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Festival of Nations Kicks Off Dollywood’s Biggest Season Ever

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (March 15, 2019)-Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs now-April 14, features exhilarating new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up his favorite dishes.

Guests can experience the spirit of the Smokies at Dollywood while also taking a trip around the globe thanks to authentic glimpses into a number of fascinating cultures. It’s a vibrant and exciting way to celebrate spring break!

Guests can start their globetrotting adventure by enjoying the great new headline shows visiting this season. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a fusion dance and music company that mixes Hispanic and Caribbean cultures into each performance. Considered to include some of the best performers from Cuba, the group has been together for more than 25 years and has entertained on five continents. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba can be found in DP’s Celebrity Theater.

Billed as the first interactive drum-theater experience, Drumstruck leaves families laughing and creating memories to remember for years to come. As guests enter Showstreet Palace Theater, they will find drums placed in each seat throughout the venue. Members of the audience use these drums to become part of the performance. This high-energy production weaves South African music and culture with West African rhythms.

Guests also can let their taste buds travel the world thanks to the new Passport to Food. This expanded international menu lets guests enjoy savory and sweet delights from a number of countries, including grilled beef skewers from Trinidad, poutine and fried cheese curds from Canada, and beef bulgogi nachos over wonton chips from South Korea. A number of refreshing drinks also are available and serve as the perfect complement to the delectable dishes available as part of the passport. A wide range of international pastries and desserts tempt those with a sweet tooth.

Chef Pepin, a well-known celebrity chef from Cuba, hosts several cooking demonstrations during the opening weekend of the festival, while additional chefs share their secrets each subsequent weekend during Festival of Nations. Cooking demonstrations currently are scheduled to take place each Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. in Dollywood’s Market Square area.

Dollywood’s 2019 Festival of Nations lineup also includes the following shows and acts:

Invaders Steel Orchestra- One of the world’s oldest and most respected steel drum bands, Invaders Steel Orchestra celebrates more than 75 years of creating festive music for audiences around the world. This guest-favorite group returns to Dollywood to bring the tropical sounds of the Caribbean to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. While the songs they play are familiar, the unique sounds of Invaders Steel Orchestra’s drums will transport guests to a sandy beach far away.  Location: The Valley Theater (Performing March 20-April 14)

Atahualpa – Hailing from Ecuador, Atahualpa combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups to celebrate the history and culture of the Andes Mountains. Atahualpa’s mix of songs includes contemporary music, South American dance rhythms, and the traditional music of the Andes. Through their sharing of music, culture and heritage, Atahualpa hopes to promote brotherhood, friendship and peace to all the people of the world. Location: Showstreet Gazebo

De Temps Antan- Traveling from Quebec, Canada, De Temps Antan explores and performs the time-honored melodies from Quebec’s musical past. This talented trio combines contemporary music, uncontrolled laughter, deep-routed couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts for memorable songs that speak to the familiar rhythms of yesteryear. Location: Back Porch Theater (Performing March 16- 24)

Les Grands Hurleurs- Les Grands Hurleurs of Quebec, Canada has pushed boundaries and incorporate a variety of musical influences for their own special sound. Paying respect to their traditional roots while creating original music, this trio flirts with classical, Manouche, electronica and folk music for shows that bring audiences alive. Prepare to experience a musical journey with groovy, energetic and swing styles. Location: Back Porch Theater (Performing March 27- April 14)

GoGaucho Duo- GoGaucho Duo is an exciting, fast-paced show which blends the traditional folk dancing of Argentina with the thrill of modern showmanship. This duo wows audiences with unique and entertaining dances, music and the mesmerizing skills of champion boleadoras dancers. Location: The Valley Theater (Performing March 16-18)

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations begins what is to become the park’s biggest season ever. The largest expansion in the park’s history, Wildwood Grove, opens this spring to provide families with thrilling new experiences and attractions for guests to explore together. Summer kicks off with Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 24- June 2), while the park’s Summer Celebration (June 22- Aug. 4) features later hours and the first chance to experience the wonder of Wildwood Grove at night. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) features Southern gospel’s greatest performers alongside the guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood’s 2019 season concludes with the 11-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, Nov. 9-Jan. 4, 2020.

If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. With the opening of Wildwood Grove and a vast amount of entertainment and festivals (all included with park admission) available throughout the season, guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2019.

