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Magician Romeo To Appear In New Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2017) — The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is proud to present the return of “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” in the ALL NEW Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo Theater, 2135 Parkway in Pigeon Forge (across the street from “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”).  Co-owners David Fee and Jim Hedrick, of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, will premiere the new 525 seat-theater on Friday, March 3.

Romeo, an internationally acclaimed magician, has been the star of Fee/Hedrick’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” show for the past two years in a matinee show at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Romeo will now star in his own show in a magical evening time slot at the new theater.

This full, two-hour “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” production will feature stunning illusions, mind-boggling special effects, parody celebrity impersonations, hilarious comedy, vocal performance and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.  It is a high-energy, fast-faced production.

“As a former magician myself, I have loved magic all of my life,” said David Fee, co-owner of the new theater. “Darren Romeo is one of the best magicians I have ever seen. He is extremely special and unique.  His show mixes amazing magic with music, and it is mesmerizing! We are very proud of Darren and of the success of his show in Pigeon Forge and it became obvious to us that he needed his own theater.”

“We expect to invest over $500,000 dollars in theater upgrades to complete the theater with all of the bells and whistles for a truly magical experience,” Fee said. “Two large video screens will complement the show, as well as the glamour of mood-setting lights, engaging music, new elaborate sets, fantastic costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.” Fee says the show will leave the entire family spellbound.

Romeo, the first and only protégé of Master Magicians Siegfried and Roy, will appear Monday through Saturday, March through October, at The Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance.

Before coming to Pigeon Forge, Romeo previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents: Darren Romeo” at the Mirage in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, at the Flamingo Hilton and at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Magician Romeo said, “Magic is my passion, and I will be able to present the biggest and best versions of my show to date in the new Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.”

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:

“Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association,

Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., the prestigious Merlin Award for “Entertainer of the Year” from the International Magician’s Society and the Milbourne Christopher Award for “Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions people would expect to see on stage from Siegfried and Roy’s protégé, Romeo will perform close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the new show as well.

Romeo will carry on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

“We want to provide clean wholesome entertainment for families who will return to see our shows again and again,” Fee said. “Our new theater is Beyond Belief!  Get your tickets now before they all . .  . DISAPPEAR!”

“Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” will be performed at 8:15 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.  Tickets for the show will be $29.95, plus tax per person and children 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax per person. There will be a combo deal when guests buy tickets to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” they will be able to purchase tickets to “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” for $19.95 plus tax per person. For more information visit

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Smoky Mountain Opry,™” “The Comedy Barn®,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,™” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show.”




Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show Debuts at Comedy Barn Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 2016)  – Where do trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs, a serval cat, a Burmese python, a kinkajou and a mini-donkey all perform together? The answer is at the new and original Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show at The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn,, produced by The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Anthony and Alena King, their trained “amazing animals,” animal trainer “Professor Bumblemoore,” (Corkey Miller, Action Animals, USA) and her trained exotic pets perform in a hilarious new pet variety show at The Comedy Barn Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The show opened May 21.

The two-hour show includes zany comedy, animal antics and family fun for all ages. Ten high-diving housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, move in a zig zag pattern, complete a high step routine, perform an Olympic pole balance, walk upside down, do super jumps, and even do a high diving stunt. In addition, pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Hamm compete with the audience in piggy games.

“We have a whole cast of fuzzy, furry, feathered and four-legged friends,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater. “We have exotic and domestic animals, a wonderful mix of live music and plenty of mayhem. Charlie the donkey astounds the audience with his mathematic skills, and we have wonderful waltzing dogs. We have dogs who roll over, do hurdle jumps and barrel rolls, hind leg stands, and some dogs even jump rope.”

“There are beautiful exotic birds,” Fee said. “The birds do comedy, skate, ride scooters and bicycles, go through Roman rings, perform on the high wire, dance, pull carts, see-saw, do foot juggling, fly through rings and achieve many other unusual feats.”

The Kings have performed on Animal Planet’s Pet Star, The Tonight Show, at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country, in Branson, Mo., theaters, and with The Comedy Pet Variety Show in Lakeland, Fla., as well as with the Royal Hannelford Circus.

