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Category Archives: Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry

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

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Dec. 28, 2015 — Why not start the new year off seeing an award winning variety show, watching the ball drop from NYC Times Square, dancing to a live band and sipping champagne at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.?

oprynewyearsThe 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve party at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will start with the show “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.   The holiday show features singers, dancers, ice skaters, aerialists, magicians and comedians. It has many special effects including laser lights and pyrotechnics and a live show band. There is also an appearance by a majestic rare white lion.

“Bring the whole family to our third annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve Show and party in our nice warm theater,” said David Fee, president and chief executive office of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our award winning variety show was mentioned in the Dec. 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine as a ‘Don’t Miss Variety Show’ in Pigeon Forge and we don’t want you to miss it! We will have a midnight countdown with champagne, soft drinks, hats, horns, confetti and streamers. Our New Year’s Eve show is popular and filling up fast.”

The theater will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop in NYC Times Square. Also the party will include the area’s biggest midnight balloon drop and an after party in the theater. After the ball drop there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show and dance with the live show band on the Opry stage.

“We will provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said. “We want this to be a place where families start New Year’s Eve traditions and memories.   We will let the whole family come up on stage after the ball drop and dance to party music with our live band and singers.”

The New Year’s Eve Ticket Price is $54.95 plus tax per person. Kids are $19.95 plus tax. The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show,” ™ “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo, (which will reopen in March). Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15.00 for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show.” The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater opens as “Year of the Elves!”

SMO nativityPIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Nov. 1, 2015 – From Santa and his magical elves to the area’s largest living Nativity, “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is opening its spectacular Christmas show on Nov. 2.

Filled with the music of the holiday season, the multi-million dollar “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show features award winning aerialists and ice skaters, and Santa’s giant workshop where toys come to life.  The Christmas show includes lots of live animals such as majestic camels, horses, donkeys, and a rare white lion.

“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ has been expanded to be an even bigger and better Christmas celebration than previous years,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “Our Christmas Show brings to the stage a talented cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians, performing in the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies.  We have traditional and new Christmas music as well as a section of the show devoted to a country Christmas. We have the beauty of the true meaning of Christmas – a huge living nativity scene that tells a story and celebrates the birth of Christ.  This dramatic representation of the major events related to the birth of Christ includes animals, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph, and of course, little baby Jesus.

“This is a magical and fantastic Christmas show,” Fee said. “There is something for the entire family.  We have the best performers in the whole area including incredible aerialists, and funny acts such as Slim Chance, a hilarious comedic juggler, who was named Branson comedian of the year, two years in a row.  This is our ‘Year of the Elves’ and Santa’s elves are prominent in this year’s show. They are busy working overtime and feeling the stress of the deadlines of Christmas.  This enormous production also has unique special effects such as flying musicians and angels, snow falling softly in the theater, and an electrifying laser light show.”

Fee said that the staff, producers, directors and entertainers have put into the show all of the things that remind people of Christmas such as jingle bells, dazzling lights and being at home with your family.

SMOpry Christmas#1“We knew we wanted to create a family tradition that people would want to come back to year after year,” Fee said.  “We want to help people create Christmas memories.  We are bringing back audience favorites from last year and we have many new surprises to make the show even better this year.  For example, we have created a very special Christmas moment for veterans.  We have beautiful new costumes, amazing choreography, incredible special effects and lavish sets.

“We have an ice rink on stage that appears and disappears,” Fee said.  “We have former ‘Disney on Ice’ ice skaters, Marco Del Zotto and Samantha Delgado who will be bringing their pin point precision, graceful elegance and gravity defying lifts to our stage.  We also have Santa Clause, of course.  We are extremely proud of ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’. This show is amazing and exhilarating!”

Fee co-produces the show with David Horton, creative director/consultant for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  Joel Bruce is the production manager, Sandy Inbody is the director, Brandy Bailey is the choreographer, Asia Milburn is the costume designer and Marshall Whaley is the lighting/special effects designer.

Fee said, “Whether you are just starting your family tradition of coming to Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry or continuing this tradition from years past, our hope is that you and your family will feel the wonder that only this season brings and we are honored to be a part of your Christmas celebration.”

“Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ Theater is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8:00 p.m. every night of the week. Tickets for the Christmas show are $49.95, plus tax each and children 11 and under are $19.95 plus tax each.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show. The show will run until Jan. 3, 2016.

The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com.  “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ will have a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine the Smoky Mountain Opry™ was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” of Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 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.

Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show include specialty acts: ice skaters, Marco Del Zotto and Amie Delgado; aerialists, Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev; and comedic juggler, David Hirschi, as Slim Chance. Vocalists include:  Marissa Haye, vocal captain, and Anthony Bailey, TC Barnette, Kendal Manning, Hollie Tkacik, and Hugh Warren. The understudies are:  Anthony Bucciero and Maria Albani-Cook. Singer/Dancers include: Scott Johnson and Liz Sambol. Dancers include:  Adam Gullidge, dance captain, and Rocky Bowyer, Summer Collins, Casey DiPersio, Travis Layman, and Amanda Russell. Understudies are Brandy and Beetle Bailey.  Chorus members include:  Cedric Paige and Amy Jo Wagner. Band members, led by band director, Johnny Hodges include:  Mark Holbrook, Vince Ilagan, Dave Jackson, Chris Patterson, Daniel Reeves, Greg Stout, Jarod Wilson and Kaleb Wright.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show,”™  “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March).  Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal for only $14.95 plus tax for adult tickets to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show.”™ for $54.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ (one child per paying adult).   The company also owns Happy Days Diner restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

 Opry-New-Years1Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Dec. 16, 2014 — Why not start the new year off seeing an award winning variety show, watching the ball drop from NYC Times Square, dancing to a live band, and sipping champagne at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.?

