PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: May 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Delbert McClinton Concert Was A Hit!

The floor of the Princess Theatre, and nearly half of the balcony, was full Friday night (May 11th) to enjoy a great lineup of entertainment.  The concert opened with Michael "Crawdaddy" Crawley and Stevie Jones (a.k.a. Crawdaddy Jones), who were soon joined by legendary Larry Raspberry!  The trio were fantastic together, and Crawdaddy even suggested they form a group called "Raspdaddy"!

Crawdaddy fully opened his "harp box" Friday night, and combined with his raspy-blues voice rocked the Princess audience.  His sidekick, Stevie, more than kept pace on his acoustic guitar!

Larry Raspberry lived up to his "dynamo" bio, and skillfully played his guitar and piano; featuring all his "greatest hits"!  The threesome rocked the stage and thrilled the audience; who interacted at Larry's direction.  

Then the long anticipated headliner appeared!  Delbert McClinton took the stage and filled the Princess with all his past and current hit songs. One of the most anticipated new songs was "Prick of the Litter" and Delbert did not disappoint. 

Delbert has a great following and a lot of the Princess audience were from out of town.  I overheard some say they went wherever Delbert was playing, and several even came to enjoy a "backstage pass" to have a photo taken with their favorite entertainer.  It's been said Delbert is an "American Treasure", and it certainly seemed that way to me.

Oh yes, I'll have to say that Delbert's band is awesome. They garnered my attention almost as much as Delbert's voice.  First the first beat of Jack Bruno on drums, and the first notes of Quentin 'Q" Ware (trumpet) and Dana Robbins (saxophone), I knew that it was going to be a great concert!  Then to push it over the top was the guitar of James Pennebaker, who is like family to Delbert, and has been with him since he was 19.  There was Mike Joyce on bass, Kevin McKendree on the Hammond keyboard, plus the wonderful lead of Bob Britt, who was out front with Delbert.

Yes, Delbert is a treasure, and we will always "treasure" the night we experienced Delbert McClinton on the Princess stage.  Thank you Delbert for the great evening! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Pre-Concert Party At The Old Post Office Friday!

Entertainment Will Abound at the Tennessee Medieval Faire

Media Sneak-Peek Party Onsite 5/17 from 5:30-7pm, please RSVP
Free Movie “Adventures of Robin Hood” Princess Theater 5/18 at 7pm
Discounted Rooms at Baymont Inn and Suites for Faire Fans

Let the 4th annual Tennessee Medieval Faire take you back in time to the High Middle Ages and where you will live the Age of Chivalry with Robin Hood.  This interactive themed outdoor festival will begin on May 19 and will run for three weekends including Memorial Day.  The Faire is located just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek, near I-40, at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.

The Sheriff of Nottingham is throwing a grand Faire to impress the evil Prince John and the innocent royal ward, Maid Marian,” said Lars Paulson, general manager.  “The Sheriff has invited Robin Hood and his merry friends in the hopes of luring them in for capture.  But who will be the mouse and who will be the cheese?  Come and see!” 
There will be professional entertainment throughout the eight-acre medieval village.  On the Field of Honor will be The Royal Joust by Noble Cause, Combat Chess by the Royal Players street character ensemble, and Rugby Games by the Knoxville Rugby Club.  Feats of skill will be showcased on stage by Up Down Go (May 19-20) and Aaron Bonk with his Fire, Whips and Swords (May 26-27-28, June 2-3).  Interactive stage shows will include The Gwendolyn Show, Einstein Simplified (every day but May 26), The Delights Improv (May 26), and Albi Belly Dance (June 2-3).

Patrons can enter the costume contest, where winners will be determined by audience applause.  If patrons want to join Robin Hood’s merry band, they can share their talents in the Gong Show.  For the young at heart, there will be Punch and Judy puppet shows by Professor Brent DeWitt and Alan O’Dale’s Variety Show featuring Snort the Dragon.
The Royal Players will also perform interactive shows of Rogues Gallery, the Royal Variety Show, Chester the Heroic Little Pig, Folktales and Fairy Tales, Speed Courting, Folk Dancing, and more.  Many free activities will be available including corn hole, tetherball, the stocks, Jumbie Jam steel drum, etc.; and getting knighted by the King will be featured after each chess match.

