• Comedy Barn® Theater

    For Over 22 Years

    Winner Funniest Show! Come see why year after year The Comedy Barn® Theater, is voted the most award winning family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains.

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    All You Can Eat

    Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy. There’s something here for everybody!

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  • Smoky Mountain Opry™

    Biggest & Best!

    Showcasing the most talented collection of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, jugglers and incredible aerialists, the Smoky Mountain Opry is an amazing show that is not to be missed!

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    Starring Darren Romeo!

    Darren Romeo has won "Entertainer of the Year", "Show of the Year", and "Magician of the Year. He is also the only magician in the world authorized to use the Blackstone floating lightbulb illusion. Now he is bringing his Las Vegas caliber illusions to Pigeon Forge

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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 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 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.  +++

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s vision is Leading the Way to Healthy Children. Children’s Hospital is a private, independent, not-for-profit pediatric medical center that has served the East Tennessee region for more than 75 years and is certified by the state of Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.

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

Smoky Mountain Opry Exterior - Both Grand & MajesticPIGEON 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.

Timothy Goins at the Smoky Mountain OPryOther 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.

Former Ringling Brothers’ clowns react to circus closing

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., January 16, 2017 — Two happy Pigeon Forge clowns are “sad clowns on the inside” this week.  Danny Devaney and Billy Baker, former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns and graduates of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, are both saddened with the announcement by Feld Entertainment Inc. that the famous Ringling Bros. Circus will soon close “the Greatest Show on Earth” after 146 years in operation. (Ringling Clown College, trained around 1,400 clowns, operated for almost 30 years and closed in 1997).

Devaney, a performer at The Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge said, “This news makes me sad.  Although it was almost 25 years ago, I spent two years living on a circus train, touring the nation, and performing to a full arena while I was in Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. If you have spent any time around me, you know that if I am not talking about my kids I’m starting sentences with ‘This one time when I was with the circus.’  It was a wonderful opportunity, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of something so great.”

David Fee, president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “We are all saddened by Feld Entertainment’s announcement of the upcoming closing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  My father took me to the circus every year when I was a child, and the circus holds special memories for me.  I have always particularly loved the clowns.

Billy Baker in Ringling Circus Troup“To make it to Ringling Bros. is a rare achievement and a very prestigious job for a clown.  We are blessed to have two former beloved Ringling clowns with amazing talent currently working in our company as theater performers. These include:  Danny Devaney, who is in our Comedy Barn Theater’s show, and Billy Baker, who is a street performing character for  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” Fee said.  “Both of them entertain our guests to make memories for a lifetime!  Danny is very funny and has a lot of energy and enthusiasm.  He can balance a plate on his head, juggle ping pong balls in his mouth, walk on stilts, performs magic and most of all he can make people laugh!  At The Comedy Barn Theater, we continue to offer clean family entertainment, and we are still the funniest show in town.

“Billy is one of only 61 clowns in the United States who have been inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame,” Fee said. “He was in the first entertainment troupe at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., and at age 20 ran away to join the circus – not just any circus, but the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’ Billy is a multi- talented performer and a wonderful clown.  The City of Pigeon Forge has even declared Billy Baker Day twice.  You can see him around town promoting The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud.”

What do theater clowns do?  Devaney said, “I use audience participation, and The Comedy Barn Theater is an interactive show that is guaranteed to make people laugh. People are funny.  I love getting random people on stage. I ask myself, ‘What situation can I put myself in, invite a guest to become a part of and then how do we get out of this impromptu routine to get back on track?

Devaney performed his first show when he was 12-years-old. His mother owned and operated a dancing school in Rahway, N. J., and he did magic, tumbling and juggling for dance students who were his own age.  One day one of the mothers of the dancers approached him and asked if he would come over to their house and perform at a birthday party.  He accepted and performed the same routine he did at the studio when he was just showing off to the dancers.  He was paid $25.00 for his first show and then another mother offered him $50.00 if he would do the same show with clown make-up on for her child’s birthday party.  Soon Devaney was performing at four to five parties a week.

Danny DeVaney, Former Ringling Bros. Circus Eventually Devaney attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and graduated from there in 1989.  He then toured as a clown with Ringling Bros. for two years.  “It was an awesome experience,” Devaney said.  “I got everything out of it I needed.  I reached my childhood dream of performing with The Ringling Bros. Circus.”

