, and Sam Venable

Dec. 12, 2019 - 07:00 PM

Dr. Bill Bass — world renowned author, Professor Emeritus, and driving force behind the modern forensic movement.

Bill Landry — actor, director, producer, author, and beloved star of WBIR’s The Heartland Series.

Sam Venable — columnist, author, and speaker. Each one is a local celebrity and nationally known. Having all three speak at The Princess is a once-in-a-lifetime treat.

$30.00 tickets per person
Save the date! Online purchase of tickets coming soon!
VIP package is available, but limited in number!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Ahoy, Mates! Tennessee Pirate Fest Invites You!

The fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest invites you to go back in time to the “Age of Piracy.”  This outdoor daytime interactive entertainment-oriented festival will be held the middle two weekends in October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  Patrons will be transported to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1685.
  
This year our characters are loosely based on the movies Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Blood.  Come meet the Governor of Port Royale and his daughter, British red coats, townspeople, and lots of pirates!  Come with a happy heart and sense of adventure, and you’ll have lots of fun.” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director.
Rotating on several stages will be numerous professional acts:  Caribbean and Celtic music by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, Thunder and Spice, The CrossJacks, PanEZ Steelband, Black Mash Hollow, and Timothy Russell.  There will be portable benches, but patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs.  Performing interactive comedy or dance shows will be The Tortuga Twins (PG), Einstein Simplified, and Misfit Gypsies.  Some acts will be different each weekend, and schedules will be available online and at the entrance.
Patrons are encouraged to dress in costume and enter the Costume Contest.  All may share their talents to join a pirate crew in the Pirate Gong Show.  There will also be Pirate School, the Governor’s Variety Show, and Combat Croquet.  There will also be a mid-day parade, and on Saturdays the Bucketeers will be featured.  New kids’ shows this year include Captain Chester, Defender of the Caribbean by Lars Paulson and Peter Pan and Wendy performed by Roane County High School.
New activities include Pirate Olympics. There will also be a Scavenger Hunt on the slightly spooky Trail of Doom (PG).  Other free activities include corn hole, volleyball, croquet, tetherball, stocks, giant chess, and steel drum.  There will be other games to play for a small fee.
Merchants will help create the village by selling custom crafts such as costumes, leather pouches, drinking horns, soaps, blacksmith items, and jewelry.  A variety of festival food will also be available, including smoked turkey legs, Bourbon chicken, Philly steak, fried catfish, chicken wraps, shaved ice, pineapple smoothie served in the pineapple, and hot and cold beverages as well as beer for those 21+ years with valid photo ID.  A list of vendors can be found on the festival website.
There will be a free showing of the classic pirate movie, Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, at the Princess Theatre in Harriman on October 5th at 7pm.  There will be a pre-show costume contest at 6:40, where winners by age group will be awarded two free tickets to the Pirate Fest.

The media are invited to take pictures at the final dress rehearsal at the festival site on October 5th, from 3-5pm ET.  Balloons will mark the path to the pub tent, where refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to 865-466-1902.

The Tennessee Pirate Fest
will be open rain or shine on October 12-13, 19-20, from 11am-6pm ET.  The festival location 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  Free field parking is provided.  Ticket prices are $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12; and free admission for ages 4 and under.  Tickets may be purchased on festival days at the ticket house for cash or credit.  Ticket prices include sales tax; however, a $1 convenience fee will be added per entrance ticket for credit usage.  Festival beverage tickets will also be available in $1 increments, or patrons can use exact change to purchase water ($2), soda ($3), or beer ($5).  There will be no ATM onsite, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips, and convenience.
 
Safety rules include the following:  no pets (service animals only), no loaded firearms or sharp weapons (all stage weapons must be sheathed and zip tied), and no outside food or drinks.  There will be no onsite public camping; however, a motel discount is available with free breakfast at the Baymont Inn in Harriman (call 865-882-5340 with promo code LKDE).  

For more information, please visit www.TNPirateFest.com, “like” the Tennessee Pirate Fest on Facebook, or call 865-376-0319.
 Get Yer Pirate On!
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

And the Moon Stayed - Live theatre at the Princess!

October 11, 2019 - 07:00 PM

Live theatre! AND THE MOON STAYED by Jennifer L. Wallace, a reworking of Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale.” It is set in the Great Smoky Mountains and tells the bittersweet tale of jealousy, love and redemption.

Do yourself a favor and don’t miss Corey Jones as “Brother Leon”!

Sponsored by Center Field Productions and Three Rivers Theatre!

OCTOBER 11, FRIDAY

Doors open at 6 PM
Performance begins at 7 PM

For information about tickets, contact: 865-322-5248!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Yo Ho, Me Hearties! 4th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is on the Horizon!

Special Street Character Audition 8/31
Vendor Applications due 9/1

Planning for the fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway.  This costumed family-fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek in Knoxville.  All are invited to escape to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1685.

The Governor of Port Royale is celebrating his birthday, and all are invited--including pirates!  Get ready to Get Yer Pirate On! and join in hours of fun,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager.

Back by popular demand will be the Patron Costume Contest, where prizes will be awarded based on audience applause.  Also returning will be the Pirate Gong Show, where patrons will be invited to share their talents to join a pirate crew.  There will also be a Pirate School where landlubbers will learn to walk, talk, and sing like a pirate.

Continuous professional pirate entertainment will include interactive comedy shows, live pirate music, costumed British and pirate street characters, Combat Croquet, beach games, photo ops, pirate displays, and original crafts.  Food and hot and cold beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase.
 
To round out the street character cast, a special audition will be held on Saturday, August 31, from 1-2pm ET, at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston, TN.  Please call 865-466-1902 or email DarkhorseLLC@comcast.net to sign up.  

Auditions will include singing, speaking in a pirate or British accent, and participating in improvisational games. Costumes and theatrical experience are helpful but not required to audition.  While ages 18+ are preferred, talented mature teens will be considered if they have reliable transportation or are accompanied by a participating adult.  If accepted, new cast members will be invited to stay for the regular weekly rehearsal from 2-5pm.  Professional acts can audition online by sending show details with a video link to the email above.

Festival organizers are seeking quality craft and food vendors.  Vendor information, application, and guidelines are available on the website www.TNPirateFest.com under the vendor tab.  The application deadline is September 1.  There is no application fee, but all work is juried to ensure quality and fit.  Payment of $30/day for crafts and $70/day for food for ~12’x12’ selling space would be due after approval and by September 14.

The fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest will take place Saturdays and Sundays, October 12-13 and 19-20, from 11am-6pm ET--rain or shine.  Ticket prices will be $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12; and entry will be free for ages 4 and under.  Field parking will be free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or credit.  A small convenience fee will be added for the use of credit.  

Discounted motel rooms will be available for Pirate Fest fans at Baymont by Wyndham in Harriman by calling 865-882-5340.  

The festival will be held at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  

For more information, please visit www.TNPirateFest.com and sign up for updates.  Like and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Tennesseepiratefest/.
   
Get Yer Pirate On!
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