Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming Opens at Taproot

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming cast, photo by Erik Stuhaug

Taproot Theater, which recently put on a lively and entertaining version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days goes back in time yet again this Friday, July 10, for the regional premiere of Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming.

In a musical conceived by Alan Bailey, written by Connie Ray, directed by Scott Notle and with musical arrangements by Mike Craver, it is 1945, just after the end of WWII, and the Sanders family are ready to welcome Dennis Sanders as the new pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist with bluegrass, folk and gospel songs. The third and final of musical about the Sanders family, Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. This final episode of a series that’s now into its second decade of popularity promises lots of fun, lots of laughs, and lots of great old-time toe-tapping and soul-stirring traditional American roots music.

The musical runs through August 8; if you’re chomping at the bit to see it, you can attend the preview performances on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9. For tickets and details, see the Taproot Theater home page.

In other Taproot news, the theater recently announced their winter holiday production: the world premiere of John Longenbaugh’s Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, running from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Those of you who like to make your holiday plans well in advance (and I know you’re out there) will be able to buy tickets in October. Mark your calendars now.

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