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Bristol Duo Lands in Final Three of Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on June 16

Cross-state drive to first audition proves a wise decision for Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox.

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. Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox, from Bristol, Tenn., advanced to the top three.

19-year-old Tragler and 21-year-old Simcox are a duo on stage and in life. The couple performed “Poison and Wine” by The Civil Wars and won over the judges with their harmonies and Simcox’s impressive guitar skills. Tragler and Simcox left Bristol, Tenn. at 3 a.m. to audition in Nashville, Tenn. on April 21. View performance here.

“Even if we didn’t make it at the auditions, even if we didn’t place in the top three, we just love playing music. That’s why we are here,” said Simcox.

“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.”

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 a Nashville-based entertainment executive and a consultation with performer Kelsea Ballerini.

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 Taylor Deaton from Springboro, Ohio, 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

“Amazing Animals™ Pet Show” returns for third season at Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., May 31, 2018–The Comedy Barn® Theater’s all-new “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show” in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is back for a third summer matinee season with lots of fun barnyard animals from the very big to the very small, and from the real to the make-believe.  The “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show” features animals that range in size from a magically appearing 5-foot-7-inch pink panther to the microscopic marvel of a flea circus.  Besides these animals, there is a talking pig, other trained pigs (one goes through an obstacle course!), an egg-laying rooster, a dragon lizard, a Burmese albino python, an African King Cobra snake and a donkey who counts and dances. There are trained cats and dogs, a baby lynx, a marmoset monkey, an owl, a lemur, some trained parrots and plenty of magic doves and chickens. Some of the animals are stuffed, such as a monkey puppet who appears with his ventriloquist or an animatronic chicken.

Last but not least for those itching for fun, the greatest ringmaster demonstrates his world famous teeny Australian trained flea performers in his Flea Circus. The fleas do circus tricks, and guests will be amazed to see the world’s strongest flea, a flea drives a car blindfolded, a flea jumps off the high dive, a flea juggles a ball, and a flea shot out of a cannon.

This two-hour pet show combines the talents of trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs and a mini-donkey all performing with costuming and choreography together in an “Amazing Amimal™ Pet Show” at The Comedy Barn® Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning June 2.  The show runs through Saturday, Aug. 18. There are animal educational segments as well as performing segments, and there is also audience participation as children from the audience are called up to the stage to do the “Chicken Dance” and the “Cha Cha Slide.”

“Animals are the most amazing creatures, and our ‘Amazing Animals Pet Show’ features animal antics, zany comedy and a cast of fuzzy, furry, feathered and four-legged friends,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn® Theater.  “We have a wonderful mix of music, comedy, mayhem and animals.”

“Come experience our ‘Amazing Animals Pet Show,’” said Jim Hedrick, co-owner of The Comedy Barn® Theater.  “Come see the remarkable ventriloquist talent of Kyle Scribner. Kyle has some amazing animal puppets which come to life, and they will make you laugh until you cry.  His character is a cross between Gilligan and Ernest.  He always tries hard but he ends up a little short each time.”

Anthony, Alena King and their trained “comedy critters” (house animals and farm animals) perform in the “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show.” They have performed at The Comedy Barn® Theater for the last five years.  They have appeared on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star,” “The Tonight Show,” and at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country. They have also performed in theaters in Branson, Mo., in “The Comedy Pet Variety Show” in Lakeland, Fla., as well as in the Royal Hanneford Circus.

“Tony and Alena King are bringing back their amazing animal act to The ‘Amazing Animal Pet Show,’” Fee said.  “Tony and Alena are phenomenally talented animal trainers and performers, and it is incredible what their animals can do.  Tony and Alena have a unique, family-friendly act that combines their extraordinary pets with magic, acrobatics, and audience participation. They have rescued most of these animals from shelters all over the country, and now they are Pigeon Forge stars.

King is a former accomplished aerialist and high wire walker. His wife, Alena, is originally from Russia and attended circus school in Russia.  She is a former aerialist and fire spinner.

“Come see Tony’s mini pigs ham it up at The Comedy Barn,” Fee said.  “These pigs can even check the mail!”  Pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Ham perform comedy, do flag rising, hurdle jumping, ball playing, bell ringing and pig waltzing, and they even roll out the red carpet!

