Ahoy! The Pirate Fest Returns to Tennessee | Life
Planning is underway for Tennessee’s 6th Annual Pirate Fest. This family-friendly event comes alive over the last two weekends of May, including Memorial Day. The rustic outdoor venue is located in Harriman, about 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. All are invited to escape to the pirate port of Barataria south of New Orleans in 1814.
“Our storyline is based on ‘The Buccaneer,’ a 1958 film starring Yul Brynner,” said Barrie Paulson, the festival’s VP/Director. “Pirate Captain Jean Lafitte, King of Barataria, shows his French hospitality by hosting a big festival while he hatches a plan to survive the War of 1812. Come see British redcoats, New Orleans celebrities, and good and bad pirates all in one place. Enjoy hours of family fun and Get Yer Pirate On!”
Eight acres of interactive entertainment will include comedy and musical stage shows; costumed street characters; craft, food and beverage vendors; and various games. Activities include mermaid photo opportunities, patron costume contests, pirate recruitment gong shows, pirate school, Pirate Olympics and the Trail of Doom.
Auditions for local street figures will be held by scheduled video appointment on Saturday, February 12 from 2pm to 5pm or by special arrangement.
Friendly adults with theater and hospitality experience are encouraged to audition. Mature and talented teens will be considered if they have transportation or are accompanied by a participating adult.
Auditioning consists of speaking with a British, French, and/or pirate accent. sing a short song; and reading scripts posted on the site. Wearing a costume to the audition is optional.
The first recalls are planned via video appointment on February 19th. The final recalls are scheduled for February 26th. Weekly Saturday rehearsals are held in Kingston and Harriman from March 5th to May 14th.
Being cast as a street character is primarily a learning and performance opportunity, but some other considerations might be available. To apply, please visit the website https://tmfaire.com/auditions/.
Most professional stage acts have been cast. However, going forward, acts are encouraged to email their show details with a video link to [email protected].
The festival organizers are also looking for quality craft and food vendors to establish the trading village of Barataria. Provider information, application and policies are available on the website https://tmfaire.com/vendors/.
Application deadline is April 2nd. There is no application fee, but all work is judged to ensure quality and suitability. Food trucks with rustic or pirate decor are welcome to apply.
The Tennessee Pirate Fest is scheduled for May 21-22 and May 28-30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman. Festival organizers are keeping up to date with health regulations related to COVID-19 and safety protocols will be put in place where necessary.
Visit the Pirates and Medieval website for more information www.TMFAIRE.com and sign up for updates. Like and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeMedieval Industrial fair/.
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