“The Kings have been performing at the Comedy Barn and their act has been so requested that we have opened up a matinee format where they can perform with all of their animals in one show,” said Fee. “A couple of their animals will also be in our regular Comedy Barn Show every night.”

Miller has accumulated over three decades of experience working with exotic animals. She has traveled all over the United States and Canada. She has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Brendan Fraser, Sidney Poitier, Jack Hanna, Steve Irwin, Jim Fowler, Bill Murray, Robert DeNiro, Maya Angelou, John Cusack, Hulk Hogan and Dolly Parton, just to name a few. She’s been seen on The Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman several times. Her animals have been seen in hundreds of major motion pictures, thousands of commercials and print ads.

All of Miller’s shows feature rescue animals that have found their “furever” home with her. Miller is a champion for the humane treatment of all animals and is a huge advocate for teaching children how to care for their pets properly.

Also featured in the matinee show is magician/comedian Greg Franklin as goofy Farmer Klemm. A native of Kannapolis, N.C., Franklin has performed professionally since he was 16 when he landed a part in the Paul Osborne Merlin Rainbow Mystery Cavern Show just down the road at the site of what is now lost Treasure Miniature Golf in Pigeon Forge.

Since then, he starred in his own magic show produced by Dallas-based Osborne at amusement parks all over America. He has owned his own magic store near Orlando, created a villainous professional wrestling character named “The fabulous Mister Franklin” and was appearing at The Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley before coming to The Comedy Barn Theater.

Fee said, “Our goal is to offer clean, family entertainment at a reasonable price. The main focus of our new show is amazing animals; however, we have some pretty spectacular clogging, singing and magic, too. This is a variety show that the whole family can enjoy. We combine laughter with lots of fun and talented performers to delight people of all ages.”

Open year round, The Comedy Barn Theater has two shows nightly throughout the year as well as some scheduled matinees for groups throughout the season. Tickets for the new Amazing Animals matinee show are $29.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11.  Guests may purchase tickets to either the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud or The Smoky Mountain Opry at regular price and get a combo deal of $19.95 plus tax to add one, two, three, four or five additional Fee/Hedrick Shows including The Amazing Animals Show. In the combination package children are FREE per each paid adult ticket. Toll Free 1-800-29 LAUGH or (865) 428-5222.  For more information, visit


 CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom

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Smoky Mountain Opry Theater Opens for 2016 Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2016) – After a winter hiatus, the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has kicked off its sixth season of entertainment extravaganza. The unique 2016 “Smoky Mountain Opry” Show is a one-of-a-kind ultimate variety show that features music from classic country to yesterday’s 60s, a little Motown, best of Broadway and some patriotic and gospel/inspirational numbers. The show features new acts and new songs and runs six nights a week through Oct. 29, 2016. The popular “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show will run in November and December. 

The spectacular “Smoky Mountain Opry” Show in the 1400-seat Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is known for its diverse musical variety acts and special effects such as lasers, pyrotechnics, flying musicians, water elements, giant video screens and live exotic animals.  David Fee, co-owner of the theater and executive producer, along with David Horton, a freelance consultant, produced and directed the 2016 production.

Kendal McKay Manning

Kendal McKay Manning

This year’s “Smoky Mountain Opry” production showcases the talents of nationally known singers, dancers, musicians, aerial artists and a comedic juggler. Hosted by T.C. Barnette, the show is the largest production show in the Smokies.  One of the shows unique elements is a 500-pound, 10-year-old rare white lion, named Tsimba-Vaati, one of only 300 in existence in the world today.

“’The Smoky Mountain Opry’ Show in Pigeon Forge this year is even bigger and more spectacular than before,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We are featuring sensational story-driven songs. We have many new songs, and we have brought back some audience favorites as well and have refreshed them with different staging and musical arrangements to create exciting new pieces. We have amazing performers from around the world who light up the stage including a daring aerial act. We have singing, dancing, lots of laughter, two tigers, a white lion and great music!”

The show feature songs made famous by Marty Robbins, Carrie Underwood, Nat King Cole, the Beatles, Mel McDaniel, Charlie Daniels, the Temptations, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles and many others. There is a live band, led by bandleader Johnny Hodges, a trumpet player and former musical director on Carnival Cruise Lines.

