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Smoky Mountain Show of the Season: Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas of Light
By Jeaneane Payne, Publisher

Let’s go back in time to the days of old-fashioned Christmas trees, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday gatherings, nostalgic villages in winter settings, Christmas miracles, and the scenic beauty of nostalgic villages in winter settings. An inspirational and awe-inspiring experience awaits you in the Smoky Mountains during the holiday season.

From November 1, 2015 through January 2, 2016, The Smoky Mountain Palace Theatre in Sevierville, Tenn. will come alive with a magnificent production featuring the beautiful masterpieces of Thomas Kinkade™, the “Painter of Light,” -- Thomas Kinkade's Christmas of Light.

Set in a beautiful wintry stage, Kinkade’s paintings are portrayed on five screens as vocalists with rich tenor and soprano voices belt out a performance of “The Prayer” and a guitarist sings traditional Christmas music. Set to music by live musicians, the full program includes amazing vocalists and a storyteller. Kinkade’s art “offers a place of refuge – a place where the transient things of life give way to the things that matter most.” His art has touched the lives of many people. Let it touch you this holiday season. I recommend that you bring tissues for this very moving and inspirational event which will leave you with thoughts of hope, joy, faith, and family.

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A scene from Thomas Kinkade's Christmas of Light at The Smoky Mountain Palace Theatre.

Early arrivals to the performance will be bustling throughout the Thomas Kinkade™ gallery located inside the theatre and mingling around the elegant Christmas tree in the lobby.

Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas of Light turns back the clock. Attending the performance is like entering a Christmas card. With the often snow-peaked Smoky Mountains as a back drop as you enter the theatre, Christmas of Light beckons you to retreat for a while into the serenity of one of America's most beautiful productions.

“From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, His name is to be praised” (Psalms 113:3) — thus speaks the paintings of Thomas Kinkade as portrayed in “Christmas of Light”.

This special holiday performance will warm your heart and and fill you with inspiration. Afterwards you might want to enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants close to the theatre — Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, Fuddrucker’s, and others.

The Smoky Mountain Palace Theatre is situated in the historic town of Sevierville, which is nestled beside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In winter, visitors from around the world come to Smoky Mountain Winterfest to enjoy its many festivities. Not everyone attends a live performance, but those who do discover the part of the Smoky Mountains they have been hoping to find — Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas of Light.

The Smoky Mountain Palace Theatre is located at 179 Collier Drive, Sevierville, TN. Tickets can be purchased online at

About the Cast:

daniel emmettDaniel Emmet
Daniel Emmet has been thrilling audiences with his rich powerful vocals, boyish charm and quick wit. Hailed by many as the, “singer with jaw-dropping vocals,” this powerhouse is described as possessing a voice that has, “the lyricism of a cello with the power of a French horn,” both captivating and beautiful. Creating an ambiance of elegance and sophistication with his stunning vocals, this 22-year-old charismatic singer leaves audiences breathless no matter their musical taste.

Whether performing in Vienna, Austria for a private event, singing the national anthem to 18,000 L.A. Kings hockey fans at the Staples Center, or delivering an intimate tribute on The Wendy Williams Show, he is no stranger to commanding stages large and small and will move each and every member of his audience.

This classically trained young man, who sings in seven languages, has a unique way of uniting popular music and classical singing. Leveraging an impressive repertoire of both classical and modern pieces, he performs with stunning vocals featuring a range of genres from classical, pop, Broadway, to opera.

Daniel has been blessed with extraordinary musicality beyond vocal performance. He has been given accolades for being able to compose virtually anything from film scores, songs, arias, to concertos.

Born in Upstate New York, as a young boy, Daniel played little league baseball, loved cars, participated in the school choir/plays and planned on being a lawyer. Not until his sophomore year in high school when he moved to Las Vegas with his family did that plan start to change. After the move, he started taking voice lessons, was asked to sing his first “non-school” event at the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s gala and won the Nevada High School State Voice Competition. No longer playing baseball or planning on going to law school (but still having the love for cars), he was bitten by the true love and appreciation of music. Since then, Daniel has been performing at many extraordinary events and has quickly earned praise by many as “the next most promising up and coming artist to be making big waves in the music business”.

In May 2015, Daniel graduated from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music as a Presidential Scholar, where he majored in Vocal Performance. He is preparing to release his first solo album accompanied by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

chris lockwoodChris Lockwood
A Mobile, Ala. native, Chris Lockwood now calls Nashville, Tenn. home. A student of the guitar for more than 25 years, Chris’ daily routine while growing up was practice, practice, sleep, eat, go to school, then practice some more. Playing and singing at church, writing songs at an early age, and performing in talent shows helped lay the foundation in his desire to do music professionally. In 1997, after arriving at the University of Mobile, he started honing his crafts while touring and performing, which really fed his love for the road. After college, he received a phone call and was invited to go on the road and play guitar with contemporary Christian music group, Truth.

After his time with Truth, his focus turned back to the studio, writing songs, recording, and producing, which led to his first record deal with Fairtrade, as a member of CCM pop group, 33Miles. 33Miles was nominated for “Best New Artist” at the GMA Dove Awards, their song “One Life to Love” won BMI “Song of the Year”, and they’ve had numerous top 10 and top 20 radio singles. Throughout the years, 33Miles has partnered and shared the stage with artists such as Amy Grant, Switchfoot, MercyMe, Chris Tomlin, Brandon Heath, Casting Crowns, Britt Nicole, Building 429, and many more.

