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Images: Behind the scenes at Medieval Times in Schaumburg

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  • The Blue Knight makes his entrance during a matinee performance at Medieval Times.

       The Blue Knight makes his entrance during a matinee performance at Medieval Times.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • A tractor is used to rake the sand between performances.

       A tractor is used to rake the sand between performances.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Adam Jaecks fastens his armor in the knight's locker room at Medieval Times.

       Adam Jaecks fastens his armor in the knight's locker room at Medieval Times.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Zach Edelman, left, and Christopher Smith ready the horses minutes before showtime.

       Zach Edelman, left, and Christopher Smith ready the horses minutes before showtime.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Plenty of weapons are available to the knights at Medieval Times.

       Plenty of weapons are available to the knights at Medieval Times.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Travis Frerichs puts his costume on in the knight's locker room at Medieval Times.

       Travis Frerichs puts his costume on in the knight's locker room at Medieval Times.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Ken McCauley uses his phone to check a football score in the knight's locker room before a Sunday matinee performance.

       Ken McCauley uses his phone to check a football score in the knight's locker room before a Sunday matinee performance.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Adam Jaecks prepares for the show just before a matinee performance.

       Adam Jaecks prepares for the show just before a matinee performance.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Christophe Olsen warms up with his trumpet before the show.

       Christophe Olsen warms up with his trumpet before the show.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • The Medieval Times castle in Schaumburg.

       The Medieval Times castle in Schaumburg.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Jenny Nolan places a mug with a table setting before the show.

       Jenny Nolan places a mug with a table setting before the show.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Assistant photo manager Alex Sanberg mounts guest's photos.

       Assistant photo manager Alex Sanberg mounts guest's photos.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Keith Nadal gets his equipment and costume ready for the show at Medieval Times.

       Keith Nadal gets his equipment and costume ready for the show at Medieval Times.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Aramiz waits in his stall before a performance.

       Aramiz waits in his stall before a performance.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Lord Chancellor Shawn Block, the show manager, introduces the cast of knights during a performance.

       Lord Chancellor Shawn Block, the show manager, introduces the cast of knights during a performance.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Joseph Pitt readies the sound system before the show.

       Joseph Pitt readies the sound system before the show.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • "Actually, I have the least glamorous job," says Mike Franz as he sweeps the stairway at Medieval Times.

       "Actually, I have the least glamorous job," says Mike Franz as he sweeps the stairway at Medieval Times.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Miguel Romero washes a horse before showtime.

       Miguel Romero washes a horse before showtime.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Agapo Cazares gets Tabasco ready for the show.

       Agapo Cazares gets Tabasco ready for the show.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 

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