When Dolly Parton’s name is on the place, it’s a pretty safe bet that the entertainment found inside is going to be top-notch. Well, that certainly is the case here at Dollywood. In fact, we’ve won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Shows for the past 10 years. Yes, a decade of providing the best shows in the business! For our entertainment team, it’s an impressive accomplishment; but not an easy one to make happen.
Setting the benchmark for best theme park entertainment involves a talented team of trained thespians and technicians (see what I did there?). To aid in finding this star power, the team is continually searching for the best and brightest stars to grace our stages. Each year the entertainment team holds open call auditions in the quest to find these stars. When I started here, I didn’t know what an open call audition was or how it differed from a closed call audition, an open door audition, a collect call audition or an open book audition; okay, I made up a few of those. Open call auditions are simply auditions where anyone can attend and perform for our entertainment folks.
So, I say all of this to say, if you’re looking to join the best entertainment team in the industry (and it’s not just me saying that), now is your opportunity to show them what you’ve got. Auditions are scheduled to take place in Pigeon Forge at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, as well as the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Pigeon Forge auditions are set for Saturday, Jan. 12, with callbacks (another type of audition!) occurring on Sunday, Jan. 13. Auditions in Spartanburg are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26.
Registration at both locations takes place from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., while open call auditions begin at 10 a.m.
Paige Bales, our Entertainment Director (who also just happens to be a former Dollywood performer), said the audition process is critical to ensuring we have the best of the best.
“Our open call audition process is crucial to our ability to maintain the high level of quality entertainment our guests have come to expect at Dollywood,” she said. “We are always amazed at the vast amount of talent we find during the auditions. It can be difficult determining how we’re going to narrow it down to the number of positions we have available. So many people have started or grown their careers here, and we are so proud that we have been able to be part of helping them find their dreams.”
If you are proficient in musical theater, ‘50s and ‘60s rock and pop vocals, and contemporary, as well as classic, country music, then come on out and show our team what you can do! They also are looking for expressive actors who are skilled at improvisation, have a strong presence, can project and are able to sing and move well. Performers must be at least 17 years old.
And, like I’ve said countless times, we really do have some of the best performers you’ll find anywhere. In fact, country music stars Carly Pearce and Suzy Bogguss, 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 started their careers at Dollywood.
Because I’m not the most well-versed in the theater (remember, I’m the one who didn’t even know what an open call audition was), I’ll tell you that you can find additional details and all of the audition requirements at DollywoodAuditions.com. A block of rooms is available at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa exclusively for those auditioning. Information about the room rate and details on how to book also may be found at DollywoodAuditions.com.
We also are searching for technicians to share their skills. The team will interview qualified lighting and audio technicians at the Southeastern Theater Conference in Knoxville, Feb. 28- March 2. For more information, please visit setc.org.
And if you want to see how the process goes, check back on the Dollywood Insiders blog after the Pigeon Forge auditions for a recap!