Guests can learn more about Dollywood’s biggest season ever by visiting www.dollywood.com or calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Festival of Nations Kicks Off Dollywood’s Biggest Season Ever!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, March 11, 2019)- Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs March 16-April 14, features exhilarating new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up his favorite dishes. Season passholders can visit a special preview day event on March 15.

Guests can experience the spirit of the Smokies at Dollywood while also taking a trip around the globe thanks to authentic glimpses into a number of fascinating cultures. It’s a vibrant and exciting way to celebrate spring break!

Guests can start their globetrotting adventure by enjoying the great new headline shows visiting this season. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a fusion dance and music company that mixes Hispanic and Caribbean cultures into each performance. Considered to include some of the best performers from Cuba, the group has been together for more than 25 years and has entertained on five continents. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba can be found in DP’s Celebrity Theater.

Billed as the first interactive drum-theater experience, Drumstruck leaves families laughing and creating memories to remember for years to come. As guests enter Showstreet Palace Theater, they will find drums placed in each seat throughout the venue. Members of the audience use these drums to become part of the show, playing along with the performance on stage. This high-energy production weaves South African music and culture with West African rhythms.

Guests also can let their taste buds travel the world thanks to the new Passport to Food. This expanded international menu lets guests enjoy savory and sweet delights from a number of countries, including grilled beef skewers from Trinidad, poutine and fried cheese curds from Canada, and beef bulgogi nachos over wonton chips from South Korea. A number of refreshing drinks also are available and serve as the perfect complement to the delectable dishes available as part of the passport. A wide range of international pastries and desserts tempt those with a sweet tooth.

Chef Pepin, a well-known celebrity chef from Cuba, hosts several cooking demonstrations during the opening weekend of the festival, while additional chefs share their secrets each subsequent weekend during Festival of Nations. Cooking demonstrations currently are scheduled to take place each Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. in Dollywood’s Market Square area.

Dollywood’s 2019 Festival of Nations lineup also includes the following shows and acts:

Invaders Steel Orchestra- One of the world’s oldest and most respected steel drum bands, Invaders Steel Orchestra celebrates more than 75 years of creating festive music for audiences around the world. This guest-favorite group returns to Dollywood to bring the tropical sounds of the Caribbean to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. While the songs they play are familiar, the unique sounds of Invaders Steel Orchestra’s drums will transport guests to a sandy beach far away.  Location: The Valley Theater

Atahualpa – Hailing from Ecuador, Atahualpa combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups to celebrate the history and culture of the Andes Mountains. Atahualpa’s mix of songs includes contemporary music, South American dance rhythms, and the traditional music of the Andes. Through their sharing of music, culture and heritage, Atahualpa hopes to promote brotherhood, friendship and peace to all the people of the world. Location: Showstreet Gazebo

De Temps Antan- Traveling from Quebec, Canada, De Temps Antan explores and performs the time-honored melodies from Quebec’s musical past. This talented trio combines contemporary music, uncontrolled laughter, deep-routed couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts for memorable songs that speak to the familiar rhythms of yesteryear. Location: Back Porch Theater (Performing March 16- 24).

Les Grands Hurleurs- Les Grands Hurleurs of Quebec, Canada has pushed boundaries and incorporate a variety of musical influences for their own special sound. Paying respect to their traditional roots while creating original music, this trio flirts with classical, Manouche, electronica and folk music for shows that bring audiences alive. Prepare to experience a musical journey with groovy, energetic and swing styles. Location: Back Porch Theater (Performing March 27- April 14)

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations begins what is to become the park’s biggest season ever. The largest expansion in the park’s history, Wildwood Grove, opens this spring to provide families with thrilling new experiences and attractions for guests to explore together. Summer kicks off with Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 24- June 2), while the park’s Summer Celebration (June 22- Aug. 4) features later hours and the first chance to experience the wonder of Wildwood Grove at night. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) features Southern gospel’s greatest performers alongside the guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood’s 2019 season concludes with the eleven-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, Nov. 9-Jan. 4, 2020.

If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. With the opening of Wildwood Grove and a vast amount of entertainment and festivals (all included with park admission) available throughout the season, guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2019.

Guests can learn more about Dollywood’s biggest season ever by visiting www.dollywood.com or calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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The Island in Pigeon Forge Announces Plans for New Flying Theater Ride

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee  (Feb. 18, 2019)— The Island in Pigeon Forge, recently named the country’s sixth best amusement park by TripAdvisor, will soon soar to new heights with the addition of a world class flying theater experience.

