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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Nov. 1, 2013, – “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., opens Saturday, Nov. 2 and is the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies, according to company co-owner and CEO David Fee. Fee said, “Our Christmas show is the most enchanting holiday themed show in the Smokies. We have a large cast of some of the country’s top musicians, singers, dancers, and comedians whose exceptional talents all blend onstage to deliver the magic of Christmas. We have also added world caliber aerialists Simone Gruzdev and LeAnn Farley and two time national figure-skating pairs champion David Tankersley and his skating partner, Kasandra Hazard, to our show. Calling them amazing is quite an understatement. We are also kicking off the season with our new rare exotic white lion, Tsimba-Vaati.”
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; the area’s largest living nativity with live camels, a white Arabian horse and a donkey; 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. “The popular parts of last year’s Christmas show are returning and we have some new surprises of Christmas through the decades,” Fee said. “We have joyous Christmas music and new arrangements of old Christmas favorites, new costumes, elves and toys that come to life, lots of indoor snow in the theater and a visit in the show from Santa Claus himself.”
Fee said people should expect to be very entertained. “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,” he said. “We always want to remind our audiences of exactly why we celebrate Christmas so the Nativity and the glory and splendor of the birth of Christ is an extremely important portion of our show.
“Our powerful live show is a magical wonderland of sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers,” Fee said. “We also feature the multi-talented juggler, Slim Chance (David Herschi), as Santa’s misfit elf. If this comedic entertainer accomplishes his entire list of elf tasks, Santa will let him navigate his Christmas sleigh.”
The show is produced by Fee and Jim Hedrick and directed by Michele Colvin. “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. Children can have their picture taken with Santa in the lobby of the theater.”
Lights will play an important role in the Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry Show. The Theater offers a host of special effects including a laser light show, black lights and fiber optic costumes. The property itself will display over a million twinkling lights in the form of multiple tree displays and lights that blanket the façade of the theater itself. “We want to add a little sparkle to the area, so the whole property is dancing with Christmas lights,” Fee said. “We provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter. We want this to be a place where families start traditions and memories, and we hope tourists and locals will continue to return to The Smoky Mountain Opry year after year. This show will absolutely delight the whole family – everyone from the ages of 4 to 104. It is a popular show and we are already filling up fast.”
“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater will continue until Dec. 31. The show is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8:00 p.m. nightly. Tickets for the Christmas show are $44.95, 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” wraps at the end of the year on Dec. 30 with a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31. The theater will then go back to the regular show from Jan. 1 to Jan. 4 featuring country, Broadway, patriotic and gospel music. The theater will close for seasonal maintenance on Jan. 5 and reopen around Feb. 14.
The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces three other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” and “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods.” The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is running a special combination show deal that offers customers a chance to buy a regular price ticket to the Opry show and then for $20.00 more they can purchase a ticket to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” or “The Comedy Barn®,” and for $15.00 more they can purchase “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show.” The company also owns Tony Roma’s and Happy Days restaurants and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more.