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January 7, 2002

Dollywood Announces Entertainment Audtions for 2002 Season

Pigeon Forge, TN -- The Dollywood entertainment team is looking for dancers, singers, technical personnel, and musicians to be a part of Dollywood's exciting entertainment package for the 2002 season which includes an all new "classic country" show, '50s rock-n-roll, and pop music. Auditions will be held on January 5, 26, and 27 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.

"As the Entertainment Capital of the Smokies, we feature some of the finest young talent in the country," said Dolly Parton about her Dollywood theme park. "I'm proud to be able to offer these young folks a place to do what they love while at the same time provide a great entertainment package for our millions of visitors to Dollywood each year."

Auditions begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on each of the three audition days. There will be signs directing auditionees to the appropriate check-in area for the auditions. Auditions are open call, and no appointments will be scheduled. Sign-in sheets will be posted one hour prior to the audition. Call backs for singer/dancers will be held each day at 5:00 p.m.

Because of overwhelming response at Dollywood's auditions in past years, all singing auditions are limited to only 16 measures of music. Singers should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song and 16 bars of a ballad that best display the individual's vocal range; due to time limitations, a person may only be asked to perform one selection. A piano accompanist and cassette tape playback will be provided; those auditioning must bring sheet music in his/her key or a taped musical track. Audition participants may be asked to remain for a dance routine and should bring appropriate clothes and shoes. Dancers will be taught a routine at the audition site and should wear or bring appropriate dance attire and shoes. As dancers may also be asked to sing, they should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song that best displays their vocal range. A piano accompanist and cassette tape playback will be provided, and those auditioning must bring sheet music in his/her key or a taped musical track.

Musicians should prepare a 1-2 minute selection that best displays their skill and musical style. A taped music accompaniment track is recommended, and keyboards, drums, and amplifiers will be provided. Prior professional experience is required and the ability to "double" and read music is a definite plus.

Interviews for technical personnel (audio, lighting, and stage managers) will also begin at 10:00 a.m. Technicians are needed for Dollywood's production shows, live bands, concerts, festivals, and special events. Positions are available from March to November for regular season shows; November through December for Christmas shows.

Sound technicians should have live mixing experience in either FOH or monitors with multiple wireless microphones as well as general sound duties and maintenance. Lighting technicians should have spotlight experience as well as experience with ETC consoles and intelligent lights, scrollers, and other equipment. Stage technicians should have experience with running crews as well as basic knowledge of fly systems, electricity, and stage set maintenance. Problem solving skills and the ability to think clearly in stressful situations are a plus, as is prior theme park experience.

All applicants are asked to bring a non-returnable 8 x 10 photo and resume to the audition. Benefits for entertainment personnel include competitive pay, on-park discounts, pass exchanges with other attractions in the Pigeon Forge area, an on-park medical facility, relocation packages, and a professional staff with a wide variety of experience in the entertainment field.

In addition to the auditions being held in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood will hold auditions in Birmingham, Alabama on January 12 and in Spartanburg, South Carolina on January 19.

For more information about auditions, write to Dollywood Entertainment Auditions, 1020 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 37863-4101, or visit
Dollywood's website at www.dollywood.com. In the case of severe weather in Pigeon Forge, auditions may be postponed for one week; listen to local radio stations for information on postponements.

The Dollywood Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to audition.