PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: March 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Now that our Princess is open again, I (Paul) just wanted to post "The Dream" once again, as a reminder to those that now carry her forward.  
You are charged with what we have begun.  Lose sight of that dream and it all fails!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


See the rebroadcast of the Princess Theatre Grand Opening on Channel 15 at these dates/times...

Tonight at 10pm
Wednesday 3/28 at 8pm
Thursday 3/29 at 10am, 2pm, 8pm
Friday 3/30 at 10am, 2pm, 8pm
Saturday 3/31 at 10am, 2pm, 5pm, 10pm
Sunday 4/1 at 10am, 2pm, 8pm, 10pm
Unfortunately for those of you outside Roane County, Tennessee, you will not be able to get the local feed.  However, for those of you living close enough, should be able to tune in on the dates and times above and see the show! 

So, pop up some corn, and enjoy the show!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


There's nothing bad I can think of to say about Saturday night's Marshall Tucker concert at the Princess Theatre in Harriman, TN; except that there wasn't enough seats for everyone that wanted to attend.  However, the band was impressed with our Princess, the welcome we gave them, and the service provided them back stage.  

A group that included my son Corey, Johnny Stout, Jimbo Duncan, Chris Ahler, Mayor Mason, Gary Baker, others, worked until 1AM unloading and loading the equipment that arrived on two trucks!  It was a lot of hard work, but a dream come true for some who have always wanted to be on the road with a "rock'n roll" band!

I visited the auditorium frequently and found everyone rocking to both Bill Shannon's Group and Marshall Tucker.  Some said they liked Bill just as well, so the mix of entertainers must have been good!

Speaking of mix, I never dreamed there would 4 sound boards at a Princess concert!  That's right...and except of one or two squeaks, the sound, and the lighting was great!

Doug Gray, lead singer, turned out to be a real gentleman, and very personable, as was the entire group.  He loved talking to the Princess audience and the feedback he got from them.  The group played all their old hits and a few new things they have published recently.  The Princess audience impressed the band by singing the lyrics to all their old favorites!  We know how to have a good time!

Back stage the group greeted special ticket holders and posed for photos and autographs.  There were Marshall Tucker and Marshall Tucker/Princess t-shirts on sale in the lobby, and people also bought Marshall Tucker and Bill Shannon CDs.

The band marveled at the acoustics in the Princess and complemented the audience for having such a lovely facility.  The impression I got was that Marshall Tucker will come back again one day, and that they would spread the word.  They liked what that saw and felt at the Princess!

Doug Gray (lead singer) and B. B. Borden (drummer) both said that there seems to be a revival of small town theaters across the country, giving performers, like them, a lot more choices in scheduling their tour dates.  They even said the Princess Theatre was "just the right size"!  We need to spread the word that the Princess is primed, pumped, and ready to make such groups, and other performers welcome.

Okay, enough talking again on my part, so on with the photos from last night.  They run pretty much in order, from the beginning until the end!
Megan Anderson, Princess Manager, watches as the lighting goes up!

The equipment for the concert arrives!

Hours before the band arrives, the band's equipment people arrive to assemble instruments.

Bill Shannon takes the sage at the Princess!  Standing room only crowd anticipates a great evening!

Marshall Tucker Band arrives in Harriman Saturday night!

As Ken Mynatt, Johnny Stout, and Nathan Hammons look on, Chris Hicks, of Marshall Tucker arrives in "Rock'n Roll" style!  We knew it was "game on"!

Rick Willis leaves the bus and heads for the Princess for the first time!

Rick Willis and Pat Elwood look over the Princess for the first time!

Bill Shannon's Group received high praise Saturday after warming up the audience for Marshall Tucker.

B. B. Borden (BB) takes a few practice licks on his thighs prior to taking the stage!

Rick Willis loved what he saw at the Princess!

No one enjoyed themselves any more than Chris Hicks!

"That's right!  I'm at the Princess in Harriman!"

"Southern Boy" Chris Hicks came to play!

Doug Gray still having a good time even after 39 years!

All good things must end, and so did the Marshall Tucker concert Saturday!  Marcus Henderson gets an "atta boy" punch on the arm Saturday after the show!

Doug Gray thanks Mayor Mason for his hospitality and praises the Princess Theatre!
 The Marshall Tucker band is:
Doug Gray – Lead Vocals
Pat Elwood– Bass
Rick Willis– Guitar, Vocals
B.B. Borden – Drums
Marcus Henderson – Keyboards, Saxophone, Flute, Vocals
Chris Hicks - Guitar, Vocals
Muse Watson and Gary Baker celebrated their dream come true after the end of a week that included the Grand Opening and the Marshall Tucker Band concert!  Thanks guys!

Doug Gray, of Marshall Tucker, congratulated Gary Baker and Muse Watson Saturday after the concert.

This my friends, and fellow Princess lovers, is just the first of many great "nights on the town" in Downtown Harriman, Tennessee!

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Here's something you may or may not want to do, but it's there if you feel the need to support the Princess Theatre and her Education and Arts Program!

Read the flyer, and if you want to donate, click on the photo to enlarge, right click and save to a file on your computer.  From that you should be able to print it off for mailing to the address at the bottom of the flyer.  Or, you can just mail a donation to the same address.
 All donations are tax deductible.

**Please be sure to read the fine print. (Click once on the photo to enlarge) I heard some grumblings over these conditions, so be sure you don't.  Just remember...the whole point is SUPPORT! 

Friday, March 23, 2012


That's right, they were dancing in the street and in the isles last night at the Princess Theatre's Grand Opening!

For those of us that worked the event, it was a labor of love.  Those of us behind the scenes were tiring, driven only by the adrenaline of the Grand Opening; a culmination of years of hard work.  However, when we looked outside and peaked out at the auditorium, we saw the proud, smiling faces of Princess supporters, and it spurred everyone on.

The crowd loved Tommy Harding singing on Roane Street, as the crowd converged on the Princess ticket booth.  Each one was greeted by the happy face of Jean Penley, who had waited years to sit there and hand out "call for" tickets.  At the doors, more smiling faces of the many wonderful people who staffed the entrances, ushered folks to their seats, or just answered questions.

Many more people working security, as stage hands, techs, and the artists were all so proud to be at the Princess Theatre!  It was a long dream come true, and Gary Baker and Muse Watson could hardly hold the joy they felt inside.

I think the pride and purpose rubbed off on Megan Anderson too.  She will be charged with carrying on the torch and ensuring that "the dream" continues to touch the people and children of this area.

Backstage, countless artist, who had practiced only one day for the event, waited their turn to take their historical turn on the new Princess stage.  They were just the first of countless ones to follow.  This was just one day, the beginning, of something wonderful to happen to our area!

Oh yes, there was someone else there last night!  One of the biggest fans the Princess ever had...Sandra Stout!

I must also point out, that while all the performers were great, the crowd poured into the aisles as the Grand Prees played an encore!  They must come back soon...very soon!

I'll shut up now and just let the photos speak what was in the air Thursday night.  Welcome back my Princess...we have long awaited your return! 


'Nuff said!  We've set the bar high, now, let's get on with the show/s!

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