New to the show this year is singer Charlie Bob Smith and singer/dancers Luke Sanderford and Penny Gold, and dancer Romero Patterson. Smith, well known as the man of a thousand voices, was winner of The Mountain Press Readers s Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009.

Patterson began his formal training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, N.Y., when he was 18.  He trained in ballet, contemporary, tap and West African dance and graduated from the Ailey School certificate program before attending a program at the Joffrey Ballet. He previously had dancing roles at Walt Disney World.

Sanderford, of Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C., previously was a professional dancer and aerialist for Royal Caribbean International and an entertainer with Matt Davenport Productions.

Gold, hailing from England, has appeared on stages around the world. She trained in both dance and vocals at Tamworth Academy and won a national talent competition on the BBC.  For more than 12 years, she was a vocalist for Carnival Cruise Lines, many of those in her own featured show.

Returning to the show is the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known by his stage name of “Slim Chance.”  Slim is a sophisticated, juggling hillbilly with an offbeat sense of humor. He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a Ping Pong ball, saw blades and many other items in his act, with lots of audience interaction. He previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo.

In addition, the show features the returning act of high-flying silk aerialists Leann Farley and Semyon Gruzdev. Farley has been performing since the age of 15 in Las Vegas, as well as all over the globe. Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group.

“Audiences are always amazed to see Leann and Semyon fly through the air, but they also love their quick-change act where you barely blink and they have changed costumes,” Fee said. “If you saw the Smoky Mountain Opry last year, you will want to rush back to see our new show. And if you missed it last year, don’t miss your opportunity this season!”

Other cast members include Summer Collins, Amanda Russell, Liz Sambol, Rocky-Jay Bowyer, Hugh Warren, Anthony Bailey, Scott Johnson, Marissa Haye, and Kendal McKay Manning. The choreographer is Brandy Bailey, and the assistant choreographer is Michael “Beetle” Bailey. Lighting design is by Marshall Whaley, and costume design for this season is by Sunny Ware.

The show runs at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with occasional Sunday evening shows.  It also runs at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 9. The Smoky Mountain Opry opened in November 2011 and is a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Production. It is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Ticket prices are $44.95 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, visit or call 1-800-768-1170 or (865) 428-SHOW (7469).

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine, the Smoky Mountain Opry was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 21st season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn” Theater, The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” and “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo.

Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets to “The Smoky Mountain Opry” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” for $54.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are $19.95 plus tax to the “The Smoky Mountain Opry” (one child per paying adult). The company also owns Happy Days Diner restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website,, that assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.



Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877








‘Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show’ To Make a Splash with Diving Hillbillies

Hatfield and McCoy constructionPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2016) – “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is taking the plunge and undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. After several years of success with “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” theater co-owners David Fee and Jim Hedrick are announcing their plans to add a high diving water element to the show as well as new cast members and trained animals.

“The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” will enhance audience favorites from its current feudin’ show and will feature new high divin’ hillbillies, waddling ducks, diving dogs of all shapes and sizes, and even diving pigs who will tromp and wade and paddle throughout the water area with many unusual special effects.

“While the Hatfield and McCoy feud may be the longest running rivalry in history, both famous feudin’ families are putting up their guns temporarily to make a splash in Pigeon Forge,” said theater co-owner, David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “Our new show additions will include a transformation of the current stage into an Olympic-sized 22-foot-deep diving well.

“After countless times of seeing water shows such as ‘O’ by Cirque du Soleil and Le Reve in Las Vegas, I wanted to bring our version of water technology to Pigeon Forge,” Fee said.  “The current performance stage will be transformed from a dry stage to a huge diving well that seemingly appears and disappears within seconds. It is going to be super cool! The stage floor will go up and down and will be capable of stopping at various levels.”

“’The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show’ was an innovative concept for my business partner, Jim Hedrick and I,” Fee said.  “The show has been successful beyond our wildest dreams. We change up the show each year for repeat visitors, and we have music and clean comedy that appeals to all generations.

“Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group strives to bring new types of entertainment to East Tennessee. Pigeon Forge has never seen anything like this before,” Fee said. “We are proud to be the first to take feudin’ to a higher level.  And yes, we still will serve our famous ‘All You Can Eat’ dinner.”

