Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming

by  Alan Bailey, Mike Craver, Connie Ray

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

It’s October 1945, and the gospel‑singing Sanders Family is back together again.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

It’s October 1945, and the gospel‑singing Sanders Family is back together again. The war is over, and America’s years of prosperity are just beginning. But there’s another kind of rite of passage at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe is giving his last service. He’s been called to preach in Texas, and he’s already bought a ten‑gallon hat and is preparing to ride into the sunset with his wife, June, who is eight months pregnant. Tomorrow morning, young Dennis Sanders takes over as Mount Pleasant’s pastor. Join the Sanders Family as they send Mervin and June off in style, with hilarious and touching stories and twenty‑five toe‑tapping Bluegrass Gospel 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. It is Saturday night, October 6, 1945, two months after VJ Day. The war is over.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Country/Western
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 3f
MERVIN OGLETHORPE - Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, mid-30s
BURL SANDERS - father, 50
VERA SANDERS - mother, 50
STANLEY SANDERS - uncle, 50
DENNIS SANDERS - twin brother, early 20s
DENISE SANDERS - twin sisters, early 20s
JUNE - sister (and Mervin's wife), mid-20s
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  • Not Applicable

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Authors

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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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 recordi ...

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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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