Oct. 31, 2017 – “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” Theater, will open on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 6. The acclaimed “Don’t Miss Show” (Southern Living magazine), a fixture in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for the past six years, is well known for its spectacular array of holiday festivities, music, comedy and dance. The show is created by executive producers David Fee and Jim Hedrick, and produced and directed by Michael Headla.
This year’s production features the biggest cast ever, with many specialty acts including award winning aerialists Leann Farley and Simyon Gruzdev; comedic juggler, David Hirschi as Slim Chance; and impersonator and singer Charlie Bob Smith. Other cast members include singers, dancers, musicians, Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. The Christmas show blends the music of the holiday season with audience favorites of country, gospel and pop accompanied by a Smoky Mountain Opry orchestra.
“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ is bigger, brighter and bolder than ever,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “We have created a stunning production that is full of enchantment and splendor with many new elements. We have gorgeous new costumes, amazing choreography, incredible special effects and lavish sets. Come share in the memories that your family will cherish for many years to come.
“We have a section of the show devoted to a Country Christmas this year,” Fee said. “We have glitzy new costumes and themed stage sets. We also have Santa Claus and Santa’s elves who join the entire cast in Santa’s workshop where giant toys come to life. We have a breathtaking new ‘Winter Wonderland’ section and we ‘Let it Snow’ with snow falling softly in the theater, stunning new costumes and beautiful musical arrangements. And Frosty, the jolly happy soul, blows into the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater and comes to life for his signature song, ‘Frosty the Snowman’.
“We hope people will come and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with our magnificent production of a living nativity scene that portrays the birth of Christ,” Fee said.” “We have a dramatic representation of the major events related to the birth of Christ that includes camels, a donkey, shepherds, wise men, angels soaring above, Mary, Joseph, and of course, little baby Jesus.
“It truly is the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ and we are always extremely proud of all of our shows, but at this time of the year, our ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ production is spectacular and a must-see family tradition!” Fee said. “This amazing show has been described by our customers as exhilarating, enchanting, funny, magical and wonderful. Come sing along, laugh along and celebrate the season with the biggest, brightest and boldest Christmas show in the Smokies.”
“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry™” has 8 p.m. evening performances every night of the week and 3:30 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets for the Christmas show are $56.95, plus tax for adults and children 11 and under are $24.95 plus tax. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show.
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 $24.95 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) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMountainOpry.com. “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” will celebrate with a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.
In addition to the producers, the creative team for “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” ™ consists of: Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Joel Bruce, production manager; Marshall Whaley, lighting designer; and Carol Culp, wardrobe supervisor.
Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show include vocalists: Brittany Angello, Kara Bergman, Timothy Goins, Deanna Julian, Tim McManus, Jonathan Milner, Kelsey Rae Reinsfelder, and Hugh Warren. Singer/Dancers include: Matt George, Michael Bingham and Leigh Ellen Jones. Dancers include: Abby Brinker, Summer Collins-Wright, Michael DeJesus, Victoria Gusa, Regina Laughlin, Mandy Mays, Cody Parisi, Luke Sanderford, Mowava Six, Desmond Smith, and David Tankersly. Musicians include: Keven Eknes, Mark Holbrook, Jeremy Phillips, Kelli Rae Tubbs, Jared Willson, and Kaleb Wright.
The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for achieving 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.
The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “A Comedy Barn® Christmas”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” “The Smith Morning Christmas Show” starring Charlie Bob Smith and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March, 2018).
Contact: Deborah Fee Newsom
(865) 414-6887 (cell)