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    Biggest & Best!

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Category Archives: Fee Hedrick Press Releases

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.

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.”

Fee/Hedrick Donates $100,000 to Smoky Mountain Fire Relief

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2016 — The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group has been involved in helping victims of the Smoky Mountain fires. One of the earliest to pitch in, the folks from Fee/Hedrick’s “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud” fed people displaced from the fires a free lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The co-owners of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment, David Fee and Jim Hedrick, decided almost immediately that they could also help by offering free tickets to The Comedy Barn® for all evacuees, so that for just a few minutes the victims could have a laugh at the funniest show in town. However, feeding them and entertaining them was not enough. Fee and Hedrick have decided to donate $100,000 to their beloved Smoky Mountain community for food, housing, clothing and other needs for these fire-battered families.

“No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone,” Fee said. “If we can make them laugh a little and forget their troubles for a while, that is our special gift. Each of the evacuees have heartbreaking stories, and we wish we could help everyone.

“Over the last twenty-four hours, we’ve watched, waited and prayed as fire consumed our beloved mountains, our homes, and area businesses,” Fee said. “It has been devastating.

“We at Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group feel blessed that our businesses are still standing and in operation,” he said. “However, with over 400 employees, we have confirmed that at least three of our employees have lost their homes and all of their possessions. We are humbled to be helping our own employee’s individually, and at such an emotional time in their lives.
“Additionally, we feel led to do more to help others in our community,” Fee said. “Therefore, our company is proud to announce that we are giving $100,000 to help with the fire relief efforts here in Sevier County.
“We want to thank all of our employees for supplying free lunch at our Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud to so many in need on Tuesday,” he said. “Special thanks to our Comedy Barn Theater for providing a free show to those in need of laughter. And to our employees at our Smoky Mountain Opry Theater, thank you for helping to raise so much desperately needed money through our candle donations.

“We are also pleased that one of our companies, “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”, will be feeding lunch to all first responders and emergency teams on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge,” he said. “We are so grateful to everyone that risks their lives for all of us, and for all that they are doing to keep us safe. Thank you, thank you to all of these brave men and women.

“We’d also like for all to know that our employees have decided to continue doing all shows,” Fee said. “Giving our town and its visitors a distraction from this devastation is something that our management and employees all feel led to do. We’re all in this together. We send much love to our community.”

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast. The company 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 summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” Show at The Comedy Barn® Theater. The company also owns Chef’s Catering.

Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™ serving free lunch from 2 to 3 p.m. today to anyone in Sevier County displaced from fires (NO SHOW JUST LUNCH)

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2016 — The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud”™  in Pigeon Forge is serving a full “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud” feast from 2 to 3 p.m. today, for anyone in Sevier County displaced by the fires or who does not have electricity.

hatfield-and-mccoy-food“What we do every day is feed 1,000 people at a time so we are set up to feed a large crowd,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “We not only have a lot of people affected by the fires in Sevier County but with 12,000 people out of power we know there may be people who need a good meal. These are our neighbors and friends and we are more than happy to provide it.  With over 400 employees we understand what has happened to our area.  Our hearts break for our friends and neighbors in need at this time. We have employees who have lost their homes and everybody in our company wants to help.  This will be a meal only; we are not providing a lunch show today.

“We will be serving fried chicken, pork barbecue, creamy chicken soup, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, homemade bread, coleslaw and specialty desserts,” Fee said.

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®,” “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™,“ “The Smith Morning Christmas Show” featuring the Charlie Bob Smith and “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo, (which will reopen in March).  In addition, the company also owns Chef’s Catering.

 

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Holds Area Appreciation Days Through May 19

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., May 10, 2016 – The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., one of the largest theater production companies in the southeast, is holding Area Appreciation Days now through May 19th to invite residents who live and work in Sevier and neighboring counties to attend any Fee/Hedrick shows in Pigeon Forge for a special appreciation rate.   Those who live or work in Sevier, Blount, Knox, Greene, Anderson, Cocke, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Union, Grainger and Hamblen counties can attend the following shows for only $9.95 plus tax:   “The Comedy Barn®,” The “Smith Morning Variety Show,” “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo, and “The Smoky Mountain Opry.”™ The Area Appreciation Days special dinner/show rate for The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud”™ is $19.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children.

Anyone living or working in these counties must present a valid county driver’s license or proof of residence and a photo ID or a current business paycheck stub (within 30 days) and a photo ID. Each adult must show a valid ID.

“We appreciate the people of Sevier County and our neighboring counties who support our theaters and refer others to our shows throughout the year,” said theater co-owner David Fee. “This year’s Area Appreciation Days are our way to say thank you.”

Jim Hedrick, theater co-owner said, “Area Appreciation Days also provides us with an opportunity to share five fantastic production shows and celebrate the kick-off to the 2016 season.”

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