Ten high diving domestic housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, zigzag, do a high step routine, balance on an Olympic pole, upside-down walk, and do super jumps, and they even do a high diving stunt.

Fee said, “Also starring in The Amazing Animals Pet Show at The Comedy Barn Theater is a Comedy Barn Canine act where the dogs do hurdle jumps and barrel rolls, they roll over, they do a hind leg stand and they even jump rope.”

Charlie the communicating mini-donkey is another part of “The Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show.”  “Charlie is the only donkey in Pigeon Forge who understands humans,” Fee said.  “The audience can watch him shake his head yes or no to their questions. He can also add, subtract and even guess people’s age.

“This show also has trained parrots,” said Fee.  “Come see birds flying through rings right over your head,” Fee said.  “They also do comedy, skate, ride scooters and bicycles, perform on the high wire, dance, pull carts, see-saw, do foot juggling, fly through rings and many other feats.”

Country magician Greg Franklin, known as “Farmer Clem” in “The Comedy Barn®” show, also appears in the “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show” and does magic tricks with animals. He previously worked at the Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley.

There will also be a magical appearance from Lindsay Hamm as she reprises her role as the Pink Panther and stage assistant.  Hamm was a member of last year’s “Amazing Animals” ™ cast and has also previously performed in “Magic Beyond Belief.” ™   Also appearing will be Rebecca Krebs, exotic animal exhibitor and educator.

The production team includes David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Robert Kalina, director; Justin Manning, video and lights; David Rains, audio; and Colin Tillman and Ken Wagner, stage technicians.

For more information visit AmazingAnimals.com or call the box office at (865) 428-5222 or 1-800-29-LAUGH. Ticket prices are $34.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. The theater is located at 2775 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group 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 “Magic Beyond Belief™ starring Darren Romeo.”

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CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom, (865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877; Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Pigeon Forge Hosts Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals on June 16

Twelve contestants selected from three audition cities will compete for the grand champion title during a free show at Smoky Mountain Opry.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 30, 2018) – Pigeon Forge hosts the Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals at Smoky Mountain Opry (2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863) on Saturday, June 16. The free show starts at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Twelve semi-finalists vying to be named grand champion will perform in front of a diverse panel of judges: John Alexander, Nashville-based talent executive, Michael Headla, entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment, and Jeff Taylor, general manager for Country Tonite Theatre. Four semi-finalists were selected from each audition city; Cincinnati on April 14, Nashville on April 21 and Atlanta on May 12.

The four semi-finalists from Ohio are:
Taylor Deaton from Springboro;
Sheila Gardner from Fairfield;
duo Michaela Back from Mason and Aaron Cramer from Cincinnati;
male trio BL3SSED from Cincinnati.

The four semi-finalists from Tennessee are:
Brenna Beatty from Springfield;
Alaya Morris from Nashville;
duo Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol;
family trio Sheridan Hill from Mt. Juliet.

The four semi-finalists from Georgia are:
Jadyn Williams from Tallapoosa;
Sara Kays from Avondale Estates;
Isaac Streetman from Aragon;
Morgan Shaw from Euharlee.

“Whether they are repeat visitors or first-timers, each Path to Fame contestant expressed enthusiasm to perform at one of Pigeon Forge’s renowned theaters,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Spectacular shows are the pulse of the Pigeon Forge Parkway and create an everlasting impact on our visitors. Our Path to Fame talent competition recognizes the Pigeon Forge theater community and brings this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the semi-finalists looking to launch their own paths to fame.”

Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly vacation destination that offers more than 80 attractions, including award-winning entertainment that helped launch the careers of recording artists Carly Pearce, Janelle Arthur and Craig Morgan. More information about Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

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

Army Veteran, Country Music Hitmaker Craig Morgan Headlines Pigeon Forge’s July Fourth Patriot Festival

The all-American celebration will conclude with an elaborate fireworks display.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 21, 2018) – Craig Morgan, United States Army veteran and Grand Ole Opry member, is set to headline the 28th annual Patriot Festival, Pigeon Forge’s Independence Day celebration. Morgan takes the stage immediately before an elaborate fireworks display lights up the night sky with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.

“We look forward to the Patriot Festival all year long here in Pigeon Forge,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “This year feels extra special with Army veteran and Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan capping off a day of great music and ushering in spectacular fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.”

