Tony Wilhelm has a variety of experience in theater, management, and marketing. He and his wife traveled part time working with kids in churches and schools for over 25 years with puppets and illusions. He moved to Sevier County 10 years ago where he has worked at several of the most popular shows in town as an emcee, theater manager, and marketing director; he also developed a specialized team of Hillbilly Characters to entertain tourists at area hotels and restaurants while promoting the main show. He has also performed for many years as Santa at the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas show utilizing his magic background to make some exciting effects happen on stage to the delight of audiences young and old. In his most rewarding role as Santa, he visited children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and charity events. He was interviewed by local radio and TV stations in character; he also performed on a nationally broadcasted TV series and appeared in two Dollywood videos.