With entertainment icon Dolly Parton at the helm, it’s no wonder why Dollywood has earned so many awards for the park’s world-class shows and productions. Fresh off collecting its seventh consecutive honor for Best Shows, Dollywood plans upcoming auditions in the Southeast for performers ready to share their passion with park guests.
Auditions take place in Atlanta (Jan. 9), Dollywood (Jan. 23-24) and Spartanburg, South Carolina (Feb. 20). These auditions provide performers an opportunity to showcase their abilities for members of Dollywood’s award-winning entertainment team. Audition locations and dates are listed below.
Registration in Atlanta and Spartanburg begins at 10 a.m., while it begins at 9 a.m. at Dollywood. Auditions at all locations are from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Performers must be at least 17 years old.
“There are so many talented performers who started their careers here at Dollywood,” said Paige Bales, Dollywood entertainment director. “We have a high standard for our entertainment product and we’re never disappointed at the impressive amount of talent we discover at each of our auditions. As always, our upcoming season has a great variety of shows and acts to entertain our guests; there are amazing opportunities for performers of many different genres.”
During the open call auditions, Dollywood Entertainment is looking for singers with experience in country, musical theater or pop. They also seek specialty acts in bluegrass and gospel. Positions are not limited to the stage, as technical staff such as stage managers, audio technicians, lighting technicians, costume dressers and more also are needed. Additional details and audition requirements can be found at www.DollywoodAuditions.com.
Many performers have launched their careers in Dollywood’s world-famous shows and productions. Janelle Arthur, an American Idol alum, started her career by playing a young Dolly Parton in Paradise Road at Dollywood. She has returned to the park multiple times following her time on American Idol to entertain guests.
Winner of seven Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows, Dollywood Entertainment provides the perfect venue for performers and technicians to share their skills.
2016 Dollywood Entertainment Audition Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 9
1105 Euclid Ave.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Saturday, Jan. 23 (Singers/Actors/Technicians)
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Sunday, Jan. 24 (Bluegrass and Southern gospel groups only)
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Saturday, Feb. 20
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East St. John St.
About The Dollywood Company: A highly awarded and widely recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, opening in 2015. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 24 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three theme park by USA Today. Dollywood, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.