While her recording career continues full speed ahead (her latest album, Pure & Simple, hit the top of the Country Albums chart), Dolly Parton keeps reinventing herself to new generations of fans. Her TV movies Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love were huge ratings successes, and she makes her children's animation debut on a special episode of Lily's Driftwood Bay on Monday, March 13.
Parton plays the role of Nolene, a famous country music star, who becomes stranded on Driftwood Bay due to a storm. While she waits for her yacht to be repaired, Nolene tempts sea dog Salty (Peter Mullan) to form a glamorous singing duo with her. With dreams of becoming a big star, Salty nearly accept the amazing offer until he realizes how much he'll miss his friends.
In describing her character, Parton stated that "Nolene is a very famous chicken, maybe one of the most famous chickens there ever was. Nolene gets boat-wrecked, if you will, and she washes up on Driftwood Bay. She's trying to get Salty to go with her on the road on tour. Whether he does, or whether he doesn't, you're just going to have to watch and see," she playfully teases.
Parton said that shows like Lily's Driftwood Bay are very important to helping captivate youngsters everywhere.
"I think it's important to develop the imagination of children. They need to learn to dream, because if they can dream, they can make things happen. Of course, the Imagination Library was a wonderful title for the foundation for the children," she says, referring to her successful reading initiative. "We always encouraged kids to dream more, to do more, to be more, and to care more….I really think it's important to nourish children to allow them to dream. I relate to Lily because I had that kind of imagination when I was a little kid. I used to picture myself being on stage at the Grand Ole Opry and some of those great places. Anytime I had those kind of thoughts, I would just make them come true. I'd put a tobacco stick with a tin can for a microphone, and voila! I was on stage. So I created lots of things in my own imagination. I still do that to this day. You have to have an imagination in order to make dreams come true."
Parton's episode will air during Sunny Side Up, the only live morning show for preschoolers, at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, March 13 on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's 24-hour preschool network.