Acoustic Irish and Celtic music will be played throughout the village.  Regional bands include The Crossjacks, The Reelin’ Rogues, Dreams of Kings, Three of the Lost Boys (May 19-20), and Boogertown Gap (May 26-27-28).  On May 19, Youth Chamber Minstrels from Bravura Music Academy and Roane State Celebration Singers will perform.  In addition, there will be music on the mandolin by Alan O’Dale (Glenn Allen), bagpipe by James Winslow, and penny whistle by R. Reagan de Busk (May 20, June 2-3).  Duet music will be played on the hammer dulcimer and guitar by Tim and Michael Simek (May 20, 26-27-28), and Celtic harp and guitar by Lisa Dunn and Terry Conser (May 26-27-28).
The entertainment is listed online at and could change slightly.  Schedules will be posted on this website before each weekend and will also be available at the entrance on show days.

Adding to the festivities will be variety of craft vendors selling their original wares, including leather, glass, jewelry, costumes, pottery, wood, soaps and oils.  Face-painting and henna tattoos will also be available.  There will be food for sale that will include turkey legs, “pig wings,” pulled pork, brats, bread-bowl soup, a variety of sandwiches, shaved ice, desserts, etc.  Beverages will include water, soda (regular and diet), and beer (ages 21+ with valid ID).  All vendors accept cash, and most accept credit.
The media, government leaders, and Roane Chamber members are invited to a private “After Hours” event on the festival site in the pub tent on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30-7:00pm.  Free entertainment, food, and beverages (including beer and wine) will be provided.  Please RSVP by calling Courtney Briley at 865-376-5572 ext. 205 or by registering on line at

The public is invited to a free 1938 classic movie, The Adventures of Robin Hood, with famous swashbuckling actor Errol Flynn on Friday, May 19, at 7pm, at the Princess Theatre in Harriman (421 N Roane Street).  Costumed characters from the Tennessee Medieval Faire will be there from 6-7pm.

For Tennessee Medieval Faire fans who want to spend the night in Harriman, there are discounted rooms available with free breakfast at the Baymont Inn and Suites (promo code LKDE).  Please visit or call 865-882-5340.

The Tennessee Medieval Faire will be open rain or shine.  The dates are May 19-20, 26-27-28, June 2-3.  Hours are 10am-5pm ET.  Free field parking is provided.  The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  Ticket prices are $17 for ages 13+, $9 for ages 5 to 12; there will be 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 $2 convenience fee will be added per total transaction for credit usage.  There will be no ATM onsite, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips, and convenience.
Because the Tennessee Medieval Faire is a PG outdoor themed festival, all costumes and behavior must be family-friendly.  Festival safety rules include no public intoxication, no outside food or drinks, no pets (service animals only), no firearms or sharp weapons (all stage weapons must be sheathed and zip tied).  There will be no onsite public camping, but camping and motels are available nearby. 

For more information, please visit, like the Tennessee Medieval Faire on Facebook, or call 865-248-8414 or 865-376-0319.

Live the Age of Chivalry!

Friday, May 4, 2018


Midway High School Theatre Arts teacher, Courtney Minton, will be instructing a fun drama camp for all kids, ages 8 to 13, who want to take their drama training to a new level!  The 5 day camp (June 19-23) will be in the Arts In Motion studio in Kingston, TN., 9 to 12 daily*.
Drama Tweens will focus on individual, improve, and group acting skills, as well as, stage makeup, costuming, and props.    The 5-day workshop will conclude with a final performance, at the studio, on Saturday June 23rd at 11AM for families and friends of campers.

The cost for the "drama camp" is $150/camper.

Mrs. Minton is entering her 3rd year at Midway High School.  She received her degree in Theatre Education from Tennessee Tech in 2003 and later added an endorsement in Mathematics through the University of Tennessee in 2007.  Mrs. Minton is currently working to complete her M.S. in Educational Leadership through St. Thomas University and expects to complete this degree in September of 2017.

Space is limited, so act quickly!  

Call 865-376-0295 to reserve your place today!

*Please pack a morning snack daily!

Midway High School Drama Club Prepares For Saturday Night's Play

The Midway High School Drama Club, under the direction of Courtney Minton, did two full dress rehearsals last evening in preparation for Saturday and Sunday's presentation of Chasing Charming, at the Princess Theatre in Downtown Harriman.  The show of Saturday starts at 7PM and on Sunday at 2:30.  The cost is a mere $5!

This is the second play I've witnessed by the Midway ensemble, and let me say, they are a talented group of directors, managers, editors, artists, actors, and crew members.

You'll enjoy this chaotic comedy as told by narrator who gets caught up in the story.  Watch as five fairytale princesses (and Goldilocks) chasing one handsome prince, fight off an evil watch and her crew!  

Here are a few of my favorite scenes from last night's practice:

See you at the play -
Saturday and/or Sunday!
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