Gig&Tell: Grand Majestic Theater

  • A JOKE 11/22/2017  2:44pm

    These people lie to and cheat their performers as a mode of operation. They will suspend you as "punishment" if they decide. On top of that they wont even tell you why. They cancel shows left and right (without pay). The "lady" is in one of the shows. It is the only way she would ever be on stage. The only thing she can even come close to doing is line dance. She sings horribly and knows NOTHING about theater. Loyalty means nothing to them. They are literally stupid! Seriously, STUPID!!!! The "man" emcees the show. His voice would NEVER land him a job as emcee. He's a micro managing control freak who is ultimately a coward. He is afraid of anyone who calls him out.
    Yes I'm venting a little but also warning young performers that may be desperate for a gig. DONT WORK FOR THESE PEOPLE. aside from my opinion the facts are they screw and sue. They will screw you out of a contract then sue you for breaking it. And they usually win because they have been through it so much their contacted is worded in a way to assure victory in a courtroom.

    spot on!

    11/22/2017  3:05pm
  • You think you know people 02/13/2014  5:16pm

    If you want to pay $350 per month rent with them (NO professional theaters do this), work 1-2 shows per week, though your contract says 4-7, not get paid for FREQUENTLY cancelled shows, be one of THE leads , get paid MINIMUM ($65 per show, when the lead Soul of Motown guy gets $160 per show), then by all means, go for it!

    Oh God I hate them so much!!!!! I can't believe I had to deal with ALL of these problems that everyone from every season has described and MORE. The only silver lining I can find is that now I know every red flag in the book to keep me from ever working under these kinds of oppressive, illegal (and at times dangerous) conditions again.

    02/25/2014  9:20am

    All I can say is everything on here is true. I don't think they will ever run out of people that will continue to give it a try, and then regret it. They won't change. They move from place to place and try different things but it's such a joke. I do feel sorry for all the people that will move and have moved to Pigeon Forge to be in their show. They promise things and they don't deliver. Oh well live and learn I guess

    03/09/2014  6:09pm

    There was a post about a new Rock n Roll show on playbill under the guise of an anonymous email address. I was excited. Both that and a fabricated live!rocknroll email address they gave rejected my youtube links. So upon googling the address they gave for hardcopy DVD submissions, Grand Majestic came up. TRICKY

    03/23/2014  12:46am

    They are getting a good amount of TV/news publicity in Pigeon Forge right now because of their move to the Smith Family Theatre. Here are two stories:
    www.local8now.com
    www.wbir.com

    They have been there for 7 years and this is their THIRD location. They have to keep moving because they break contracts, run their business unlawfully and no landlord wants to continue doing business with them for an extended period of time.

    THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED. Do not waste your time, money or talent on them. Whatever carrot they dangle for you to run toward, they will never let you have it. Even their most loyal performer/stagehand has moved on and works at more reputable theatre down the Parkway. They are abusive, both emotionally and physically. They will try to isolate you from your family and friends - textbook controlling/abusive behavior.

    03/25/2014  12:38pm

    I would disagree with the guy above me, but he's spot on!

    The current owners in Pigeon Forge TN, of a theater right next to RUby Tuesday's, are unjustly and illegally withholding my good friend's last paycheck, and half of his rent as well.....they made threats for legal action if he posted here again, so I will do it for him. FYI jerks, if you're reading this, its an OPEN FORUM and freedom of speech, so goodluck coming after my buddy. Its not him you have to worry about, it's his entire circle of A-List friends :-) Who btw know about you all and not for a good reason.

    They moved the poor kid around from Place to Place, and house to house, first from the GM's house because she didn't want her niece and nephew sleeping on couches....Well shit, dont ya think if this was to be an issue, DOug shouldnt have flown them out here?

    Second time, they moved him to a different room (after only being in his latest room for a week) to make room for two new cast members. This is bullying and disrespectful in the highest regard....

    Theyve also breached his contract by trying to lower his pay without any amendment, which Im pretty sure makes his contract null and void.

    As for the owner's Son (Yeah, heard about you two Nancy Pants): He would call Daniel a pussy almost everyday, and belittle him whenever he had the chance.

