PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- This Holiday Season, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., brings the spirit of Christmas to life with new scenes, unique sets, brand-new elaborate costumes and many new technological updates in the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Christmas show.
What remains unchanged is the combination of a large cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians who make the show the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies, according to company co-owner and CEO David Fee.
Fee said, “From November 1 to January 3, 2014, The Smoky Mountain Opry will be turned into a holiday extravaganza that you won’t want to miss.” Now in its fourth season the show features the area’s largest “living nativity” complete with camels, sheep and a donkey. The holiday show also has aerialists, ice skaters and elves and toys that come to life. Fee said, “The popular parts of last year’s Christmas show are returning but we have some new surprises such as our new quick costume change act. In this act our aerialists, Simone Gruzdev and LeAnn Farley, amaze audiences with their fabulous costume transformations in just fractions of a second.
“Our Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show features a nationally auditioned cast with flying angels and an elaborate living nativity that focuses attention on the birth of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas.” Fee said. “We always want to remind our audiences of exactly why we celebrate Christmas so the Nativity scene with the glory and splendor of the birth of Christ is an extremely important portion of our show.
“The audience can expect to be singing, laughing and getting into the spirit of Christmas with a lot of snow in the theater and even a visit from Santa himself,” Fee said. “The show is centered around Christmas songs that we all love such as ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year,’ ‘We Need a Little Christmas,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’ This year we have added the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah to our finale.”
The first half of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Show features songs from the sounds of the season with all the Christmas favorites and the second half of the show has a country Christmas and ends with the gospel story telling of the birth of Christ. The Christmas celebration show features flying musicians and sugarplum fairies and nearly two-hours of holiday-themed entertainment. Throughout the show, new and old Christmas music fills the air with rich-and-brassy orchestral music.
“Our Christmas show is wonderful for the whole family.” Fee added. “It is a popular show and it is filling up fast. We are very excited!”
Fee and business partner Jim Hedrick produce the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show. The creative team includes Alvin Robinette (director), Lucinda Morin (choreographer), Stacy Mitchell (costume designer) and Susan Rose (lighting designer.) “We have captured the spirit and excitement of the holiday season,” Fee said. “We have a 10-piece band with a full brass section, breathtaking sets and wonderful elegant costumes. We also feature the multi-talented juggler, Slim Chance (David Herschi), as Santa’s misfit elf,” Fee said. “If this comedic entertainer accomplishes his entire list of elf tasks, Santa will let him navigate his Christmas sleigh.
“We provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said. “We want this to be a place where families start traditions and memories such as children having their picture taken with Santa in the lobby of the theater. We hope tourists and locals will continue to return to The Smoky Mountain Opry year after year.”
“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8:00 p.m. nightly. Tickets for the Christmas show are $49.95, plus tax each and children 11 and under are $9.95 plus tax.
The theater is located at traffic light 0 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 http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com.
The “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” will have a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for both the regular Christmas show and the New Year’s Eve show. The theater will close for seasonal maintenance on Jan. 4 and reopen Feb. 13.
The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces three other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and will open a new show, “Magic Beyond Belief in March.” Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15.00 for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show.” The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.