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All New 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ show opens with “Feel the Music”

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., March 14, 2017 –The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” renowned as the must-see variety show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has opened for its grand finale farewell season with “Feel the Music,” an all-new original show, with many new cast members and what Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is promising to be their biggest and best production show in Pigeon Forge to date.  “Our new show is all about the wow,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.   The show has earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row 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. Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is planning to re-brand the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show and re-name the theater in 2018.

Hosted by Hugh Warren, the brand-new “Smoky Mountain Opry™ Feel the Music” show is the largest and most attended musical variety show in the Smokies and is marking its sixth season.  The new show features a musical journey through some of music’s greatest hits with country, Broadway, the silver screen, classic rock, gospel and patriotic numbers.  The song and dance performances are showcased in a variety of genres and styles ranging from ballroom to tap to country western and everything in between.  “Combine all of this with the special effects of this beautiful theater – and you are in for an incredible musical journey that you will never forget,” Fee said.

Back by popular demand are the high-flying silk aerialists Duo Artis’ Leann Farley and Semyon Gruzdev and the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known as “Slim Chance.”   Farley has been performing since the age of 15 all over the world.  Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group. Chance previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo.  He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a ping-pong ball, saw blades and many other unusual items in his act, mixed with lots of humor and audience interaction.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new cast members and our returning cast members this year,” Fee said. “Our audiences are always amazed to see Leann and Semyon gracefully fly through the air, but they also love their quick-change act, where you barely blink and they have changed costumes.  Slim Chance is well-known for his unbelievable skillful juggling and he is heartwarming and hilarious too!

“To call The Smoky Mountain Opry show the largest and most exciting variety show in the Smokies is an understatement,” Fee said.  “We are bringing a variety of new production numbers to the stage this season, and we want to especially thank all of our fans who have seen the Smoky Mountain Opry show over the years and invite new visitors to a spectacular new show.

“Our Smoky Mountain Opry show this year features songs that our guests will remember and love all over again, with a remarkable live band,” Fee said.  “Our exceptional cast of singers, dancers and musicians bring back some great memories for our guests with genres that have truly impacted the evolution of music.”

The acclaimed “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show, in the 1400 seat Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater, is known for its diverse musical variety acts and special effects such as lasers, pyrotechnics, flying musicians, water elements and giant video screens.

Singer Charlie Bob Smith performs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show this year.  Smith, well known as the man of a thousand voices, was winner of The Mountain Press Readers’ People’s Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009.  He also performs in “The Smith Morning Variety Show” at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Other cast and musicians in this year’s Smoky Mountain Opry Theater’s “Feel the Music” Show™” include:  Talibah Ashe, Kara Bergman, Alison Bray, Mowava Bucciero, Summer Collins-Wright, Michael DeJesus, Kevin Eknes, Matt George, Timothy Goins, Mark Holbrook, Daniel Longacre, Sally Mementowski, Tim McManus, Cody Parisi, Jeremy Phillips, Kelsey Rae Reinsfelder, Luke Sanderford, Hugh Warren, Jared Willson and Kaleb Wright.

Michael Headla, general manager of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater and entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, is the producer of the 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater’s “Feel the Music” show.  The production team includes:  David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Marshall Whaley, technical director; Joel Bruce, production manager; and Sunny Ware and Carol Culp, costume designers.

The show runs at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with matinees on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. There will be occasional Sunday shows and on holiday weekends at 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  Ticket prices are $39.95 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, visit or call The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater box office at 865-428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170.

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group offers a combo show deal for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets to The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $56.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are $24.95 plus tax to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” and free to The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” (one child per paying adult).

After this year’s regular season closes, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will open its “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” show on Nov. 1.  After the Christmas show closes in January, the theater will undergo a significant upgrade with details to be announced later this year.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, owns and produces nine 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 and the “Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith. 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® Theater.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge.


Contact:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 774-8877; (865) 414-6887 (cell)





Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show Debuts at Comedy Barn Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 2016)  — Where do trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs, a serval cat, a Burmese python, a kinkajou and a mini-donkey all perform together? The answer is at the new and original Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show at The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn,, produced by The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Anthony and Alena King, their trained “amazing animals,” animal trainer “Professor Bumblemoore,” (Corkey Miller, Action Animals, USA) and her trained exotic pets perform in a hilarious new pet variety show at The Comedy Barn Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The show opened May 21.