    These folks are some of the most unethical fuck faces in the world I've ever met. I already want to go visit them myself and I DONT EVEN KNOW THEM!!!!

    Stay away from them.

    06/03/2015  9:50pm

    This is PRECISELY how they operate. Working with them will give you PTSD. Thank you for standing up for your friend (and in that, actors everywhere)!

    03/18/2016  6:57pm

    I have read all the bs listed on this post and have to say it can't be further from the truth. I have worked for Doug for over 9 months and its a great job. They listen to their employees and try to see that all the problems get solved. Its a job its supposed to be hard thats why its called work. They open their own home to the cast providing a place thats cheeper than what you can find anywhere else. Truly they saved my family. If you get fired or decide to quit from this job all i can say is maybe its you. The Grand Majestic is better off without you...Quit bitchin and move on.....

    06/30/2016  12:31am

    Sorry to the last poster but no one will even mildly agree with you. Over years and years, cast after cast, everyone has the same horror stories. So one or two "they're not so bad" or "maybe it's you" just will not cut it in the way of excuses. They have another casting call out on Backstage now - looking for "immediate replacements" through the end of 2016. So nothing has changed; actors jumping ship left and right forever and always. Because this theatre is the worst.

    09/27/2016  5:19pm

    Listen up musicians and performers.

    11/07/2017  9:26pm

    These guys are horrible people they use and abuse.

    11/22/2017  3:01pm
  • Grand Majestic Theatre 06/12/2013  8:56pm

    Wow. How right everyone is on here. Owners, that call themselves producers cut people down, have no dignity for their own family so really how could they respect others. They are not going to change. They would have to change and treat people right before they could even possibly have a decent show. It is like a high school production with a cast that works hard. From what I hear year after year this is the way it is. A hard working cast and owners that try to produce a show. A show that can never come together because of them. What a joke

    agreed

    11/07/2017  9:52pm

    They have 2 shows. One is Soul of Motown. The other is titled America's Hit Parade. Everyone in the area calls it $hit Parade, even most of the present performers.

    11/09/2017  9:34am

    Shit parade, LOLOLOLOL. Good one

    11/22/2017  2:59pm
  • Different but nice.    
    08/28/2015  3:56pm

    Worked with this company for a little while. They have some amazing people working there. Not for sure what all the fuss is about. This Daniel guy LMAO. Joke he was. The company owners were nice to him. He messed up. There's been the same people there forever. Cj from soul of motown has been there since 2011 Anthony from soul of motown there since 2010. Then another singer David was there in 2009 left for a cruise ship and then came back for another 3 contracts. They are different, laid back rehearsals not very stressed about things. To work there you must be flexible..thats what a professional does right? You be good to them and they'll be good to you. Simple

    this must be the management posting 1 of the only positive reviews. terrible rep in this town. no musicians want to work for them.

    11/07/2017  9:23pm

    Where is CJ now? not there, hasn't been for a while. Anthony left for a year or 2 and came back because there was no work for him in town. (I hear he wasn't offered a contract at his previous employer)

    11/22/2017  2:58pm
  • Good People    
    08/28/2015  3:40pm

    I started at the grand majestic as a swing for the stage manager. I was unable to perform due to a non compete I had with another local theatre. After meeting the owner Doug and him finding out my situation I was quickly takin in and given work. I was doing tech work, serving ($$$) and working the box office. Doug his wife Jackie and Cheryl the manager were so good to me. After a few weeks a spot had opened to perform I took care of my non compete and went right into the shows. I loved performing to the audience and loved working with the people there. After they were so nice and did all this for me I was offered a Contract for a cruise line, was nervous to go talk with Doug and Jackie about it..Clearly they shoulda been upset and screw me for everything being I basically went in and said I need to leave in less than 2 weeks..Well the exact opposite happened. They were SO understanding and gave me their blessing to go do my thing. I was so lucky to have done everything I had done there and learned so much! I really do hope I am able to go back and work for them again at some point! :)

    Yeah right! They are always to the ones they are about to get rid of anyway, LOL. Very accomodating. Let me guess you were a tech hoping to become a singer. They allowed you to become a singer. They were probably going to fire you bud. Sorry to tell you that. You probably are very talented. You probably went to work on a cruise or something. They didnt hear or see any talent in you. They only knew you were a tech now your singing. They snowed you.

