Budding star from Warner Robins shines at Dollywood

awoolen@macon.comJanuary 1, 2014 

Allie Renner plays Fan, the sister of Ebenezer Scrooge, in Dollywood’s “A Christmas Carol.”

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Three years ago, Allie Renner tried out for a play for the first time. She ended up with the leading role in Macon Little Theatre’s “Annie.”

Now the 13-year-old from Warner Robins is performing in three roles in “Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol” in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Playing Scrooge’s sister Fan, Belinda Cratchit and a shopper in the market, the youngster is busy with five to six 45-minute shows a day at the Dollywood theme park.

“It’s been great,” Allie said in a telephone interview in between one of the performances.

When she received the news she had been chosen, the seventh-grader said she started jumping up and down.

“I’ve always wanted to work in a theme park,” Allie said.

Allie has been singing since she was about 3 or 4 years old and, according to her mother, Stacey Renner, won her first talent show when she was a preschooler.

Her mother was a performer for Disney Cruise Lines.

Some of her acting and singing ability must have been passed on to her daughter as Allie now has an even bigger dream to perform on Broadway.

“I can see myself at Radio City Music Hall getting my Tony Award,” she said.

Allie moved from Warner Robins to New York for six months with her grandmother to pursue her dreams but moved to Tennessee with her family after she received her current role in August.

While in New York, she did voice-over work and had several call-backs for parts, but didn’t get the roles.“We’re giving her all the opportunities we can,” Stacey Renner said.

Allie went to school from kindergarten to fifth grade at Lake Joy Elementary School. She is now home-schooled.

The show at Dollywood ends Saturday, but from there, the family isn’t sure if they will return to Warner Robins.

For now, Allie keeps auditioning for other parts to further her career and make her way to the Broadway stage.

“I got bitten by the theater bug,” she said.

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