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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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