Hear ye! Hear ye! King Carlos and the court at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament invite the lords and ladies of Atlanta to travel back to the 11th Century as the castle debuts a brand-new show. Set to premiere on July 19, the launch will mark the attraction’s first new program since 2007!
“The new live performance will give our guests a one-of-a-kind experience that will keep first-time visitors and returning fans on the edges of their seats,” said the Atlanta Castle’s new General Manager, Ingrid Hunt. “The new show features something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with audiences beginning this summer!”
While the show will offer many new elements and a fresh storyline, some of the most popular traditions remain. Familiar highlights include the highly-skilled stars of the show — both two- and four-legged performers — with a utensil-free meal served in the castle arena.
Almost two years in the making, the new live production delivers even more audience favorites such as live jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry. Guests are taken back in time and encouraged to cheer for one of six Knights of the Realm, named after historic regions of medieval Spain.
In addition to the storyline, the production includes a number of other updated components, including new costumes, theatrical lighting, horse dressage elements, choreography and battle scenes, as well as an entirely new musical score custom-composed for Medieval Times and recorded in Kiev, Ukraine.
“In a sense, we’ve gone back to the basics,” said Leigh Cordner, Medieval Times’ Creative Director. “Guests will see a celebration of the horses along with more action and elements of high drama. The streamlined plot allows more concentration on the action.”
After the opening, which will feature a mesmerizing performance by the Liberty Horse, guests will witness intricate battles, which are precisely planned sequences that have been practiced daily. Director of Stunt Choreography, Tim Baker, began developing the fight sequences shortly after Cordner started writing the new script.
With authentic weaponry and enhanced armor, the new production presents non-stop action tied to the tempo of the music. And while there’s still a general theme of good versus evil throughout the show, guests will see much more of what they like most – fight scenes that maintain the highest quality of action-packed entertainment and safety standards.
While almost all of the royal subjects at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament stand on their own two feet, the most celebrated members of the Kingdom are best known for their trot, gallop and canter.
“Audiences will witness authentic jousting and equine presentations that would not be possible without four special breeds of horses,” said Victor de Lara, a veteran horse trainer at Medieval Times.
Pure Spanish Andalusians, Quarter horses, Friesians and Menorcans – from the Mediterranean island for which they are named – complete the mix of horses at the Atlanta Castle.
For the new production, de Lara and Baker worked with all of the horses and knights to incorporate authentic dressage elements.
“Each horse is unique,” said de Lara. “Like any of the actors and actresses in our show, each horse has its own personality, so with our new production, we started the training process several months in advance to develop new routines that are exciting for the horses, their riders and, especially, the audience.”
When audiences experience the new show, they may sense a familiar note behind every clash of swords. For the third time, award-winning IMAX and feature film score composer, Daniel May, provides all of the dramatic musical elements that complete the Georgia Castle experience.
“Creating music to build the best possible 11th century experience provides many challenges, but the reward comes in knowing that millions of people will hear my creation over the next few years,” said May.
May began arranging compositions for scenes as early as fall 2010. Armed with information such as show concepts, early drafts of scripts and videos, May set out to create a strong and commanding musical score that would once again garner favorable responses from guests.
Guests will enjoy an upgraded menu for the utensil-free meal during the new performance. The menu includes:
- Pureed Tomato Soup
- Garlic Bread
- Oven Roasted Chicken Half
- Larger BBQ Spare Rib
- Herb-Basted Potato
- Apple Pastry
- Larger Beverage Servings and Coffee