The two-hour show includes zany comedy, animal antics and family fun for all ages. Ten high-diving housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, move in a zig zag pattern, complete a high step routine, perform an Olympic pole balance, walk upside down, do super jumps, and even do a high diving stunt. In addition, pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Hamm compete with the audience in piggy games.

“We have a whole cast of fuzzy, furry, feathered and four-legged friends,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater. “We have exotic and domestic animals, a wonderful mix of live music and plenty of mayhem. Charlie the donkey astounds the audience with his mathematic skills, and we have wonderful waltzing dogs. We have dogs who roll over, do hurdle jumps and barrel rolls, hind leg stands, and some dogs even jump rope.”

“There are beautiful exotic birds,” Fee said. “The birds do comedy, skate, ride scooters and bicycles, go through Roman rings, perform on the high wire, dance, pull carts, see-saw, do foot juggling, fly through rings and achieve many other unusual feats.”

The Kings have performed on Animal Planet’s Pet Star, The Tonight Show, at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country, in Branson, Mo., theaters, and with The Comedy Pet Variety Show in Lakeland, Fla., as well as with the Royal Hannelford Circus.

“The Kings have been performing at the Comedy Barn and their act has been so requested that we have opened up a matinee format where they can perform with all of their animals in one show,” said Fee. “A couple of their animals will also be in our regular Comedy Barn Show every night.”

Miller has accumulated over three decades of experience working with exotic animals. She has traveled all over the United States and Canada. She has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Brendan Fraser, Sidney Poitier, Jack Hanna, Steve Irwin, Jim Fowler, Bill Murray, Robert DeNiro, Maya Angelou, John Cusack, Hulk Hogan and Dolly Parton, just to name a few. She’s been seen on The Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman several times. Her animals have been seen in hundreds of major motion pictures, thousands of commercials and print ads.

All of Miller’s shows feature rescue animals that have found their “furever” home with her. Miller is a champion for the humane treatment of all animals and is a huge advocate for teaching children how to care for their pets properly.

Also featured in the matinee show is magician/comedian Greg Franklin as goofy Farmer Klemm. A native of Kannapolis, N.C., Franklin has performed professionally since he was 16 when he landed a part in the Paul Osborne Merlin Rainbow Mystery Cavern Show just down the road at the site of what is now lost Treasure Miniature Golf in Pigeon Forge.

Since then, he starred in his own magic show produced by Dallas-based Osborne at amusement parks all over America. He has owned his own magic store near Orlando, created a villainous professional wrestling character named “The fabulous Mister Franklin” and was appearing at The Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley before coming to The Comedy Barn Theater.

Fee said, “Our goal is to offer clean, family entertainment at a reasonable price. The main focus of our new show is amazing animals; however, we have some pretty spectacular clogging, singing and magic, too. This is a variety show that the whole family can enjoy. We combine laughter with lots of fun and talented performers to delight people of all ages.”

Open year round, The Comedy Barn Theater has two shows nightly throughout the year as well as some scheduled matinees for groups throughout the season. Tickets for the new Amazing Animals matinee show are $29.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11.  Guests may purchase tickets to either the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud or The Smoky Mountain Opry at regular price and get a combo deal of $19.95 plus tax to add one, two, three, four or five additional Fee/Hedrick Shows including The Amazing Animals Show. In the combination package children are FREE per each paid adult ticket. Toll Free 1-800-29 LAUGH or (865) 428-5222.  For more information, visit


 CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877


Book Signing With Authentic Hatfield at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud

Hatfiled Book Signing


CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom, (865) 414-6887 or

(865) 774-8877;

Book Signing With Authentic Hatfield at “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud”

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., April 21, 2016 — Have you ever wanted to eat with the Hatfield’s of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud? Now is your chance. Jack Hatfield will be visiting Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater to sign his Hatfield Clan Cookbook, “Eat’n with the Hatfield’s.”  Books will be on sale at The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud and the public is invited.

Jack Hatfield has put together treasured family recipes used from the Hatfield clan. Inside this cookbook is a collection of recipes passed down through generations of direct descendants of The Hatfield Family (of the famous Hatfield & McCoy family feud) and friends. These recipes are a mixture of old and new recipes, some with a modern twist.  There is also a collection of photos, facts, and stories about the family history throughout the cookbook.

Author, Jack Hatfield, Jr., received his inspiration for the cookbook while helping clean out his  “Mawmaw’s” house a few years ago. During his spring-cleaning he found a drawer full of recipes, which she had collected, from family and friends over the years.  In an effort to preserve the family history, he decided to share his family’s recipes and preserve the family history by publishing a cookbook.  Hatfield said, “Our recipes are mouth waterin’, finger lickin’, knee slappin,’ home cookin,’ GOOD!”

