Full Length Musical
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.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No Special Cautions
Christianity, Parenting/Family, Religion
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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.