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Dollywood to Hold Children's Auditions August 27
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Dollywood has announced auditions for young male and female performers to join shows during the park’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Auditions take place Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Connor-Short Center on the Sevierville campus of Walters State Community College.
Children who are able to play roles between the ages of 8 and 12 are encouraged to attend the auditions. Performers are encouraged to dress comfortably enough to move to music. They should be prepared to sing three songs in the style of their choice, including both ballads and up-tempo songs. Each performer is allowed to bring sheet music or CD accompaniment. An accompanist and CD player are provided at the auditions.
“We are looking for children with the special ability to truly connect with an audience,” says Dollywood Entertainment Director Paige Bales. “It’s that connection we feel sets our performers apart from others.

“We are casting specifically for 'O’ Holy Night,' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' and 'Christmas in the Smokies,'” she continues. “Most of our parts for children are double-cast so they can have a more flexible schedule. We understand they need time for school work and time to just be a kid at the holidays.”
Performers should be prepared to commit to at least three hours to accommodate the audition process. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. For more information, please visit
Dollywood has been recognized for its consistent excellence in entertainment. The theme park’s live shows have received the Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows for seven consecutive years (2009-15).