Show tickets are available for The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud by visiting or calling (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge between WonderWorks and the Titanic.

The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” is a hilarious hit production inspired by real-life events that will put an ‘All You Can Eat’ four-course mountain feast in people’s bellies and a smile on their faces as they watch a lively talent competition between Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy and their clans where the battlefield is the stage. This two-hour live show offers loads of laughs including a rowdy battle at a barn dance, extraordinary country, bluegrass, and gospel vocal and instrumental musical performances, and award winning hillbilly musicians, cloggers, and fun barnyard animals.  The feud is kicked-off most every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly with occasional 2 p.m. matinees, and guests of all ages in the audience are encouraged to support their own side of Hatfield or McCoy “kinfolks.”

This feudin’ show comes with a Granny’s ‘All You Can Eat’ mountain feast, served by a hillbilly waiter or waitress.  Granny’s menu includes: Feudin’ Fried Chicken, Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork Barbecue, Southern Style Creamy Soup, Smashed Mashed Taters, Buttery Corn on the Cob, Ma’s Hot Homemade Bread, Daisy’s Blue Ribbon Coleslaw and Granny’s Famous Specialty Desserts. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountains including “The Comedy Barn®”, “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo. The Company also owns Happy Days Diner and, a vacation package website company.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a combo deal for a show ticket to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $54.95 plus tax and for only $19.95 plus tax add on to purchase a ticket to “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Comedy Barn®”, or “Magic Beyond Belief™ starring Darren Romeo.” With the purchase of a combo deal adult show ticket children 11 and under are free for the second show. The child’s rate for “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” is $19.95 plus tax.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.  For more information about the show, visit or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW). +++

Darren Romeo Talks to the Animals in Second Season at “Magic Beyond Belief™”

Magic Second Season-2

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., March 28, 2016– “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo has begun its second season of magical entertainment complete with thrills, surprises and exotic animals at the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.   Romeo, a magician and a singer, stars in a critically acclaimed, full-scale production magic show that features white tigers, large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.

“This year there are some new and fun elements added to an already incredible one-of-a-kind illusion show,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We hope you will join Darren as he ‘Talks to the Animals’ combining puppetry designed by Michael Curry (of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King) and the incredible magic from Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas show.  The hilarious ‘Tiger Tails’ segment that Siegfried and Roy gave Darren contains puppet tails that come to life, dancing around the stage, all the while interacting, talking and singing with Darren. This new addition is definitely sure to be a treat for kids of all ages!

“There is also a new magical piece celebrating ‘Heroes’ that has been added to the show,” Fee said.  “We all have heroes. When we are children, we have heroes, and as we grow older, our definition of heroes changes. In a beautiful, magical, musical, multimedia tribute to heroes of all kinds, Darren introduces a rare Frank Sinatra song with an entirely new and modern twist. This is the don’t miss show of 2016!

“All that said, this outrageously high energy show that features magic, music, comedy and our 650-pound tiger, Hollywood, is sure to be the talk of the town again this season,” Fee said. “Magic Beyond Belief is Pigeon Forge’s premier show for amazing, heart-pounding, fast-paced magic and grand illusions!”

The first and only protégé of world-renowned magicians Siegfried & Roy, Romeo appears six days-a-week March through October at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance. He previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents, Darren Romeo” at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed at Caesar’s Palace and the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif., and other venues such as the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nev., Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss.; and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, (N.J.).

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:

“Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., “Show of the Year” (two years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association and the Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the “Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions that audiences would expect to see on stage from Siegfried & Roy’s protégé, Romeo performs close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the show as well.  Two large video screens complement the show as well as music, dancers, elaborate sets, magnificent costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

Also Romeo carries on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” While Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

Darren Romeo in “Magic Beyond Belief™” is performed in the afternoon matinee slot at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the show are $29.95, plus tax each, and children 3 to 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax. Children under 3 years old are free.  The 1400 seat theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces many other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “The Comedy Barn®”, and “The Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith and Billy Baker as “Elwood Smooch.”

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment offers a combination show deal when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $54.95 plus tax they can buy a ticket to “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo for only $19.95 plus tax for an adult ticket. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Magic Beyond Belief”™ show starring Darren Romeo (after guests have bought a child’s ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”).   The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a web site,, which assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience. +++