Summer Outdoor Drama Auditions: January 14th and 15th, 2022, Greensboro, NC.

Cherokee Historical Association Local Audition: January 22, 2022

Unified Professional Theatre Auditions: February 4th through 7th, 2022, Memphis, TN.

South Eastern Theatre ConferenceMarch 9th through13th,2022, Louisville, KY.



APRIL: Alice in Wonderland 

JUNE-AUGUST: Unto These Hills


OCTOBER: Dracula, The Failings of Man


Interested in Auditioning? Contact us here.




Show Season – Opens May 28, 2022

Contract dates:

Department Heads April 25 – August 27

May 6 – Aug 20 (Actors)

May 2 – Aug 27 (Technicians)

Pay Range: $250-$450 (Paid weekly)

HousingOffered for $20 per week including utilities.

Some of our units are air conditioned and all are furnished, most have private bedrooms, shared living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Laundry facilities are on site in addition to DirectTV and internet. You must bring your own TV/Computer to take advantage of this free service. Our units have a mix of twin and full-size beds so you will need to check with Thaddeus Walker to determine to what you are assigned. Kitchens utensils, cookware bedding etc., are NOT furnished. Our housing and rehearsal spacesa are walking distance to the theatre.

Meals –Are NOT provided
Transportation –

If you have a car you should bring it, we have plenty of parking and you will want to take advantage of all there is to see and do in and around Cherokee. If you

Actor in rehearsal for Unto These Hills do not have a car, not to worry, many members carpool. Cherokee also offers a transit system in the area. If you are flying in, airport pickups can be arranged.

Rehearsals –

We work 8 of 10 hours each day with lunch and dinner breaks built into the schedule. After May 28th, you have most daytime hours free for exploring and working on other projects. CHA promotional events matinees, and workshops are part of your contract.

Strength Building -

Company member should start strength training before they arrive in Cherokee for the season.  UTH is a fight and dance heavy show and performed on a sand stage. Most performers hired will be fighting or dancing during the production. If you have had any prior injuries please let us know.

Other OpportunitiesCHA offers stage combat classes for certification, dance classes and Canteen shows that will keep your acting chops and physical needs met throughout the season.

Ticket Exchange Program with 30 + attractions around the area that employees can go to for free.


Mountainside theatre is located in the heart of Cherokee and has 2163 seats.


Our Productions are produced outdoors and on a sand and earthen stage area using nature and man-made structures to recreate the look and feel of the 1800’s.

Additional Duties

All company members will be expected to attend a light work call every Wednesday from 10-1 to keep our space clean and working efficiently.

Matinees -

CHA will also produce at least 6 matinee performances of Unto These hills in late June through early August.

How to prepare

We work on a sand stage so once you have determined that CHA is the place for you, start preparing physically for the job.

Where is Cherokee

Cherokee is located thirty minutes off of Interstate 40 in the Great Smoky Mountains, one of the premiere tourist destinations on the East Coast. All amenities are easily accessible in Cherokee, Sylva and Bryson City. Each location offers an abundance of small town charm. Great shopping, food, world-class events, glistening rivers and streams with tubing and rafting, beautiful parks with hundreds of miles of trails and outdoor activities. You might even see one of the bears or elk in town.

Extra Money

CHA also has a living history museum, the Oconaluftee Indian village with a battle re-enactment during the day. Your CHA representative can provide you with more information if you are interested in being involved.

 What CHA looking for

We are looking for artists who are serious about the work we do and are willing to learn and teach others as we all hone our crafts together. CHA hires a variety of experience levels, some artist have been in the business for thirty years, others are just starting the journey and everyone has something they can share and something they can learn.

We hire people from different cultures, religions, and life styles. We do not discriminate and ask the same of our company members. CHA expects our  employees behave like professionals at all times. This job is hard, and the hours can be long, but the rewards are numerous. One great reward is networking; it is one of the best tools of our trade. Your peers today may be your employer tomorrow. We expect you to be a “plays well with others” and “never runs with scissors” type of artist.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

As our patron’s step into the Oconaluftee Indian Village, they are transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change. Our actors and interpreters interact with our guests as they participate in their daily activities.

The Village also plays host to a battle re-enactment called “Time of War,” featuring employees of the Oconaluftee Indian village and members of the cast from “Unto These Hills.”

Fun Facts

This upcoming season will be UTH’s 72nd summer producing the show and over 6 million people have seen the show since its premiere on July 1st 1950.

23,749 people saw the show the last summer it was produced.

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