PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Friday, July 1, 2022

TG Sheppard Booked For November 5th!

TG SHEPPARD

Friday, November 5, 2022, at 7:00 PM

Reserved Floor $45.00 + tax / Reserved Balcony $35.00 + tax

TG Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. This passion along with 21 number-one hits and being ranked among the top 100 country artists of all time has made him one of the most popular live performers on tour today. It’s only natural with a show chock full of chart-topping hits like “Last Cheaters Waltz”, ”I Loved ‘Em Everyone”, ”Do You Wanna Go To Heaven”, and “Party Time” that TG has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. All this and more combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment has truly made him one of the great Legends in country music.

Get tickets here: https://www.itickets.com/events/467881.html


Thursday, June 30, 2022

Courtney Minton To Assume Princess Theatre Manager Role

Seems like yesterday, but it was April 2016 when we first met Darren York.  For the past 6 years, Darren has been managing the Princess Theatre, and I must say he performed his job extremely well.  He had the knowledge of and love for the Princess necessary to drive the theater forward, and I congratulate him on his performance!

Now it's time for Courtney Minton to shine!  There is no doubt she will.  She comes from a background of education and theater production/direction and has already been working with the Princess for over 6 years.  Courtney has been leading the area youth in numerous stage plays, all of which are documented within this blog.

Courtney taught math and theatre arts at Midway High School for the last seven years.  The children that have worked with her in the classroom and on her many stage productions have loved her easy manner and kind direction.  That part of her will carry over into her daily guidance of our beloved Princess!

Courtney will also be managing the O'Brien Theatre at Roane State Community College, where she will also be teaching theatre art as an associate professor. 

She's going to be busy, and we wish her well!
  

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

QR Codes Coming To Aid In Staying Current On Upcoming Events

Finally, something I've advocated for is happening. These posters will be present inside the Princess. They are QR codes for the various places one can go to keep up with the upcoming events, and to see my photos of the live events! Occasionally the historical blog, and Facebook sites would be mentioned, but there was never a surefire way to get folks to the helpful information. Now, just point your cellphone and go to one of the sites that will keep you informed and entertained!


Thursday, May 5, 2022

The DAVE FLEPPARD Band is coming to town!

The DAVE FLEPPARD, Nashville’s Def Leppard Tribute, is coming to town! 

Mark your calendars! June 25, 7pm!



The members of DAVE FLEPPARD, Nashville’s Def Leppard Tribute, have spent the past two decades on the front lines of rock & roll, country and hip hop.

Individually, they have toured as guitar technicians, for biggest artists in the biz such as Journey, Nine Inch Nails, Foo fighters, RUSH, Dream Theatre, The Eagles, Rascal Flatts, Tesla and Styx, while other members of DF have been recording artists signed to Lava/Atlantic and Sony Music Labels. This “almost super group” of musicians have shared the stage with a wide range of industry giants from U2 and Pearl Jam to Run DMC and Public Enemy.

Collectively, they are creating HYSTERIA in the suburbs as Nashville’s Def Leppard Tribute: DAVE FLEPPARD! 

Come experience the music of Def Leppard performed live by some of rock & roll’s hardest working musicians, techs, writers and universally good dudes.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Josh Wilson's Princess History Project Video Has Been Completed



Here is a Josh Wilson's Princess project video he and others are doing for class credit at Pellissippi State Community College. There may be some small future tweaks to the video, but I love what has been done. Great job Josh, with thanks to Courtney Minton, and Cecil Johnson for their time and effort.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Yo-ho-ho! Tennessee Pirate Fest is Hoving Into View!

The sixth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest invites you to go back in time to the Age of Piracy.  This outdoor daytime entertainment-oriented festival will be held the last two weekends in May plus Memorial Day at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  Patrons will be transported to the pirate haven of Barataria, Louisiana, circa 1814.  

Get Yer Pirate On! with pirate Captain Jean Lafitte before the Battle of New Orleans.  Enjoy his French hospitality as he entertains British Red Coats, New Orleans’ socialites, pirates of Barataria, and even supernaturals.  Escape on a pirate adventure for the whole family,” said Barrie Paulson, VP/Director.




Rotating on several stages will be professional touring and local talent.  Pirate music will be brought to you by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, The CrossJacks, Ship Shape (May 21-22), and Kris Colt (May 28-29-30).  Interactive danger shows will be performed by The Flaming Ginger and The Lords of Adventure.  For the young at heart, there will be the slapstick puppet show, Punch and Judy; Pirattitude by Roane Children’s Theatre; and classical youth musicians with Bravura Music Academy on Saturdays.  Interactive costumed street characters will seek to entertain in Kombat Kroquet, Lafitte’s Follies, Secrets of Barataria, and Throw Me A Line.  For those who like slightly spooky entertainment, Captain Davy Jones and Calypso will guide those willing on the Trail of Doom (PG)--a pirate version of A Christmas Carol.  Entertainment schedules will be available online and at the entrance.





Patrons are encouraged to dress in pirate or Regency era costumes and enter the Costume Contest.  All can learn to be a pirate in Pirate School and compete in yard games in Pirate Olympics.  Patrons are encouraged to share their talents on stage in the Gong Shows and play characters in classic Fairytales.  All are invited to be part of the mid-day parade, where the Bucketeers will be featured on Saturdays.  Other free activities will include corn hole, volleyball, the stocks, giant chess, and steel drum.  There will also be games to play for a fee, including Sword Master’s Challenge and Adventures by Torchlight.  Donations will be encouraged for photos with the mermaids; Captain Redbeard and his pyRAT, Chumley; and goats in the petting zoo.

