The magic of the Christmas season comes to life on the stage at the Biblical Times Dinner Theater with “The Christmas Story.” The new show depicts the birth of Christ as witnessed by Simeon, a Biblical scholar who lived during the time of Christ.
The story begins in the home of Simeon who is elated that the prophecy he has studied throughout much of his life is now beginning to come true. He has heard stories of angels speaking to shepherds. He has seen much trial and tribulation during the times in which he lived and prayed that the stories he had heard of miracles were true. Finally, the Christ child is born.
The birth of God’s son is vividly portrayed with holographic images interacting with live actors. The creative minds that designed the holograms spared no detail in depicting the first Christmas. The cold wintry night is evident by the frost from the nostrils of the animals that graze near the manger as wise men from the east converge at the stable to pay homage to the newborn king.
Simeon is disappointed that he was not there when the shepherds were visited by the angels and the night Christ was born. But his disappointment is soon assuaged when he later meets the proud parents and is elated when the opportunity arises to behold the Savior and take the baby in his arms.
The award winning cast includes Rachel Barnes, Blaine Sumler, Ashley Jenkins, Benjamin Morelock and Jamie Smeriglio. Sumler performed with The Gaither’s piano player Matthew Holt. Morelock has performed with gospel music icon, The Hoppers. The cast of the Biblical Times recently performed on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention.
The BTDT is one of the most innovative show in the Smokies. The show utilizes mesmerizing holographic images that interact with the live actors on stage. The holograms are so life-like that it is impossible to ascertain which characters are real and which are holograms.
The show begins with a pre-show of six skilled performers singing classic hymns, southern gospel, Christmas classics and reminiscing of their own Christmas memories. Joining the cast for the Christmas show is Paula Michelle, an award winning singer that performed with music legend Ray Charles.
Through the magic of holograms, multiple singers appear to have wings. She appears as an angel speaking to Joseph telling him of his destiny as the man who has been chosen to raise the Son of God.
During the Nativity the cast performs a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night” and other Christmas classics that moves the audience and inspires to fill even the surliest of Scrooges with Christmas spirit.
The show features a seven item feast of Biblical proportions that includes wood smoked pulled pork and prime rib, grilled chicken, crispy salad, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, a roll, Strawberry Shortcake, and unlimited tea and lemonade.
The Christmas show runs through January 3 and begins at 6 p.m. Also throughout the Christmas season, the cast will present a 2 p.m. matinee of “Moses Mountain of God.” The matinee is the story of Moses and the flight of the Israelites and exodus from Egypt. This dramatic performance, like the Christmas show, utilizes the same holographic images that bring the Biblical characters to life. Watch as Moses parts the Red Sea and leads the Israelites to freedom. The meal served at the matinee performance is different than the meal served at the Christmas show.
The theater is offering a special deal on tickets for patrons that wish to see both shows. Customers who purchase tickets to the Christmas show can see “Moses Mountain of God” for half price.
The Biblical Times Dinner Theater is the recipient of the TripAdvisor Award for Excellence. For more information about the Biblical Times Dinner Theater call 865-908-3327 or visit BiblicalTimesTheater.com.