The theater stage and performance areas closed Jan. 31, 2016, and are undergoing several weeks of renovations. However the box office remains open. “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” will reopen after renovations with the current show. The owners expect that the new elements of the show will then be rehearsed and gradually added for a grand opening event sometime late spring.

“’The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show’ was created to be funny,” Fee said.  “We are adding more comedy and fun to the show. You will need to come and see Granny’s way of doing a cannonball into the pool.

“The diving well finds its roots in the Tug River, where the Hatfield and McCoy feud began in the mountainous Tug River Valley,” he said.  “The Tug River separated West Virginia from Kentucky and separated most of the Hatfield and McCoy clans. Approximately every 100 years, there is a flood in this area, expect to see one every day at ‘The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show’.  There will be lots of theatrical surprises that will be mindboggling.”

The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” is a hilarious hit production inspired by real-life events that will put an ‘All You Can Eat’ four-course mountain feast in people’s bellies and a smile on their faces as they watch a lively talent competition between Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy and their clans, where the battlefield is the stage. This two-hour live show offers loads of laughs, including a rowdy battle at a barn dance, extraordinary country, bluegrass, and gospel vocal and instrumental musical performances, and award-winning hillbilly musicians, cloggers, and fun barnyard animals. The feud is kicked-off most every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with occasional 2 p.m. matinees. Guests of all ages in the audience are encouraged to support their own side of Hatfield or McCoy “kinfolks.”

This feudin’ show comes with a Granny’s ‘All You Can Eat’ mountain feast, served by a hillbilly waiter or waitress. Granny’s menu includes Feudin’ Fried Chicken, Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork Barbecue, Southern Style Creamy Soup, Smashed Mashed Taters, Buttery Corn on the Cob, Ma’s Hot Homemade Bread, Daisy’s Blue Ribbon Coleslaw and Granny’s Famous Specialty Desserts. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.

For more information about the show, visit or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW). The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge between WonderWorks and the Titanic Museum Attraction.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountains including “The Comedy Barn”, “The Smoky Mountain Opry” and “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo. The company also owns Happy Days Diner and, a vacation package website company.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a combo deal for a show ticket to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” for $54.95 plus tax, and for only $19.95 plus tax add on to purchase a ticket to “The Smoky Mountain Opry,” “The Comedy Barn”, or “Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo.” With the purchase of a combo deal adult show ticket, children 11 and under are free for the second show. The child’s rate for “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” is $19.95 plus tax.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.  For more information about the show, visit or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).



Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

(865) 414-6887 (cell) and (865) 774-8877

Blackwoods Show Moves To Smoky Mountain Opry

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 8, 2013) — The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show has moved to a new location in a larger venue at the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge.

The show features the internationally recognized Blackwoods Singers and the comedy/ventriloquism of Bob and Marty Hamill.

The Blackwoods are now singing right back where they began at the very first theater they started at in Pigeon Forge, even though the name of the theater has changed over the years.  The new Blackwoods location is just a few doors down from their previous location and can accommodate almost 700 more people than they could before.


R.W. and Donna Blackwood have been performing with the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group since 2003 and have been most recently located at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show. All of the performers and most of the employees have stayed with the show during the move. The new season of the show has performances every morning Tuesday through Sunday.

Smoky Mountain Opry co-owner David Fee said, “We now have a bigger and even better Blackwoods Morning Variety Show. We have moved the time of this show an hour later, and it now begins at 10 a.m., and we are no longer serving breakfast. We found that most of our vacationing tourists wanted to sleep in a little longer on their vacation, and we also found that most people had already received a free breakfast at their hotel or motel.

“This show has a unique mixture of the humor of Bob and Marty Hamill, as well as the Blackwoods singing country, gospel and patriotic music. The Blackwoods have a strong fan base and an engaging stage presence. Their influence in country and gospel music endures.  We are thrilled to have them.”

Donna Blackwood said, “We are excited to be moving to the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater celebrating 13 years of providing awesome entertainment to millions of people in Pigeon Forge. Just because we are in a new place, doesn’t mean everything is new. We are still singing a lot of fan favorites and all of our performers that people have come to know and love are back.”

Although most people associate the Blackwood name with outstanding gospel music, they have an award-winning country music background as well.

