Hatfield & McCoy plans a splash with diving hillbillies

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 at 5:38 PM EST
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A major renovation is underway at Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge that will turn the stage into a giant pool of water.

Local 8 News got a behind the scenes look at the theater, which now has a giant hole on the inside of the building.

"Secretly we've been undergoing a $2 million renovation of the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater," said David Fee, Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment. “Our construction's been so secret, we've put a huge plastic bag over it, so no one could see it."

Theater co-owners David Fee and Jim Hedrick are announcing their plans to add a high diving water element to the show as well as new cast members and trained animals.

"Wild and crazy swimming creatures and a little tug river fun right here in Pigeon Forge," said Hedrick. "This is going to be a big surprise, it's a big moment for us, we are so excited to bring something new and fun for Pigeon Forge,"

“The diving well finds its roots in the Tug River where the Hatfield and McCoy Feud began in the mountainous Tug River Valley,” he said.

“The Tug River separated West Virginia from Kentucky and separated most of the Hatfield and McCoy clans. Approximately every 100 years there is a flood in this area, expect to see one every day at The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show. There will be lots of theatrical surprises that will be mindboggling.”

The dinner show is inspired by real-life events that features a talent competition between “Pa Hatfield” and “Ma McCoy.” It starts almost every day at 5 and 8 p.m. with occasional 2 p.m. matinees.