Summer at Dollywood means storybooks come to life on stage at the Little Engine Playhouse, located in the Heartsong Theater (near the Village Carousel). If you have young children who receive Imagination Library books in the mail each month, this is a show not to be missed. Each one is short, just 20 minutes or less, but will capture your child’s attention for the entire time.
The theater is small, which makes every seat a good one. Actors and actresses bring three books to life: The Little Engine That Could, Pretend, and Coat of Many Colors. Since my two girls and I are huge Dolly fans, we made sure to catch the Coat of Many Colors show. From the moment Dolly showed up on the screen to welcome everyone and provide information about the Imagination Library, we were enthralled. Even more amazing is to know that Dolly wrote all the songs that are featured in all of the shows, specifically for the Little Engine Playhouse!
Coat of Many Colors follows along with the book and song perfectly. You see a young Dolly who is so excited about her precious coat made by her mama, only to then be made fun of for wearing it. The show is done in such a way that both of my girls walked out of the theater understanding the message and how bullying or making fun of someone is not ok. The show is done in a way that makes it entertaining, yet interesting for very young kids.
I have to admit, when Dolly started singing the song over the speaker, I got a little teary-eyed. This song has always been so special to me and my family and was a great way to introduce kindness to my girls at even super young ages.
Don’t miss the three shows at the Little Engine Playhouse located in the Heartsong Theater this summer. They’ll be running each show twice a day until Aug. 6!