After 22 years, Smoke is still a favorite at the Cumberland County Playhouse
The ever-popular Smoke on the Mountain returns to Tennessee’s Family Theater on May 22. Now in its twenty-second consecutive year at the Cumberland County Playhouse, Smoke continues to play to sold-out crowds and delight audiences again and again.
"It’s always huge fun to direct Smoke," says Smoke’s director Weslie Webster. "Each year, I get to welcome new talent to the cast, plus I get to work with veteran actors who have performed in this show hundreds of times."
"Even though when I went on as Mervin it was in A Sanders Family Christmas." says Black with a laugh, "I think that might still be some kind of record."
Smoke takes place on a Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, NC, and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an uplifting e vening of song. The audience becomes the congregation as two dozen traditional and original hymns weave together with stories of witness from family members, along with a healthy dose of laughter.
Though the Sanders Family try to appear perfect in the eyes of a critical congregation who are skeptical about the whole notion of a "Saturday Night Sing," one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true—and hilariously imperfect—natures.
The honesty, humor (sometimes unintentional!) and faith of this Southern mountain family and the church's new preacher connect strongly with audiences of all ages and faiths, who find themselves part of a very special afternoon or evening.
Leading off this year’s cast are Playhouse favorites Patty Payne as June Sanders, Jason Ross as Mervin Oglethorpe, and Daniel Black as Burl Sanders; among the three of them, they've appeared in well over one thousand performances of Smoke since the show opened in the Adventure Theater in 1994!
The cast also includes Lauren Marshall, who does double duty as Vera Sanders and the show's Music Director. John Dobbratz will appear as Uncle Stanley, with Chance Wall as son Dennis and Ellie Burnett as Dennis’s twin sister Denise.
Says director Webster, "I truly think we've assembled the perfect cast for the Playhouse's 50 th Anniversary year. The energy and joy of all the actors is just thrilling—and the relationships have never been stronger!"
Smoke on the Mountain opens May 22, 2015 and runs through October 10.
It’s rated G (except for “one word that ought not to be used in church”), is sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, as it has been from the beginning.
Choose your seats and order your tickets online, or call the Playhouse Box Office today at 931-484-5000.
May 22 - October 10
Sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
CCP operates on 80% earned revenue from ticket sales compared to 52% for most theaters nationally. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from Arts lovers like you. Thank you!
Smoke continues to play to sold-out crowds, delighting audiences again and again.
Old Country Store
Order your tickets online, or call the Playhouse Box Office today at 931-484-5000.