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SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN A Musical in 2 acts. Book by Constance Ray. Conceived by Alan Bailey. Musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. Lambs Theatre, Off-Broadway 10 May, 1990. Closed 30 June, 1991 (452 perfs) SYNOPSIS Set in the 1930s, this musical tale introduces the singing Sanders family, who perform their traditional and bluegrass gospel songs for the members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, NC. Pastor Oglethorpe welcomes the family to the church, where their individual stories and beliefs are shared during the concert. The audience serves as the members of the congregation. The score of Smoke on the Mountain consists of almost thirty gospel tunes, all of which could have been performed at the time by such a group. There is a pleasant mixture of energetic rousing numbers, plaintive hymns, and soulful praise songs. The songs vary from the well known, such as "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," to the more obscure ones, such as "Filling Station" and "Christian Cowboy". The story is an extremely well rendered one. Rather than just a concert of old-time Christian hymns, Smoke On The Mountain is truly a musical. The characters are well developed and realistic, there is sufficient back story, and the dialogue is never trite. Many of the songs supply further clarification or reinforcement of the book and personal stories provided. The presentation of the characters' faith and beliefs is inspiring and personal, yet never preachy. CAST - 4 m., 3 f. Burl Sanders Mervin Oglethorpe Stanley Vera Sander Denis Sanders Denise Sanders June Sanders MUSICAL NUMBERS • Rock of Ages • Church in the Wildwood • Wonderful Time up There • Meet Mother in the Skies • No Tears in Heaven • Christian Cowboy • Filling Station • I'll Never Diet (I'll Just Change My Address) • Jesus Is Mine • Blood Medley • I'll Live a Million Years • Everyone Home But Me • I Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now • Angel Band • Whispering Hope • Transportation Medley • Smoke on the Mountain • I'll Fly Away INSTRUMENTATION (No Chorus Books available.) Piano/Vocal Score Piano 7 Individual Character Scores (including piano, guitar, banjo and other traditional folk instruments) DISCOGRAPHY Songs from original production