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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

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

“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

Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater Gives $100,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (April 21, 2017) — The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater gave $100,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital this week.  Jim Hedrick, co-owner of the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater and senior vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “Our own little employee family has been greatly helped by the amazing medical care they have received from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and thousands and thousands of children have been helped by the services of this hospital as well. We are able to donate to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital with one hundred percent of the proceeds from our Christmas Candle Program, whereby, LED candles are purchased by guests who attend “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™.” We are really touched and blessed to be able to give to this worthy organization.  It is our honor and our pleasure to donate $100,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.”

“I am stunned,” said Keith Goodwin, chief executive officer of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.  “We are so blessed, so thankful and so thrilled.”  The hospital plans to use the gift to fund their programs and provide assistance to families who are not able to afford services.

Also present for the check presentation were Michael Headla, general manager of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater; East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) vice-presidents: Bruce Anderson, former legal services, Hella Ewing, patient care, Cathy Shuck, legal services, Carlton Long, institutional advancement, and presenting the big check is Jim Hedrick, sr. vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment and Keith Goodwin, chief executive officer, ETCH.  Surrounded by the Smoky Mountain Opry’s cast, Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear was on stage along with several Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group’s employees including Morris Turner, IT specialist, Danny Davaney, entertainer at The Comedy Barn® Theater and three of his children and Judy Caudill, general manager of The Comedy Barn® Theater, whose families have a life-time connection with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

“Our company is pleased and honored to be helping East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment. “It is our way of giving back.  We wish all children good health.  This donation is made possible because of the tremendous support of generous guests who gave to our Christmas Candle Program because they want to help others.”

The Smoky Mountain Opry’s™ Christmas Candle Program is used to support local charitable causes. At intermission before the live nativity scene during the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” show, guests purchase LED souvenir candles “to hold high in honor of Christ.” The candles are held in honor of the spirit of giving at Christmas. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these candles go to the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Christmas Candle Fund. The Candle Fund has now given over $500,00 to local charities.

The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” renowned as the must-see variety show in Pigeon Forge, recently reopened for the season with “Feel the Music,” an all-new original show with many new cast members and what Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group says is “their biggest and best show in Pigeon Forge to date.” The show has earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row for having a five-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 new show features a musical journey through some of music’s greatest hits with country, Broadway, the silver screen, classic rock, gospel and patriotic numbers.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine, the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge.

The show runs at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with occasional Sunday evening shows.  It also runs at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.  For more information, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com/ or call The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater box office at (865) 428-SHOW (7469) or 1-800-768-1170.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, owns and produces nine shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Comedy Barn®,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo and the “Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith and friends. In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” and “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

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Media Contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

119 Music Road,

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

All New 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ show opens with “Feel the Music”

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., March 14, 2017 –The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” renowned as the must-see variety show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has opened for its grand finale farewell season with “Feel the Music,” an all-new original show, with many new cast members and what Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is promising to be their biggest and best production show in Pigeon Forge to date.  “Our new show is all about the wow,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.   The show has earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row 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. Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is planning to re-brand the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show and re-name the theater in 2018.

Hosted by Hugh Warren, the brand-new “Smoky Mountain Opry™ Feel the Music” show is the largest and most attended musical variety show in the Smokies and is marking its sixth season.  The new show features a musical journey through some of music’s greatest hits with country, Broadway, the silver screen, classic rock, gospel and patriotic numbers.  The song and dance performances are showcased in a variety of genres and styles ranging from ballroom to tap to country western and everything in between.  “Combine all of this with the special effects of this beautiful theater – and you are in for an incredible musical journey that you will never forget,” Fee said.

Back by popular demand are the high-flying silk aerialists Duo Artis’ Leann Farley and Semyon Gruzdev and the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known as “Slim Chance.”   Farley has been performing since the age of 15 all over the world.  Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group. Chance previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo.  He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a ping-pong ball, saw blades and many other unusual items in his act, mixed with lots of humor and audience interaction.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new cast members and our returning cast members this year,” Fee said. “Our audiences are always amazed to see Leann and Semyon gracefully fly through the air, but they also love their quick-change act, where you barely blink and they have changed costumes.  Slim Chance is well-known for his unbelievable skillful juggling and he is heartwarming and hilarious too!

