CONTACT: Deborah Fee Newsom (865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877; Deborah@FeeHedrick.com
Smoky Mountain Opry Theater Plans Underway
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 29, 2011 – Scheduled to open Nov. 4, 2011, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, is undergoing over a million dollars in renovation to the current Miracle Theater. Renovations include a new marquee on the Parkway and on the building; new carpeting, new aisle lights and a completely renovated lobby with new Christmas decorations and a new country themed gift store. The newly renovated stage area will have a flashy modern look with enhanced sound and visual effects, new video screens and a new band platform.
The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater at 2046 Parkway will twinkle and illuminate the night sky during the Christmas holidays with the glow of over a million holiday lights synchronized to Christmas music on the top and the sides of the building as well as on Christmas trees around the building. In addition, a new amusement area on the property will bring an abundance of carnival rides, music, shopping, arts and crafts, fun food, live animals and a Christmas themed environment. “This will be more than a theater,” said theater co-owner and company chief executive officer David Fee. “This will become a real top-notch Christmas destination for both locals and tourists.”
Progress on the building renovations has begun, but will happen in phases and the final stage will not begin until “The Miracle” performs its last show on Oct. 22nd. 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, also owns and produces three other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Comedy Barn”, the all new “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” and “The Country Jamboree Breakfast Show” featuring the Blackwoods. +++
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.
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. +++