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Big New Show Called “Silver Bow”

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Nov. 5, 2019 – Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmas time in the city. “Silver Bow,” “Silver Bow,” there’s a big new show in the city! And ready, set. . . shoot!  Archer, Tara Swift, has arrived in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., performing death-defying feats. She shoots her arrows and hits her targets in the all new “Silver Bow” variety show in Pigeon Forge.  Incredibly, Swift can also proficiently launch her arrows and hit her targets while blindfolded, guided only by the sound of what?  Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, (yes, you’ve guessed it), ringing little silver/ brass bells.

“This is a dangerous, thrilling show that will wow audiences of all ages,” said L. T. Britton, co-owner of the Silver Bow Theater. “We have the sharpest crossbow shooter in the Smoky Mountains. She is unbelievable!  In addition, our show is filled with comedy, daring escapes, lively music, powerful singing and a five-piece band.  We have a cast of some of the country’s top musicians and singers whose exceptional talents have captivated audiences on stages from Nashville to Branson, Missouri.

“From the music to the lighting to the costumes . . . This show is a must-see experience for the whole family,” Britton said.  “We are so excited about this show. It’s amazing!” Music selections include titles from popular movies, power ballads, country, classic pop and Elvis songs.

Cross bow artist Swift comes to Pigeon Forge from Oregon.  She has been shooting arrows since she was 5 years old, when she started practicing in her own backyard on hay bales. She previously performed in the “Illusionists” touring magic show in the United States, Australia and Canada.

Throughout the “Silver Bow” show, Swift consistently displays her skills with a bow.  “It’s very rewarding when you go through all that practice and then it pays off and you actually get to perform,” said Swift.  “This job is a dream come true. I practice every day honing my skills and I try to hit my targets perfectly every night.

“I went to college for science, but crossbows are a lot more fun than petri dishes,” she said. “I am loving every minute of it.  It takes focus and concentration, especially shooting blindfolded.  I like the adrenaline. I have to be very steady and confident.  I have to have calm nerves. I can’t have caffeine before a show or I will shake.

“I love seeing the audience reaction, especially the little children,” Swift said.  “The audience is just mesmerized; the kids are in awe and are gasping spectators. They can’t believe what they saw.  It is so fun. I love it so much. It is a great adventure.”

During the act, Swift uses audience members and comedic actor, Guy Windsor, known by his stage name “Lucky,” as her assistants. Windsor is also used as a filler between acts. He previously worked at Universal Studios Hollywood, Walt Disney World and Dollywood.  Swift shoots many different inanimate objects with the help of her participants.

The show also presents a tribute to Elvis by Elvis impersonator and lead male vocalist, Michael Chambliss, formerly of the Memories Theater cast.  In addition to performing at Memories, Michael has headlined at Elvis events and festivals across the country, eventually winning the 2014 Images of the King Award World Champion award in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, Tenn., during Elvis Week. He has performed at the Pierce Arrow Theater and at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and at Gaither Homecomings. He was also a lead singer with the Cumberland Boys gospel group.

Other cast members include lead female singer Kelsie Chandler, nominated as Georgia Country Artist of the Year; Regan Mae Farney, violinist from St. Louis, Mo., who astonishes audiences with a different kind of bow in the show; and Bailey Miles, singer.  Miles literally grew up in the theater as her father was the drummer and the band leader in the previous show at the theater for the past 25 years. And rounding out the cast is veteran musical theater performer Jonathan Weathersby, who was recently featured in TLC and Investigation Discovery TV shows, but is locally known as the children’s pastor at New Hope Church and for his singing/acting roles in the former Miracle Theater show, “The Miracle.” The band of “Silver Bow” includes Matt Duffy, drummer; Connor Lafollette, pianist; Griffin Pruett, bass guitarist; and Kaleb Tussey-Wright, lead guitarist.

“Silver Bow” is produced by L. T. Britton and was conceived by owners L. T. Britton and Isaac and Elissa Larrison of Indiana. Marshall Whaley is the lighting director.

The “Silver Bow” show runs at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  The Silver Bow Christmas show will begin Friday, Nov. 29 and run through the end of the year.  There will be occasional Sunday shows on holiday weekends at 8:00 pm. The theater is located at 2141 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Tickets are on sale now for $34.95 each.  Children 11 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (865) 366-1159, or online at, or from the theater’s box office.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. +++

Costuming Brings Characters To Life At New Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge

New Show Sets Sail This Friday, May 24

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, May 23, 2019) – If it’s a pirate’s life for you, you have to look and dress the part. No one knows that better than the professional costuming team getting the cast and crew ready for the debut of Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge, which officially opens this Friday, May 24.

From pirate captains to many other colorful characters setting sail in this pirate adventure, the costumes for this crew are all ship-shape and sure to impress audiences and set the mood for the swashbuckling storyline. Every costume has been custom-designed and fabricated in-house for each individual performer, including embellishments fitting to the specific character.

In excess of 800 yards of specialized fabric was used to make the show’s costumes, and more than 1800 hours over the course of several months were spent designing, creating and bringing the Pirates Voyage unique look to life. The specialty costumes for the mermaids took a minimum 40 hours each to fabricate, and multiple outfits are necessary for each performer per show.  The swords, all custom-designed and custom-made, are unique to each character and took eight weeks to complete just for the Pirates Voyage show.

