It's 'Dallas Knight' on 'Walker Texas Ranger' April 21

Medieval Times Takes Center Stage in CBS Show;

Local Man Featured in 'Medieval Crimes' Episode



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Medieval Times

    DALLAS, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas area residents tuning in to
 "Walker Texas Ranger" 7 p.m. Saturday on CBS will feel right at home.  Key
 scenes in the show, entitled "Medieval Crimes," were shot earlier this year at
 Medieval Times on I-35 near the Dallas World Trade Center.
     In Saturday's "Walker Texas Ranger," gangs of high-end burglars posing as
 medieval knights show up in Texas.  Chuck Norris, series star, and the Rangers
 intervene in a Dark Ages showdown in the castle, which took three days to
 film.  Jousting their way to center stage in the drama are two Medieval Times
 knights -- Ralph Prodoti from the Dallas castle, and Rhath Morinho from the
 New Jersey location.
     Prodoti is a veteran Medieval Times performer, and the "Walker Texas
 Ranger" role marks his first television appearance.  "I joust and fall off a
 horse dozens of times a week as part of my job," Prodoti said, "but working on
 a TV series is a whole new kind of challenge.  I'm amazed at how much time and
 effort go into making an hour-long show."  Despite the long hours and
 demanding action sequences, Prodoti says he'd like to do it all again.  He
 joined Medieval Times eight years ago and is a senior knight at the Dallas
 castle.
     Morinho heard about the shoot from a friend in Texas, and immediately
 fired off an audition tape to the production company.  "I've been interested
 in acting for several years, so this was a great opportunity," he said.
 Morinho has been a knight at Medieval Times for 6 years and has a background
 in film production.
     Other castle employees appearing in the episode include Sean Brown as the
 King, Queen Amy West, several other knights and squires and many of the
 serving wenches and serfs.
     During the January location shoot, the castle was transformed into a film
 set with dozens of camera operators, sound and lighting technicians, wardrobe
 and makeup artists and an army of production assistants.  Dallas-area locals
 were hired as extras to fill the 1000-seat arena and enjoy a four-course meal
 during the shooting.
     The Hollywood-style invasion was reminiscent of January 1996 when Jim
 Carrey, Matthew Broderick and the rest of the Columbia Pictures film crew took
 over the Southern California Medieval Times to shoot a key sequence for the
 movie "Cable Guy."
     "Texas Ranger" series star Norris wrote the Medieval Crimes script along
 with Raymond C. Harting, and has been an enthusiastic Medieval Times fan for
 years.  A world-class athlete himself, Norris immediately recognized the
 strength, agility and horsemanship each of the knights must master before
 participating in Medieval Times tournaments.  Norris appeared at the Dallas
 castle's 1992 opening, and he and his family are frequent guests.
     Medieval Times is more than a dinner theater -- it's a window in time
 where the glory, chivalry, valor and honor of old burst to life in thrilling
 tournament action.  While guests enjoy a four-course banquet medieval style,
 without silverware, six brave knights compete in games of skill astride
 magnificent Andalusian stallions of Spain.  Lances splinter against shields of
 steel, broad swords spark and a champion emerges, to the cheers of the
 enthusiastic crowd.  The spectacle unfolds five nights a week inside a fully
 enclosed, climate-controlled European-style castle.
     In addition to its Dallas location, Medieval Times also operates dinner
 shows in Buena Park, CA; Lyndhurst, NJ; Toronto; Schaumburg, IL; Kissimmee,
 Fla. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.  More information about Medieval Times is
 available on the website at www.medievaltimes.com.
 
 

SOURCE Medieval Times
    DALLAS, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas area residents tuning in to
 "Walker Texas Ranger" 7 p.m. Saturday on CBS will feel right at home.  Key
 scenes in the show, entitled "Medieval Crimes," were shot earlier this year at
 Medieval Times on I-35 near the Dallas World Trade Center.
     In Saturday's "Walker Texas Ranger," gangs of high-end burglars posing as
 medieval knights show up in Texas.  Chuck Norris, series star, and the Rangers
 intervene in a Dark Ages showdown in the castle, which took three days to
 film.  Jousting their way to center stage in the drama are two Medieval Times
 knights -- Ralph Prodoti from the Dallas castle, and Rhath Morinho from the
 New Jersey location.
     Prodoti is a veteran Medieval Times performer, and the "Walker Texas
 Ranger" role marks his first television appearance.  "I joust and fall off a
 horse dozens of times a week as part of my job," Prodoti said, "but working on
 a TV series is a whole new kind of challenge.  I'm amazed at how much time and
 effort go into making an hour-long show."  Despite the long hours and
 demanding action sequences, Prodoti says he'd like to do it all again.  He
 joined Medieval Times eight years ago and is a senior knight at the Dallas
 castle.
     Morinho heard about the shoot from a friend in Texas, and immediately
 fired off an audition tape to the production company.  "I've been interested
 in acting for several years, so this was a great opportunity," he said.
 Morinho has been a knight at Medieval Times for 6 years and has a background
 in film production.
     Other castle employees appearing in the episode include Sean Brown as the
 King, Queen Amy West, several other knights and squires and many of the
 serving wenches and serfs.
     During the January location shoot, the castle was transformed into a film
 set with dozens of camera operators, sound and lighting technicians, wardrobe
 and makeup artists and an army of production assistants.  Dallas-area locals
 were hired as extras to fill the 1000-seat arena and enjoy a four-course meal
 during the shooting.
     The Hollywood-style invasion was reminiscent of January 1996 when Jim
 Carrey, Matthew Broderick and the rest of the Columbia Pictures film crew took
 over the Southern California Medieval Times to shoot a key sequence for the
 movie "Cable Guy."
     "Texas Ranger" series star Norris wrote the Medieval Crimes script along
 with Raymond C. Harting, and has been an enthusiastic Medieval Times fan for
 years.  A world-class athlete himself, Norris immediately recognized the
 strength, agility and horsemanship each of the knights must master before
 participating in Medieval Times tournaments.  Norris appeared at the Dallas
 castle's 1992 opening, and he and his family are frequent guests.
     Medieval Times is more than a dinner theater -- it's a window in time
 where the glory, chivalry, valor and honor of old burst to life in thrilling
 tournament action.  While guests enjoy a four-course banquet medieval style,
 without silverware, six brave knights compete in games of skill astride
 magnificent Andalusian stallions of Spain.  Lances splinter against shields of
 steel, broad swords spark and a champion emerges, to the cheers of the
 enthusiastic crowd.  The spectacle unfolds five nights a week inside a fully
 enclosed, climate-controlled European-style castle.
     In addition to its Dallas location, Medieval Times also operates dinner
 shows in Buena Park, CA; Lyndhurst, NJ; Toronto; Schaumburg, IL; Kissimmee,
 Fla. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.  More information about Medieval Times is
 available on the website at www.medievaltimes.com.
 
 SOURCE  Medieval Times