This free festival will take place in Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park; festivities begin at noon. Food vendors and a kids’ carnival will be available for guests to enjoy. Onstage entertainment starts at 1:30 p.m. and will continue into the night.  The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

In addition to a variety of local entertainers, the band Electric Avenue, an eighties pop tribute band, also performs. Electric Avenue has been invited to share stages around the world by Pat Benatar, Kid Rock, Jimmy Kimmel and more.  The authentic eighties group performs hit songs from decade favorites such as Tears for Fears, Wham!, David Bowie and Prince, just to name a few.

Patriot Festival guests will recognize Morgan’s six-week #1 hit “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and signature hits including “Bonfire,” “Almost Home” and “Redneck Yacht Club.”  The multi-talented entertainer hosts the award-winning television show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” currently in its sixth season on Outdoor Channel. Morgan previously spent 17 years serving in the Army and Army Reserves.

Patriot Festival guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas, tents, and coolers will not be permitted. Free parking will be provided at the Teaster Lane Municipal parking lot, and a free shuttle will operate every 20 minutes between the lot and festival site.

Additional information regarding the festival and Pigeon Forge can be found at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling 800-251-9100.

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Craig Morgan photo available for download here.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

Media Contact:
Trish McGee
tmcgee@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189

 

Four Performers Advance to Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals from Atlanta Auditions

More than 100 people registered for open call auditions in Atlanta on May 12.

ATLANTA (May 14, 2018) — Four performers advanced in Saturday’s Path to Fame Atlanta auditions at Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre where more than 100 people registered for a chance to further their entertainment careers.

The four semi-finalists from Georgia are:
Jadyn Williams from Tallapoosa;
Sara Kays from Avondale Estates;
Isaac Streetman from Aragon;
Morgan Shaw from Euharlee.

Four performers are one step closer to realizing a lifetime dream of an entertainment career. Nashville-based talent executive John Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with GRAMMY-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

“Atlanta brought out a number of talented performers, and I look forward to working with any one of them for the next year,” Alexander said. “I can’t wait to see this group perform again at the finals in Pigeon Forge. Narrowing down our semi-finalists to one grand champion will not be easy, but I’m confident whoever is selected will be eager to jumpstart their entertainment career.”

On her 14th birthday, Jadyn Williams impressed the judges with her performance of “All I Want” by Kodaline. She is a member of the Georgia 4-H Clovers and Company choral group and regularly performs around the state of Georgia.

Sara Kays’ musical career began at the age of 11 on the day her mother gifted her with a guitar. Several years later, Kays showcased her sweet vocals and attention-getting ukulele skills during her original song performance on Saturday at the Strand Theatre. She is transferring to Murfreesboro’s Middle Tennessee State University in the fall to pursue music business studies.

Inspired by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Chris Stapleton, Isaac Streetman is a vocalist and guitarist. He performed “Midnight Train to Memphis” by The Steeldrivers which secured his position in the finals. In addition to performing at church, festivals and restaurants near his hometown, Streetman recently advanced to the Hollywood auditions as a season one contestant of ABC Network’s “American Idol.”

Music has been an important part of Morgan Shaw’s life for as long as she can remember. Influenced by Miranda Lambert and Loretta Lynn, the first-time mom-to-be performed “Unlove You” by Jennifer Nettles. She currently performs at festivals and venues in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee with her full band.

The final competition will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on June 16 where one grand champion will be selected from 12 competing performers who were selected in Cincinnati and Nashville.

More information for the Path to Fame Talent Competition can be found at PFFame.com. More information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos and b-roll of PigeonForgePathtoFameAtlantaAuditions.

Group photo identification from L to R: Sue Carr, marketing manager for the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism; Otis, 94.9 The Bull’s “O-Show” host; Morgan Shaw; Isaac Streetman; Jadyn Williams; Sara Kays; John Alexander, Nashville talent executive; Michael Headla, entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

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

 

Fee/Hedrick Names Keller General Manager/Executive Producer of Hatfield & Mccoy Dinner Feud™

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 3, 2018) – The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™, a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group production, has announced the hiring of Kimball Keller as general manager/executive producer for The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater.

Kimball has more than 25 years of combined, progressive experience in the entertainment industry–from stage performer to senior management. His professional leadership experience includes roles with Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey, Criss Angel’s “Believe” Cirque de Soleil, Valitar and several other private business ventures.