In fall 2011, Chris recorded & released his first solo EP, Coming Alive, compiled of five original songs he wrote while on the road with 33Miles. His follow-up EP, Heaven on Earth, which was released in spring 2015, is a handful of worship songs he co-wrote with several other worship leaders from around the country.

Among many others, Chris has written songs for 33Miles, Jaci Velasquez, Kutless, Phillips Craig & Dean, Lifeway Christian Resources, TNT Network.

When rarely not working on music, Chris is either spending much needed time with his family, running (literally), reading a good book, or dreaming about the possibilities down the road.

“God is good. I’m a blessed man.”

Philippians 3:7-11

kai vilhelmsenKai Vilhelmsen
As a writer and performer in the KIDMO & LIL' K preschool series, cameo appearances as “Mister Stan the HandyMan” in the gold selling series Miss PattyCake, and commercial voice over work, Kai VilHemlsen went on to become a full-time actor and singer in Los Angeles, Calif. In 1990, Kai was offered a job with Disney in the company's entertainment and character division. The Disney experience was great training for Kai, who was extremely successful capturing the attention of audiences at various Disney events.

While working at Disney, Kai also served as the children's programming director at Parkcrest Christian Church. At Parkcrest, Kai began to write and develop the elementary and preschool curriculum and program for the children's ministry. It was not long afterward that good friend Johnny Rogers asked Kai to join him in a new venture called KIDMO, an innovative, multimedia resource for children's ministries. Kai was an immediate hit, and continues to appear as many favorite characters in the series.

In 2004, Kai joined the KIDMO team full-time to help develop a media-driven preschool program. Today, LIL' K is one of the most revolutionary new resources for church preschool ministry.

Kai currently resides in Franklin, Tenn.

rachel robinsonRachel W. Robinson
Rachel Robinson began singing at the age of two and a half. Both her parents are singers and musicians and they instilled a love of music in her from the start. Rachel began singing professionally at the age of 17.

She has had the honor of performing or recording with amazing artists such as Don Moen, Lenny LeBlanc, Teddy Gentry of the super group Alabama, Randy Travis, Colin Raye, Mac McAnally and Jimmy Buffett, just to name a few.

Rachel is also proud to be part of the Country group, 3 Lanes Crossing, with her sisters Jenny and Jill.

Whether singing on stage or in the studio, it is evident she is doing what God created her to do.

About the Producers:

chris thomasonChris Thomason
President of in:cite Media and PGC Entertainment, Thomason is a veteran of the music and Live Event Production industry.

Thomason has Executive Produced, Produced, or served as A&R on products which have sold more than 40 million units worldwide.

Thomason has personally garnered 20 RIAA Gold and Platinum Awards and many of his projects have received or been nominated for Grammy, Dove and Stellar awards.

Gary Baker
Gary Baker has sold over 300 million records worldwide, earned a Grammy Award, and created two of the music industry’s best-selling crossover hits.

A native of New York, Baker launched his recording career with Muscle Shoals’ famed LeBlanc and Carr band. As a No. 1 hit songwriter, for songs such as “I Swear,” Baker has been honored by the CMAs, the ACMAs, the AMAs, NSAI, ASCAP and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

His versatility in pop and country has enabled him to work with pop superstars Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson and the Backstreet Boys, as well as country favorites like Lonestar, Reba McEntire and LeAnn Rimes.

Jerry Williams
Jerry Williams is the musical director, creator, and arranger for the Donny & Marie Show in Las Vegas in an ongoing engagement as well as musical director for television at Sony Tristar. He has performed with and arranged for such artists as Stevie Wonder,, Garth Brooks, Britney Spears, Brian McKnight, Barry Manilow, and many others.

Additionally, he has served as the musical director for a number of network specials including Magic of Christmas Special, NBC Gulf War Special, and others, and has worked a number of ad campaigns for Toyota, ABC Monday Night Football, NBC Olympics, and others.

Don Frantz
Don Frantz is the President and owner of Town Square Productions, Inc. He is an eight-year-veteran of the Walt Disney Company where he was instrumental in creating Walt Disney Theatrical Productions and serveda s the Associate Producer of Broadway's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE LION KING.

Additional accolades include General Manager on Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities, Soul of Shaolin, A Class Act. For Off Broadway, Producer of DISENCHANTED!, General Manager for Pirates of Penzance, Summer of '42 and I Got Merman. In China he is Producer/Director of current musicals Golden Huyang and Kunlun Myth and Into the Woods. Producer/Creative Producer of Walt Disney World's "SpectroMagic," and two IAPPA 'Best Live Show'
winners: Seaworld's BELIEVE and Busch Gardens' KaTonga. Recently Consulting Producer for Magic To Do for Princess Cruises.

Karl Horstmann
Karl Horstmann founded Triple Horse Studios while enjoying a successful executive tenure at Turner Studios where he was a key team member in the brand launch of several television and cable networks.

Karl honed his creative talents directing and producing hundreds of projects including national campaigns for Coca-Cola, the U.S. Army, NASCAR, the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NFL, Under Armour, Chevrolet, Smith & Wesston and Bridgestone Golf, managing in excess of $100MM in commercial production.

Karl's hard-hitting, uncompromising approach and attention to detail has become the foundation for his personal brand. Karl's portfolio expanded to full-length documentaries, television series and specials, live events, concerts, pre-feature entertaiment and motion picdtures. His work has enabled him to collaborate with a wide variety of talented writers, producers, directors, actors, entertainers and sports personalities.

Published October 31, 2015

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