The current Mill Town Players production of Smoke on the Mountain had a record opening weekend attendance and continues to pack the house every night. The recent review by Carolina Curtain Call stated that “. . this may be one of Mill Town’s most entertaining shows to date.” The hit show continues through June 4 at the Pelzer Auditorium located at 214 Lebby Street, Pelzer, SC 29669. More information is available on their website, or by calling (864) 947-8000.
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 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.
Director – Myra Greene
Musical Director – Tricia Dyar
Cast – Tricia Dyar, Tom Dyar, Mckelvie Wilder, Aaron Pennington, Libby Crews, and Mary Katherine Sosebee as the Sanders Family and Will Ragland as Pastor Oglethorpe
Tickets to Smoke on the Mountain are only $10, with discounts for seniors, military, and students, and can be purchased online here, by calling (864) 947-8000, or at the door. Almost half of all tickets are already sold.
About Mill Town Players
Mill Town Players is a community theater whose purpose is to entertain, inspire, and enrich our community by providing quality and affordable live theater.
Through the production of remarkable shows and the operation of quality educational programs, Mill Town Players will work to become an extraordinary community theater in the Upstate and a valuable member of the South Carolina arts community. Mill Town Players will feature and develop local talent, foster an environment of inclusion and creativity, and inspire individuals and families to make live theater an active part of their lives.
Photo credit: Escobar Photography