“I am thrilled to have Kimball with us in his new role as general manager/executive producer of The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment. “He is an accomplished and talented senior management professional who is well-known in the entertainment industry. He has hit the ground running with tremendous energy and enthusiasm.

“His previous show/circus management experience and overall entertainment background will play a vital role in the continued success of The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater,” says Fee.

Keller graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in aviation management. He joined Feld Entertainment, Inc., as part of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus in Vienna, Va., in 2001 as the operations manager then production manager for 300 annual shows. He monitored the fleet during rail to arena transfers, oversaw a staff of 250-300, and was in charge of, animals, cast and crew, safety and train movements. From 2003-2007 Keller was an entertainment consultant/executive producer for K & W Extreme Shows in Jacksonville, Fla. Other highlights of his career include being head of department/head rigger for Criss Angel’s “Believe” Cirque du Soleil show at the MGM Resort International, The Luxor, in Las Vegas, Nev. He most recently served as vice president of international show operations and logistics, domestic animal welfare and sponsorship programs for Family Entertainment, Inc., in Seagoville, Texas, working with The Shrine Circuses.

When not working, Keller enjoys spending time with his family and three dachshunds. His hobbies include: flying, horses, skiing, boating, model trains, antique tractors, and numerous other outdoor activities.

The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” is a hilarious hit production inspired by real-life events that will put a 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 and a brand-new swimming hole that is coming soon. 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 and cloggers. The feud is kicked-off most every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly with occasional 2 p.m. matinees and 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 fest, served by a hillbilly waiter or waitress.  Granny’s menu 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. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.

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 between WonderWorks and the Titanic.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces four other major shows in the Smoky Mountain including “The Comedy Barn®”, “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo. In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

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Four Performers Advance to Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals from Nashville Auditions

More than 150 people registered for open call auditions in Nashville on April 21.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 24, 2018) — Four performers advanced in Saturday’s Path to Fame Nashville auditions at Skyville Live where more than 150 people registered for a chance to advance their entertainment careers.

The four semi-finalists from Tennessee are:
female vocalist Brenna Beatty from Springfield;
female vocalist Alaya Morris from Nashville;
duo Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol;
family trio Sheridan Hill from Mt. Juliet.

Four performers advanced one step closer to realizing a lifetime dream of an entertainment career. Nashville-based talent executive John Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with GRAMMY-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

“The incredible talent Music City is known for was well represented at the auditions on Saturday. Our semi-finalists possess that hard-to-define ‘it’ factor and are actively pursuing ways to pursue their path to fame,” Alexander said. “This group is one step closer to achieving that dream with the proper connections and opportunities that winning this competition would provide.”

Beatty is an aspiring singer-songwriter actively pursuing performing opportunities surrounding her hometown and writes at least five songs every week. Last year, her supportive family moved across the country from Oregon to Music City to make the 17-year-old’s dream more attainable. Beatty performs at writers’ rounds and anywhere she has the opportunity to share her music in Nashville and the surrounding areas. She performed an original song “Georgia.”

Morris stunned the judges with her powerful vocal performance of “I’m Goin’ Down” by Mary J. Blige. The Belmont student is a commercial voice major gearing up for graduation in December and looking for ways to continue making her passion for music the center of her life. She performs with a vocal ensemble and does background vocalist studio work.

The duo Ashley & Christian met on their church’s worship team and immediately felt a musical and personal connection. The couple has been performing together for several years in the Tri-Cities area and shared an acoustic rendition of Chris & Morgane Stapleton’s “You Are My Sunshine” that perfectly highlighted Christian’s instrumentals and Ashley’s voice.

Sheridan Hill of Mt. Juliet is made up of two brothers and their father, who had actively been pursuing his own musical career when he discovered his two sons’ own talent. The group performs original music and a variety of covers from Americana to R&B genres. Sheridan Hill brought its own spin of acoustic instruments and harmonizing vocals to the stage during its performance of an original song “Long Way Down.”

The final competition will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on June 16 where one grand champion will be selected from 12 competing performers.

Performers have one more opportunity to audition for the Path to Fame Talent Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, May 12.

More information for the Path to Fame Talent Competition can be found at PFFame.com. More information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos of PigeonForgePathtoFameNashvilleAuditions.

Link to b-roll of PigeonForgePathtoFameNashvilleAuditions.

