• Comedy Barn® Theater

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    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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    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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    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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Category Archives: Fee Hedrick Press Releases

David Fee and Jim Hedrick Guests on “Anything is Possible”

Jim Hedrick and David FeePigeon Forge, Tenn., Dec. 17, 2014—David Fee and Jim Hedrick, owners of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will appear as guests on the local television show “Anything is Possible” on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The show is about great people who prove with their lives that “Anything is Possible.”   It is hosted by Knoxville’s Hallerin Hilton Hill, and it airs at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays on WBIR Channel 10 after Meet the Press. WBIR can be found on Charter channel 9/10 or Comcast Channel 21 in Sevier County. The show will air again on Monday night at 9 p.m. on 10NEWS2 (the 24 hour cable news channel dedicated to local news.) After the episode airs it can be found on http://www.youtube.com/aiponline.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, a multi-million dollar company and one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season.   The company’s shows include “The Comedy Barn®,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” The “Smoky Mountain Opry,” and the “Blackwoods Morning Show” featuring the Blackwoods. Christmas Shows for all of the theaters are going on now until Jan. 3. A new show called “Magic Beyond Belief” will debut at the Smoky Mountain Opry in March in the matinee time slot. The company also owns Happy Days Diner and a website, http://www.seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

During the interview Fee and Hedrick talk about how their company began and the challenges they have faced along the way.   Fee and Hedrick credit their background as entertainers at theme parks, at World’s Fairs and on Carnival Cruise Line as one of the driving forces to their work ethic, as it helped them to understand how to produce shows having been performers themselves. From the modest beginning of one small comedy theater, Fee and Hedrick have withstood many challenges to become the highly successful corporation that they are today, with a devotion to providing enjoyable family-oriented entertainment for audiences from ages 2 to 92.

“Hallerin Hill has been voted the best talk show host by Knoxville radio listeners for 15 consecutive years and we are honored that Hallerin chose us to be on his show,” said Fee. “The show shares success stories of local residents and we feel very blessed that our company has been a huge success, but it hasn’t been without a lot of hard work.”

New Sales and Marketing Directors appointed at Fee/Hedrick Theaters

Fee Hedrick Sales DirectorsPigeon Forge, Tenn., July 30, 2012 — The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group announces the appointments of three new sales and marketing directors. Danny Devaney has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at The Comedy Barn Theater, Mike McElroy at The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show and Kevin Griffin at The Smoky Mountain Opry. The appointments are effective immediately.

Devaney joined The Comedy Barn in January as an entertainer and will continue in his role as a comedian at the Barn in addition to his sales and marketing duties. Prior to working at The Comedy Barn Devaney was show director and co-producer of the Lumberjack Feud and also played “Scraps” as part of the dinner show at WonderWorks. Devaney is a 1989 graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College and toured as a clown with Ringling Brothers for two years. He also worked as a clown at Circus Circus casino in Tunia, Miss., as well as MGM, Epcot and Disney World. Devaney currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Sevier County.

McElroy joined the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show in January as a character actor going to trade shows for the company. Previously he was an electrician for six years with Storm Electric. He graduated from Gatlinburg Pittman High School in Gatlinburg and served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Both of McElroy’s parents were actors so he grew up around the entertainment business and he worked as a drummer at The Sweet Fanny Adams Theater in Gatlinburg in his youth. He later worked as a server and trainer at The Peddler Restaurant.

Griffin joined the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group in 2002 as a world champion clogger at The Black Bear Jamboree. He left the theater in 2004 to be a full time dance instructor at the Power Dance Factory in Sevierville. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as a marketing manager for Bluegreen Timeshare and then in 2008 he rejoined Fee/Hedrick in marketing and sales. In addition to his new position, he also works as a disc jockey for DJ Traxx in the Smokies. ?Grifffin attended Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., and was a member of the Mars Hill Bailey Mountain Cloggers. He performed internationally in Ireland, Germany, England and the Bahamas with the clogging team, one of the few college based performing clog teams in the nation.

Leslie Thomas, senior vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “In their new jobs Danny, Mike and Kevin will look for new ways to market each theater individually as well as to maintain current advertising commitments and look for new ones. They will also observe customer interactions and watch sales patterns. Their goal is to look with fresh eyes for new selling opportunities in all departments, and to work with their general managers to grow attendance and make the most revenue possible for all of our theaters.

“If you know these three guys you will understand why they each have these positions,” Thomas said. “They each bring their own unique personalities and experiences to the job and will be great assets. I look forward to working with them to provide the best sales and marketing strategies for each of our theaters.”

