PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thank You Very Much, Princess Volunteers!

Here are a few of the wonderful volunteers that make going to the Princess Theatre enjoyable. Thanks to everyone for all you do!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dr. Littleton's Christmas Concert Always A Hit!

One of the biggest supporters the Princess Theatre has is Dr. Eric J. Littleton and his family!  He enjoys coming to the Princess each Christmas, almost as much as we love having him.  I get several inquiries annually, just before Christmas, asking when is "Littleton" coming? 
He usually comes a couple of weeks earlier, but this year his schedule prevented it from happening until the 23rd!  This may have held attendance down a bit, but it was still one of his best shows to date!  He just keeps getting better!
His technique, or style, of not playing the old classics note-for-note is wonderful.  You can find yourself toe-tapping to a great sound, when suddenly you realize you're rocking along to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"!  "What? I hate that song?"  However, Dr. Littleton makes it sound so good, so new, so enjoyable.  You'll have to come to understand what I mean!  Unfortunately for you, that will have to be next season!
Filling in for Muse Watson this year was our friend Phil Williams, of News Talk WOKI-FM radio.  He did, as he would say, "a marvelous job"!  He read the traditional "Night Before Christmas", and a classic from Paul Harvey the "The Man and the Birds" story.  That one always brings a tear to my eye!

This year he also brought Abbie (Abigail Sinders), who plays reminiscent of some of best Irish fiddle players, and, not surprisingly enough, she is of Irish heritage!  Together they brought a new emotion to the music on stage.
And, of course, it would not be a concert, so grandmother Littleton thinks, unless Caleb Littleton joined his father on stage for a rousing rendition of "Little Drummer Boy"!

Here are more of last Friday's photographs for you to enjoy.  Were you there?



The Tennessee Medieval Faire Crew Visits The Princess During Christmas

The Princess Foundation invited  Barrie and Lars Paulson to the Princess Theatre, last week, for two reasons: to promote the Christmas movie "It's A Wonderful Life", and to promote the Tennessee Medieval Faire that will begin again this coming May 2017, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28-29. 

There will also be "street character" auditions this February 4th and the 11th, for all those interested in participating and developing their improvisation and acting skills!

Please go to the TMF homepage for further information:

Prior to the classic movie showing, there was a short improv skit on stage.  Here are some photos from the evening...
Father Christmas (a.k.a. Bill Alexander)

Lars and Barrie Paulson

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Dr. Eric Littleton Christmas Concert

Dec 23, 2016 - 07:00 PM

The Princess Theatre Foundation proudly announces their annual Christmas concert featuring Dr. Eric J. Littleton, pianist and performer. His event this year promises to be just as wonderful and entertaining as last year’s. Dr. Littleton’s talent is a must-see and many local fans look forward each year to this special evening listening to beautiful music and interacting with a local gentleman who is both charming and genuine. If you’ve never attended, mark your calendar and make a special effort.

This is a magical evening for the entire family.

Princess Theatre
Dr. Littleton’s Christmas Concert
DECEMBER 23, 2016
7:00 PM

The Babahatchie Band Christmas Concert

Dec 17, 2016 - 07:00 PM

The Princess Theatre Foundation would like to warmly welcome you to their sponsoring of the annual Babahatchie Community Band December Concert! If you’re new to their music, the word “Babahatchie” is a Native American name for the local Emory River in Harriman and means “babbling waters.” The many musicians who participate in the Babahatchie Band are all talented local musical artists who passionately enjoy bringing beautiful music to our community. From popular classics to show tunes to brass band music, their music is beloved by many, year after year.

Please join us!

7 PM

Jason Eskridge Christmas at the Princess

Dec 9, 2016 - 08:00 PM

Jason Eskridge invites you to CHRISTMAS at the PRINCESS.

Sponsored by the Greenwood School Education Fund.  Jason Eskridge has local roots, but his talent is widely known.  He and his band frequently perform in Nashville and other top billing venues.

We cordially invite you to an evening of live music and entertainment as we raise funds for a good cause and celebrate the season.

7 PM Doors Open
8-10 PM Concert

$12 per person, with group discounts available.

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!
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