One of Southern California’s most popular entertainment destinations breaks from tradition with new matriarchal.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament has a new royal ruler as the lead role in their wildly popular Southern California production at the Buena Park castle. For the first time in the company’s 34-year tradition of having a king as the sole ruler of the land, a female character leads the way in the company’s newest show which debuted on March 16th in the heart of Orange County, just miles from Los Angeles and San Diego.
The matriarchal move came as a result of guest feedback on the roles that women played within the fantasy story-telling production. The new queen character is a firm, but kind, ruler who inherited the throne at the passing of her father, the previous king.
Tickets for the dinner and show start as low as $36.95, making it an attractive alternative for families looking for an evening of fun, or even groups of adults celebrating everything from birthdays to corporate events.
“Our new female queen is a sign of the times and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Pedro Goite, Medieval Times General Manager. “Historically, female characters have held strong supporting roles in our production but now we are showing a woman in charge who is respected throughout the kingdom for her authority, leadership and incredible strength. And she definitely rises to the occasion.”
Medieval Times’ Buena Park, California venue has entertained more than 15 million guests since opening in June 1986. The iconic Southern California castle performs more than 700 shows per year.
From epic battles of steel and swordplay, to royal falconry and horsemanship – the royal courts offer memories to last for generations. Additionally, an elaborate four-course meal fit for royalty (including vegetarian options), and the wide variety of libations and spirits, make for a festive evening of food and fun.
MEDIEVAL TIMES – BUENA PARK CASTLE NEW SHOW
In addition to the introduction of the queen character and storyline, the new production features:
- New costumes for the castles’ performers including horses, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated costume shop in Dallas, Texas.
- New suits of armor, shields and helmets, all custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated armory in Florida.
- Team members and horses have rehearsed new lines, equestrian routines and fight scenes for three months while preparing for the new show.
- This include the queens undergoing an intense two months of training to become experts at riding the impressive Andalusian stallion for the new show.
- New music composed by Dr. Daniel May, the composer and jazz pianist who scored “Everest” and other films, and has worked with notables such as Sting and The Moody Blues. He directed and recorded Medieval Times’ new show composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. This includes directing the choir in Ukraine with lyrics written by notable poet and choir member Solomia Gorokhivska.
- A live-action film score precisely synchronized with every element of the show, from lights to fights; jousts to jabs; the Queen’s entry to curtain closings; and more.
- A sound and light production featuring 120 hours of programming with 300 new music cues and 500 new lighting cues. The castle will soon install and program a new LED lighting system that offers 256 colors versus the old 14-color system. The system is powered by nearly 10 miles of cable and an estimated $1 million upgrade.
Medieval Times owns and operates nine castles in the U.S. and Toronto, Canada, having entertained more than 66 million guests over the last three decades.
About Medieval Times
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament was founded in 1977 in Spain. It launched in North America in 1983 and has since opened nine castles across the United States and in Toronto, Canada. It has been performed for 66 million guests in its 35 years. For more, visit www.medievaltimes.com.
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