By Michael Williams
The Smoky Mountain Opry launches the Christmas season with a new holiday show featuring Christmas music, inspiring gospel music, dancing comedy and, of course, Santa Claus. With a crew of 40 performers, the SMO features the largest cast of any show in the Smokies.
The show begins with a mesmerizing laser light show choreographed to holiday music. The singers perform many holiday classics including “It’s Cold Outside,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and many other holiday favorites.
The show depicts scenes from “Toyland,” as well as a scene from Santa’s workshop in which his mischievous, rambunctious elves are having a little fun in preparation for Christmas day. The elves sing a comical rendition of “We are Santa’s Elves” as they jump about playing in the workshop. Silk aerialists LeeAnn and Simone perform a magnificent acrobatic performance dangling high above the stage to the tune “Blue Christmas.” The couple returns later for a quick change segment of the show that is guaranteed to amaze and amuse.
In a light-hearted comedy segment of the show comedian/juggler Slim Chance portrays the jolly old elf fishing in the Louisiana Bayous singing “All about that Bass” when he receives a visit of several locals who join in for a comical performance of “The 12 days of Christmas.”
Perhaps the most inspiring segment of the show is a live depiction of the nativity scene that will inspire the spirit of the holiday in anyone. The cast members appear on the stage wearing period clothing portraying shepherds from the fields. Live sheep walk onto the stage followed by the three wise men who ride onto the stage on camels to see the newborn king. An angel flies across the theater high above the rafters singing “Silent Night” and lands near the manger where the Christ child lies. The scene concludes with “Oh Holy Night.” This scene is truly inspiring.
Another memorable scene of the show depicts a small girl sleeping in a chair in her living room awaiting the arrival of old Saint Nick. She is soon surprised to awaken and find him standing at her Christmas tree. Santa takes the little girl back to his workshop where she discovers the magic of Christmas. She places a toy bear into a doll house and the toy bear magically comes to life. Amazed by this, she is encouraged to place a stuffed toy lion into a cage. Two of Santa’s helpers cover the cage and the jolly old elf magically transforms the toy lion into a real white lion. The lion is Tsimba Vaati, a rare white lion. Only 300 are known to exist in the world.
The Smoky Mountain Opry offers up many wonderful surprises and is a must see show for the holiday season. For more information visit the website at www.smokymtnopry.com. or call 800-768-1170.