PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012


They opened the doors and they poured in, so much so they had to open the balcony!  I think they sold over $500 in tickets at the door! 
Thanks folks for supporting the Princess Theatre Foundation by coming and enjoying some special entertainment from Dr. Eric Littleton, Muse Watson, Phil Williams, and Caleb Littleton
After being introduced by radio personality Phil Williams, of News/Talk 98.7, Dr. Littleton thrilled the audience to all the Christmas standards, and a few of my favorites like the Amazing Grace, Tennessee Waltz, and Last Dance!  He also sneaked in Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer, but it was done so beautifully, that if he hadn't told us, we would not have noticed!

Muse also proved to the skeptics (see small clip above) that he could indeed sing, and very well, I might add.   The sang I Heard The Bells On Christmas Eve in the first half of the show, and again later as he read to area children gathered around his "Max Woody" rocking chair.  The group included his own daughter Sophie!
I was a near full house and judging by the applause, everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Here are more photos from Friday night's show:


Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Last evening, I was privy to a rehearsal at South Harriman Baptist Church as Dr. Eric Littleton and Muse Watson prepared for their concert at the Princess Theatre on Friday.  The concert will begin at 7PM.

The Princess Theatre Foundation presents "A Celebration Of Christmas Music" featuring concert pianist Dr. Eric Littleton with special guest award winning actor Muse Watson.  
From what I heard last night, we are in for a treat!  Of course, the piano playing is tops, as always, with Dr. Littleton's creative touches to how he plays each song, and who would have thought Muse could sing!  Muse has always been a trained stage performer and singer, and he does a great job!

The performers have a great relationship off stage and have the highest respect for each others talents.  So, bottom line, you are in for a special treat Friday night, and it will put you in the Holiday Spirit!

Tickets are only $10 and can be gotten at Rocky Top General Store in South Harriman.

 Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


The Babahatchie Community Band performed at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman Saturday at 3PM.

There were around 300 in attendance and the band didn't fail to entertain.  The brass ensemble focused on Christmas music, and paused prior to the concert to honor the lives lost at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut.

The Princess Theatre Foundation was also honored before the concert began, with a plaque of appreciation given to Vera Scarbrough, representing the foundation, by Dr. Joe Williams, who founded the community band.  Together, the groups have been entertaining Roane County at the Princess and at Roane State.

Band Director McCall Bohanan struck up the band and the afternoon was filled with beautiful music.

Babahatchie is a unique Native American name for the Emory River running through Harriman, meaning “babbling waters.”

For 20 years or so, the band of that same name has performed for Harriman residents with popular classics, marches, brass band music, and show tunes.  They perform in the gazebo at Riverfront Park on scheduled Sundays during the summer.  The tuba and euphonium players also get together the 2nd Saturday in December for the annual Merry Tuba Christmas, held at the Harriman High School gym. 

The full group, usually about 30 members strong, was formed by Dr. Joseph (Joe) Williams in 1989. The band holds weekly rehearsals, which are open to the public and held in the Harriman High School band room most any Monday evening around 8 PM.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Christmas Musical Gala

The Princess Foundation presented an evening of Christmas music last night at the Princess.  The performances featured a combined choir of area churches, and friends of the Princess.
Dale Henry

Dale Henry was an excellent emcee who introduced the various performances and kept the audience of over 300 chuckling in between!

I personally enjoyed each performance and was so glad I attended.

Here are just a few of last evening's performing acts:
Bree Davis and Emory Francis
Elizabeth Rose
Jerry Julian
David Howard
Jerry Julian
Elizabeth Rose
Elizabeth Rose
Crimson River Trio
Sam Leslie directs the combined area church choir!

TS Ensemble
Don't forget, there are more evenings to enjoy at the Princess prior to Christmas:
  • Caroling Around the Tree - December 15th at 4PM
  • Babahatchie Community Band - December 16th at 3PM
  • Dr. Eric Littleton and Muse Watson - December 21st at 7PM

Saturday, December 8, 2012


"The Romance of Christmas" was a beautiful quality show presented by Erica Lane Saylors.  Those in attendance were impressed by Erica, who is a prolific vocalist and songwriter from Nashville.  She has captivated audiences around the world with her blend of inspirational lyrics and sweeping ballads, a lot of energy and a touch of elegance.

I am without my PC Photoshop and Lightroom tools, so these are pretty raw photos, but I didn't want you to have to wait to see what you missed!

Her band and backup included Rachael Mann, Larry Prostick, Travis Cullman, Becky Tucker, David DeLoach, and special guest vocalist Dustin Keele!

Here are some of last night's action:
(L-R) David DeLoach, Travis Cullman, Becky Tucker, Dustin Keele, Rachael Mann, Erica Lane, Larry Postick, and Bryan Lenox.

The Harriman High School Choir directed by Matt Parks.

David Humphry dances with his daughter Mia as Erica sings.
David Humphry dances with his daughter Mia
Meanwhile, outside the theater was a lesson for us all - if you don't have a baby setter, just tie it to the front door and come on it!
Thanks Erica, the show was great and we hope you come back soon!
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