    11/22/2017  2:55pm
  • DO NOT AUDITION - SCAM!    
    09/25/2013  9:49am

    Doug and Jackie have posted on Playbill that they're in need of performers in both America's Hit Parade and Soul of Motown shows. Don't go, even if the contract is only October through December. They will not give you 5-7 shows per week. You will not get paid if a show is cancelled. They will sign you as an "independent contractor," a sneaky employer's method of not paying employment taxes (social security and unemployment) and other employee benefits like workers' compensation insurance and unemployment benefits. If you are required to show up for work at a particular time, punch the clock, use the employer’s equipment and are paid an hourly rate, or another set rate based on time served, you are an employee. Doug admitted to a couple of us that he fudges numbers and doesn't pay all the taxes he should. And you'd better check your pay every time because almost every cast member at one time or another wasn't paid for one or more shows every time it was pay day. Don't let them scam and degrade you. Go on ANY audition instead of theirs. Just don't bother. They're an embarrassment and disgrace to show business.

    100% in agreement

    11/07/2017  9:24pm
  • Different but nice.    
    08/28/2015  3:47pm

    Worked with this company for a little while. They have some amazing people working there. Not for sure what all the fuss is about. This Daniel guy LMAO. Joke he was. The company owners were nice to him. He messed up. There's been the same people there forever. Cj from soul of motown has been there since 2011 Anthony from soul of motown there since 2010. Then another singer David was there in 2009 left for a cruise ship and then came back for another 3 contracts. They are different, laid back rehearsals not very stressed about things. To work there you must be flexible..thats what a professional does right? You be good to them and they'll be good to you. Simple

    "Be good to them and they'll be good to you" is not at all how they've operated with me. They've also done the same backstabbing, harassing, threatening things to several other cast members throughout the season. That's why they can't keep a cast together for 10 months. If they're smiling, it's because they think they're pulling something over on you. They only get upset when they're challenged or proven wrong. Danger zone. Don't work there.

    09/23/2015  8:33pm

    I believe this post was posted by the owners themselves. Too many details about contracts etc.

    10/29/2017  3:06pm
  • Do not work for these people! 10/24/2017  10:34am

    I know this first hand. I have more than 4 personal friends that have experienced the following:

    They sue people! Thats what they do best. They seldom honor their end of the contract. They lie by giving you a verbal agreement then will not honor it unless it suits their agenda. They will fire you without cause then sue you for breaking the contract. They cancel shows and don't pay you for them. Promises, promises promises is what you will hear in the beginning. It's a husband and wife team. The husband will berate performers but you dare not question him. You will get fired then sued!

    It would be better to wait for a better gig to come along than to accept an offer from these guys

  • The "T" and the Shade    
    11/17/2013  5:53pm

    So all the reviews are true. This is the worst theater gig ever. You know the saying it can all ways be worst, well this is "the worst". This is long. but hopefully entertaining and HEPLFUL
    Here are a few things that were not mentioned in the other post or perhaps I missed them either way get for the shadiness of this " company"

    Show Schedule:
    In the post it say 5-7 shows a week. Not true and there isn't much you can do about that. They see sure to it. Here is the break down for A.H.P the magic number of guest needed to cover payroll is 75 and for S.O.M 50.
    Here is where it gets shady, if they just make "magic number" Doug and/or his Ex-wife Sheryl will go through the reservations and try to move the guest to another "more full night"
    Found this out because one of the cast members to earn more money started working the box office. When Doug was confronted his reply was " this way you guys have a bigger house with more energy isn't that great Jackie says bigger houses are better".....The truth he gets to pocket more money

    Treatment:
    For the first few days you are treated great. Then you are treated like crap some people were bullied by Doug he tried pitting us against each other. He would make obvious racist, anti-gay and sexist remakes. Oh and the sexual harassment
    Examples :
    Racism, "I don't think I want you to sing "lion sleeps tonight" bc your black and I think you would be a better cave man."
    Anti-gay: "Your a little to faggy can you butch it up"
    Sexist: "she's a woman and only good for two things and only does one of them well"
    Harassment: There were a lot of people groped and "nut tapped" but he would only do it to the ones he felt wouldn't fight back.
    We were told that the previous 2011 cast were horrible that's why the had no re-hires. We shortly learned that was not the case at all. When working in that town and you tell people you work for that theater the response you will get is "you didn't sign the contract yet did you?", "good luck" or my favorite "RUN"

