Press Release: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN at Plaza Theatre Company


Plaza Theatre Company Presenting An Encore Production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Opening July 18th

July 11th, 2013

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of an encore production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN on July 18th, 2013. The production will play at the Cleburne Conference Center Theater at 1501 W. Henderson Str. in Cleburne, TX opening on July 18th and playing thru August 3rd. It will be the 66th show produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

The Cleburne Conference Center Theater is the regular home of the Carnegie Players who recently completed a successful run of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on that stage. PlazaCo’s regular Mainstage production of BYE BYE BIRDIE will continue playing at Plaza’s regular 111 S. Main location thru August 3rd as well.

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family Singers – a family singing group on the gospel circuit during The Great Depression. Between songs, each family member “witnesses” – telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true – and hilariously imperfect – natures. By the evening’s end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to the congregation (the audience) by revealing their weaknesses and allowing them to share in their triumphs.

Plaza has produced all three of the shows in the SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN trilogy, but many consider the first one the best. And we’re thrilled to start at the beginning for this special encore production of the show featuring many members of Plaza’s original cast. They’re back, and better than ever!

The Cast List for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN is: (Double Cast where noted)

Pastor Oglethorpe – Jonathan Metting

June Sanders – Camille Shaw

Burl Sanders – Kevin Poole

Vera Sanders – Samantha Parrish

Stanley Sanders – JaceSon P. Barrus

Denise Sanders – Kasi Hollowell

Dennis Sanders – Andrew Guzman

Myrtle – Jamie Dugger

Maude – Corliss Cornils, Priscilla Nix

Melva (on Piano) – Cheri Mega

Cousin Buford (on Bass) – Bob Gracey

Fiddlin’ Forrest (on Fiddle) – Howard Geisel

Pickin’ Parker (on Guitar) – Parker Barrus

The production is under the direction of JaceSon Barrus with stage management by Stefanie Glenn. The show will open on Thursday July 18th at 7:30pm and will then play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening thru August 3rd at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students and $13 for Children with an extra $1 service charge per ticket to the Cleburne Conference Center.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600, by visiting or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday.

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