‘Smoke on the Mountain’ performance to raise funds for Hometown Walk of Hope
Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:00 pm
Michael Poore as the Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe
Appreciative audiences have tapped their feet and sometimes raised their voices in song along with the Sanders Family in multiple local theater performances of “Smoke on the Mountain” and its sequels.
Now they will have the opportunity to enjoy the production that started it all once again. Members and friends of Union City Second Baptist Church, many of whom have appeared in previous performances, will stage the show as part of the congregation’s Valentine Banquet Feb. 11-12, with dinner to begin at 6 p.m. in the family life center and the musical to start at 7 in the sanctuary. Tickets are $15 for dinner and the show and $10 for the performance only.
On Feb. 13, there will be a production only in the sanctuary at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds from this show only will go to Hometown Walk of Hope.
Reprising earlier performances in the popular show will be Michael Poore as the Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the late 1930s, and Sanders Family members Allison Butner as sister June, who is 23; Holly (Tittle) Turner as 17-year-old twin Denise and Coby Watts as her brother, Dennis; Jeanne Tittle as the matriarch of the family; Eddie Tittle as Cousin Eddie; and Sam Stephens as Uncle Stanley. Bryan Keathley will be joining the cast as Burl Sanders, the father of the musical family.
Mrs. Butner is also directing the play, which focuses on the events taking place in a down-to-earth North Carolina church in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Saturday night sings are an eagerly anticipated event in the community in these dark days resulting from the Depression, and the Sanders Family group is an area favorite that has been in semi-retirement for the past five years.
The music is familiar and popular; the characters are heartwarming; the comedy is clean and side-splitting; and the message enduring.
Tickets are on sale in the church office and those interested in any of the performances are encouraged to contact the church office at 885-5223 or come by the church at 831 North Everett Blvd. in Union City soon to choose the show they want to attend.
Published in The Messenger 2.3.11