Sanders Family Christmas

by  Connie Ray, Alan Bailey, Gary Fagin, John Foley

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

In this sequel to the ever-popular New York hit Smoke on the Mountain,the Sanders family returns to Mount Pleasant, NC, home of the Mount Pleasant Pickle Factory. It's Christmas Eve, 1941.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday, Period, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The sanctuary of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, located just west of Hickory near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wednesday night, December 24, 1941, eighteen days after Pearl Harbor.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Country/Western, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Sample of Samphony Tracks for Sanders Family Christmas
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Casting

4m, 3f
MERVIN OGLETHORPE - pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, early 30s
BURL SANDERS - father, 40s
VERA - mother, 40s
STANLEY - uncle, 40s
DENNIS and DENISE - twins, 20s
JUNE - sister, mid-20s
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Features Teens

Resources

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8 Vocal Scores/Lead Sheets

Lead sheets allow the addition of as many or as few instruments to this title as needed. The original production added the following instruments:

Piano
Guitar
Banjo
Mandolin
Stand-Up Bass
Dobro
Fiddle
Autoharp
Ukulele
Harmonica
Accordion
Concertina
Pitch Pipe
Percussion (Wooden Spoons, Tambourine, Washboard With Scrub Brush, Cymbal, Cowbell, Sleigh Bells, Various Bells, Basket-wicker with beans, Triangle, Drumsticks and Mallets)

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Authors

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, Regional ...

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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 ...

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Gary Fagin

Gary Fagin

John Foley

John Foley is a teacher (Northwestern University and NSCDS) and performer/musician in Evanston, IL.

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Listen to a Sample of the Samphony Tracks for SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS here:

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