Pigeon 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.
March 15, 2012 – PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., — The Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will open the area’s largest musical variety show on March 23, with a nationally renowned singers, dancers, illusionists, comedians, jugglers, and musicians. “This theater has undergone a whole metamorphosis and The Smoky Mountain Opry is now ‘Simply the Best’ musical variety show in town,” said David Fee, president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment and theater co-owner. “With a multi-million dollar upgrade the Opry features the best of everything – fantastic lights and lasers, lavish sets and costumes, incredible music, a live band and lots of talent. This show includes everything – even the magical appearance of a 23 ton stealth fighter jet onstage,” Fee said.? “We’ll provide our audiences with a musical experience that?s first class. We think our audiences deserve the best and this show has it all!”
“This show has everything from old and new country to rock and roll and Forties swing to gospel and patriotic,” said theater co-owner Jim Hedrick.? “On top of all that it has a lot of unique technical concepts including shadow dancing, lots of flying musicians and singers, thousands of lights, aerial dancing and state-of-the-art sound. We’re proud to bring this kind of first class family entertainment to Pigeon Forge.”
Nationally acclaimed comedian Bob Nelson provides comic relief with some of his most famous skits. Nelson has appeared in numerous movies and HBO comedy specials and brings his hilarious, Red Skelton-like brand of comedy to the show.
The “Smoky Mountain Opry” has performances at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and has afternoon matinees at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Tickets for the Opry Show are $36.95, plus tax each for adults, and children?s tickets, age 11 and under, are $19.95 plus tax. 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, which owns, manages and produces the Smoky Mountain Opry, is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.? Fee/Hedrick 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. The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is running a money-saving two-show combo special for $56.95 plus tax. Combo tickets are available online through http://www.seepigeonforge.com.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., January 30, 2012 ? The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group will be holding a job fair Feb. 15 and 16 at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater (former Miracle Theater) in Pigeon Forge from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on those days. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted for servers, box office, gift shop and concessions employees for all Fee/Hedrick properties. Some jobs are part time and some are full time. The theater is located at 2046 Parkway.
The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, owns and produces four major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Comedy Barn”, the all new “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” “The Country Jamboree Breakfast Show” featuring the Blackwoods and “The Smoky Mountain Opry” that will debut in March. In addition the company includes the Happy Days Diner and Tony Roma?s Restaurants in Pigeon Forge.
The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is an equal opportunity employer.