“Smoke On The Mountain” To Be Presented
The musical comedy “Smoke on the Mountain” is set to thrill audiences June 7, 8 and 9. Take a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1938 as the hilarious Sanders Family Singers share an evening of story and song at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Musical selections include favorites like “Whispering Hope,” “Wonderful Time Up There,” “Church in the Wildwood,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and many more.
The Friday, June 7, performance is being held at Cito United Methodist Church at 3746 Cito Road, McConnellsburg. The Saturday, June 8, performance will take place at McConnellsburg United Methodist Church at 121 North Second Street, McConnellsburg. The Sunday performance will be held at the band shell at McConnell Park next to the courthouse in Mc- Connellsburg. Please bring lawn chairs. Food will be served one hour before the Sunday evening program. In case of adverse weather conditions, the Sunday evening program will be held at McConnellsburg UMC. All programs begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission. An offering will be received.
Brady Seiders plays the role of the upbeat Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe. He tries to keep worship flowing as the Sanders share humorous and heartfelt stories from their lives. Members of the Sanders family include Father Burl (John Godissart), Mother Vera (Karen Godissart), Uncle Stanley (Mike Glessner Jr.), daughter June (Hope Moore), and the twins Denise (Nicole Fletcher) and Dennis (Jeremy Fletcher). The songs are presented with a wide variety of instruments including guitars, piano, string bass, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, mandolin, uk-ulele, and percussion.
In addition to instruments played by cast members, instrumentalists include the musical talents of Mike Stenger, Doug Seiders, Jerry Henry, Ryan Chamberlain and Cathy Richards. Sue Nesbitt and Betsy Ray also use their unique talents to add to the comic relief.
“Smoke on the Mountain” is presented with special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. The book is by Connie Ray. The play is conceived by Alan Bailey, with musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick.