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Smoke on the Mountain - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Smoke on the Mountain

Alan Bailey, Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick, Connie Ray

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573692444

Book by Connie Ray
Conceived by Alan Bailey
Musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick

"Totally beguiling [...] foot stomping soul food." - New York Post

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Full Length Musical


Period, Faith-based

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - The sanctuary of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, located just west of Hickory near the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a Saturday night in June, 1938.


Interior Set

Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups


From Off-Broadway

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 their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true – and hilariously imperfect – natures. By the evening’s end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.

"Totally beguiling [...] foot-stomping soul food." - New York Post

"Wildly funny [...] So well written that I found myself laughing, rooting for the family, and singing along and clapping with the rest of the audience." - The Trentonian

"Exhilarating! [...] A rollicking [...] cornpone Chorus Line." - Variety

"A sophisticated audience went simply wild." - Philadelphia Daily News

"A charming and funny celebration of Americana." - The New York Times

Smoke on the Mountain was first presented at the McCarter Theatre in July, 1988. It was subsequently produced at the Lamb's Theatre Company in New York, opening on May 13, 1990.

Listen to a Sample of the Samphony Tracks for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN here:

Sample Track



4m, 3f


Features Teens


No Chorus

MERVIN OGLETHORPE - Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, late 20s
BURL SANDERS - father, 40s
VERA SANDERS - mother, 40s
STANLEY SANDERS - uncle, late 40s
JUNE SANDERS - sister, 23
Rental Materials


Piano Only





1 Piano Vocal Score
7 Vocal Chorus Books

SFTracks Available (Additional Fee)

Song Samples

Sample of Samphony Tracks for Smoke on the Mountain

Rock of Ages

The Church in the WIldwood

A Wonderful Time Up There

Meet Mother in the Skies

No Tears in Heaven

Christian Cowboy

The Filling Station

I'll Never Die (I'll Just Change My Address)

Jesus is Mine

Blood Medley

I'll Live A Million Years

Everyone Home But Me

I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now

Angel Band

Whispering Hope

Transportation Medley

Smoke on the Mountain

I'll Fly Away

  • Smoke on the Mountain

Alan Bailey

Alan Bailey

Alan Bailey co-authored one of the country’s most frequently produced musicals, Smoke on the Mountain, which ran more than five hundred performances at the Lamb's Theatre in New York, garnering award nominations from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. It was named one of the ten best plays of the year by Time magazine, The New York Times, ... view full profile

Mike Craver

Mike Craver

Mike Craver is a North Carolina based songwriter, actor, and composer. Off-Broadway credits include The Oil City Symphony (co-author and original cast member, cast recording, Drama Desk award), Smoke on the Mountain (arrangements, published by Samuel French), Radio Gals (co-author and original cast member, cast recording, LA Ovation award, published by Samuel French), Wilder (co-author and ... view full profile

Other Mike Craver titles:

Mark Hardwick

Mark Hardwick composed the music for the 1975 Broadway production of Of Mice and Men and co-wrote the musical Oil City Symphony. view full profile

Other Mark Hardwick titles:

Connie Ray

Connie Ray

Connie Ray is a playwright and actress who divides her time between LA and NYC. She wrote the musicals Smoke On The Mountain, Sanders Family Christmas, and Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming, three of Samuel French’s most popular titles. Her musicals and plays have been produced Off-Off Broadway, Off Broadway, Regionally and around the world. On Broadway she appeared in Hands On A Hardbody, Next ... view full profile

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MICHAEL BOLLINGER 10/18/2017 1:49 PM
If a producer is seeking a show that has an appeal for a folksy show -- a Bluegrass/Country flavored show -- A Gospel show -- a musical comedy...this is it.

I have successfully produced and directed Smoke On The Mountain numerous times at theaters in Missouri, Florida, Virginia, W. Virginia and Tennessee...all with great audience response.

With good direction, a solid cast & talented musicians...Smoke is  a winner!
Former Artistic Director -- Lyceum Theatre
Director -- Bartlett Performing Arts Center
Tommy Walters 8/7/2014 3:37 PM
Totally fantistic.  seen it 3-4 times and now plan to perform it, small scale, at church.

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