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Smoky Mountain Opry Premiers New Variety Show for Summer 2013 Season

aerialists2013Pigeon 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.
2013opryfireOn 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.)

Lakieta Bagwell returns to Pigeon Forge to Star in Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry

Lakita BagwellPigeon Forge, Tenn., Dec. 11, 2012 – Lakieta Bagwell, who has sung with Dolly Parton and her family, Lee Greenwood and many others has returned to Pigeon Forge to star in “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” after a several year hiatus from music due to family medical issues. Fans may remember her from singing at many venues including Dollywood, Southern Nights, The American Music Theater and The Grand Ole Opry, “This show is such a blessing and I am so happy to be back doing what I love in Pigeon Forge,” Bagwell said.

Some of Bagwell’s most joyfyl memories revolve around singing gospel as a child in church where her father was the minister.? Throughout her career Bagwell has attributed her success to God.? “There is a verse in the Bible that says, ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart,” Bagwell said. “I trust God that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing singing at the spectacular ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ Show in Pigeon Forge. Bagwell is the type of singer who gets emotional easily and draws her listener into the intimate and private world of an old friend. “I get so emotional singing ‘O Holy Night’ that I cry and sing at the same time sometimes,” she said. “When the lights go up and the music starts it is so moving.” ‘The Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ show has elements that are breathtaking and make it unforgettable,” she said. “There is Toyland, Santa, some of the best world renowned singers and dancers and the funniest comedy around. This is a top quality show from start to finish with something for everyone from old classics to new takes of old classics, a little country and a little jazz.”

Bagwell, started her professional career in 1989 at Dollywood in one of their first production shows, “Smoky Mountain Song.” She was featured in many shows at the park including “Fire on the Mountain” and “Christmas in the Smokies.”

“I wanted to be Dolly as a child growing up,” she said “My aunt was a beautician and my cousin and I would play dress up.  I would always put on the blonde wigs and dress up like Dolly. I was really star-struck when I saw her for the first time.

“Dolly came to ‘Christmas at the Smokies’ and I sang ‘Tennessee Christmas’ and Dolly said to me, ‘You have the most beautiful voice and that is the most beautiful I have ever heard that song sung,” Bagwell said. “That was validation to me on a professional level that I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.”

Bagwell’s goal became to sing for the Lord and to make Dolly proud. “I was in a show at Dollywood called ‘Fire on the Mountain,” and I sang ‘Appalachian Memories,” Bagwell said. “Dolly came to the show one day and she sent word back that I had made her proud.” That was a highlight of my career for me.

“And then one day I had the opportunity to actually perform on stage with her.” she said. “Dolly had made a video with Billy Ray Cyrus and she wanted dancers.? I was picked as one of the Romeo Dancers. That was a lot of fun.”

Bagwell eventually formed a band with Parton’s brother Randy, and Parton’s sister, Rachel Parton George and Jimmy Bryant (who is now appearing at the Smith Theater). The Honey Creek country pop group, as they were known, worked on an album with multi-Grammy and Emmy Award – winning composer Mike Post, who is best known for his TV theme songs for such primetime series as “Law and Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Rockford Files,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Hill Street Blues” and others. The Honey Creek Group also appeared on the television series, “Prime Time Country,” with Gary Chapman and on a television Easter special with Dolly called “Dolly Parton’s Precious Memories” in 1999. They also opened for Dolly at her foundation concerts. The group eventually went their separate ways.

Lakita Bagwell at the Smoky Mountain OpryBagwell then sang back-up at the Grand Ole Opry with Lee Greenwood. Bagwell said, “As I sang at the Opry I thought there are so many greats that have passed through here. It was a proud moment and an honor.”

Bagwell went on to perform in Myrtle Beach for a year before returning to Dollywood and then she went on to perform at the Southern Nights Theater. After Southern Nights closed, Bagwell performed both sacred and secular songs for four and a half years at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, Penn., until she got a cyst on her vocal chords and had to leave.

“It is amazing how God works,” she said.? “I loved Pennsylvania. I would never have left if I had not had medical problems.? God worked it out where I was able to be with my father who became sick with both prostate and mesothelioma cancer and I was able to be with him until he died on Feb. 2, 2011. The cyst on my vocal chords was the Lord’s way to get me back to Tennessee to be with my Dad.”

Bagwell’s vocal cords healed and she is indeed back in Tennessee performing nine shows a week at “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry.” “I hope people will come to our show and forget about the economy and the storms and just come and be entertained for a couple of hours,” Bagwell said. “The show is awesome, authentic, superb, breathtaking, sweet, fun, hysterical, and people just feel good when they walk out and they think ‘Joy to the World. “It is a joy to be here.”

“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 $39.95, plus tax each and children 11 and under are $19.95 plus tax. The theater is located at traffic light 0 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 with a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31.  The theater will then go back to the regular show on Jan. 1 featuring Broadway, 50’s, 60’s, rock ‘n roll, bluegrass, gospel and country music and will be open year round.

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 Country Jamboree Breakfast 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 ticket to the Smoky Mountain Opry Show and then for $20.00 more they can purchase a ticket to The Comedy Barn? or the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show. Customers are also offered the opportunity to buy a ticket to the Opry Show and get a ticket to the Country Jamboree Breakfast Show for half price. 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. +++

Smoky Mountain Opry Theater to Present “Christmas at the Opry” holiday shows nightly until Dec. 31

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Oct. 29, 2012, – Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., opens Nov. 2 and is the largest, most elegant and majestic Christmas show in the Smokies, according to company co-owner and CEO David Fee. Fee said, “Our Christmas show is the best 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 a spectacular adage dance couple and some extraordinary ice skaters to our Christmas show this year.” 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, sheep, 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 complete with Christmas chimes and hand bells. “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.

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. “It is a very high energy emotional show,” Fee said. “After seeing the show you will be in the mood for Christmas.”

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 12-piece band with a full brass section. 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 more than a million lights in the form of multiple tree displays and lights on the theater itself. Every half hour, the exterior lights on the theater will spring to animated life in sync to Christmas music to create a light spectacular. Fee describes this as their version of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. “Outside of the theater we have an outdoor synchronized light show,” Fee said. “We want to add a little sparkle to the area, so the whole property will be dancing with Christmas lights. 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, and we hope tourists and locals will continue to return to The Smoky Mountain Opry year after year,” he said. “This show will absolutely delight the whole family – everyone from the ages of 4 to 104. It is going to be 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 $39.95, plus tax each and children 11 and under are $19.95 plus tax. The theater is located at traffic light 0 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 with a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31. The theater will then go back to the regular show on Jan. 1 featuring Broadway, 50’s, 60’s, rock ‘n roll, bluegrass, gospel and country music and will be open year round.

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 Country Jamboree Breakfast 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 ticket to the Smoky Mountain Opry Show and then for $20.00 more they can purchase a ticket to The Comedy Barn? or the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show. Customers are also offered the opportunity to buy a ticket to the Opry Show and get a ticket to the Country Jamboree Breakfast Show for half price. 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. +++

Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry Official Video

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.