The design, development, and fabrication of all aspects of costuming took shape under the direction and supervision of Corporate Director of Productions Clare Lewis, who said that the show’s costumes are key to immersing the audience in their own Pirates Voyage.

“These costumes dress up our characters and truly bring the pirates experience to life,” Lewis said. “Our dedicated and hardworking professional costuming team began work in late 2018.  The attention to every detail to make sure that each ensemble worn throughout the show adds to the overall experience of what life is like in this action-packed adventure world. It has been all hands on deck to complete this amazing costuming feat!”

Pirates Voyage construction phase is a $9 million project, in addition to the initial investment in the property for a total of $28 million. Reservations are now being taken for all 2019 shows; ticket information is available at or by calling 865-505-AHOY (2469).


 About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Smoky Mountain Opry, The Comedy Barn Theater, and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, operates dinner show venues, theaters, and restaurants for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our dinner shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

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Ellen Liston: (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or

Leah Hicks: (865) 774-8139, (865) 898-6925 or

The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Poaching: Alcatraz East Temporary Exhibit Opening Soon

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 25, 2017) – When a Minnesota-based dentist paid $54,000 to trophy hunt in Zimbabwe in 2015 with a professional guide, he unknowingly was about to kill the beloved and iconic lion Cecil. The images from that hunt went viral and although the dentist’s actions were not deemed illegal, the event sparked a worldwide outcry and raised awareness about the plight of wildlife, including lions, tigers, and elephants. Since that incident, the public is increasingly committed to protect wildlife and to put a stop to the trade of illegal wildlife poaching.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar business, that involves the illegal trade of live animals and objects made from their parts. Many of the animals involved are endangered, making the practice an international crisis. Poachers either capture animals to sell, or kill them for their fur, bones, shells, and other body parts to be used in everything from traditional medicines, to clothing and jewelry. Even locally, effecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bears are poached for their gallbladders and bile, which are used in traditional medicines. Only thirty-four states explicitly ban the trade, and these parts can go for $5,000 in Asia.  Those interested in learning more about the wildlife trade can attend the temporary exhibit “Ivory, Tortoise Shell & Fur: The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Trafficking” at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, which will open on May 15, 2017.

“This is a heartfelt exhibit that brings awareness to illegal wildlife trade, an important issue visitors won’t want to miss,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East, “This is a problem that is devastating to animals and the planet. The exhibit will also teach guests how to be proactive and find out how they can help.”

The exhibit was first displayed at the Crime Museum in Washington, DC in 2015 by the Center for Conservation Impact, in partnership with the Freeland Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, INTERPOL, Kashmir World Foundation, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WildAid, and Wildlife Trust of India.

“There was such a positive response to the exhibit, we felt the issue is too important to not share again with new audiences,” says Vaccarello.

Many people are unaware of how critical the poaching situation has become around the world, yet the statistics are alarming. It’s estimated that 97 percent of the world’s tigers have been lost in the last century, 76 percent of elephants have been lost during the last 13 years, and over 1,200 rhinoceros were killed last year alone. These animal populations have been depleted to supply black market demand for worthless natural medicines, jewelry and other souvenirs, and are considered status symbols, as the case with shark fin soup.

International travelers normally take home souvenirs from their trips, but what they may not realize is that the materials used to make those trinkets may have been illegally harvested from endangered and protected wildlife. These include items made from ivory and tortoise shell, so when shopping for souvenirs, it is best to ask questions about what products are made of, where it came from, as it may not be legal to bring back to the U.S. This exhibit will include items confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other border agencies.

“Wildlife trafficking is a serious epidemic that is plaguing our world due to Asia’s sensational demand for Rhino Horn, which is made from nothing more than keratin, the same as our finger nails along with Elephant Ivory made from dentine, the same as the human tooth.” explains Katie Cleary, model, film producer and writer of “Give Me Shelter” available on Netflix, and founder of World Animal News which brings you the latest breaking animal welfare news from around the world. “The more that we are educated about wildlife crimes and trafficking of endangered species and the ways to stop it, the better equipped we are to bring it to an end and protect these innocent species before it’s too late.”

Recent news headlines show this problem is ongoing, with 18 rhino horns being seized in Mozambique in April, and news being shared about the illegal animal smuggling coming across the Mexican border, including of birds and lizards to be sold as pets in the U.S.

“The collaborators are excited Alcatraz East will feature our exhibit on the important and timely topic of illegal wildlife trafficking,” says Jennifer Sevin, president of the Center for Conservation Impact, a partner in the exhibit. “From ginseng to freshwater mussels and bears, illegal wildlife trafficking is as much a local issue as it is global.”

“Ivory, Tortoise Shell & Fur” begins May 15, 2017 and will run through Spring 2018. Alcatraz East officially opened December 16, 2016. The new crime museum is located at the entrance to The Island, at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.

The 25,000-square-foot museum is designed with a jail façade, has a star-studded board of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial.

General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum will be open 365 days per year, from 10 am to 9 pm, with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction will be located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. For more information, visit


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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Illegal Wildlife Trade.