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'Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol' to debut this weekend

A brand new, innovative Christmas show is about to premiere at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., entitled Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol. The show is the first of its kind and it incorporates cutting-edge holographic technology, which allows Dolly Parton to appear in every performance as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Parton has also written eight new songs for the musical, which debuts on Saturday, November 9 as a part of the park’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana.

“When they told me they were going to make a hologram out of me, I thought they were crazy,” mused Dolly Parton in a press release. “But when I saw how real it looked on stage, I couldn’t believe it. I’m not sure this world can handle two Dolly Parton’s, but I’m excited folks will be able to see ‘the other Dolly’ reminding families that it’s not what you have but who you have, just like ole Scrooge figures out in the end."

Parton’s Ghost of Christmas Past, Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Present and Future are life-sized holograms, marking the first time the four actors appear together in the same theatrical production via this cutting-edge technology.

Set in the U.K., the three spirits of Christmas visit Ebenezer Scrooge in this inspiring narrative, which is told through story and song. The 45-minute musical show offers a message of hope and redemption, and features a 16-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks, lavish Victorian scenery and period costuming.

New songs showcased in the production include “It’s Christmas Time,” “I’ve Changed,”“Christmas Past,” “The Magic of Being Together,” “Bringing Christmas Home,”“Merry Christmas Anyway,” and “Party Time.”

The attraction, which puts a new twist on Charles Dickens’ classic story, is another highly anticipated feature guests will be able to enjoy this year. Other holiday highlights include four million dazzling lights, more award-winning entertainment and popular food dishes, such as turkey breast with orange marmalade glaze, hickory-smoked London broil, cider-braised chicken, sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes with turkey gravy.

Additionally, several other Christmas favorites will return, including Christmas in the Smokies, An Appalachian Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, O’ Holy Night, Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs and Carol of the Trees.

Guests will also experience the nightly Parade of Lights as well as Santa’s Workshop. Dollywood’s popular Smoky Mountain Miniature Railroad will also return. Dollywood has received multiple Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows. Smoky Mountain Christmas will continue through Janurary 4, 2014. Operating days and hours vary. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.Dollywood.com.