Group photo identification from L to R: Sue Carr, marketing manager for the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism; John Alexander, Nashville talent executive; Christian Simcox, semi-finalist; Ashley Tragler, semi-finalist; Brenna Beatty, semi-finalist; Alaya Morris, semi-finalist; Dylan Beavers, semi-finalist; Dakota Beavers, semi-finalist; Lance Beavers, semi-finalist; Michael Headla, entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment; Zac Woodward, on-air personality at WRVW-FM 107.5 The River.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

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

Four Cincinnati Performers Advance to Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals

More than 200 people registered for open call auditions in Cincinnati on April 14.

CINCINNATI (April 17, 2018) — Four Cincinnati performers advanced in Saturday’s Path to Fame auditions at the 20th Century Theater where more than 200 people registered for a chance to advance their entertainment careers.

The four semi-finalists from Ohio are:
female vocalist Taylor Deaton from Springboro;
female vocalist Sheila Gardner from Fairfield;
duo Michaela Back from Mason and Aaron Cramer from Cincinnati;
male trio BL3SSED from Cincinnati.

Performers lined up outside the venue as early as 2 a.m. for a chance to audition. Four advanced one step closer to realizing a lifetime dream of an entertainment career. Nashville-based talent executive John Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with GRAMMY-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

“The number and caliber of performers at Saturday’s auditions in Cincinnati demonstrate how important it is to help connect music industry professionals with up-and-coming talent in hopes of advancing these performers’ careers,” Alexander said. “These four acts brought their best on Saturday and achieved that next step. Cincinnati is rich with entertainment, and they’ll represent this city well in the Pigeon Forge finals.”

Deaton performed a soaring rendition of Adele’s “One and Only.” The solo, female vocalist showcases her broad range performing music from country to soul genres. She realized her dream of singing when she was eight years old and had the urge to sing a Dixie Chicks song onstage at a strawberry festival. She has not stopped performing since that moment.

Gardner, a vocal instructor in the Cincinnati area, performed “Not for the Life of Me” from the Broadway production “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Gardner has over 30 years of solo, group, and stage performing experience and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. as well as numerous venues in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

The duo Michaela & Aaron, performed an acoustic version of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s.” The couple met in high school and have been singing together for five years. Most recently, Michaela & Aaron have booked performances throughout the tri-state area.

BL3SSED is a gospel trio of best friends Jamaal McMullen, Davosk Lavizzo and Ke’Vaughn McDowell. The group has been performing together for over six years. They showcased their electric harmonies in a performance of “Old Enough” by the William John Brothers.

The final competition will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on June 16 where one grand champion will be selected from 12 competing performers.

Performers have two more opportunities to audition for the Path to Fame Talent Competition—in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, April 21, and Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, May 12.

More information for the Path to Fame Talent Competition can be found at PFFame.com. More information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos of PigeonForgePathtoFameCincinnatiAuditions.

Link to b-roll of PigeonForgePathtoFameCincinnatiAuditions.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

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

Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition Seeks Top Talent Across Southeastern US

Auditions scheduled in Cincinnati, Nashville and Atlanta to select twelve semi-finalists who will compete for the grand prize in Pigeon Forge on June 16.  

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 15, 2018) – Tune your guitar, warm up your vocal cords and break out your best magic tricks— Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) is searching for top talent to participate in its inaugural Path to Fame Talent Competition. Auditions in three cities will determine 12 semi-finalists who advance to the final competition in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Path to Fame Talent Competition auditions take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in:
Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, April 14;
Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, April 21;
Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, May 12.

Four semi-finalists from each city will advance to the final competition in Pigeon Forge on June 16. Accommodations will be made for the semi-finalists and one guest to travel to the finals in Pigeon Forge. To register, visit PFFame.com.

“The caliber of talent featured in the many stage shows in Pigeon Forge is exceptional, and our shows are a major reason so many folks visit our city,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Pigeon Forge’s Path to Fame talent competition lets aspiring performers benefit from the experienced theater community that we have here, with hopes that we’ll launch yet another performer—our grand prize winner—onto a Path of Fame.”

Pigeon Forge helped launch the careers of recording artists Carly Pearce, Janelle Arthur and Craig Morgan.

