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Dolly Parton Surprises Young Actress with Great News

COAT OF MANY COLORS -- Press Announcement -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Lind, Dolly Parton, Executive Producer -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

COAT OF MANY COLORS — Press Announcement — Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Lind, Dolly Parton, Executive Producer — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Dolly Parton had a thrilling surprise for the young actress, Alyvia Lind, personally giving her the news that she will play Dolly as a child in the upcoming original movie “Coat of Many Colors.” “Coat of Many Colors,” named after Parton’s song, will be based on Parton’s upbringing, with the Parton serving as executive producer.

Parton had called the 1971 track her favorite song she has written. It tells the story of how her mother stitched together a coat for her daughter out of rags given to the family, telling her the biblical story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors. But when the girl, all excited, debuts the new coat at school, she is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing rags.

The original coat is now on display in Parton’s Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.

NBC’s deal with Parton, includes a series of standalone TV movies based on Parton’s songs, stories and life. They will contain music but won’t be musicals, with Parton possibly appearing in some. Parton is developing the projects with production partner Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.

Dolly Parton Announces Second Show at Ryman

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Due to popular demand and tickets for the first show selling out in seconds, Dolly Parton has announced a second show at the famed Ryman Auditorium for Aug. 1.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m.. TICKETS: $100 / $55 plus applicable service charges and are available ONLINE ONLY: ticketmaster.com and ryman.com.

Both concerts to benefit The Opry Trust Fund at historic Ryman Auditorium.

“I love being a member of the Grand Ole Opry…have been since 1969. It’s important to me to be able to do a concert for the Opry Trust Fund as so many of my old Opry friends have benefited from it through the years. The money raised will go to help fund the medical needs and hospitalization for those who are not able to afford it and need the help. I am proud to be of help in any way.” – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton Honors Teacher

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Dyane Smokorowski was named the 14th recipient of the Chasing Rainbows Award. She enjoyed a weekend trip to Dollywood where Dolly Parton herself presented Dyane with the award. Each year, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) honors one outstanding educator with this prestigious award. The honoree is someone who “has overcome great obstacles in his or her life, has captured the rainbow and is helping children.” This year’s winner serves as the Instructional Technology Coach for Andover Public Schools in Andover, KS.

Smokorowski said, “It is difficult to admit that my personal struggles actually prepared me to be a stronger person today. I wanted to be someone who could inspire others to reach beyond their environments, beyond their extremities, and to do as I have always done—to dream big!”

In 2002, Dolly became the first to receive this award from the NNSTOY. The award celebrated her commitment to fostering a love of reading among children through her Imagination Library. Since then, Dolly has presented the award each year.

Dyane Smokorowski’s name will be added, along with past recipients, to the award displayed in the Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood.

Dolly Parton Sells Out Ryman in Minutes!

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Dolly Parton proved, yet again, why she continues to break records around the world as she sold out the Ryman Auditorium in record time. The sellout ranks among the fastest in Ryman Auditorium history.

Dolly will take the stage at the Ryman for the special concert event, “Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple,” July 31. The sold-out event marks the first full show Dolly has headlined in Nashville in 12 years. The benefit concert is the Dustin Wells Foundation Gift of Music concert, which supports the W. O. Smith School of Music. Dolly was honored by the invitation to support the charity, which is based in Nashville.

“I think back to all the people who encouraged me and helped me on my way up, and if I can help some young person make music, then I absolutely want to do that,” says Dolly Parton. “Music is important to me and my family, and I’m grateful that so many people wanted to come see the show that it sold out so quickly.”

Since its inception in 2008, the Gift of Music has enjoyed the support of some of music’s greatest artists, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood, Peter Frampton, Gunnar Nelson, and many more generous, talented artists. Each artist donates their time and talent to support the efforts and causes of the Dustin’s foundation.

After Dustin Jack Wells lost his life in a car accident in 2005, his family and friends found a way to keep his memory alive and help others in the process. A fund was set up with all monetary donations used to reach out to others in memory of Dustin. Donating to the W.O. Smith School of Music is just one way the foundations enriches young lives.

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