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National Enquirer Live Opens Late Spring 2019 in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 5, 2019)– National Enquirer, the crown jewel of America’s supermarket tabloid read by millions, is coming to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this summer in the form of a new, interactive family attraction National Enquirer Live.

The sensational tabloid magazine at the center of some of the most exciting untold stories of the past 100 years – from O.J. Simpson to John Edwards to President Donald Trump and Jeff Bezos – will bring its most famous and controversial stories to life because Enquiring Minds Want to Know!

The two new National Enquirer Live attractions represent a $25 million combined investment in Pigeon Forge and Branson (a National Enquirer Live attraction also opens in Branson this year) and will create more than 100 new jobs (50 at each location by the time the attractions open) according to FrontPage Attractions, the company behind National Enquirer Live.

National Enquirer Live will deliver the story behind the story of the tabloid that created an industry. From being the first on the scene, having the first news helicopter in the sky, and being the first in the supermarket, they will continue that history as the first tabloid with an immersive museum attraction. Visitors of all ages will explore new National Enquirer exclusives on the stories that changed the course of history. Dive into the JFK conspiracy, get the scoop on the British Royal Family, explore the biggest crimes of the past century and experience the life of celebrities in Hollywood.

“While print publications across the country are downsizing, the National Enquirer brand is as strong as ever,” said Robin Turner, a partner in FrontPage Attractions. “People have shown that for nearly 100 years, they just can’t get enough of the storytelling in the National Enquirer – they know what their readers want – and we’re excited to take those stories off the page and bring them to life.”

Turner said, “National Enquirer Live in Pigeon Forge will open this May and the Branson location will open shortly after.”

FrontPage Attractions includes Turner and partners Bill Sims and Steve Nichols. All three have long histories in the Orlando, Branson, Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach tourism markets. Turner is co-founder of WonderWorks, an edutainment attraction that operates in Pigeon Forge, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Myrtle Beach and Syracuse. Turner started his career with Disney Entertainment. Sims is a former Chairman of the Board of the most prestigious and largest trade association in the world, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

In Pigeon Forge, the new 20,000 square-foot National Enquirer Live will be located at 2115 Parkway (in the Pigeon Forge Attraction District). The new 30,000 square-foot Branson location is at 3115 W 76 Country Blvd. (in the former Starlite Theatre).

FrontPage Attractions is currently exploring other possible new attractions and expansions based on the National Enquirer Live model. Turner says, “It is entirely conceivable that other major media outlets could be brought to life in a similar manner. We would welcome these discussions as we continue to expand our Entertainment company.”

For more information, visit www.NationalEnquirerLive.com.

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Media contact: Rick Laney
(865) 300-4538 or

Rick@RickLaneyMarketing.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Caitlin Gouge, caitlin@islandinpigeonforge.com      

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guests are asked to arrive 45 minutes before show time to be served their food.  For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge next to the Titanic.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This full, two-hour Magic Beyond Belief Christmas show, starring Darren Romeo will feature stunning illusions, hilarious comedy and vocal performance.  “As a former magician myself, I have loved magic all of my life,” Fee said. “Darren Romeo is one of the best magicians I have ever seen. He is extremely special and unique.  His show mixes amazing magic with music, and it is mesmerizing! We are very proud of Darren and of the success of his show in Pigeon Forge.  This is a fun magical experience for the entire family!  It is Pigeon Forge’s biggest and best magic show! Darren brings magic, mystery and music together for an incredible show the whole family will love.”

Romeo will appear Mondays and Fridays at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 8 p.m. through Dec. 31 at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.  Romeo’s Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance.

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

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

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

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

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

In addition to all of the large illusions people would expect to see on stage from Siegfried and Roy’s protégé, Romeo also performs close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the show. Romeo carries on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

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

“We want to provide clean, wholesome entertainment for families who will return to see this show as a Christmas tradition again and again,” Fee said. “Darren’s new Christmas show is Beyond Belief!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for achieving a 5-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “A Comedy Barn® Christmas”, www.comedybarn.com, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” http://www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com/, “Magic Beyond Belief™: A Magical Christmas” starring Darren Romeo,  www.pigeonforgemagic.com, and the “Amazing Animals™Pet Show,” www.comedybarn.com .”

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Media Contacts:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including The Smoky Mountain Opry, The Comedy Barn, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner FeudAmazing Animals Pet Show, and Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo. The company also owns and produces A Comedy Barn Christmas, Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud and Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo: Magical Christmas.

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Contact:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 (cell)

(865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

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

 Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 7, 2017 –The Comedy Barn® Theater’s all new original “Amazing Animals” ™ matinee show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is back for a second summer season.  “Amazing Animals” ™ features trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs and a mini-donkey all performing together in a pet show at The Comedy Barn® Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  The show runs through Saturday, Aug. 12.

“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’ show,” said Jim Hedrick, co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater.  “We are very pleased to add to the cast this year 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.”

Hedrick said, “We have also added two new trained pigs to the cast this year that will leave you dazed and amazed.  You will love the showdown between the “Hatdawgs and the McCaws.”

Anthony, Alena King and their trained “comedy critters” perform in the “Amazing Animals” ™ pet show. They have performed at The Comedy Barn® Theater for the last four 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.