The dynamic new show is a country and gospel mixture of the former Blackwood Breakfast Variety Show and showcases the talents of Karen Tillery (who has performed in over 40 Bill Gaither videos and for 10 years on Trinity Broadcast Network), Craig Hodges, Jonathan Lee Kunkle and Brad Smith, in addition to the Blackwoods.

“Our new production has a selection of country favorite songs sung as a tribute to the country stars that R. W. and I have worked with, including Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Glen Campbell, Dale Evans, George Jones, Larry Gatlin, the McGuire Sisters, the Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, the Statler Brothers, Tanya Tucker and Tennessee Ernie Ford,” said Donna Blackwood.

In addition, the show has some Blackwood singer audience favorites that Blackwood fans expect to hear every show such as “Put Your Hand in the Hand,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Sunday Afternoon Boat Ride” and  “Stop and Smell the Roses.”

They invite audiences to take a trip down memory lane to when the Blackwood Singers had songs on the charts in the 70s. R.W. Blackwood said, “We had six country hits in the top 100 Billboard and Cashbox Magazine Music Charts in the 60’s and 70’s.  We are performing some of our more popular country hits and yet not forgetting our gospel roots.

“We feel very blessed that we performed in Archie Campbell’s backup group, and we worked with many great country performers such as Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans, Charley Pride and Dale Robertson,” he said.  “A lot of people still like traditional country but can’t hear it on the radio. People come up to us and ask us to perform these songs that they miss.”

“The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” includes a video of Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans singing “Happy Trails.”  Some of the other songs in the show include “Feeling Fine,” “You Raise Me Up,” and “Elvira.”

“The last country hit we had was a song named ‘Dolly’ that I recorded, and I sing it again in our show,” Donna Blackwood said.  “Jonathan Lee Kunkel performs an inspiring version of ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ and there is a tribute to Elvis Presley, called  ‘If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side.’  Elvis was a friend of our family and as a young man wanted to be a Blackwood Brother but was turned down after an audition.”

Multi-talented ventriloquists Bob and Marty Hamill joined the Blackwoods five years ago. They entertain the crowd with two comedy segments in the show, one with puppets and one as “senior citizens.”

The Hamills were presented with the highest honor a ventriloquist can receive at the 34th International VentHaven Ventriloquist Convention, the W. S. Berger Distinguished Service Award. W.S. Berger was the president of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists and founder of the VentHaven Museum.

R.W. Blackwood said, “For years the Hamills have traveled the globe and have earned the reputation of being among the best ventriloquists in the world. We are thrilled to have them in our show.”

The show’s highlight is a patriotic finale to “When the Saints Go Marching In” that brings the crowd to its feet, complete with flying flags and video special effects. This is a special tribute to the veterans of the armed forces.

“We thank our veterans, our God and our country, and we pray our country turns back to God.”

In addition to its array of country and gospel music, the show features a dazzling but elegant use of modern sound and lighting, stage design, and costuming to usher audiences into the remarkable world of country and gospel music and bring standards of grand theater production to new levels.

The Blackwoods have had over a quarter century career, from their early days performing at county fairs, western festivals and political conventions to their eventual status as one of country and gospel music’s top acclaimed acts.

“Most people don’t realize that most of the country stars are either friends of ours or were friends of my Dad’s,” said R. W. Blackwood. For example, my Dad worked with the Everly Brother’s Dad in Iowa and he did “The Grand Old Gospel” with Porter Wagoner.”

The Blackwoods Morning Breakfast Show is open six days a week at 10 a.m. at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater (dark on Monday). Adult tickets are $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax. Tickets are available by calling 865-908-SHOW (7469). Groups of 20 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972.

The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information about the show, visit or call 1-800-768-1170 or 865-428-7469 (SHOW).

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers a chance to buy a ticket to the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show for $49.95 plus tax and then for just $15.00 plus tax, they can purchase a ticket to The Comedy Barn®, the Smoky Mountain Opry or the Blackwoods Morning Variety Show.

The show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that includes “The Comedy Barn;”  “The Smoky Mountain Opry;” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” Tony Roma’s Ribs, Steaks, and Seafood; Happy Days Diner; Chef’s Catering and


Media contact:
Deborah Fee Newsom865-414-6887 (cell)