The $20 million investment will combine a state-of-the-art ride system and a custom film featuring some of the nation’s most beautiful natural wonders and iconic landmarks. Riders will experience the movements, sounds, scents, and mists of a breathtaking aerial adventure across the United States.

“We are very excited to bring another premier attraction to The Island in Pigeon Forge,” said President Bob McManus. “This flying theater will truly be a one-of-a-kind, immersive entertainment experience.  From The Island, guests will be transported to places that they otherwise may never have the opportunity to see, and experience the beauty of America in a unique and unforgettable way.”

The Island selected the flying theater from industry-leader Dynamic Attractions, who has built some of the most popular rides in the world for theme park leaders including Disney and Universal Studios.

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a 23-acre eat, shop, play, and stay entertainment destination offering affordable fun for families, night and day, with free parking and free admission. The Island is a must-see tourist destination in the region, located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which draws over 11 million annual visitors.

The new flying theater will be located adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot observation wheel, and The Island’s multi-million dollar show fountain. The Island also provides the area’s newest shopping options with over 250,000 square feet of retail space, unique dining experiences including Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, and on-site lodging at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Island Hotel and Margaritaville Island Inn.

The new flying theater attraction is in the final stages of planning and is expected to open in early 2020.  For more information about The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, visit islandinpigeonforge.com or call 865-286-0119.

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Media Contact: Caitlin Gouge, caitlin@islandinpigeonforge.com      

 

‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas at the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud!

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Nov. 28, 2018 – Even Christmas does not bring a truce to the Hatfield and McCoy fuedin’ families at the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. These two feudin’ families cannot agree on anything! New to the action packed show this year is a swimming and divin’ hole with a Christmas disaster stunt section featuring diving hillbillies and diving dogs taking a Polar bear plunge in the mayor’s new waterpark (onstage 22 feet deep pool that holds over 200 gallons of salt water) called Splatter Country.  Warning:  front row guests may get splashed!

Back for a ninth season, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud” ™ runs every day until Jan. 5, 2019 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly, with occasional 2 p.m. matinees.  The audience follows the lives of the two clashing mountain clans with their vibrant dancing, foot stomping music and a backwoods decorating contest! There are lots of crazy shenanigans that are sure to git cha in the mood for Christmas!

“If you think your family fights during the holidays, come and see Pa Hatfield and Ma Mcoy in ‘Twas the Fight before Christmas;’ and it is bigger and better than ever,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “We have feudin,’ feastin,’ holiday fun at ‘The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud.’ It is a hilarious, holiday DISASTER, and things are bound to go wrong.  Guests will be cheering for the Hatfields or the McCoys.  We have lively new characters, an all-new polar bear plunge scene, new musical moments, plenty of new laughs and upbeat Christmas music.  It is lots of good, clean, family dysFUNctional Christmas fun! The whole show is hilarious from begginin’ to end!”

Mayor Timothy O’Reilly (played by Tim Harkleroad) is plotting to steal the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s land in order to build some time-share property. When the two families discover his plans, they drop their feud and band together to get him to come to his senses. The Mayor’s encounter with the Ghost of Christmas past helps him to discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Situations include a barn party, a Christmas lighting contest, and some ghost costumes!  It is somethin’ ya just gotta see fer yer-self to believe!

“The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ tells a hilarious story of fussin’ and fightin’ inspired by real life tragic events.  The musical clogging show is full of family-friendly comedy with many holiday twists.   There are many favorite Christmas carols and traditional spiritual songs of Christmas in the show such as, “O Holy Night,” and “Joy to the World.”

This approximately two-hour live show offers guests extraordinary country, bluegrass and gospel holiday music.  It also features award-winning hillbilly musicians, cloggers, and some of the best country cookin’ in these-here mountains!

“This show is something the whole family can enjoy,” Fee said.  “Our delicious, home-style, Christmas feast cooked by Granny includes all-you-can-eat feudin’ fried chicken, open pit pulled-to-pieces pork barbecue, Granny’s creamy chicken soup, smashed mashed taters, buttery corn on the cob, Ma’s homemade bread, no tellin’ what’s in it coleslaw and specialty desserts. Gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options are also available upon request.  It is the best Christmas dinner in town.

