Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 14, 2013 ? The Smoky Mountain Opry is currently premiering an all-new ultimate musical variety show for summer 2013 that has professional headliners from all over the world. The new variety show includes specialty acts and musical numbers featuring a former member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group, a former Rockette, and a Las Vegas silk aerialist, juggler and magician, as well as country and pop recording artists, and live exotic animals.
The show’s musical segments include: Today’s Hot Country Chart-toppers, Broadway, Classic Country, Circus and Magic, Inspirational Gospel, Patriotic and more. Specialty acts include silk aerialists, adage dancers, a juggler, comedians, and a magician who works with rare and unusual animals.
Featured in the show is the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known by his stage name of “Slim Chance.” Slim is a sophisticated, juggling hillbilly with an off-beat sense of humor. He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a ping pong ball, saw blades and many other items in his act, with lots of audience interaction. He previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo. There is also magic by famed magician Michael Keating, who worked with David Copperfield for six years. In addition, the show features the highflying silk aerialists “Duo Artis” Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev. Farley has been performing since the age of 15 in Las Vegas, as well as all over the globe. Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group.
Multi-talented husband and wife Lucinda and Mario Morin are featured adage dancers in the show, and Mario does some comedy as well. Lucinda previously worked in shows in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lancaster, Pa., Savannah, Ga., Los Angeles, Ca., and San Antonio, Texas, in addition to working on many cruise ships. She is also a former member of the Rockettes precision dance company.
There are many live animals in the new Smoky Mountain Opry show including an Arabian horse and two Serval cats. Special guest performers are Hollywood, a 600-pound, 8-year-old white tiger and Rajah, a 350 -pound, 14-year-old gold Bengal tiger, whose name means “great king.” They can be seen on stage during the show’s “Circle of Life” scene, and the public can see the tigers for themselves at a meet and greet session at the end of the first half of every Opry Show. While they won’t be signing autographs, they will gladly let you take their pictures.
On the vocal side, the show features belter Lakieta Bagwell (who has sung with Dolly Parton and her brother Randy and sister Rachel, with Lee Greenwood, and at many venues including Dollywood, Southern Nights, The American Music theater and The Grand Ole Opry), master of ceremonies and powerful country crooner T.C. Barnette (formerly of Dollywood) and his country/gospel vocalist wife, Jessie (formerly of Dollywood and Smith Family Dinner Theater) and singers Doronte Evans, Kendal McKay Manning and Jonathan Milner. Highlights of the show include country, pop vocal, instrumental, patriotic and gospel music with a live band, led by musical director, keyboardist, Christian/country/pop artist Jamie Graves (formerly of Country Tonite and the Kingdom Heirs at Dollywood.)
The show also presents a tribute to country music’s greatest stars such as Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Tammy Wynette, Adele, Carrie Underwood and Jerry Lee Lewis. Guests can also “step in time” to some of Broadway’s legendary hit shows.
“We are confident that 2013 is going to be our best year yet, and we hope you will bring the whole family and join us for our outstanding new show with a whole range of different performers and incredible talent,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.
“This show is a special show-of-a-lifetime. It has it all — from comedy to heart stopping aerialists, to graceful and skillful dancers and fabulous singers. Calling this show amazing is quite the understatement,” says Fee “Your whole family will be spellbound with the incredible and prestigious artists who perform in our show. We have fantastic juggling, circus animals and magic, as well as great music. There is nowhere in Pigeon Forge that can you find a better entertainment value.”
The show has everything from traditional country music to classic favorites like “Rolling in the Deep,” and “Great Balls of Fire,” making for a diverse musical experience. And there are even spiritual tunes such as “How Great Thou Art,” and “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus,” as well as patriotic numbers. Fee said, “A lot of Americans are facing hard times right now, and we have several songs about hope, faith and strength to bring smiles to everyone’s faces and inspiration to their souls. If you have not yet experienced the Smoky Mountain Opry now is the time.”
The Smoky Mountain Opry first opened in November of 2011 and is a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Production. It is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com or call 1-800-768-1170 or (865) 428-SHOW (7469).
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 Show,” and “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods. The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers a chance to buy a ticket to the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show for $49.95 plus tax and then for just $15.00 plus tax they can purchase a ticket to The Comedy Barn? or the Smoky Mountain Opry or the Blackwoods Morning Variety Show. The company also owns Tony Roma’s and Happy Days restaurants and a website, http://www.seepigeonforge.com/,that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online. (Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more and with the purchase of a combination show ticket children 11 and under are free for the second show. The child’s rate for the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show is $19.95 plus tax.)