Dollywood Entertainment Auditions Set for 2017 Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016) –With Dolly Parton dreaming up the entertainment offerings, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Dollywood has earned the award for Best Theme Park Shows for eight consecutive years. Now, Dollywood plans auditions throughout the Southeast to help discover new talent ready to perform in the park’s world-class shows and productions.

Auditions take place in Birmingham, Alabama (Jan. 14); Spartanburg, South Carolina (Jan 28); and at Dollywood (Feb 18-19). These auditions give 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 Birmingham 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.

“We have an impressive level of quality talent at Dollywood,” said Paige Bales, Dollywood entertainment director. “Each year we challenge ourselves to continue our high standard of entertainment, and it all begins with the people we are able to find at each of our auditions. We’ve helped a number of entertainers launch great careers and we’re excited to see who we’ll discover next.”

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 or singers who move. An audition call for small, roving bluegrass groups takes place at the Feb. 19 Dollywood audition only.

Additional details and audition requirements can be found at

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. Eric Martsolf, Brady Black on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, also spent time on the stages of Dollywood.

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

2017 Dollywood Entertainment Audition Schedule

Birmingham, Alabama

Saturday, Jan. 14

Virginia Samford Theatre

1116 26th St. South


Spartanburg, South Carolina

Saturday, Jan. 28

Chapman Cultural Center

200 East St. John St.


Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Saturday, Feb. 18


2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.


Sunday, Feb. 19 (Small, roving bluegrass groups only)


2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.


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 DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. 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 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood 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. 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. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Operating days and hours vary.

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