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Smoky Mountain Dinner Theatre tops the charts
By Jeaneane Payne, Publisher

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Members of the Biblical Times Theatre cast in their performance of "Moses Mountain of God" pre-show.

A new show came into Pigeon Forge this year, “Moses Mountain of God” showing at the Biblical Times Theatre. The group moved into an existing building which formerly housed a show of a different flavor.

Thinking that I should do a story on the new show just to be polite and welcome them to the area, I let them know I was interested in doing a feature story in the Knoxville Daily Sun so they gave me free tickets.

I took my brother and sister-in-law with me. Since my brother is a minister, I thought he should tag along.

Needing an outing that was diversified from my regular routine entertainment venues, I thought the “Moses Mountain of God” show would at least be somewhat refreshing. I didn’t expect much considering the number of religious performances I had seen in the past which were simply mediocre.

Upon our arrival at the theatre, we were warmly greeted by manager Allan Miller who presented me with three tickets along with an upgrade on seating. Again, I didn’t expect much along the lines of comfortable seating at a dinner theatre. I wondered about this upgrade as we waited in the lobby for the theatre doors to open so everyone could make a grand rush inside.

I was pleasantly surprised as we were ushered in by one of the performers and shown our seats in aisle three. As I sat down in a very comfortable leather chair, I knew my desire for comfort for a 90-minute show would be fulfilled. It doesn’t get better than this in a dinner theatre.

Two beverage servers from Ukraine, working in Pigeon Forge for the summer, quickly began serving a bottomless jar of our choice of sweet tea, unsweet tea, or lemonade. Our chairs had a table large enough to accommodate our meal. As we waited for our hot food to arrive, a shocking documentary was shown about the discovery of the real mountain of fire Mountain of Fire: The Discovery of the Real Mount Sinai of the true story of two American adventurers who follow mysterious clues to find the true Mt. Sinai. The discoveries made shocked the world and rewrote history. Centuries of tradition place this holy mountain in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, but compelling evidence will show that this hallowed ground, where Moses was told to take the shoes of his feet before the burning bush, may actually be in the barren deserts of northwestern Saudi Arabia.

Our 7-course meal began with a fresh salad with choice of dressing. Then followed a large plate filled with hand-carved roast beef, wood-smoked BBQ pulled pork, fried chicken fillets, the best baked beans in the South, very tasty herb garnished red potatoes, and a mouth-watering cheddar cheese biscuit. Dessert was caramel cream cake.

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Cast member sings gospel
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Cast members do special song
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Modern day performance of gospel

As we enjoyed our dinner, I was completely blown away as the “Moses Mountain of God” cast gave a uniquely outstanding foot stomping, hand clapping performance of southern gospel music along with hymns and contemporary. This show definitely has the best singers of any show in the Smoky Mountains. Their voice quality can’t be compared, and each vocalist had immaculate voice control without wavering. The Ukraine workers gave a remarkable acrobatic performance as well.

This one hour performance and the food quality was definitely worth a paid ticket. So far, the entire show had lasted 90 minutes. I quickly assumed the main performance would only be 20 minutes or so. Then someone announced a 15 minute intermission with the remainder of the show to last 90 minutes. The uplifting music had prepared us for what was to come. I couldn’t imagine it getting any better.

The main performance begins. The story of faith and miracles is told through the eyes of Moses' assistant and commander, Joshua. As 12 holographic scenes are shown, the live cast continued their performance to coincide with each scene. I was completely taken into the drama with the Red Sea Crossing scene as God made a way for the Israelites to cross through and drowned their enemies who followed in hot pursuit. The Burning Bush, Split Rock, Mountain of God where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, and Golden Calf scenes were powerful. The most moving scene was the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.

The cast brought each scene to life with their rich, powerful voices and theatrical acting. Craig Mintz, Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Sevierville gave a great performance with his Bible voice over and Casey Jones with his narrator voice over performance.

“Moses Mountain of God” is one of the most uplifting and spiritually inspiring performances I have experienced. It is surely an Epic Story served with an Epic Feast, both of Biblical proportions.

The same day I attended the show it was named the winner of the coveted 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. The theater was recognized as a top performing dinner attraction as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site.

“Winning the Tripadvisor Certificate of excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Biblical Times Dinner Theater,” said Allan Miller, director and theater manager of the Biblical Times. “We would like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on Tripadvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

The Biblical Times had a remarkable 92 percent of their ratings that were above four stars. Eighty-five percent of the theater’s ratings were five stars.

The show runs through October 31, 2014. Shows are Monday through Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Large groups may request special matinee showings by calling (865) 908-2251. Adult tickets are $44.95 plus tax; children 3-11 $19.95; children 2 and under are admitted free; Seniors 60+ are $41.95 plus tax. Preferred seating is $49.95. Ticket prices are definitely worth every penny and more.

For individual reservations, please call (865) 908-3327. For more information, visit www.biblicaltimestheater.com.

Biblical Times Theatre is located at 2391 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN.

Published June 9, 2014




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