Tennessee: Pigeon Forge, Dollywood – Checkout Two Great Stage Shows Providing Pure Family Fun.
The season gets under way in March with the park’s annual Festival of Nations with flair only Dolly Parton can pull off. The shows—Le Grande Cirque’s Imaginé
, showcasing international performers from around the world, and Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke
, celebrating the music and people of the Great Smoky Mountains are pure fun. Here's the scoop.
Dollywood’s "Imaginé" is described as “an amazing visual feast” of “mesmerizing acrobatic theatre.” A premier cast of world-champion acrobats and performers from 15 countries presents acts including pole climbing, contortionists, hoop diving, unicyclists, silk ropes, the diablo, and much more. Imaginé showcases athletic ability, lavish costumes, dynamic lighting and vibrant music. Other performing groups featured during this year’s festival are Royal Stiltwalkers of Merchtem, Dainava, Keona, Calpulli Danza Mexicana, Atahualpa, the Jennifer Roland Band, Czech Pilsen Brass Band, and Zambia Vocal Group. Headlined by Imaginé, Festival of Nations continues through April. Closed Tuesdays. Performance dates vary; please visit dollywood.com for specific group’s show times.
Sha-Kon-O-Hey! incorporates scenic elements and stage effects never before seen at Dollywood. Parton wrote the eight songs featured in the new show which captures the spirit of the mountains and the rich heritage of the people who call them home as it takes audiences back to a time of great change in the Smoky Mountains in 1930s. “Sha-Kon-O-Hey” is the phonetic spelling of “Shaconage,” the Cherokee word which means “land of the blue smoke.”
In this elaborate musical journey, a wizened storyteller guides a reluctant family as they bid farewell to the area that eventually becomes Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Along the way, audiences meet the folks who inhabited this great land—the settlers, the rail and lumbermen, the Native Americans and the shiners. The show, performed in DP’s Celebrity, is included with park admission and continues with multiple performances daily.
Parton recorded all eight songs on a new commemorative CD entitled Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Available at Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country water park, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Dinner Attraction, and GSMNP Visitor Center, the CD is $10 plus tax. Parton is donating $8 from each sale to Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit organization devoted to preserving and protecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness. Anyone interested in supporting Friends of the Smokies through the sale of CDs should contact Steve Williams at (865) 428-8735.
Dollywood hosts four of the South’s largest festivals, including the summertime KidsFestsm (June to August). The park’s three remaining festivals—Festival of Nations (March/April ), National Gospel & Harvest Celebration (October), and Smoky Mountain Christmas (November to January) all presented by Humana.
Dollywood, a 150-acre family adventure park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is open nine months a year (March to -January) and offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Thunderhead, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, and Mystery Mine coaster, Theme Park Insider’s 2007 Best New Attraction. The winner of 11 Big E Entertainment Awards, more than any other park in the world, Dollywood’s live entertainment features country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music. Bonus points:
Plus, a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region demonstrate daily. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas won the Golden Tickets best Christmas event in 2008.
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Operating days and hours vary. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www.dollywood.com
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