“We have two talented families who will bring you all the sweetness and craziness of this beautiful season,” Fee said.  “Whether you are city-folk or country cuzins, you will love the holiday mayhem, lots of singing and dancing, jaw dropping stunts and sidesplitting comedy.  We hope you will come spend some time with us this holiday season. We have lots of holiday havoc and plenty of action and excitement.  Happy HOLLERdays to all!”

Fee stated that guests are treated to a pre-show full of musical Christmas fun before the real show starts.  The Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s invite each side of the audience to support “their kin” at the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ in the legendary hillbilly feud of rival families.

Guests are asked to arrive 45 minutes before show time to be served their food.  For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com 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 next to the Titanic.

Ticket prices for “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ are $56.95 plus tax and children are $26.95 plus tax.  Adult tickets for the 2:00 p.m. show are $46.95 plus tax.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.   Fee/Hedrick offers a special combination show deal that gives adult customers the opportunity to pay only $19.95 plus tax for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry,”™ “Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo” or “A Comedy Barn Christmas” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud” ™ at the regular price of $56.95 plus tax.  With this combo deal, children are $26.95 plus tax for the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ (up to age 11) and children are free to the other Fee/Hedrick shows.  One add on show per package deal.

The show is created by executive producers David Fee and Jim Hedrick, and produced and directed by Kimball Keller.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including A Comedy Barn® Christmas, www.comedybarn.com,  Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, and Magic Beyond Belief: A Magical Christmas starring Darren Romeo.+++

 

Magic Beyond Belief Starring Darren Romeo Opens First Magical Merry Christmas Show

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 21, 2018)The Magic Beyond Belief show starring internationally acclaimed magician Darren Romeo, has opened its first ever magical Merry Christmas show.  The show runs at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., seven days a week.

“Our Magic Beyond Belief Christmas show starring Darren Romeo brings magic and music together for the whole family for the holidays this year,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “We have an incredibly festive magic show performed daily with world-famous, baffling illusions.  This magical Christmas show features brand-new, magical effects that boggle the mind.

“We have state-of-the art special effects, dazzling new costumes, classic sleight of hand tricks, a talented group of dancers and live animals,” Fee said.  “We have a live unicorn named Sparkles, a brand new Siberian Lynx named Fuzzle, a duck named Quakers and our amazing beloved white tiger named Hollywood. This magical Christmas show is designed to leave the whole family spellbound.  This is a higher energy show with spectacular effects.”

Fee said that there is a lot of Christmas music in the show including a new uplifting piece. Romeo also does comedy celebrity impressions that center around Christmas music. “Christmas is Darren’s favorite holiday,” Fee said.  “He will share Romeo family Christmas traditions and tell you a little bit about his background. The show keeps the fan favorite tricks from his regular season and adds some new ones.  It is a really fun interactive show that is fun for the whole family.”

“Christmas is a most magical time of year,” Romeo said.  “I love how people put all of their heart and soul into the season and families come together. I hope our audiences will see the heart of Christmas in our new magical Christmas show, as we joyfully celebrate the spirit of the season.”

Romeo, the first and only protégé of Master Magicians Siegfried and Roy, pays tribute this season to those who inspired him–Bobby Darin (for whom he was named), Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone Jr., Siegfried and Roy, and famed American ringmaster P.T. Barnum. He will also showcase arrangements from his favorite Broadway melodies.

This full, two-hour Magic Beyond Belief Christmas show, starring Darren Romeo will feature stunning illusions, hilarious comedy and vocal performance.  “As a former magician myself, I have loved magic all of my life,” Fee said. “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.  This is a fun magical experience for the entire family!  It is Pigeon Forge’s biggest and best magic show! Darren brings magic, mystery and music together for an incredible show the whole family will love.”

Romeo will appear Mondays and Fridays at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 8 p.m. through Dec. 31 at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.  Romeo’s Magic Beyond Belief starring 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.

The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  Ticket prices are $34.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11.  Children under 3 are free. Romeo urges people to get their tickets fast before they disappear!  For more information or reservations call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit www.pigeonforgemagic.com.

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.

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 also performs close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the show. Romeo carries 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 this show as a Christmas tradition again and again,” Fee said. “Darren’s new Christmas show is Beyond Belief!”

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry, Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, and A Comedy Barn Christmas.

