Smoke on the Mountain

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October 2—14   Smoke on the Mountain   (musical)
Written by Connie Ray  Conceived by Alan Bailey
Musical Arrangements by Mike Carver and Mark Hardwick
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.  Last presented during the 2006 season. Songs include “No Tears in Heaven,” “Wonderful Time Up There,” “I’m Taking a Flight,” and “I’ll Fly Away.”