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The Comedy Barn Celebrates 25 Years

Published July 22, 2019 / Last Updated July 22, 2019

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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For 25 years, The Comedy Barn has supplied barrels of laughs at the world’s longest-running clean comedy theater.

For 25 seasons, The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN has combined the talents and fun antics of magicians, comedians, jugglers, ventriloquists and members of the audience in a variety of fun routines offering surprises and laughs galore.

It’s time to recognize those millions of laughs and memories from 25 seasons with a special show to celebrate the unending laughter and family fun of what has become the most successful and most attended clean comedy theater in the world!

On July 30, 2019, The Comedy Barn will host a special show celebrating their incredible 25 years of fun and laughter.

 

 

About The Comedy Barn

The Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge offers clean comedy for an enjoyable evening of family fun while you are on your vacation or getaway. Over two hours of side-splitting jokes and hilarious antics. You’ll laugh until you can’t laugh anymore.

The Comedy Barn was purchased by Dolly Parton’s dinner show company, World Choice Investments (WCI) in February 2019. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, Smoky Mountain Opry and Magic Beyond Belief were included in the acquisition.

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Pirates Voyage Taking Shape In Pigeon Forge

Published March 21, 2019 / Last Updated March 22, 2019

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb

Construction update from Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge, TN

Ahoy mateys! Dolly Parton is making good on staking her claim in Pigeon Forge with the construction of the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, her newest attraction in the Smokies, and the treasure – buried and otherwise – already has begun to arrive and take shape at the venue.

Construction on the Pirates Voyage building, located on the Parkway adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, began the first week in January. The first – and biggest – task was to “build” the lagoon, the centerpiece of the set that will house the two pirate ships where the action of the entire show takes place. The digging of that foundation required removing more than 281 loads of dirt via dump truck for more than a month (that’s 4,500 cubic yards or 7,500 tons of dirt!); that part of the project was completed on Feb. 22. That 15-foot lagoon soon will hold 300,000 gallons of water. The installation and finishing of 600 cubic yards of concrete and 50,000 lbs. of steel in the 30,000 square foot arena began the week of Feb. 25.

When Dolly Parton opens her new Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge later this spring, the fun and adventure starts when guests first arrive at the entertainment attraction. The elaborate exterior of the building gives people just a small glimpse of the excitement that awaits during the show, which includes magnificent pirate costuming and special effects. Visitors will walk underneath a waterfall on their way to pick up their tickets to begin their Pirates Voyage.

Rehearsals Underway

An extensive nationwide talent search began as soon as this entertainment project was announced last fall, and the cast of 20 has already begun show rehearsals and intense training for the acrobatic and diving skills required of pirates and mermaids alike in this show. One of the most anticipated phases of construction will happen in late March when the exterior starts to take shape and the large Pirates Voyage sign is placed outside the building.

“Among our ‘pirates crew’ here for our new Dinner & Show, we like to say that we are going ‘overboard’ with the details as we prepare everything – from the show elements to the new four-course menu to the exterior,” said Corporate Director of Marketing Steve Cruz. “This is going to be a show that guests to our Smoky Mountain area are not going to want to miss. People have been asking for details, so we thought now would be a good time to share some of those.”

Set to be complete in May, the construction phase is a $9 million project, in addition to the initial investment in the property for a total of $28 million. Now Booking Online for all 2019 shows. Guests can also call 865-505-AHOY (2469).

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Dolly Parton Announces Second Pirates Voyage Dinner And Show

Published February 1, 2019 / Last Updated February 10, 2019

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Dolly Parton Selects The Great Smoky Mountains For Second Pirates Voyage Dinner And Show

The Water Spectacular is Slated to Open in Spring 2019

Keep an eye to the spyglass, mateys; Dolly’s pirates will be searching for treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains, next summer!

After nearly a decade of rave reviews and financial success on the Carolina coast, Parton’s newest Pirates Voyage dinner attraction is slated to open in the spring.

“The show has been so successful in Myrtle Beach that we kept looking at Pigeon Forge and wondering why we didn’t already have a Pirates show there,” Dolly said. “We have the perfect location, in one of the hottest areas of Pigeon Forge, and the time is now for my pirates to stake claim to the Great Smoky Mountains!”

When complete, the 21,000 square foot arena, adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, will be the stage for Crimson and Sapphire pirates to battle on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon. Spectacular acrobatic competitions, live animals and an original music score by Dolly Parton and Mark Brymer creates an immersive adventure experience all while guests enjoy a spectacular five-course pirate feast.

“We’re glad we can finally share Dolly’s exciting news,” Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO said. “For some time, we have been working on set and costume designs, unique show elements for this theater and animal and staff training. We’re all looking forward to opening in 2019.”