He went on to perform as a clown at Circus Circus Casino in Tunica, Miss., (currently the Gold Strike Resort and Casino), when it first opened, and he stayed there for four years.  It was at Circus Circus that he met his comedy partner, Tony Brent, who he worked with for 12 years.  After Circus Circus, they worked together at MGM, Epcot and Disney World.  They did the pre-show Fantasmic nightly extravaganza show, did a few Disney cruises and were street performers on the streets of the Disney theme parks until they eventually were given a show inside Epcot theme park with full creative control.  From there the two went on to star in the “Outta Control Dinner Show” at WonderWorks in Orlando.  Devaney was at WonderWorks for five years in Florida and then worked for five years at the Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. He later joined Lumberjacks Dinner Feud and was there until 2012 until he joined Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.

Fee/Hedrick’s other theater clown, Billy Baker, graduated as valedictorian of his class at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.  He performed with Ringling Bros. for seven seasons and was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 2001.  He was a regular member of the “Hee Haw” cast the last year it was on the air.  Baker said beating out 300 people for the part and appearing on “Hee Haw” “was a real kick in the pants.”

Baker began his career as part of the first entertainment troupe at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo, spent 7 years with Ringling Bros. and was also a featured entertainer at Dollywood for 11 years.  Baker has performed in the area for over 25 years and is a Smoky Mountain Comedy Legend. Baker is best known in the local area for his character of “Elwood Smooch.” He has been a comedic performer at “The Comedy Barn®,” “Kick’n Country” and many other shows in town.  He is the former owner and performer of the down-home family variety show “Ole Smoky Hoedown” in Pigeon Forge.

Baker said, “I discovered long ago, when you run off and join the circus, the adventure, thrills, fun and lessons learned still remain long after the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train traveled down the tracks without you.  It’s a soulful joy, sweet as cotton candy and deep with memories and sounds of midnight train whistles, triple time brass bands, the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowds.  Time changes everything, and we are all just passing through, but this clown’s life owes a debt of gratitude to those five brothers from Baraboo, Phineas T and Mr. Bailey for making it possible for me to live the dream.  Thank you to all the voices and friends who still gather round, when the real world spins out of control.  So sad, but so happy I was a part of the magic of The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Baker has lots of circus stories to share, but this is one of his favorites: “We were in Waco, Texas,” Baker said.  “There was a drive-in movie theater right next to the arena. After the show one night it was car load night:  pack as many people in a car as you could and it was only $3.00 for the entire car load.  Well, we couldn’t let an opportunity like that go by.  So, we packed 22 people in a Gremlin and went to the drive-in.  The look on the face of the guy who took the money was priceless.”

At Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group in Pigeon Forge the shows will go on with their two happy but also sad clowns. But come May 21, 2017, after almost 150 years of clown antics including the great Ringling clowns, Bob Bell, aka “Bozo,” Emmett Kelly, Lou Jacobs and Otto Griebling, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will retire its clown car for good.

“We want everyone to know despite the recent wildfires, Pigeon Forge is open for business although a few shows are shut down due to the season of the year and will reopen March 3,” Fee said.  “The Comedy Barn Theater and The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud are open now and people can check our web sites for available dates and times.”

The company currently owns and produces many shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: “The Comedy Barn®,” “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Feud™,” “The Smith Morning Show” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo.

In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, ™” “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, ™”, “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show” and “The Smith Morning Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a seasonal “Amazing Animals®” Show in the summer at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

Toys to be distributed to victims of wildfires on Sunday at Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater

Toys to be distributed to Sevier County children affected by the wildfires at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater on Sunday

Who:  Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group’s Employees, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Hearts with Hands Disaster Relief, Asheville, N.C., First Baptist Church of Sevierville, Sevierville, Tenn., and Sevier County Economic Development Council, Sevierville, Tenn., are partnering together with many volunteers.

Entertainers from “The Comedy Barn® Theater Christmas Show,” “The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™,” “The Smith Morning Variety Show” and “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry™” will be assisting with the event.

What:  Give Kids a Christmas

When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

Where: Tent in front of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater in Pigeon Forge

Why:  In the spirit of the Christmas season, Fee/Hedrick entertainers want to share in a special day with Sevier County families whose homes were affected in the recent wildfires.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Dec. 16, 2016 – The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is getting ready for a big toy distribution for all Sevier County children affected by the recent devastating wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountain area.  Toys will be provided for every child, and each family will receive a food/snack box.  Special guests will be Santa and his elves.

