Smoke on the Mountain
A Community Theatre Production Directed by Sue Schriber
7:30, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 13, 14 & 15
1:30, Sunday, March 16
Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world." Between songs, each family member "witnesses" -- telling a story about an important event in his or her life. Though family members appear perfect in the eyes of the congregation who want to be inspired by the gospel music, one thing after another goes awry and the family members reveal their imperfections. By the evening's end, the Sanders Family members have endeared themselves by revealing their weaknesses but also their triumphs. Smoke on the Mountain was first presented at a regional theatre in July, 1988. It was subsequently produced in New York City, opening on May 13, 1990.