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“Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ starring Season 12 winner of “The Voice,” Chris Blue

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2018) – “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ Theater has begun a Blue, Blue Christmas.  The Christmas show, starring Season 12 winner of “The Voice,” Chris Blue will run until Jan. 5.  The acclaimed “Don’t Miss Show” (Southern Living magazine), a fixture in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for the past seven years, is well known for its spectacular array of holiday festivities, music, comedy and dance.

This year’s production features the biggest cast ever, with many specialty acts including award winning aerialists Leann Farley and Simyon Gruzdev; comedic juggler, David Hirschi as Slim Chance; and impersonator and singer Charlie Bob Smith.  Other cast members include singers, dancers, musicians, Santa Claus and a large Snowman.  The Christmas show blends the music of the holiday season with audience favorites of country, gospel and pop accompanied by a Smoky Mountain Opry orchestra. The show is created by executive producers David Fee and Jim Hedrick, and produced and directed by Michael Headla.

“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry features the largest live nativity in the southeast,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We hope people will come and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with our magnificent production of a living nativity scene that portrays the birth of Christ. We have a dramatic representation of the major events related to the birth of Christ that includes camels, a donkey, shepherds, wise men, angels soaring above, Mary, Joseph, and of course, little baby Jesus.

“We have created a stunning production that is full of enchantment and splendor with many new elements,” Fee said.  “We have gorgeous new costumes, amazing choreography, lavish sets and incredible special effects such as snow falling softly in the theater.Come make memories with your family that you will cherish for many years to come.

“We have singers, dancers, aerialists, comedians and the amazing Chris Blue as our headliner,” Fee said.  “We also have lots for the children including Santa Claus and Santa’s elves who join the entire cast in Santa’s workshop where giant toys come to life.

“It truly is the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ and we are always extremely proud of all of our shows, but at this time of the year, our ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ production is spectacular and a must-see family tradition!” Fee said. “This amazing show has been described by our customers as exhilarating, enchanting, funny, magical and wonderful.  Come sing along, laugh along and celebrate the season with the biggest, brightest and boldest Christmas show in the Smokies.

“Our Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry has already sold out 10 shows, so I strongly urge people to choose a date that fits into their holiday schedule and buy their tickets today, to make lasting memories for their families this glorious holiday season,” Fee said.  “We hope to become a treasured Christmas tradition for families who visit the Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration. Come “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and  join us at The Smoky Mountain Opry for an unforgettable Blue, Blue Christmas! “

“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry™” has 8 p.m. evening performances Monday through Saturday and 3:00 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the Christmas show are $56.95, plus tax for adults (premium seats in the first three rows are $66.95 plus tax), and children 11 and under are $26.95, plus tax (premium seats are $36.95 plus tax).  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show.  “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special show with Blue and the rest of the Smoky Mountain Opry™cast on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal that offers tickets to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” for $56.95 plus tax for adults. With this combination deal, children are $26.95 plus tax to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” and children are free to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” (up to age 11).

The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information or reservations call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMountainOpry.com.

In addition to the producers, the creative team for “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ consists of: Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Mark Holbrook, musical director; Joel Bruce, production manager; Carol Culp, wardrobe supervisor and Toby Wagner, stage manager.

Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show include vocalists:  Kelsey Reinsfelder, Tim McManus, Nicholas Hurm, Matthew George, Brittany Angello, Sarah Shelton, Tiffany St. Clair and Chase McMichen.  Singer/Dancers include:  Marissa McMickens and David Tankersley. Dancers include: Scott Bebell, Cassidy Couisineau, Lexi Blackard, Abby Brinker, Megan Fee, Jequan Jackson, Regina Laughlin, T.J. Lloyd, Saul Navarrette, Gregory Podolak, Colt Ryan, Mowava Six and Samantha Zier. Musicians include:  Matthew Clinkenbeard, Johnny Hodges, Brendan Hogan, Mark Holbrook, Michael Neu, Jeremy Phillips, Tanner Robison, Jared Willson and Kelli Rae Tubbs. Actors include: John Wilder and Darrell Scroufe.

The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for achieving 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 is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “A Comedy Barn® Christmas”, www.comedybarn.com, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” http://www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com/, “Magic Beyond Belief™: A Magical Christmas” starring Darren Romeo,  www.pigeonforgemagic.com, and the “Amazing Animals™Pet Show,” www.comedybarn.com .”

