I’m so glad spring has arrived. I was starting to have a case of cabin fever! Although, it wasn’t a case of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins fever; I wouldn’t mind having that all the time. In fact, if you’re experiencing a little cabin fever yourself, I recommend planning a spring break trip to the Smokies with a Dollywood Cabin as your home away from home.
While you’re in town on spring break, you definitely want to visit Dollywood’s Spring Break and see how we’re celebrating this year. First off, we’re extending park hours every day April 10-22. We’ll be open later in to the evening (8 p.m. each night; closed Easter Sunday) to give your family more time to experience all of the great rides, entertainment, food, shows, shopping, and—did I mention the food?
If you’re wondering where I’m going with this blog, never fear, I’m about to get to the point. During Dollywood’s Spring Break, be sure to experience the mesmerizing talents of enra, a cutting-edge performing arts group from Tokyo.
Yes, that’s right; this is the same group which appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2015. YouTube videos
If you don’t remember them from AGT, you definitely need to visit to see what they do. They use on-screen computer graphics to accentuate live action performance, including dance, martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, juggling and club dance. The combo of motion graphics and on-stage performance creates an awesome treat for guests.
I was able to send a few questions to the group while they were still in Japan preparing their trip to Dollywood. I thought you might enjoy hearing their thoughts as they prepare to come visit us:
WR: How did the idea for your unique show develop?
enra: We started fusing live performance with video five years ago. To make a single performance piece, it takes us from two months to half-a-year, so we spend a lot of time on production, adding new expressive elements and developing the show little by little.
WR: What were your favorite moments from performing on America’s Got Talent?
enra: It was amazing to have the opportunity to perform on such a popular TV show—and also it was at the Academy Awards venue, the Dolby Theatre. We had the chance to meet a lot of other performers backstage, and we were so happy to get such a warm reaction from the audience. And we were thrilled when all four judges gave us a yes!
WR: Dollywood has won the award for Best Theme Park Entertainment for eight consecutive years. What does it mean to you to be part of that award-winning offering this year?
enra: It’s a great honor to stand on the stage that has brought this award to Dollywood for eight years. We hope that our performance will contribute to Dollywood winning the award for the ninth time.
WR: What is it like performing at Dollywood?
enra: Dollywood guests will have the chance to experience our world through a form of expression unlike anything they have ever seen before. We know that Dolly has captured the hearts of countless people. We want to take inspiration from her and charm the audiences. We’ so excited to experience the great atmosphere at Dollywood.