Smoke on the Mountain

by  Alan Bailey, Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick, Connie Ray

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

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.


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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

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Reviews

"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

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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

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  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Song Samples

Sample of Samphony Tracks for Smoke on the Mountain
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Rock of Ages
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The Church in the WIldwood
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A Wonderful Time Up There
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Meet Mother in the Skies
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No Tears in Heaven
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Christian Cowboy
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The Filling Station
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I'll Never Die (I'll Just Change My Address)
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Jesus is Mine
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Blood Medley
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I'll Live A Million Years
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Everyone Home But Me
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I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now
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Angel Band
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Whispering Hope
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Transportation Medley
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Smoke on the Mountain
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I'll Fly Away
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Casting

4m, 3f
MERVIN OGLETHORPE - Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, late 20s
BURL SANDERS - father, 40s
VERA SANDERS - mother, 40s
STANLEY SANDERS - uncle, late 40s
DENNIS and DENISE SANDERS - twins, 17
JUNE SANDERS - sister, 23
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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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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.

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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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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.

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