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Dollywood Casting Children’s Roles for Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival

Published August 31, 2021 / Last Updated August 31, 2021
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Dollywood is seeking audition submissions for children’s roles in the park’s popular Christmas productions

Dollywood plans to cast multiple children’s roles in some of the park’s most-known productions during this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana. Dollywood’s entertainment team is now accepting submissions for the roles.

Known around the world for its award-winning entertainment, Dollywood is casting young performers who can play children 8-12 years old. It is important to note the child does not need to be this age, but must be able to convincingly portray a child of this age.

Children Take Center Stage

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas has been known for many years as the best theme park Christmas event, and much of that popularity is due to the high-quality shows that take place during the festival. A number of young performers, including country singer Carly Pearce and “American Idol” alum Janelle Arthur, have started their careers at Dollywood.

The children selected for the roles will play in one of three guest-favorite productions, “Christmas in the Smokies,” “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” or “O’ Holy Night.” Dollywood Entertainment Director Paige Bales said,

“We are looking for those special children who are able to connect with our audiences. The talent of our entertainers is the secret to our success, and we are looking for that same ability from the children in these roles.”

Both speaking and singing parts are available, and dialogue memorization is required. Rehearsals will begin in late October with performances taking place during the entire run of the festival, November 6 – January 2. Each role will be double-cast, allowing for additional flexibility.

“We understand that the kids in these roles need time for school work and time to just enjoy being a kid during the holidays, so that is why we double-cast these roles,” Bales continued.

Audition Submissions Due September 5

Parents of interested applicants should submit a video of their child singing a favorite song, along with a video of them reading “Bear in There” by Shel Silverstein. Additionally, parents should include a headshot, resume (including the child’s height) and links to live performances. All materials should be sent to auditions@dollywood.com by Sunday, September 5.

For more information about the children’s audition submissions, visit Dollywood.com/jobs/auditions or email auditions@dollywood.com.

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Dollywood Entertainment Auditions Set For 2018 Season

Published December 20, 2017 / Last Updated December 21, 2017
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Audition dates announced for Dollywood’s 2018 season.

Fresh off earning its ninth-consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Shows, Dollywood’s Entertainment Team is hitting the road in early 2018 to conduct auditions throughout the Southeast in search of new talent for the park’s world-class shows and productions.

Auditions currently are scheduled in Birmingham, Alabama (Jan. 6), at Dollywood (Jan. 20), and in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Jan. 27). These auditions give performers an opportunity to showcase their abilities for members of Dollywood’s award-winning entertainment team.

2018 Dollywood Entertainment Audition Schedule

Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, Jan. 6
Virginia Samford Theatre
1116 26th St South Birmingham, AL
*Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Saturday, Jan. 20
Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN
*Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 27
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East St. John Street Spartanburg, SC
*Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Auditions at all locations are from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Performers must be at least 17 years old.

“There is no doubt about it, Dollywood is known for producing high-level entertainment every single season,” said Paige Bales, Dollywood Entertainment Director. “While it can be a challenge to maintain this high standard it is one we take great pride in doing. The talent we discover at our auditions is the most crucial aspect of helping us achieve the highest level. We’re so proud of the careers that have started here at Dollywood and we’re ready to help more great performers begin the journey to finding their dreams.”

During the open call auditions, Dollywood Entertainment is looking for singers with experience in country, musical theater or pop. The auditions are only for singers and singers who move.

Many well-known performers started their careers in Dollywood’s shows and productions. Country music stars Suzy Bogguss and Carly Pearce, American Idol alumnus Janelle Arthur, and Eric Martsolf, Brady Black on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, are just a few of the stars who have launched from the stages of Dollywood.

Winner of nine Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows, Dollywood Entertainment provides the perfect venue for performers and technicians to share their skills.

See Dollywood Audition Details and Requirements

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