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Theater Debuts New Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., May 25, 2011?There?s trouble brewin? between the Hatfield and McCoy clans in the quiet hills and hollers of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with the introduction of the new Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show. Loosely based on one of America?s most famous family feuds, the theater has recently undergone more than just a name change.

The former Black Bear Jamboree Dinner and Show has undergone a multi-million dollar extensive building renovation and recently debuted a new Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show featuring ?Feudin?, Feastin? Family Fun.? The show features multi-talented characters of mountain folk brandishing rifles, banjos, and rubber chicken and the drama of feudin? in the hills with the sounds of country, bluegrass and gospel music, combined with family comedy and a huge southern feast.

The show is generally based on the story of the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud. The audience is divided into the Hatfield and McCoy families by special seating areas. The show extends throughout the theater as the audience participates in the good-natured rivalry. The family?s musicians perform throughout the show with two family bands ? one for each side – to add a special excitement to the competition. Singers, actors, and specially trained national award-winning cloggers round out the extraordinary cast for this huge variety show with a focus on fun. As with all Fee/Hedrick shows, this new show has a family friendly atmosphere.

?This is a very unique show that is lively and funny,? said David Fee, co-owner and president of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. ?Our area is rich with Appalachian heritage. Mountain clans were a way of life here, and this show gives people a glimpse into the life of Mountain folk who were isolated from outside influences. Visitors should be prepared for an entertaining experience they will never forget and one of the best home-style dinners in town. This show is a wonderful way to spend an evening and more food than anyone can eat. The chicken will melt in your mouth. It is a feast the way Granny used to make it — southern style.”

The building, which Fee and Jim Hedrick purchased in 2002, has transformed in appearance into two neighboring hillbilly style mountain homes complete with a decorative moonshine still and barnyard animal areas. “We wanted a fun and whimsical look for our new dinner feud,” Fee said.

The theater lobby features a large country themed gift store with many unusual country themed items, a shooting gallery, and the largest non-working whimsical moonshine still in the world. Outside of the building are mountain antiques, live chickens, tombstones and an outhouse for many photo opportunities.

The completely original new show is written and produced by David Fee and Jim Hedrick with additional writing by Tim Harkleroad, a long time Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Director and entertainer, and Stephen Knowles, a veteran Comedy Barn comedian. Both Fee and Hedrick have a highly successful and long-running history of original productions in Pigeon Forge.

The new show has a full southern homestyle feast served by waiters who are Hatfield and McCoy characters. The new menu includes: Feudin? Fried Chicken, Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork Barbecue, Southern Style Creamy Soup, Smashed Mashed Taters, Bust Y?ur Jeans Pinto Beans, Keep It Comin? Cornbread, No Tellin? What?s In It Coleslaw and Granny?s Famous Specialty Dessert. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.

?This show has been in the making for several years and I?m so excited that we are finally open,? said Fee. ?It is a super high energy show with lots of outstanding talent and wonderful food. Y?all come.?

The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show is open year round with dinner shows at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. nightly (Sunday show times can vary). Adult tickets are $44.95, plus tax. Children?s tickets, age 11 and under, are $19.95, plus tax. An option is available to purchase an additional Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group show (combination ticket) for only $9.95 plus tax with the purchase of Hatfield & McCoy ticket. 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 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. For more information about the show, visit or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).

The show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that includes: ?The Comedy Barn;? ?The Miracle;? ?Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat;? ?The Country Jamboree? Breakfast Show featuring The Blackwood’s; Tony Roma’s Ribs, Steaks, and Seafood; Happy Days Diner; Chef’s Catering and