The merchants of Barataria will be selling their custom wares such as costumes, leather pouches, chainmaille, drinking horns, goat soaps, blacksmith items, gaming accessories, custom wooden signs, and unique jewelry.  A variety of food will be available, including Caribbean-styled BBQ, grilled chicken wraps and salads, seafood skewers and sandwiches, sweet baked goods, and shaved ice.  Beverages will also be available, including water, soda, sweet tea, and beer.  Vendors are independent entities and accept cash and credit; and a list of vendors and their wares can be found at www.TNPirateFest.com




The Tennessee Pirate Fest will be open rain or shine on May 21-22, 28-29-30, from 11am-6pm ET.  The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  Free parking is provided in rough-cut fields, and handicap parking is available.  Entrance tickets can be purchased online now at www.TNPirateFest.com and will be available for purchase on festival days at the ticket house for cash or credit.  Entrance ticket prices include all taxes and fees and are $19 for ages 13+, $9 for ages 5 to 12; and admission is free for ages 4 and under.  Festival beverage tickets (in $1 increments) are available online, will be available at the gate, or patrons can use exact change.  There will be no ATM onsite, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips, and convenience.  

Festival rules include the following:  costumes and behavior should be family-friendly, footwear is required, no loaded or sharp weapons, bladed weapons must be sheathed, all weapons must be peace/zip-tied, service animals only, no outside food or drink, enter at your own risk.  Festival grounds are primarily grass with small hills.  Portable benches will be available at the stages and patrons can bring their own seating.  

To purchase beer, one must be 21+ years of age with valid photo ID.  

There will be no onsite public camping; however, motel discounts are available at the Baymont Inn and Travelodge in Harriman (call 865-882-5340 with promo code LKDE).  

For more information, please visit www.TNPirateFest.com, “like” and “follow” the Tennessee Medieval Faire | Tennessee Pirate Fest on Facebook, or call 865-376-0319. 


Get Yer Pirate On!


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Roane County Children's Theatre Opening Production On April 7th!

Roane County Children’s Theatre

Opening Thursday, April 7 and running through Saturday, April 9, the Roane County Children’s Theatre presents Michael Wehrli’s Law and Disorder: The Case of B.B. Wolf, The Stolen Tarts, and Mass Confusion.

The family-friendly, light-hearted tale involves all the characters you know and love as they join together for the trial of the century. The infamous B.B. Wolf has been accused of destroying all three of the pigs’ homes and dear old Granny of Red Riding Hood fame is suspected of stealing the Queen of Hearts’ tarts. Never has such a scandal rocked the world of Wonderland!


This double-cast production involves nearly 60 children from the local area and promises to be the first of many Children’s Theatre productions. Directed by Courtney Minton, the cast and crew is composed of students ages 8 to 18. The cast is led by veteran performers Audrey Coleman and Jackson Gerberding while more students, led by Stage Manager Alexis Hankins, can be found behind the scenes working as light and sound technicians, prop master, costume designer, and makeup artists.


Performances of Law and Disorder will take place at The Princess Theatre in Harriman, Tennessee on April 7, 8, and 9 at 7:00 PM and on April 9 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free and all donations will benefit future Roane County Children's Theatre productions. For additional information, please contact cminton@roaneschools.com.


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Resurrection - A Journey Tribute Brought The Music Saturday Night At The Princess

Keyboardist, Vic White, first heard "the Voice" of Ryan Christopher while they performed with a popular Nashville-based 80's act in 2011. "Ryan knew one of the guys in the band, and he had been invited to sit in that night to sing Separate Ways and Lights with us", explains Vic. "The moment Ryan took the stage, my jaw hit the floor from watching his precise Steve Perry mannerisms and hearing his spot-on rendition of Perry's voice! Since I grew up a big Journey fan during the '80's, that was the most fun I had experienced on stage in quite some time."

In 2013 Vic White, Ryan Christopher, and the band set out to create the most authentic Journey experience anyone could ever witness, they spent countless hours discussing the look, sound, production, and FEEL needed for this Journey tribute to deliver a live experience that would resonate on the highest level with the most avid Journey fan. 

On March 10, 2014, at Gray's on Main in Franklin, TN, the band "Resurrection - A Journey Tribute" struck its first notes in front of a live audience. The band has been on a whirlwind journey ever since, growing quickly from a weekend-warrior act into one of the most highly sought-after tribute experiences in the country. Those of us that attended last night's performance, can attest to their authenticity!  It was awesome!

The music took everyone back to 80's and out of their seats to dance in the aisles!

The house was packed, and everyone seemed to have a great time, but we missed you!

Here's what you missed:
























Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Breakfast Club Bring The 80's!

The Breakfast Club is an authentic '80's tribute band; no wigs or lip syncing, just pure 1980's music, often delivered better than the original bands!

The Breakfast Club® is the longest running, most recognized ’80’s tribute band in the United States. Formed in 1993, the group was the first of its kind. The mission was simple: create an entertainment group that embodied the enigmatic, creative, and buoyant spirit of music and live performances of the original MTV generation of the 1980’s. That mission remains today.
The Princess Foundation anticipated the need for dancing to this music and taped off the first three rows.  Some danced before the stage the entire concert, and others wished they had had the nerve!  It was great fun for everyone, including the band!  After all, they weren't used to people throwing dollar bills at their feet!

Put into 1980's terms, everyone was "Footloose"! 

It was very apparent that the audience was thrilled to gather once again in the freedom of "live music" at the Princess. Most were even dressed in their old '80s garb!  

There are more music events on the horizon, so stay up to date on coming events on our Facebook page (FRIENDS OF THE PRINCESS THEATER | Facebook).

Okay, that's enough talk, let's see if you are in any of our photos from the pre-party to the concert:




















































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