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A Sanders Family Christmas

A Sanders Family Christmas

Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 10:04 pm

With the opening of the gospel musical A Sanders Family Christmas on October 23, Cumberland County Playhouse launches it’s World Premiere of the Sanders Family Southern Baptist trilogy of musicals. For the first time anywhere, the three musicals featuring this fictional family of gospel singers will be performed in their chronological order at CCP for three full cycles. Sanders Family Christmas, sponsored by Cumberland County Bank, joins the CCP repertory with Smoke on the Mountain, sponsored By Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Smoke…Homecoming, sponsored by First National Bank of Tennessee. On Saturday, Oct 25 all three shows will be performed at 11am (Smoke), 3pm (Sanders) and 7:30 pm (Homecoming) , as the congregation at little Mount Pleasant Baptist meets the family in 1938, sends young Dennis off to war in 1941, and bids farewell to Rev. Mervyn Oglethorpe and his bride June, as they follow his call to Texas in 1946. Two other complete cycles of the trilogy will play in the same order on Oct 28-29 (2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Tuesday and 1:00 pm Wednesday), and Nov 4-5 (7:30 pm Tuesday, 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm Wednesday.). After the cycles, “Smoke” and “Homecoming” close and A Sanders Family Christmas continues its run through Dec 20 in the Playhouse’s O’Brien Adventure Theater. 2008 marks the fifteenth consecutive season in which CCP has hosted the Sanders Family. First produced by the Playhouse in 1999 as one of three nationwide premieres chosen by the authors, Alan Bailey and Connie Ray, A Sanders Family Christmas, adds Christmas selections to the feast of gospel bluegrass that Smoke and the Sanders family is known for. The multi-talented cast of actor-musicians cast features Jason Ross as Reverend Oglethorpe (piano, accordion), Lauren Marshall as Vera (fiddle) Tommy Hancock as Burl (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Summer Dawn Wallace as Denise (mandolin, bass, banjo), Daniel Black as Dennis (guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass), and Richard Daniel as Uncle Stanley. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass). Anne Staler plays sister June, (percussion), who explains, “I don’t sing, I sign”, as she uses American Sign Language (and some special signs of her own invention!) to interpret the songs and testimony. Tickets can be purchased from the Playhouse Box Office at (931) 484 – 5000. Visit the Playhouse online at www.ccplayhouse.com to view the full season schedule and additional information. Posted 10.20.08

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