The 2014/2015 New Year’s Eve party at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will start with the show “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The holiday show features singers, dancers, ice skaters, aerialists, magicians and comedians. It has many special effects including laser and pyrotechnics and a live show band.   There is also an appearance by a majestic rare white lion.

“Bring the whole family to our second annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve Show and party in our nice warm theater,” said David Fee, president and chief executive office of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our award winning variety show was mentioned in the Dec. 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine as a ‘Don’t Miss Variety Show’ in Pigeon Forge and we don’t want you to miss it! We will have a midnight countdown with champagne, soft drinks, hats, horns, confetti and streamers. Our New Year’s Eve show is popular and filling up fast.”

The theater will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop in NYC Times Square and a midnight balloon drop. After the ball drop there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show and dance with the live show band on the Opry stage.

Opry-News-Years-2“We will provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said. “We want this to be a place where families start New Year’s Eve traditions and memories.   We will let the whole family come up on stage after the ball drop and dance to party music with our live band and singers.”

The News Year’s Eve Ticket Price is $59.95 plus tax per person. Kids are $19.95 plus tax. The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com. Guests are encouraged to ask about affordable New Year’s Eve lodging nearby.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces three other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and will open a new show, “Magic Beyond Belief in March.” Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15.00 for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show.” The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Smoky Mountain Opry Brings Christmas to the Mountains

PIGESMO-juggler-Slim-Chance-ON FORGE, Tenn., Nov. 14, 2014 — This Holiday Season, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., brings the spirit of Christmas to life with new scenes, unique sets, brand-new elaborate costumes and many new technological updates in the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Christmas show. What remains unchanged is the combination of a large cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians who make the show the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies, according to company co-owner and CEO David Fee.

Fee said, “From November 1 to January 3, 2014, The Smoky Mountain Opry will be turned into a holiday extravaganza that you won’t want to miss.” Now in its fourth season the show features the area’s largest “living nativity” complete with camels, sheep and a donkey. The holiday show also has aerialists, ice skaters and elves and toys that come to life. Fee said, “The popular parts of last year’s Christmas show are returning but we have some new surprises such as our new quick costume change act. In this act our aerialists, Simone Gruzdev and LeAnn Farley, amaze audiences with their fabulous costume transformations in just fractions of a second.

“Our Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show features a nationally auditioned cast with flying angels and an elaborate living nativity that focuses attention on the birth of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas.” Fee said. “We always want to remind our audiences of exactly why we celebrate Christmas so the Nativity scene with the glory and splendor of the birth of Christ is an extremely important portion of our show.

“The audience SMO-full-stagecan expect to be singing, laughing and getting into the spirit of Christmas with a lot of snow in the theater and even a visit from Santa himself,” Fee said. “The show is centered around Christmas songs that we all love such as ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year,’ ‘We Need a Little Christmas,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’ This year we have added the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah to our finale.”

The first half of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Show features songs from the sounds of the season with all the Christmas favorites and the second half of the show has a country Christmas and ends with the gospel story telling of the birth of Christ. The Christmas celebration show features flying musicians and sugarplum fairies and nearly two-hours of holiday-themed entertainment.  Throughout the show, new and old Christmas music fills the air with rich-and-brassy orchestral music.

“Our Christmas show is wonderful for the whole family.” Fee added. “It is a popular show and it is filling up fast. We are very excited!”

Fee and business partner Jim Hedrick produce the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show.   The creative team includes Alvin Robinette (director), Lucinda Morin (choreographer), Stacy Mitchell (costume designer) and Susan Rose (lighting designer.)  “We have captured the spirit and excitement of the holiday season,” Fee said.  “We have a 10-piece band with a full brass section, breathtaking sets and wonderful elegant costumes. We also feature the multi-talented juggler, Slim Chance (David Herschi), as Santa’s misfit elf,” Fee said. “If this comedic entertainer accomplishes his entire list of elf tasks, Santa will let him navigate his Christmas sleigh.

“We provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said. “We want this to be a place where families start traditions and memories such as children having their picture taken with Santa in the lobby of the theater. We hope tourists and locals will continue to return to The Smoky Mountain Opry year after year.”

“Christmas atSMO-show-girls The Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8:00 p.m. nightly. Tickets for the Christmas show are $49.95, plus tax each and children 11 and under are $9.95 plus tax.

The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com.  The “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” will have a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for both the regular Christmas show and the New Year’s Eve show. The theater will close for seasonal maintenance on Jan. 4 and reopen Feb. 13.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces three other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and will open a new show, “Magic Beyond Belief in March.” Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15.00 for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show.” The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

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