The cast of the Biblical Times Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge was featured at the National Quartet Convention last week before a capacity of crowd of 11,500.
The five member cast consists of Rachel Barnes, Benjamin Morelock, Ashley Jenkins, Blaine Sumler and Chris Seigler. The quintet performed during the initial showcase Monday along with 12 other acts. Their renditions of “Ready for a Miracle” and “Days of Elijah” impressed the judges enough to select the group to open Wednesday in the regional competition at the Music Road Convention Center. They sang “What a Lovely Name” and “Days of Elijah” which led to a performance on the Main Stage at the LeConte Center.
“It was a busy week for us,” said Allan Miller, general manager/director of the theater. “Our performers sang for three showcases and one night at the convention center while still doing two shows a day at the theater. Parker Webb of the Rick Webb Family was one of the judges. He told me that our group was the most professional in singing and performing. I felt like a proud dad.”
For newcomer Chris Seigler the week was a trial by fire. He had just started in his new role at the theater the week before and had little time to prepare. He is the music director and worship leader at Bethel Baptist Church in Townsend. The 28 year old tenor didn’t start singing until he was 18 years old. He began as a drummer for a praise and worship group then traveled with Cross for Crown and the Foothills Quartet before beginning his solo ministry in January 2012.
“This was my second time performing at the National Quartet Convention,” said Seigler. “I have always enjoyed performing gospel music. There is something about gospel music that opens people’s heart. Working at the Biblical Times Theater has presented new challenges as I have never danced or recited lines.”
The cast is also rehearsing for the Christmas season. “The Christmas Story” begins November 1 and runs through January 3 with performances Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m. The current show “Moses Mountain of God” will continue to run throughout the Christmas season at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The theater utilizes state-of-the-art holographic images that interact with live performers. For more information call 865-908-3327.