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group includes: The Comedy Barn Theater?, The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show”, the new “The Smoky Mountain Opry”, “The Country Jamboree Breakfast Show” featuring The Blackwood’s, Tony Roma’s Ribs, Steaks, and Seafood, Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

Dawn Tolley Named Happy Days Restaurant Manager

Dawn Tolley | Manager of Happy Days Diner in Pigeon Forge, TNPIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2011 — Dawn Tolley is the new manager of the Happy Days Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. In her position Tolley is responsible for the daily operations of the Happy Days Restaurant and coordinating activities between the kitchen and dining room to ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience. In addition she oversee the inventory and ordering of food, equipment and supplies, the cleaning of the kitchen and dining areas and she arranges for the routine maintenance and upkeep of the restaurant’s equipment and facilities. She is also responsible for the human resources functions of the business including hiring new employees, monitoring employee performance and training and scheduling employee work hours to make sure there are enough workers present to cover each shift.

Tolley is originally from Florida. She worked as a Pharmacy Tech in a nursing home in Florida, but after Hurricane Andrew her parents decided to move here and she followed them. “I was fortunate enough to find a job at Cracker Barrel,” she said. She found her niche in the restaurant business and said she really enjoyed it. “I got good training and structure at Cracker Barrel,” she said. “I stayed there eight years and then I went on to be a kitchen manager at The Golden Coral for two years. In addition to the usual kitchen manager duties, I was in charge of new menus and new recipes.”

From there Tolley went on to work for Collier Food and then left because of the hours it required and because she wanted to add more of a balance to her life. She then was hired to help open the Blue Moose Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. After a year and a half there she was approached to go to work for Belle Island. She was going to be the general manager of a barbeque restaurant in Belle Island and part of the overall management team. However after six months there wasn’t any construction happening at Belle Island and she decided to go to school for a year in medical billing and coding. She soon discovered she was not an office desk sitting kind of person and started waiting tables a couple days a week at Happy Days. “I always thought I would go back into restaurant management so when the manager position became available here I applied for it,” Tolley said. “I think Happy Days has a lot of potential. I have been making minor changes to the music, the menu and the atmosphere at Happy Days. It is fun casual dining and is a good fit for me. Timing is everything. I am really happy here. It is a great restaurant and a great crew. It is not just a job. I have 32 employees, two assistants and a kitchen manager who work for me. I have a great team and The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is a wonderful company to work for.”

Jim Hedrick, executive vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment said, “Dawn is a great asset to our company. She has a lot of restaurant experience and is reliable, shows initiative and has good leadership qualities. She is a good communicator with our customers, employees and our suppliers and ensures that everyone works well together as a team and that the food and service at Happy Days are exceptional.”

Tolley lives in Sevierville. She has two dogs and enjoys shopping, watching movies, interior decorating and spending time with her family and friends when she is not working.

Brand New ChristmasFest at the Opry to Open on the Parkway in November

CONTACT: Deborah Fee Newsom (865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877; Deborah@FeeHedrick.com
For release on Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Brand New ChristmasFest at the Opry to Open on the Parkway in November

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 28, 2011 – Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group announced today that they will open a brand new Christmas festival on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The Christmas festival, located in front of the new Smoky Mountain Opry at traffic light 0, will feature a huge outdoor ice skating rink, Ferris wheel, Christmas Carousel, and other family friendly rides. Santa Claus, live reindeer, an outdoor synchronized Christmas Light Show and a choreographed indoor Laser Light Show, food vendors, an Arts and Crafts Christmas Village, horse drawn carriage rides, Santa train rides, and S?mores Pit all complete the new ?ChristmasFest at the Opry? scheduled to open Nov. 1 and run through Dec. 31.

With the additional enhancements and million dollar building face-lift of the Smoky Mountain Opry which opens its Christmas Spectacular on Nov. 4th, the total property will feature over a million lights. “With the economy really suffering, we wanted to add a little sparkle to the area. We thought a Christmas Festival would appeal to guests of all ages and hopefully bring in more visitors,” says David Fee, owner and CEO of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Santa Claus is expected to preside over all of the festivities and will be available for photos. Kids will also be able to meet Donner, Blitzen and the rest of Santa’s reindeer.

The ice skating rink will be the first of its kind on the Parkway with a covered arena, skate rental and changing area, as well as a viewing area for those who just want to watch. Lessons will be available and skate captains will be on the ice. Skate demonstrations will also be given. In addition to ice skating, other attractions include a Ferris wheel, a Christmas Carousel, a Himalaya, a Santa train, spinning Christmas Bears and a Fun Alpine Racing Sled. “We’re really excited to bring this type of event to Pigeon Forge,” says co-owner Jim Hedrick. “This will just be pure fun with a Christmas theme!”
An entertainment stage will feature live music every day. Area hand bell choirs, community choirs and featured performers will play to the live crowd. “We’re in the process of booking performance groups on the entertainment stage and encourage local talent,” says Fee.

A S’mores Pit will also be on the property and guests will be able to roast their own marshmallows. Wassail, hot chocolate, popcorn balls, roasted nuts and other Christmas themed menu items will also be available.

