Smoke on the Mountain

MSMT and PORTLAND STAGE present this rousing bluegrass musical with a hilariously imperfect twist!

Smoke on the Mountain tells the hilarious and heartwarming 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 a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus – the Sanders Family, including loving father Burl, Bible-quoting mother Vera, twin brother Dennis and his star-struck twin sister Denise, the black sheep Uncle Stanley, the non-singing June.

Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into “the modern world.” 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 us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.

Book by CONNIE RAY | Conceived by ALAN BAILEY | Musical arrangements by MIKE CRAVER and MARK HARDWICK

Run Time: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


Please note the following masking policy for Smoke on the Mountain at Portland Stage:

Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat • Masks are recommended.
Thu & Sun • Masks are required.
Subject to change based on COVID risk levels in Cumberland County

Portland Stage is Air Conditioned and has state of the art air purification system.