    Housing:
    OK housing. You are given 30-days free housing to allow to focus on the show and getting your bearings in the area. This is true. They will give you the option about two weeks in to stay in the "cast housing" for a fee. They have two options, one house is off the strip about 0.4 of mile away from the theater. The other is their mansion about 3-4 miles from the theater.
    with in the first two weeks Doug informed the guys who lived in the house on the strip ( the soul of Motown house/ the black house) that the rent would be about $150-200 and we shouldn't tell the People in A.H.P because their rent would be $300. now within those 30 days you will get a paycheck and it will help you figure out how much you can afford in the area. Doug to keep you in his control/property will say " this is the cheapest rate you will get in the area, you will have to pay a deposit cable internet furnishing" Now after our second payday and end of the 30 days Doug informed us that the rent for The S.O.M house was not 150-200 but $300 a person for the 3-4 brd. 4x350=1400 house reasoning the owner bumped up the pricing bc of the number of ppl. and the utilizes were higher than expected. It sucked but what else were we going to do so all of those guys got a second job except me bc I was in both shows. (Which is the only reason they got me down there and the only reason I stayed for 5mnth. )
    HERE COME THE SHADE. About 2 months real landlord came by to fix a broken window screen, there he told one of the cast members that he was giving us a really good deal because he loves the theater. When asked what kinda of deal he said he was only charging $600 for the house. We as a household were paying double. When confronted Doug. actually Doug sent his wife and cast member to try to smooth it over she said it was due to utilizes, furnishing and lawn care which was Jeremy the SM and son of Doug and Sheryl mowing our yard. When we asked to see the utility bill is wasn't available.
    Now to the mansion. In the A.H.P house they were paying $300 a month to share rooms. in that house there were 5 people. 5x300=1500 they were playing the mortgage. So recap, S.O.M house profit about 600 A.H.P 1400 after utilities that is 2000 month profit, which they are paying you. So in turn there would be some months that you would be paying them to do a show. SHADEY
    That was the final straw for most of us.

    Exiting:
    If you are already there Bless you. If your ready to leave type up a quick letter of resignation, it must be handed in 30 days prior to your leave date. Now be financially prepared to not have those 30 days because Doug might just fire you on the spot or have some poor sap as your replacement there in a week.

    Here are a few tips:
    Tip#1
    Now if you have signed the contract or about to, know that the Non-compete clause is tricky because TN is a right to work state and the theaters in that area are pretty close (the Majestic that red headed step cousin whose uncle is also his daddy in other words the joke of the parkway) SO they will try to stop you from working in that area even if they fire you.
    Make sure in your resignation letter for put something in there about begin released from all contractual agreement made by you and DDM production as wells as any agreements made by you and Doug and Jackie

    Tip #2:
    Do not let him push you into being an independent contractor. it stops them from paying unemployment. And it lets you keep some control he is less likely to fire you bc he will still have to pay into unemployment.

    Tip # 3
    If you live in the mansion watch what you say and do. Not kidding the place has Cameras.

    Tip#4
    This saved me. If you have two contracts with them make sure that one is contingent on the other. It seems weird but its a way out for you.

    Tips #5 The MOST IMPORTANT
    DON'T DO IT!!

    AND I FORGOT in "treatment" there is no h.r so you are on your own

    11/17/2013  5:55pm
  • DO NOT WORK HERE!!!!    
    12/27/2012  2:11pm

    CAUTION!!! I wish somebody told me this before I accepted the contract.

    1.) ALWAYS a problem with paychecks (being the wrong amount)
    2.)Cancelled Performances (you get paid per show)
    3.) they treat ALL of their performers poorly
    4.) loopholes in contract
    5.) DOUG AND JACKIE have no prior experience and have no idea what theyre doing.
    6.)they dont wash laundry in between seasons and expect you to do it
    7.) you have to pay them rent, otherwise you have to find a place to live (they dont pay you enough to afford rent without another job)
    8.) a secondary job is a MUST!
    9.) not only is DOUG rude to his performers but the patrons as well.
    10.) they dont have a costumer. so goodluck if it doesnt fit. youll be dancing with safety pins in your clothes.

    WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!

    Everything said here is 100% accurate. Such a dissatisfying experience. They are sexist, racist, homophobic and sexually harassing. They have NO experience with theater. For example, they only know how to line dance, so all Jackie's choereo is line dance based. (Some guest choreo is used.) They ask actors to perform 10-second quick changes without a dresser. They have no concept of music or dance terms. They have never kept a cast intact for a full season - people start bailing (or considering it) in the first month. You will need a second job and they will ask you to give your employer virtually no notice when they decide to schedule a mid-day rehearsal. If you say no, they will threaten to fire you and sue you for the $5000 fee for breaking contract. These are not the complaints of a disgruntled former employee. They are facts known and talked about throughout the area and among former cast members. Do not go there. There are plenty of theatres in the area not run by crooks and unprofessional hacks.

    01/15/2013  5:51pm

    Doug and Jackie call RIFFING... rifting! and they actually think thats the right term no matter how many times people try to correct them.

    Doug also admitted he has no idea what the difference is between belt and mix. he thought it just meant LOUDER when you belted!!

    Jackie is very sweet but Doug yells and talks down to her constantly (and in front of performers). Makes for a very hostile environment!



    01/24/2013  12:02pm

    Oh God yes - RIFTING! They're terrible directors..they know little to nothing about the craft of theatre. Doug is so inappropriate with everyone from cast, crew, to audience members. Jackie would be cool if she didn't just go along with everything he said and did. They would keep a lot more cast members if they didn't treat people like trash and constantly create drama. They LOOOOVE their drama. They pit people against one another and ask really inappropriate questions about everyone's personal lives. Oh and don't forget to WEIGH IN on the scale Doug brings to rehearsal without any notice. It's not in the contract that you have to do public weigh-ins, but you'll be in huge trouble if you don't comply.

    01/24/2013  1:40pm

    A lot of performers in PF have second jobs, not just at the Majestic.
    Never stay with your boss
    Figure all that out before you take a job.
    If the contract says you will be doing a certain amount of shows then thats what you get paid for. Always get a attorney to go over a contract

    01/27/2013  1:49pm

    What loopholes????

    01/27/2013  1:59pm

    I can understand people wanting to play devil's advocate and maybe try to see things from the other perspective, but these are the views and opinions of every cast member I encountered. No disrespect. I have no hard feelings towards the owners (even though I can recall numerous situations and occasions that were completely and utterly unprofessional and left me wanting to walk out the door on my first night of a show). I wish them all the best, but everything that has been previously stated is legitimate. I've never seen so many people leave a contract (our contracts say that you can leave if you give 30 days notice, although it is frowned upon)! I'm so thankful to have met the talented performers that they have hired! Here's my advice-take it or leave it as you will with the rest. Do not accept a contract that pays per show if it does not GUARANTEE you a specific number of shows per week. That's where we all went wrong and we paid the price. It did say we have 4-6 shows per week in our contract, but we weren't guaranteed it. If I had the capability of getting a lawyer to look over every contract I was offered it would be wonderful! I, unfortunately, am not blessed with that opportunity.

    Anyway, I just wanted to hopefully help someone to make their decision with the most insider information possible. I'll say it again. I'm not out to get the owners in any way, I just would have appreciated this information before I accepted the contract. Best of luck to everyone.

    01/29/2013  12:07am

    Everything everyone said in these post are true. My friend took a job there and they are gone now but I feel sorry for people that are there and for people they are auditioning right now on Playbill.
    In order to be respected a person has to show respect and Doug does not do that. Many people tell the stories of The Grand Majestic. ( or shall I say horror stories) All these post are 100 percent correct. (Everything)so watch out before signing anything with them. I saw the show, and Doug (owner producer) is mc. That is the most boring part of the show. Guess he wants to be a star , but he takes the energy away from the show. My advice is stay away from that theatre or you will be miserable.

    04/19/2013  11:27am