Veteran entertainer and youth pastor Jon Dee serves audiences a proprietary blend of hypnosis, positivity, magic, and belly laughs. Members of the audience can become part of the show once falling under Dee's spell, in which they may be playfully encouraged to do '80s dances, cluck like a chicken, and write melancholy short fiction. One kid aged 9 or younger gets in free with each ticketed adult to the family-friendly event, which focuses on inspiring the audience with its nonmalicious use of hypnotism (additional children's tickets are $9.95 each). Shows start at 8 p.m. most Saturdays and occasionally on other days throughout the week. Check the schedule for upcoming dates.
For more than 60 years, the Cherokee Historical Association, a nonprofit cultural organization, has immersed visitors in live recreations of the history and daily life of the Cherokee people. Nestle into the 2,000-seat outdoor amphitheater for a presentation of Unto These Hills, an outdoor drama that's said to have been performed for more than six million visitors and 60 billion insects since its debut in 1950. The adventure begins with the Europeans’ arrival in the New World and navigates audiences through the tapestry of time, ending with the Cherokees’ tragic journey on the Trail of Tears.
The independently owned Reel Theatres Movies on the Parkway beckons movie-goers with a fleet of first-run films in a family-friendly setting. The cinematic domicile unspools a rotating roster of blockbusters, including coming attractions The Help, 30 Minutes or Less, and Conan the Barbarian. While awaiting a scheduled appointment with a movie, film-goers can visit the arcade (not included in this Groupon) to train for future real-life encounters with unrelenting Pac-Men. Dolby Surround or DTS Digital Sound envelop eager eardrums with the sounds of cinematic car crashes and sumptuous scores, while the wall-to-wall screens embrace larger-than-life storytelling and giant shadow puppets. An included large bag of freshly popped popcorn inspires buttery thumb-wrestling, while the theater's well-stocked concession stand proffers hot dogs, nachos, candy, and other noshable notions.
A squad of professional jokesmiths storms the stage to elicit hearty guffaws during interactive improv performances at Rocky Top Playhouse, a venue TripAdvisor ranked as the No. 1 Nightlife in Sevierville attraction. Audience members can sink into their seats within the intimate theater, armed with enough popcorn to sustain them through an hour of guttural cardio or to glue together into a dapper beard. Facetious cast members call upon suggestions from the audience while putting on fully improvised productions in the vein of Whose Line is It Anyway?. Spectators can try and stump trained performers with absurd sketch-topic suggestions, such as "funeral party” or “seriously, where is the bathroom in this building?”