PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: April 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Entertainment Abounds at the 3rd Annual Tennessee Medieval Faire

The third annual Tennessee Medieval Faire invites you to travel back in time to the early Middle Ages in Briton. Meet King Arthur and his knights at this rugged outdoor festival, which runs the last three weekends in May including Memorial Day. The festival is located in Harriman near I-40 just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. There will be plenty of family-friendly entertainment.

Patrons tell us they like the quality of our entertainment and describe our festival as a small show with a big heart,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director. “It is our goal to be a blessing in our community. We hope people will help us grow.”
Upon entering the village, patrons can enjoy continuous PG-rated entertainment on the eight acre site. Schedules will be available on the website and at the gate. The headliners will include “The Royal Joust,” performed by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theater, and “Warriors’ Chess Matches,” performed by the Royal Players street character ensemble. “Unicorn” and pony rides will also be available between shows in the arena.
Rotating onstage for select weekends will be professional stunt shows. These will include circus duo Tony Steinbach and Joli Heeg of “Up Down Go,” and Aaron Bonk with his “Fire-Whip-Sword Show.” Also, comedy sword-fighting trio, Deb Weathers, Thomas Crout and Noah Stout, will perform “In a Pickle.”
Rotating on other stages will be interactive comedy, puppet, and dance shows. These will include “Cosmo’s Fables, Fantasies, and Fortunes” by Charles Murray; “The Gwendolyn Show” by Nicole Skelly; “Punch and Judy Puppet Show” by Professor Brent DeWitt; “Shades of the East” Middle Eastern dance by Morwenna and Walid Assaf and company; and folk and fairy tales performed by the Royal Players ensemble.

On select days, numerous professional acts will perform live acoustic Celtic music and dance shows. These will include “Carolina Ceili,” three from “The Lost Boys,” “Boogertown Gap,” and “Lark in the Morn English Country Dancers.” Solo musicians will include bagpiper James Winslow, guitarist Mark Dudek as “Henry Culpeper,” guitarist Randy Walker, Celtic harpist Lisa Dunn, the Royal Players, and others.

Quality crafts, food and beverages, including beer will be available for purchase.

The 2017 Tennessee Medieval Faire will run for seven days on May 13-14, 20-21, 27-28-29. Hours are 10am-5pm ET. Tickets may be purchased at the gate with cash or credit card. Prices are $17 for ages 13 and up, $9 for ages 5 to 12, free for ages 4 and under. Free parking is included.

The permanent festival site is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. For more information, please visit, sign up for their newsletter, like them on Facebook, follow #TMFAIRE, email or call 865-248-8414.

Let’s Get Medieval!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Music in the Middle! An Evening of Storytelling and Music!

Apr 29 2017 - 07:00 PM

The RCHS Band Boosters present: Music in the Middle! An Evening of Storytelling and Music.

Professional storytellers Elizabeth Rose and Faye Wooden will dazzle as they display their award-winning talents at telling tales that entertain children and adults alike. Lively and fun, these ladies are a special treat you won’t want to miss.

The popular bluegrass band Windy Gap will perform. Their crisp, upbeat and talented interpretations of bluegrass classics never fails to have crowds tapping their feet and smiling.

Also, a silent auction provides a wide array of things that may catch your eye!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Baggett Pharmacy, Browder’s Ace Hardware, Chase Drugs, and A & E Merchant Tile. Tickets will also be sold at the ticket booth of the Princess on the day of the event. Cash, check, credit cards, debit cards.

Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6. Silent auction at 6. Storytelling and music at 7.

Come have fun and support a great group of kids!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"My Seventh-Grade Life In Tights" - A Hit At The Princess!

On Saturday, April 15th, Brooks Benjamin produced a "celebration of the arts" at the Princess Theatre, as a kickoff to the release of his new book "My Seventh-Grade Life In Tights".
The even was greatly received, and attendees seemed to enjoy the dancers from the "Arts In Motion" studio, special music by various artists, a martial arts demonstration by the students from "Family Defense Solutions, and a special showing of the animated movie "Sing"!

Mr. Benjamin is a well loved teacher at Midtown Elementary, in Roane County, Tennessee, where he's taught for over 13 years, and seemed to enjoy his "release day" at the Princess.  Brooks has a couple of  movie productions to his name, has taught movie and television production classes at Roane State.

Brooks Benjamin was born in east Tennessee and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  While in college, Brooks was an actor in the independent movie, "The Oak of Weeping", where he played the part of Robert "Moose" Wade.

Since college, Brooks has written and directed several commercials and short films, including his award-winning short comedy, "Minor Mutants". He also wrote, produced, and directed his award winning feature thriller, "Point of Fear".

Brooks and his wife, Jackie Barnes, are the owners of Lycan Entertainment, their production company.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Casablanca - This Friday's Movie Presentation

Movie Night — Casablanca
Apr 14 2017 - 07:00 PM

Few movies have remained as popular decade after decade as 1942’s “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Set during World War II, this true classic focuses on a cynical expatriate of the United States who is forced to choose between  love and honor as the events of the war close in. Winner of Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director at the Academy Awards, this timeless black and white romantic drama is often named as one of the ten best films ever made in America. It is also the most frequently requested film by The Princess. Come join us as Roane State’s Arts and Lectures sponsors “Casablanca” for the community.

General admission, free to the public.

Donations are
not required but gratefully accepted.

Concessions will be sold (cash or check only). Various sodas, bottled water, popcorn and candy.

Run Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Rated PG for mild violence
Parental Guide from IMDB: a few brief scenes of kissing; three men are shot, but suggestion is used without blood; no profanity; numerous depictions of smoking and drinking.
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