PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Get ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet and get your groove on because the “Black Bear Jamboree Dinner and Show” is throwing a big party with the launch of a new musical revue show in celebration of its sixth season in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The multi-million theatrical extravaganza brings audiences movie music from Hollywood, the hottest tunes from the ’70s Disco era, and new Country music favorites, complete with a finale of inspirational and patriotic numbers.
The show features a large cast of actors, singers, dancers and musicians, collectively making more than 250 costume changes, set against all-new theatrical enhancements, including extraordinary sets, colorful lasers, surround sound, state-of-the-art lighting, and black light special effects. Six animatronic black bears complete the show.
The dinner show experience begins with a three-course meal, accompanied by a Country music pre-show performed by the award-winning Black Bear Jamboree All-Star Band. The Country feast includes creamy vegetable soup, hickory-pit barbeque ribs, southern-style tender roasted chicken, seasoned green beans, farm-fresh seasoned potatoes, fresh buttery corn on the cob, hot golden brown rolls, unlimited beverages and a signature desert. Vegetarian lasagna is also available upon request.
The show follows dinner. The new show’s story line follows a family of black bears watching a team of Hollywood directors make a movie entitled “The Black Bear Jamboree.” In the end, the black bears learn that the movie’s message is about the spirit and culture of the Smoky Mountains region.
Main characters of the new show are Mr. Schlemielberg, a talented Hollywood director (played by Jimmy Bryant), and Dexter, a bumbling assistant director who is aspiring to be a star (played by Stacy Mitchell).
Produced by the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, the
Black Bear Jamboree has hosted an estimated 1.5 million patrons since the theater opened in May 2002.
David Fee, co-owner and president of Fee/Hedrick, says the goal of the new show is to give new audiences and repeat patrons a quality entertainment experience unlike any other show in the area. “When you bring come to the Black Bear Jamboree you are guaranteed lots of bears, lots of music, lots of fun and a guaranteed hand-clapping, toe-tapping good time,” Fee says.
A number of Fee/Hedrick employees collectively contributed to the script of the new show, including Stephen Knowles, Bob Hamill, David Hirschi, Alvin Robinette, and Russ Hollingsworth. Under the leadership of general manager Scot Tillery, the new top-rate show has been in the works for the past nine months, beginning with last fall’s cast auditions.
Scot Tillery says the cast for the 2007 season was specially selected with the new show’s performance demands in mind. “For this show we cast performers who were not only good singers and actors, but also were talented in many styles of dance.”
The new show features about a dozen different dance styles – tap, jazz, ballet, disco, adagio pairs dancing, Broadway show-style dancing, square dancing and contemporary Country line dancing, just to name a few.
The show features about fifty songs in five melody segments – Hollywood show tunes, ’70s disco music, new Country favorites, inspirational spirituals, and a patriotic finale. Tillery says of the song selections, “We’ve kept the same musical revue format of the Black Bear Jamboree Show that audiences are accustom to, but we’ve included new styles of music such as movie music and brought a new flare to the show with the disco fever number.
So far, audiences have commented that they like hearing great Country music, but that they get a little extra at our show with other types of music represented,” Tillery says.
The 750-seat Black Bear Jamboree Theater is open year round with dinner shows at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. Adult tickets are $34.95, plus tax. One child, age 11 and under, is free with each paying adult. Additional child tickets are $9.95, plus tax. Tickets are available by calling (865) 908-SHOW (7469). Groups of 20 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972. The Black Bear Jamboree Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information about the show, visit www.blackbearjamboree.com.
The “Black Bear Jamboree Dinner and Show” is produced by Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, which is the second largest privately-owned entertainment company in the Southeastern U.S. The company also owns and operates The Comedy Barn Theater, The Miracle Theater, and Magic Beyond Belief Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information about any of Fee/Hedrick’s shows, visit www.feehedrick.com.