Show blends traditional story with modern twist

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It may be the only nightly Christmas show in the country featuring a live cast and holograms.

We went behind the scenes of the Biblical Times Christmas Feast.

People who come to the Biblical Times Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge for entertainment may not have stepped foot in a church.

"If we can soften their heart and they can walk out of here with maybe a little different thought and actually we can get the Gospel into their hearts. That's what this theater is really about," Allan Miller said. He is the production manager for the Biblical Times Theater.

The theater presents the Christmas Feast Monday through Saturday nights with performers like Paula Michelle.

"All of the lyrics that I happen to sing I love what I'm saying. When I love what I'm saying I believe I can execute that and you'll feel that from me," Paula Michelle said.

During the show she's on stage with other performers and holograms.

"I'm just doing what I've been doing for 30 years basically for me. So I don't find it difficult or weird in any kind of way," she explained.

She demonstrated a song with hologram angel wings. Allan Miller explained it was just a hint of what visitors would see in an actual performance.

"We actually have scenes where there's holograms and real people, our live cast, that's right in amongst each other. And you can't tell what's what. Just like the animals. You can't tell what's real and what's not," Miller said.

He recalls a recent comment from a visitor.

"He said I've been raised on a farm for all my years. Now tell me how may of those animals were real and how many were hologram. And when you've got that going on you're doing really good. Which they're of course all hologram," he said.

The animals look very real but the hologram versions have some distinct advantages.

"We don't have to worry about feeding or cleaning up so it makes it really nice," he said.

Paula Michelle has performed with Ray Charles, Marilyn McCoo, and Yanni but this show has a special place in her heart.

"Some people have eyes full of tears and they're just emotional and they seem to have really have been effected by it and that makes me quite proud," she said.

The show focusing on the nativity also includes a seven course meal, thus, the Christmas Feast.

"Come and feed both your soul and your stomach. Feed both. And come and enjoy and relax," she said.

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