If there’s one thing I appreciate in a variety show, it’s actual variety. That’s why we enjoyed the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge so much. It’s not a show you can categorize as just one thing, and it’s certainly not just more of the same old same old. It’s a fantastic variety revue that combines singing, dancing, comedy, and even special effects. Special effects? That’s what I said. Laser lights, pyrotechnics, video screens, even aerial acts. If it sounds different than what you’d expect from an opry show in Pigeon Forge, you heard me right. It is. Flat out, the Smoky Mountain Opry is one of the best shows my family has been to in years.
It’s nice to be able to take my kids to something like this and know I won’t have to answer any awkward questions later. They also have some patriotic themes and a tribute to our veterans that were both nice to hear, especially in this day and age. Finally, It’s got enough variety that while your teenager might complain about going, (don’t they complain about everything?), they’ll enjoy themselves. Even if they don’t admit it.
The music covers a broad range of musical genres and styles. My husband loved the Sinatra songs, but they also included Disco, country hits, Motown, and classics like Etta James. It did me good to hear George Jones; we’ll certainly miss him. There’s old country and new country, gospel, some stuff from big Hollywood movies, and a whole Broadway medley section. I know I heard the Beatles in there too. They sing a little bit of everything, so if you don’t like what you’re hearing, wait a couple minutes and you’ll hear something different.
There’s also a tiger. I’m not kidding, the show includes an honest to goodness white tiger and white lion. Which just blew us away. It’s hard to describe the grace and power of these animals, but to see them on stage with the other performers in all their glory and majesty? Wow.
I mentioned earlier that the show includes dancing and aerial acts, but I don’t know that I did it justice. The performers are so athletic you think they’re just going to fly off the stage. Then, they do. The show includes an aerial ballet where a young woman winds herself and another performer around two scarves suspended high over the stage. It’s hard to describe the combination of grace and power that this requires, but whatever words I use for it won’t do it justice. My jaw was on the floor. The jugglers kept it there. I’m not sure how they manage to do what they do, but they make it look so easy, it’s just mesmerizing.
The costumes are also worth mentioning. I can’t imagine the racks and racks of clothes behind the stage, but the cast moves from one costume to another, matching what they’re wearing to the music they’re singing. It’s really kind of amazing to watch, especially when you try to imagine all those people changing clothes so quickly backstage.
The comedy sections are actually funny. These aren’t “I can’t believe I laughed at that” funny, they actually interact with the audience and get some big laughs. There were parts of the show where I was almost in tears I was laughing so hard.
This show is just plain fantastic. If you’re looking for Smoky Mountain Opry info, look no further. It’s an amazing show and one of the best me and my family have ever seen.
Arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime for early seating.
The theater is located at Traffic Light #0 on the main Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
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