“To call The Smoky Mountain Opry show the largest and most exciting variety show in the Smokies is an understatement,” Fee said.  “We are bringing a variety of new production numbers to the stage this season, and we want to especially thank all of our fans who have seen the Smoky Mountain Opry show over the years and invite new visitors to a spectacular new show.

“Our Smoky Mountain Opry show this year features songs that our guests will remember and love all over again, with a remarkable live band,” Fee said.  “Our exceptional cast of singers, dancers and musicians bring back some great memories for our guests with genres that have truly impacted the evolution of music.”

The acclaimed “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 and giant video screens.

Singer Charlie Bob Smith performs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show this year.  Smith, well known as the man of a thousand voices, was winner of The Mountain Press Readers’ People’s Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009.  He also performs in “The Smith Morning Variety Show” at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Other cast and musicians in this year’s Smoky Mountain Opry Theater’s “Feel the Music” Show™” include:  Talibah Ashe, Kara Bergman, Alison Bray, Mowava Bucciero, Summer Collins-Wright, Michael DeJesus, Kevin Eknes, Matt George, Timothy Goins, Mark Holbrook, Daniel Longacre, Sally Mementowski, Tim McManus, Cody Parisi, Jeremy Phillips, Kelsey Rae Reinsfelder, Luke Sanderford, Hugh Warren, Jared Willson and Kaleb Wright.

Michael Headla, general manager of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater and entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, is the producer of the 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater’s “Feel the Music” show.  The production team includes:  David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Marshall Whaley, technical director; Joel Bruce, production manager; and Sunny Ware and Carol Culp, costume designers.

The show runs at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with matinees on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. There will be occasional Sunday shows and on holiday weekends at 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  Ticket prices are $39.95 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, visit http://www.smokymountainopry.com/ or call The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater box office at 865-428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170.

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group offers a combo 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 Feud™” for $56.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are $24.95 plus tax to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” and free to The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” (one child per paying adult).

After this year’s regular season closes, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will open its “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” show on Nov. 1.  After the Christmas show closes in January, the theater will undergo a significant upgrade with details to be announced later this year.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, owns and produces nine shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Comedy Barn®,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo and the “Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith. In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™,” and “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge.

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Contact:  Deborah Fee Newsom

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

Deborah@feehedrick.com

 

 

 

 

Darren Romeo Talks to the Animals in Second Season at “Magic Beyond Belief™”

Magic Second Season-2

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., March 28, 2016– “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo has begun its second season of magical entertainment complete with thrills, surprises and exotic animals at the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.   Romeo, a magician and a singer, stars in a critically acclaimed, full-scale production magic show that features white tigers, large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.

“This year there are some new and fun elements added to an already incredible one-of-a-kind illusion show,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We hope you will join Darren as he ‘Talks to the Animals’ combining puppetry designed by Michael Curry (of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King) and the incredible magic from Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas show.  The hilarious ‘Tiger Tails’ segment that Siegfried and Roy gave Darren contains puppet tails that come to life, dancing around the stage, all the while interacting, talking and singing with Darren. This new addition is definitely sure to be a treat for kids of all ages!

“There is also a new magical piece celebrating ‘Heroes’ that has been added to the show,” Fee said.  “We all have heroes. When we are children, we have heroes, and as we grow older, our definition of heroes changes. In a beautiful, magical, musical, multimedia tribute to heroes of all kinds, Darren introduces a rare Frank Sinatra song with an entirely new and modern twist. This is the don’t miss show of 2016!

“All that said, this outrageously high energy show that features magic, music, comedy and our 650-pound tiger, Hollywood, is sure to be the talk of the town again this season,” Fee said. “Magic Beyond Belief is Pigeon Forge’s premier show for amazing, heart-pounding, fast-paced magic and grand illusions!”

The first and only protégé of world-renowned magicians Siegfried & Roy, Romeo appears six days-a-week March through October at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance. He previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents, Darren Romeo” at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed at Caesar’s Palace and the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif., and other venues such as the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nev., Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss.; and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, (N.J.).

