CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – The final production of “Smoke on the Mountain,” the bluegrass/gospel phenomenon celebrating its 25th anniversary, will take place 7:30 p.m. June 1 and runs through Aug. 10 at Cumberland County Playhouse.
The Cumberland County Playhouse has hosted more performances of “Smoke on the Mountain” than any other theater in the world and holds the record for the longest continuous run of the show.
This year’s production once again features Cumberland County Playhouse veterans Daniel Black (“The Mousetrap”) and Lauren Marshall (“Sister Act”) as Burl and Vera Sanders; Jensen Crain-Foster (“Stand By Your Man”) as June Sanders, along with Cory Clark (“Beauty and the Beast”) and DeAnna Etchison (“The Marvelous Wonderettes”) as twins Dennis and Denise Sanders. Cumberland County Playhouse newcomers Richard Lisenby play Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and Matthew Ruff plays Uncle Stanley.
It’s a Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and Reverend Oglethorpe, the enthusiastic new minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an uplifting evening of song. The audience becomes the congregation as the Sanders Family weave together 24 traditional and original hymns, along with their stories of witness, serving them up with heaping helpings of laughter. Under the scrutiny of a congregation that’s skeptical about the whole notion of a “Saturday Night Sing,” one thing after another goes awry as the Sanders family reveal their true – and hilariously imperfect – natures. The honesty, humor, and faith of this beloved Cumberland County Playhouse tradition connects strongly with audiences of all ages and faiths, who find themselves part of a special afternoon or evening.
“Smoke on the Mountain” is rated G and sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Tickets may be reserved by calling (931) 484-5000 or visiting www.ccplayhouse.com.
All Cumberland County Playhouse productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Playhouse media sponsor The Crossville Chronicle and Playhouse Season Partner Plateau Pediatrics.
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