Follow Blue’s journey on The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages as well as on Facebook at Chris Blue Live, on Instagram at Chris B. Live and on Twitter at Chris Blue Live.

Deborah Fee Newsom
Director of Public Relations and Merchandise Buyer
Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group
119 Music Road,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877
Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

Dolly Parton Selects Great Smoky Mountains for Second Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2018)–Keep an eye to the spyglass, mateys; Dolly’s pirates will be searching for treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains next summer!

After nearly a decade of rave reviews and financial success on the Carolina coast, Dolly Parton’s newest Pirates Voyage dinner attraction is slated to open in the spring. “The show has been so successful in Myrtle Beach that we kept looking at Pigeon Forge and wondering why we didn’t already have a Pirates show there,” Parton said. “We have the perfect location, in one of the hottest areas of Pigeon Forge, and the time is now for my pirates to stake claim to the Great Smoky Mountains!”

When complete, the 21,000-square-foot arena, adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, will be the stage for Crimson and Sapphire pirates to battle on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon. Spectacular acrobatic competitions, live animals and an original music score by Parton and Mark Brymer creates an immersive adventure experience all while guests enjoy a spectacular four-course pirate feast.

“We’re glad we can finally share Dolly’s exciting news,” Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO said.  “For some time, we have been working on set and costume designs, unique show elements for this theater, and animal and staff training. We’re all looking forward to opening in 2019.”

Additional details about the project will be released soon.  Site construction is slated to begin in early January with an opening projected for spring.

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About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

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Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: (865) 755-7972 or powens@wciinvest.com

Steve Cruz: (865) 774-8136, (865) 410-0591 or stevec@wciinvest.com

 

Yo ho ho! Pirates Revenge™ Dinner & Show Coming to Pigeon Forge

(PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.)–Oct. 4, 2018 –Ahoy mateys!  The “Pirates Revenge™ Dinner and Show,” produced by Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, will sail into Pigeon Forge the summer of 2019 in the current Smoky Mountain Opry Theater location.  Plans have been submitted to the City of Pigeon Forge’s planning commission for a huge $20 million renovation of the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater to turn the theater into a pirate-themed dinner show.   Pending the approval process, construction should begin early November 2018.  This will not affect the running of The Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry show which will proceed as usual.

The new Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group production will include a retractable water stage that will be the largest in the Southeast. The show will feature moving ships complete with brand new technology that is being designed just for this project.  The show will also include actors, stunt divers, acrobats, singers, dancers and live animals.

“We’ve enlisted the help of the best technological experts in the world to help with innovative thematic and production elements,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “Our writing team has worked on projects for Broadway shows as well as Disney and Universal productions.  This show will be like no other in existence.”

In addition to the massive changes within the building, the exterior is also slated for proposed upgrades pending approval from the city.  “I’m really excited about the addition of the moat and drawbridge going into the front doors, said David Fee.  “We plan to incorporate special effects in the theming of the outside as well as the inside.”

To incorporate the food aspect, a kitchen will be added to the inside of the theater to make way for the dinner portion of the show.  The existing theater seats will be removed and tables will be placed in the theater.

Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo will move across the street from The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud to its own stand-alone theater and will open in March 2019.  The company hopes to keep The Smoky Mountain Opry Show and move it to a different location to be announced at a later date.

For more information, visit  http://PiratesRevengeDinnerShow.com

Or call 1-800-768-1170 or (865) 428-SHOW (7469).

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, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner FeudAmazing Animals Pet Show, and Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo. The company also owns and produces A Comedy Barn Christmas, Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud and Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo: Magical Christmas.

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Contact:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 (cell)

(865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

17-Year-Old Singer/Songwriter Named Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition Grand Champion

Springfield, Tennessee’s Brenna Beatty will begin a 12-month career development program with Nashville-based talent executive as well as perform at Pigeon Forge theaters.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 18, 2018) — A 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Springfield, Tennessee, was named grand champion of the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on Saturday (June 16) at the Smoky Mountain Opry. Brenna Beatty was selected from 12 contestants all vying for the title.

Beatty will spend the next year working with John Alexander on career development. Alexander was instrumental in the careers of Patty Loveless and platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini. Alexander, who was one of four judges for the finals, will work with Beatty, a prolific songwriter, and establish instrumental industry meetings with top executives, songwriters and more.