“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, mail checking, 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, zig zag, do a high step routine, balance on an Olympic pole, upside-down walk, do super jumps, and they even do a high diving stunt.

Fee said, “Also starring in The Amazing Animals 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” ™  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 birds,” 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.”

King is a former accomplished aerialist and high wire walker. “We are animal lovers,” King said. His wife, Alena, is originally from Russia and attended circus school in Russia.  She is a former aerialist and fire spinner.

Country magician Greg Franklin, known as “Farmer Clem” in “The Comedy Barn®” show, also appears in the “Amazing Animals” ™ show. 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.” ™   The production team includes:  David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Clare Lewis, director; Justin Manning and David Rains, sound and lights; and Nora Wasden and Steven Foldenauer, 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 $29.95 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, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Smoky Mountain Opry,™” “The Comedy Barn,” ®  The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,™” “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo,” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show.”

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CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877; Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

 

The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Poaching: Alcatraz East Temporary Exhibit Opening Soon

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 25, 2017) – When a Minnesota-based dentist paid $54,000 to trophy hunt in Zimbabwe in 2015 with a professional guide, he unknowingly was about to kill the beloved and iconic lion Cecil. The images from that hunt went viral and although the dentist’s actions were not deemed illegal, the event sparked a worldwide outcry and raised awareness about the plight of wildlife, including lions, tigers, and elephants. Since that incident, the public is increasingly committed to protect wildlife and to put a stop to the trade of illegal wildlife poaching.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar business, that involves the illegal trade of live animals and objects made from their parts. Many of the animals involved are endangered, making the practice an international crisis. Poachers either capture animals to sell, or kill them for their fur, bones, shells, and other body parts to be used in everything from traditional medicines, to clothing and jewelry. Even locally, effecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bears are poached for their gallbladders and bile, which are used in traditional medicines. Only thirty-four states explicitly ban the trade, and these parts can go for $5,000 in Asia.  Those interested in learning more about the wildlife trade can attend the temporary exhibit “Ivory, Tortoise Shell & Fur: The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Trafficking” at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, which will open on May 15, 2017.

“This is a heartfelt exhibit that brings awareness to illegal wildlife trade, an important issue visitors won’t want to miss,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East, “This is a problem that is devastating to animals and the planet. The exhibit will also teach guests how to be proactive and find out how they can help.”

The exhibit was first displayed at the Crime Museum in Washington, DC in 2015 by the Center for Conservation Impact, in partnership with the Freeland Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, INTERPOL, Kashmir World Foundation, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WildAid, and Wildlife Trust of India.

“There was such a positive response to the exhibit, we felt the issue is too important to not share again with new audiences,” says Vaccarello.

Many people are unaware of how critical the poaching situation has become around the world, yet the statistics are alarming. It’s estimated that 97 percent of the world’s tigers have been lost in the last century, 76 percent of elephants have been lost during the last 13 years, and over 1,200 rhinoceros were killed last year alone. These animal populations have been depleted to supply black market demand for worthless natural medicines, jewelry and other souvenirs, and are considered status symbols, as the case with shark fin soup.

International travelers normally take home souvenirs from their trips, but what they may not realize is that the materials used to make those trinkets may have been illegally harvested from endangered and protected wildlife. These include items made from ivory and tortoise shell, so when shopping for souvenirs, it is best to ask questions about what products are made of, where it came from, as it may not be legal to bring back to the U.S. This exhibit will include items confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other border agencies.

“Wildlife trafficking is a serious epidemic that is plaguing our world due to Asia’s sensational demand for Rhino Horn, which is made from nothing more than keratin, the same as our finger nails along with Elephant Ivory made from dentine, the same as the human tooth.” explains Katie Cleary, model, film producer and writer of “Give Me Shelter” available on Netflix, and founder of World Animal News which brings you the latest breaking animal welfare news from around the world. “The more that we are educated about wildlife crimes and trafficking of endangered species and the ways to stop it, the better equipped we are to bring it to an end and protect these innocent species before it’s too late.”

Recent news headlines show this problem is ongoing, with 18 rhino horns being seized in Mozambique in April, and news being shared about the illegal animal smuggling coming across the Mexican border, including of birds and lizards to be sold as pets in the U.S.

“The collaborators are excited Alcatraz East will feature our exhibit on the important and timely topic of illegal wildlife trafficking,” says Jennifer Sevin, president of the Center for Conservation Impact, a partner in the exhibit. “From ginseng to freshwater mussels and bears, illegal wildlife trafficking is as much a local issue as it is global.”

“Ivory, Tortoise Shell & Fur” begins May 15, 2017 and will run through Spring 2018. Alcatraz East officially opened December 16, 2016. The new crime museum is located at the entrance to The Island, at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.

The 25,000-square-foot museum is designed with a jail façade, has a star-studded board of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial.

General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum will be open 365 days per year, from 10 am to 9 pm, with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction will be located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. For more information, visit www.alcatrazeast.com.

 

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Source:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Illegal Wildlife Trade. https://www.fws.gov/international/travel-and-trade/illegal-wildlife-trade.html