Additional details about the project will be released soon. Site construction is slated to begin in early January with an opening projected for spring.

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Dolly’s Dinner Theater Company Purchases Fee Hedrick Entertainment

Published February 1, 2019 / Last Updated July 18, 2019

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

World Choice Investments acquires Comedy Barn, Hatfield & McCoy and Smoky Mountain Opry In Pigeon Forge, TN

On February 1, 2019, World Choice Investments, the operating partner of Dolly Parton’s dinner theaters, expanded its dinner theater holdings to seven with the purchase of three theaters and a restaurant. The theaters were purchased from David Fee and Jim Hedrick’s Fee Hedrick Entertainment in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Parton’s enterprise now operates spectacular shows in Branson, Missouri, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and with the purchase, five theater attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

“My theater production company just purchased Fee Hedrick Entertainment, and I am so excited to have more family entertainment to present to our guests in Pigeon Forge. In 2019, we’ll operate Comedy Barn, Hatfield & McCoy and Smoky Mountain Opry in the same way folks have come to remember them,” Dolly said. “David, Jim and their team have done a great job with these shows through the years and, for now, we don’t plan to change anything. They are fun family entertainment, and that is the business I’m in.”

The terms of the purchase are private but Fee and Fred Hardwick of World Choice Investments stressed this is a win-win for both companies.

“David Fee and his staff have been great competition for us over the years,” Fred Hardwick, Chairman of the Board of World Choice Investments, said. “He produces high quality, successful shows. As Dolly said, this is an opportunity to expand our portfolio of theaters in Pigeon Forge with quality family entertainment. We will also continue to expand our own brands like Pirates Voyage – opening this year in Pigeon Forge.” WCI had previously announced it planned to open Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge adjacent to The Island in time for the summer tourism season.

“All of these theaters provide a great opportunity for us to package our shows in an affordable way and to focus with Dollywood to bring people to the area,” Hardwick said. “Dolly’s enthusiastic leadership will continue to focus on bringing the best in entertainment in an affordable way for the families visiting the Smoky Mountains.”

For more information and tickets, go to DinnerShowTickets.com.

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Christmas Arrives At Pirates Voyage In Myrtle Beach

Published November 1, 2018 / Last Updated November 1, 2018

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Pirates Voyage is Myrtle Beach’s #1 Choice for the Holidays!®

This holiday season, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show brings a perfect pirate Christmas to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Opening on Thurs., Nov. 1 and running through January 5, 2019, crews of all ages are invited to experience festive entertainment, swashbuckling fun and a four-course feast fit for celebrating the season.

The yuletide adventure begins in the Pirates Village, where an interactive experience awaits with a pirate holiday sing-a-long. Kids also can be “transformed” into pirates and mermaids at the Village’s “Join the Crew” area, while several crew members spread Christmas cheer. Then, guests are invited into the Buccaneer Bay arena for the main holiday show, a thrilling spin on “A Christmas Carol” with Captain Scrooge that requires all hands on deck.

“We invite adventurers of all ages to start a new Christmas tradition for the holidays like no one else can offer,” said Paul Brown, General Manager. “At Pirates Voyage, families can experience a treasure chest full of fun together creating memories that will last long after the holidays are gone. Guests will travel to Christmas past, present and future through a classic holiday story with its own special pirate twist, while camels and angels help tell about the true meaning of Christmas in our Nativity.”

Live Nativity

Captain Scrooge takes guests along as he travels through time with the Mystical Christmas Spirit to find the true meaning of Christmas, including a “dream” where giant toys come to life and perform amazing acrobatics high above in Buccaneer Bay. A comical Christmas castaway and her companion add to the jolly adventure; then, the pinnacle of the Pirates Voyage holiday experience is a live Nativity featuring the three wise men on live camels and an angel with a very special message.

Epic Battle For Christmas Treasure

At “Myrtle Beach’s #1 Choice for the Holidays”®, guests will continue to be thrilled with an epic battle between the crimson and emerald pirates. The competition between the two pirate crews unfolds on land, on deck, in the water and high above two full-sized pirate ships for the coveted Christmas treasure.

Four-Course Holiday Feast

During this swashbuckling Christmas spectacular, guests are served a fabulous four-course holiday feast straight from Captain Scrooge’s galley. The meal begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and buccaneer bread. Next, guests receive “half o’ roasted cackler” (chicken), Captain’s barbeque pork, cob o’ buttery corn, and a pirate herb-basted potato. Apple o ’me eye pie and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee complete the meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available by request.

Call 1.800.433.4401 or visit Pirates Voyage to book.

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