Approximately 450 contestants registered to compete in the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame. A three-month auditions tour visited Cincinnati, Nashville and Atlanta and produced four finalists from each city, all of whom competed in Saturday’s finals. Contestants competed for a grand prize package that includes a 12-month career mentorship with Alexander and a consultation with Ballerini.

Beatty has written over 500 songs in the last six years. She taught herself to play piano and learned how to play guitar using YouTube videos at just 11 years old. Born into a musical family, Beatty’s father was lead singer of a band for most of her life. She and her younger siblings are all following in his footsteps. Beatty has been homeschooled since the fifth grade which gave her the flexibility to focus on her songwriting craft and musicianship.

The singer/songwriter started performing in her parents’ bar in Oregon until the adventure-seeking family packed it all up in a fifth wheel trailer and moved across the country so Beatty could be closer to Music City to further her career. Beatty constantly seeks opportunities to develop her songwriting skills. In addition to seeking mentors and playing as many gigs as she can in Nashville, Tenn., she has participated in the Use Your Gift Foundation where she recorded a five-song EP. Founded by Firefall drummer Sandy Ficca, Use Your Gift provides mentoring to aspiring performing artists. She has opened for Nashville local Meghan Linsey in addition to Trick Pony, Dylan Scott and more.

Each contestant performed in front of a live audience and a diverse panel of judges. Alexander was joined by Michael Headla, general manager, producer and director of the Smoky Mountain Opry, Jeff Taylor, general manager of Country Tonite Theatre; and Kyle Grainger, WVLT-Knoxville reporter.

“There was a lot of incredible talent on stage at the final competition. Brenna’s songwriting is on par with successful musicians today,” said Alexander. “When the music industry meets her, they will see the same ‘it’ factor we saw radiating from her at the auditions and in Pigeon Forge.”

Beatty will return to Pigeon Forge to perform at a number of the theaters along the Parkway, receive media training, headshots, studio time and a shopping spree.

The top three finalists included the duo, Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol, Tenn., and Taylor Deaton from Springboro, Ohio. Deaton won in more than one way when her boyfriend, Zack Fogelman, proposed on stage during the final competition.

Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly vacation destination with over 80 attractions including award-winning entertainment. Janelle Arthur, Craig Morgan and Carly Pearce all got their start in Pigeon Forge. The city embarked on a three-city tour to discover new talent that could entertain Pigeon Forge audiences.

For more information about the Path to Fame Talent Competition, visit www.PFFame.com. For more information about Pigeon Forge, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

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Media Contact:
Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350

Springboro Vocalist Taylor Deaton Lands in Final Three of Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on June 16

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 18, 2018) — Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition hosted its final round at Smoky Mountain Opry on Saturday, June 16, where 12 contestants performed. Taylor Deaton, from Springboro, Ohio, advanced to the top three.

Deaton showcased her powerful vocals on a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece.” She returned to the stage to perform “I’m The Only One” by Melissa Etheridge in the final round. View performance here.

While Deaton didn’t claim the competition’s grand prize, she did gain a fiancé in Pigeon Forge. Surprising her on stage, Deaton’s boyfriend, Zack Fogelman, also from Springboro, proposed and the couple is now engaged.

“I’m a busy mom of three and a full-time cosmetology student, but music is my passion,” said Deaton. “I’m most excited about the opportunity that this competition presents.”

“It takes such strength to get out on stage and do what these contestants did today,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We are fortunate to have a robust theater community in Pigeon Forge and we are thrilled to be able to give this opportunity to performers looking to advance their careers.”

Each contestant performed in front of a live audience and a diverse panel of judges: John Alexander, Nashville-based talent executive; Michael Headla, general manager, producer and director of Smoky Mountain Opry; Jeff Taylor, general manager for Country Tonite Theatre; and Kyle Grainger, WVLT reporter.

The top three finalists include the duo, Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol, Tenn., and grand champion Brenna Beatty from Springfield, Tenn.

Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly vacation destination with over 80 attractions including award-winning entertainment. Janelle Arthur, Craig Morgan and Carly Pearce all got their start in Pigeon Forge. The city embarked on a three-city tour to discover new talent that could entertain Pigeon Forge audiences.

For more information about the Path to Fame Talent Competition, visit www.PFFame.com. For more information about Pigeon Forge, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos and b-roll of PathToFameFinals.

Media Contact:
Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350