The typo heard round the World

Leah on a unicycle

Well, that’s embarrassing. As someone who types every last letter of every single word – even when texting, a slip of the index finger can lead to a stunning repercussion. As Sophia from The Golden Girls would say, “Picture it: White House, Tennessee; 2015 …” Our Entertainment staff is off-site this weekend, deep into rehearsals…

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He is always on our minds

Rayvon Owen in Rejoice! 2011

If you follow us on social media (especially Twitter!) you know that each Wednesday night, we’re cheering for park alum Rayvon Owen on American Idol. For the past three weeks, Rayvon has received the “Twitter Save” from fans and continued on to another week in the high-stakes competition. That first time, my iPhone nearly exploded….

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A sneak peek

Rayvon Owen

If you follow the HoliBlog, you already know we’re busting with pride over Rayvon Owen, who was in our shows back in 2011. He auditioned for American Idol and got his Golden Ticket. Each week our friend takes another step toward his dream. This performance hasn’t aired just yet, but since American Idol posted this…

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An audition for American Idol

Four years ago, a young man from Richmond, Virginia, auditioned to be in our musical shows. Rayvon Owen was invited to join us for the 2011 season, and we’re so glad he did. My middle son, John, worked tech for the shows that season. He remembers Rayvon as a really nice guy, with a voice…

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Hoosier favorite zombie?

Ah, but actually our talented troupe of undead are from all over … er, under. This year’s Graveyard Smash zombies hail (and wail) from as close by as Santa Claus and Jasper and as far away as New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Honolulu! They sing like a bunch of ghouls: We hope you’ll join…

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Broadway bound

We get asked every year about our entertainers, past and present – do any of them turn their fun summer gig into a career? Sure! We have lots of success stories to tell from over the years. And one more HoliStar will twinkle on Broadway tonight. That’s right – Nick Burroughs opens on Broadway tonight….

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Gosh, I hope I get it!

From the Michael Jackson set.

That slightly re-written line from Broadway’s iconic “A Chorus Line” says it all. Getting up in front of a judges’ table to sing and dance your heart out is a remarkably brave (and scary) thing to do. Auditions are gut-wrenchingly difficult for the judges, too. They truly want everyone to do their very best. They…

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Show us your boot stompin’ best!

It’s nearly Auditions Time at Holiday World! For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday photo on Instagram, here’s a look at our Rockin’ the Country show from 2007: Click here for more information about our February 8 auditions. Looking for a seasonal job that doesn’t require a Gotta-Sing-Gotta-Dance attitude? We’re looking for 2,100 smiling faces and happy personalities…

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Get your witchy face on!

Many have marveled about the look of our zombies in Graveyard Smash. Did you know our un-dead do their own hair and makeup? They are really quite resourceful. Here’s a quick look at Lauren, our zombie witch, as she prepares for another thriller day: Happy Halloween!

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Who needs a thousand words?

Since selfies – and zombies, for that matter – are all the rage these days, we present to you the cast of Graveyard Smash, Selfie Edition. First, the understated rocker, Sharkey, whose hair stands at attention for all eternity. Next. ghostly Leah shows how a touch of color can make any zombie more fascinating. Wolfman…

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Our zombies are cute enough to cuddle

Just look at those sweet faces! Who could resist such winning smiles? Why, Wolfman even retracted his claws for this photo. Say cheese, zombies! Rumor has it if you hold on to your 3D glasses from Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure and wear them during Graveyard Smash, they add a whole new dimension (ahem!) to this…

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Gourdon the talking pumpkin

Have you met Gourdon? He's new this fall. Santa's Storytime Theater has been transformed into Gourdon's Hollow, just for Happy Halloween Weekends. (Don't worry! Santa will be back in May!) Gourdon likes to entertain children with Halloween stories and jokes. Take a look: Be sure to catch Gourdon's Tales from the Patch when you visit…

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