The grand champion selected at the final competition will receive a prize package comprised of tools to launch his or her path to fame including a one-year mentorship with Nashville-based talent executive John Alexander who discovered Grammy-nominated artist Kelsea Ballerini and spent over a decade at Great American Country television network. Alexander will be a key asset in establishing consultations, studio time and industry meetings for the grand champion. Additionally, the winner will perform at Pigeon Forge theaters during a complimentary return trip and receive assets and experiences to advance his or her career. To view the complete grand prize package, visit PFFame.com.

“Talented people are everywhere, but few have the opportunity to share that talent with industry professionals. We are going to Cincinnati, Nashville and Atlanta with the hope that entertainers from across the region can have that chance,” said Alexander. “Nothing excites me more than nurturing careers and connecting the right people to bring someone one step closer to the spotlight.”

A diverse judging panel will determine who advances to the final round. The judges at each audition include Alexander, representatives of Pigeon Forge’s theater community and a radio personality from the audition city.

There are four eligible talent categories; vocalist, instrumentalist, comedian and specialty act. Individuals and groups of five or fewer can register in advance to audition at PFFame.com. Onsite registration at the audition and check-in is from 8:30 a.m. to noon local time. Auditions will be on a first-come, first-served basis at each audition location. All contestants must check in between 8:30 a.m. and noon local time.

Located six miles from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly vacation destination that offers more than 80 attractions, including award-winning entertainment. This is an opportunity for the city to turn the tables and recognize the many talents its passionate visitors have and help guide the grand champion along the path to fame.

Follow the Path to Fame Talent Competition at Facebook.com/MyPigeonForgeTN or Instagram.com/MyPigeonForge.

More information and rules and regulations for the Path to Fame Talent Competition can be found at PFFame.com. More information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

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

“Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo reopens at Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater, featuring a live magical unicorn!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Feb. 9, 2018 “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring internationally acclaimed magician Darren Romeo will reopen for a fourth season on Feb. 16, 2018, after being closed for a four-month production hiatus. This newly revamped Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment show will resume back in the The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater in Pigeon Forge six days-a-week. The magical show will include approximately $250,000 in upgrades, most of which are in production elements.  The move back to the Smoky Mountain Opry™ is to enable Romeo to perform larger illusions on a bigger stage and allows for the return of large animals to the show.

“Our Magic Beyond Belief show starring Darren Romeo is bigger, better and brighter this year,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We have a considerable bigger stage in a larger theater, but the show is still a very intimate experience.  This year’s show will be more family friendly and we have some new elements in the show including a live magical unicorn and a mermaid who swims among coral reefs and a sunken pirate ship. We also have the return of our serval cat and our amazing beloved white tiger named Hollywood.

“We have more vibrant colors in new lavish sets and costumes, improved state-of-the art mood-setting lighting and fantastic visuals throughout the entire production,” Fee said. “It is a higher energy show with spectacular effects.

“We are also installing a whole new sound system including a new sound board to enhance the audio quality in the theater,” Fee said.  “Two large video screens will complement the show, as well as engaging music.” Fee says the show will leave the entire family spellbound.

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

“We will have a circus atmosphere this year with tunes from the new hit movie, ‘The Greatest Showman,’” Fee said.  “Darren will have an entourage of animals both real and make believe, actors who play side show misfits, a girl shot out of a cannon, dancers and other oddities of magic. He will also pay tribute to a special pioneer in the entertainment industry with a song number in a ‘tale as old as time,’ where Darren and his assistants will invite the audience to ‘be our guest.’  At one point in the show children from the audience will even be allowed to come on stage and be part of the show.”

This full, two-hour “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo production will feature stunning illusions, mind-boggling special effects, hilarious comedy, and vocal performance. Romeo will do some new parody celebrity impersonations this year including Darius Rucker, Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton.

“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 a larger stage to do some of the illusions that he wanted to do so we have decided to bring him back to the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.  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 Tuesday through Sunday, February through December, 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.

“Magic Beyond Belief™” at the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater is performed this season in the 8 p.m. evening time slot until Friday, March 2 when the Smoky Mountain Opry™ “Feel The Music” Show Opens.  After that the magic show will be performed in the afternoon matinee slot at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  It will also be performed at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.  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. 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.

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 Smoky Mountain Opry 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 also perform close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the new show. 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. “Darren’s new show will be Beyond Belief!”

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®” and The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud.™”

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Contact: Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 (cell)

(865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com