The Fee/Hedrick theaters are partnering with Hearts with Hands Disaster Relief, Asheville, N.C., First Baptist Church of Sevierville, Tenn., and Sevier County Economic Development Council, Sevierville, Tenn., to host this event in a large tent (donated by All Occasions Party Rentals) outside of the theater on Sunday, Dec. 18th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Greg Lentz and his Hearts with Hands ministry in Asheville, N.C., reached out to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Mayor David Wear with an offer for toys and food boxes because they have a “heart for the Smoky Mountains” and wanted to help.  Lentz contacted Arthur and Tammy Rice with First Baptist Church of Sevierville to offer his support. Immediately others joined to help the cause.  These include: Sevier County Economic Development; All Occasions Party Rentals, Knoxville, Tenn.; Amazing Grace Fellowship, Seth, W.Va.; Grace Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn.; Grace Christian Academy, Knoxville, Tenn.; MI Windows & Doors, Flower Mound, Texas; Premier Truck Group, Knoxville, Tenn., and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Westwood Heights Baptist Church, Shelby, N.C.

“Since we are performing our Christmas shows in all three theaters and have entertainers who want to help from The Comedy Barn, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud and The Smoky Mountain Opry Theaters, this Sunday is the perfect time for us to share in this special day with Sevier County families,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater. “We are truly honored to host this event and deeply touched by the overwhelming support. The abundance of toys that have been donated to give to the children who have been displaced has been phenomenal.  We are in the entertainment business to ‘Sell Fun’ but on this special day we are going to ‘Give Fun!,’”

The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Buys RFD Theater in Branson

rfd-theater-in-bransonPigeon Forge, Tenn., Dec. 7, 2016The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has just acquired the former RFD-TV theater in Branson, Mo. The 2,000-seat theater and over 8 acres of land were bought from foreclosure auction this week on the Taney County Courthouse steps for $3.2 million.  Vinton Commercial Realty, Chris Vinton, represented Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment.

David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “We are pleased to become members of the Branson community.  We have several ideas of possible plans for our new theater and we plan to meet with city officials to talk about all of the various possibilities.

“We believe in the Branson market and our long-term plan is to renovate the theater and have a presence in Branson for many years to come,” Fee said.  “We intend to invest heavily in the community and will be looking for support for our project from local businesses and city partners to help us bring one of our ventures to the Branson area.   In the short-term however, we may rent out the theater until our long-term plans can be confirmed.  I’m sure many of you have heard that the Smoky Mountains just suffered from devastating wildfires and many of our employees were affected.  This will possibly delay our long-term plans as our entire company is heavily involved in helping our employees and our community.  This purchase however, was an opportunity for our company’s growth which will definitely help all of our employees in the long run.

“I visited the area many times growing up when my mother’s family would come to Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri for family reunions,” Fee said. “I fell in love with the region then, but I never dreamed I’d have a business there.  However, once you fall in love with a place, it is really hard to get out it of your system, and Branson is a family destination where people come to see shows, so it fits in with our successful business model that we have had in Pigeon Forge.

“We want to bring enjoyment to people, be good Branson community leaders, create jobs in Branson and most of all we want to be able to give back to the community,” Fee said. “We continue to pursue our goal of being one of the world’s largest CLEAN family theatrical entertainment companies.  We Sell FUN!”  The company currently has over 400 employees and entertains almost one million guests annually in the Pigeon Forge market.

David Fee and Jim Hedrick founded the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group 22 years ago.  After entertaining at two World’s Fairs and subsequently working over 11 years as senior management for Carnival Cruise Lines, the two friends returned home to East Tennessee.  Since then their organization has evolved from a two-man dream to one of the premier show production companies in the Southeast that includes four major theaters, ten shows and a restaurant.

Over time Fee/Hedrick has produced many shows in Pigeon Forge for millions of visitors and is one of Pigeon Forge’s most successful businesses.  The company currently owns and produces many shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: “The Comedy Barn®,” “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Feud™,” “The Smith Morning Show” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo.

In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, ™” “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, ™”, “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show” and “The Smith Morning Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a seasonal “Amazing Animals®” Show in the summer at The Comedy Barn® Theater.  The newly purchased theater is Fee/Hedrick’s only property in Missouri.

The former RFD Theater is located off Highway 76, nearby top attractions in the city.  The theater was originally built for Ray Stevens in 1991, and he left the theater in 2005. Stevens is known for such hits as “The Streak” and “Everything is Beautiful.”