The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater Donates $50,000 to Creative Theater

Photo pictured left to right: Front Row:  David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, Xander Batey, Ella Riggs, Emory Saylor, Cayte Castro, Ethan Harrison, Sarah Christy and Robert Kalina, founder and executive director of Creative Theater. Back row:  Rendi Johnson, Isaiah Tillman, Caroline Castro, Bell Tedders, J.H. Dillingham, Cora Marinich, and Izzy Otter.

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Dec. 26, 2108– The Smoky Mountain Opry™Theater recently donated $50,000 to Creative Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., making the largest individual gift in Creative Theater’s two-year history. The gift will be used to further the creative process of the theater to produce new work.   

David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “We were able to donate to Creative Theater with the proceeds from our Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Candle Program.   Each night candles are purchased by guests who attend “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” and the proceeds go to charitable causes.  We are really touched and blessed to be able to give to this worthy community organization.  It is our honor and our pleasure to donate $50,000 to Creative Theater.”        

Robert Kalina, founder and executive director of Creative Theater said, “It is encouraging to see a business and business owners who believe in investing in the community and in making a training ground for future artists. There are so many good opportunities for jobs for people in performing arts in our community, but people need a training ground. Already three of the participants from our community theater shows have been placed in various professional theater shows around town.        

“As a community theater we depend on the support of the community and without the various donations and corporate sponsorships we would not exist,” Kalina said. “We thank Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group for the generous donations they have given not only of their money, but in the form of excess resources such as costumes, props, theater lighting and equipment.”          

Kalina said seven shows have already been selected for 2019.  He hopes the donation from Fee/Hedrick will spur others to do the same. Donations may be sent to Creative Theater, 125 Music Mountain Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863.

Fee recalled that he got his own start in show business from community theater in Oak Ridge, Tenn., at the Oak Ridge Junior Playhouse, working alongside his parents who did volunteer work at the theater. Now he is happy to give back to community theater and help others get their start in show business the way he did. 

The Smoky Mountain Opry’s™ Christmas Candle Program is used to support local charitable causes. At intermission before the live nativity scene during the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show, guests purchase LED souvenir candles “to hold high in honor of Christ.” The candles are held in honor of the spirit of giving at Christmas. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these candles go to the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Christmas Candle Fund. The Candle Fund has now given over $500,000 to local charities.

The “Smoky Mountain Opry,” ™ renowned as the must-see variety show in Pigeon Forge, recently opened its “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” ™ show for the season, an all-new original show with many new cast members and what Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group says is “their biggest and best show in Pigeon Forge to date.” This year’s Christmas show will run until Jan. 5 and features Chris Blue, Season 12 winner of “The Voice.”  

The show has earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor. “Southern Living” magazine named the “Smoky Mountain Opry”™ the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge.

“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ has 8 p.m. evening performances Monday through Saturday and 3:00 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the Christmas show are $56.95, plus tax for adults (premium seats in the first three rows are $66.95 plus tax), and children 11 and under are $26.95, plus tax (premium seats are $36.95 plus tax).  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show.  “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special show with Blue and the rest of the Smoky Mountain Opry™cast on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal that offers tickets to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ for $56.95 plus tax for adults. With this combination deal, children are $26.95 plus tax to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ and children are free to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ (up to age 11).  The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information or reservations call the theater’s box office (865) 428-SHOW (7469) or 1-800-768-1170 or visit

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, owns and produces eight shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: The “Smoky Mountain Opry.”™ “The Comedy Barn®,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,”™ “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo.  In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry,”™ “The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud” ™  and “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn®. Creative Theater, which is a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2016.  Information is available at www.creativetheater.comor 865 -888-6311.