Smoke On The Mountain At Arts Center August 13-28

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Pictured are cast members Mary Ellen Smith, Debbie Winton, John Blankenship. (Photo by Russel Mobley)
Smoke on the Mountain
August 13-28
conceived  by Alan Bailey & written by Connie Ray

Get there early for a seat in the amen corner as the Sanders family returns to the Arts Center stage, bringing with them stories of faith and redemption, along with a hymnbook full of memorable music.  Let us take you back to a simpler time where you become the congregation of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and have been invited to the “first ever Saturday Night Sing”.

This story is set in North Carolina, 1938 and the Depression has left its mark on the small town of Mount Pleasant with numerous workers at the local pickle factory finding themselves out of work and sorely in need of cheering up. Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe hosts this Sanders Family Singers musical reunion precisely for that purpose, introducing the singing Sanders family, who perform their traditional and bluegrass gospel songs for the members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Directed by Matt Smith, this cast includes Karen Wainwright as, the vocally-challenged daughter, June, David Cummings, as the timid and eccentric Reverend Oglethorpe, John Blankenship as Burl, the patriarch of the family, Debbie Winton as Vera, Burl’s wife, David Blankenship as Burl’s brother Stanley, the prodigal sinner who has come home, Mary Ellen Smith, as the youngest daughter and David Winton as her shy twin brother Dennis.

The performance schedule for all shows is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 and  may be purchased by calling the Arts Center box office at 615-563-(ARTS) 2787 or 1-800-235-9073. A $2 discount for students, seniors or groups over 10 is valid for all performances. Tickets may also be purchased online at  HYPERLINK ""

Smoke on the Mountain is sponsored by Franklin’s Printworks and is part of the 2010 Stagedoor Series sponsored in part by The Old Feed Store Antique Mall. The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of the town of Woodbury, approximately 20 minutes from Murfreesboro, Manchester, and McMinnville and one hour southeast of Nashville. Box office hours are 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., Monday through Saturday.

If You Go:
What: Smoke on the Mountain
When: August 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7:30PM and August  15 & 22 at 2:00PM
Where: The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, and Woodbury, TN
Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Students & Seniors
Phone: (615) 563-2787 or 1-800-235-9073

Founded in 1990, the award-winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an under-served rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually attracts more than 40,000 visitors from a region covering over a 100-mile radius.  Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship.  The Arts Center is partially funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
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