Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - All action takes place in "Old Smokey Country Store," a small, family-owned general store situated on the the highest mountain in the county. The store is from another time. It consists of one large room featuring shelves, a checkout counter (on which t
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
Mild Adult Themes
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups
In its heyday, "Old Smokey" was more than a mountain-top country store...its porch was the scene of Saturday night musical jamborees that rivaled the Grand Ole Opry. As Emma prepares to reopen Old Smokey for her son Teddy – injured in Afghanistan and almost home – the store has fallen into disrepair. There to help are Jinks, a playful friend and a Yankee wannabe; Olive, a sassy defender of all things Southern, who – with Jinks – was a member of the "Mountain Mamas," a singing duet once destined for fame; and Cordelia, Olive's daughter and Teddy's fiancée, who's more talented than even she realizes. When the county threatens foreclosure, the women plan a fundraising musical jamboree reminiscent of the good old days. That is, until a storm closes the road, stranding them and wrecking their plans. The arrival of strangers – mysterious Howard and his ditzy "wife" Tammy – adds to the challenges. Who is Howard and why is he so interested in Old Smokey? More important, how do Emma and her friends preserve the values that built this homey little store at the top of the mountain? Challenges mount as secrets are revealed, laughs are shared, and songs are sung in a live on-the-air musical tribute to tradition, friendship and family.
"Plenty of wit and warmth in a simple story of family and tradition. And to sweeten the pot, some pretty darned good music. If you're in the mood for a good story well told, Saturday Night at Old Smokey
won't disappoint." - Bristol Herald-Courier
"A delight...offering lots of laughs and songs while exploring serious issues like war and media hypocrites...a hit with the audience and destined to be another Ron Osborne southern classic" - Washington County News
SATURDAY NIGHT AT OLD SMOKEY (under the title SAVING OLD SMOKEY) premiered at Barter Theatre, the LORT-member State Theatre of Virginia, on June 9, 2011. It ran for 40-plus peformances on the theatre's 505-seat main stage.