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

“Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., “Show of the Year” (two years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association 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 that audiences would expect to see on stage from Siegfried & Roy’s protégé, Romeo performs close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the show as well.  Two large video screens complement the show as well as music, dancers, elaborate sets, magnificent costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

Also 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.” While Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

Darren Romeo in “Magic Beyond Belief™” is performed in the afternoon matinee slot at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the show are $29.95, plus tax each, and children 3 to 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax. Children under 3 years old are free.  The 1400 seat theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit pigeonforgemagic.com.

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

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment offers a combination show deal when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $54.95 plus tax they can buy a ticket to “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo for only $19.95 plus tax for an adult ticket. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Magic Beyond Belief”™ show starring Darren Romeo (after guests have bought a child’s ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”).   The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a web site, seepigeonforge.com, which assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience. +++

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 http://www.smokymtnopry.com/ 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, seepigeonforge.com, that assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

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CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom

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

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Charlie Bob Smith To Star in New Morning Show at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2016) – Charlie Bob Smith of the Smith Family from Pigeon Forge, winner of The Mountain Press Readers’ Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009, will perform in a brand new show called “The Smith Morning Variety Show” at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge starting March 22.

Appearing with Smith will be a multi-talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians.  This is the first time Smith has performed with the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, which is home to the popular Pigeon Forge shows: “The Comedy Barn,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” “Magic Beyond Belief,” starring Darren Romeo, and “The Smoky Mountain Opry.”

Charlie Bob Smith

Charlie Bob Smith

Smith is a former owner and performer of The Smith Family Theater.  A long-time local and fan favorite, Smith will star in his new morning show at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Smith Family has entertained visitors to the Smokies for more than two decades.

“It is exciting to be bringing a new spectacular musical revue and comedy show to Pigeon Forge,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “The Smith Family has always been one of the best loved family shows in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Visitors from across the country love Charlie Bob and come back to this area year after year to see him perform. I am proud Charlie Bob has joined our company and will be headlining our morning show.  He brings a unique mix of country, pop, and gospel hits to the stage as well as his world-class impersonations.”

Charlie Bob Smith said, “I am excited to begin a new chapter in my career that is new and fun. I will perform the audience favorites I have always done – the impersonations of famous stars with some new looks and freshness in a spectacular venue at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.”  Some of Smith’s world-class impersonations include Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Ray Charles and more than 30 others.

He remembers doing impressions of his grandparents when he was a child. The impressions of other performers came about through just trying things out in his living room or backstage.

For ticket information on the new “Smith Morning Variety Show,” call (865) 428-SHOW (7469). Adult tickets are $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax.  Groups of 15 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 http://www.SmithMorningVarietyShow.com or call 1-800-768-1170.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, produces this show. The company produces eight other entertainment shows in Pigeon Forge as well owning Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and a website http://www.SeePigeonForge.com that helps visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

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CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom,

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

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

PIGEON FORGE. Tenn. (Dec. 29, 2015) Why not start the new year off seeing an award-winning variety show, watching the ball drop from NYC Times Square, dancing to a live band and sipping champagne at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.?
The 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve party at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will start with the show “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. The holiday show features singers, dancers, ice skaters, aerialists, magicians and comedians. It has many special effects, including laser lights and pyrotechnics, and a live show band. There is also an appearance by a majestic rare white lion.
“Bring the whole family to our third annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve Show, and party in our nice warm theater,” said David Fee, president and chief executive office of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our award winning variety show was mentioned in the December 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine as a ‘Don’t Miss Variety Show’ in Pigeon Forge, and we don’t want you to miss it! We will have a midnight countdown with champagne, soft drinks, hats, horns, confetti and streamers. Our New Year’s Eve show is popular and filling up fast.”
The theater will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop in NYC Times Square. Also the party will include the area’s biggest midnight balloon drop and an after party in the theater.  After the ball drop, there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show and dance with the live show band on the Opry stage.
“We will provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said. “We want this to be a place where families start New Year’s Eve traditions and memories. We will let the whole family come up on stage after the ball drop and dance to party music with our live band and singers.”
The New  Year’s Eve Ticket Price is $54.95 plus tax per person. Kids are $19.95 plus tax. The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com.
The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show,”™  “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and  “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March). Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15 for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show.”  The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.
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CONTACT:
Deborah Fee Newsom
(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877