Also featured will be an outdoor synchronized Christmas Light Show scheduled every thirty minutes. The Christmas Light Show will feature the specially lit Christmas trees, garland and lights throughout the ChristmasFest as well as the on the Smoky Mountain Opry building itself and all choreographed to Christmas music. The indoor Laser Light Show will be a dazzling display of laser lights and special effects all set to Christmas music. The Laser Light show times will be at intervals during the day. “We wanted activities all during the day and night. The indoor Laser Light Show and the outdoor Christmas Light Show will just add more brilliance to the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular,” says Fee.

The Smoky Mountain Christmas Spectacular will run every day with shows at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 3 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available online at www.SmokyMtnOpry.com or by calling 865-429-SHOW (7469). The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group also owns The Comedy Barn Theater, The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, The Country Jamboree Breakfast Show, Tony Roma?s Restaurant, Happy Days Restaurant and SeePigeonForge.com.

Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular Searches For Talent

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2011 – The Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is looking for singers, dancers, singer/dancers, and musicians including strings, percussion and brass, as well as novelty acts, to be part of The Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Season. Applications are also being accepted for gift shop and box office personnel.

Auditions will be held Sunday, August 7th at The Miracle Theater, 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge for singers, dancers and singer/dancers. Additional auditions will be held Friday August 12th at the Miracle Theater for musicians and novelty acts. Registration will begin both days at 11:00 a.m., and the auditions are open call.

“As the newest Christmas Show in the Smokies, our ‘Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular’ will feature some of the finest talent in the country,” said David Fee, president of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “I am happy to be able to provide jobs for people in this tough economy and to offer a big, brand new Christmas musical to the area. We are encouraging people to come and be a part of the success of this brand new show.”

For the 2011 Christmas season, the new ?Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular? Show will feature an ice skating rink, the area’s largest live band, lasers and blacklights, elves and live reindeer, flying sugar plum fairies, fiber optic costumes, carriages and sleigh rides, the area’s largest living nativity, live animals, toys that come to life, snow in the theater, nutcrackers, an outdoor Christmas village and Santa’s Christmas train.

“Our new ‘Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular’ will have some of the country’s top singers, dancers, comedians and musicians as well as state-of-the-art sound and lighting,” Fee said. “In addition it will have a full eight to 12 piece band and will include traditional old-time seasonal favorite songs, sung from beginning to end with many new surprises including ice skating.”

“It will be a very unique Christmas show and then we will change shows again for the next season and begin in March 2012 with a brand new musical show that will bring back tradition and heritage in this area at The Smoky Mountain Opry,” Fee said. “The show will have high energy entertainment including comedy, dancing and music with everything such as a little bit of Broadway, a little mountain music, some gospel, pure country, classic hits, pop melodies and old bluegrass.”

Because of the overwhelming response to auditions to other Fee/Hedrick shows in past years, all singing auditions will be limited to only 16 to 32 measures of music of any given song. Singers should prepare 16 to 32 measures of an uptempo song and 16 to 32 measures of a ballad that best display the individual’s vocal range. A person may bring Karaoke tracks for all style of songs – pop, pop/rock, country and Broadway. Due to time limitations, a person may only be asked to perform one selection, but should have two selections ready to sing.

Singer participants may be asked to remain for a dance routine and should wear or bring appropriate dance attire and shoes for jazz, tap, hip-hop and lyrical with heavy partnering. However, it is not required that a singer has to be a dancer to be in the show.

Dancers will be taught a routine at the audition at The Miracle Theater and should wear or bring appropriate dance attire and shoes. As dancers, they may also be asked to sing, and they should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song that best displays their vocal range. However, it is not required that all dancers sing.

No piano accompanist will be provided. Singers and singer/dancers are asked to bring Karaoke tracks for all styles of songs mentioned above. Participants are asked to please know their cues on their tracks for the sound engineer.

Musicians should prepare a one to two minute selection that best displays their skill and musical style. A taped music accompaniment track is recommended. Prior professional experience and the ability to read music is a definite plus. Musical styles preferred are Big Band, Country, Pop, Pop/Rock and Broadway. Instruments that are needed are: bass, guitar, rhythm guitar, keys/piano (comfortable with string arrangements, 70’s and 80’s synths, Wurlys and B3), utility (steel & acoustic guitar preferred), and fiddle/utility.

All applicants are asked to bring a non-returnable 8 x 10 headshot and a resume to the audition. Applications will be available the day of the auditions. Rehearsals for the show begin Oct. 14 with contracts running through Jan. 1, 2012. Positions will be auditioned at a later date for regular season 2012 March to November Smoky Mountain Opry.

For more information about Christmas Spectacular auditions visit www.smokymtnopry.com. The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is an equal opportunity employer. +++

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