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Smoke on the Mountain
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Connie Ray

COMPANY : PlayRight Productions LLC [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cumming Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 2297

SHOWING : July 12, 2007 - August 19, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

SMOKE is back in Cumming, Georgia as PlayRight Productions brings the highly popular comedy musical Smoke on the Mountain back to the stage!
It is 1938 and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is holding a Saturday Night Sing. Mervin Oglethorpe has asked the Sanders Family to come and sing at the small church after a five year hiatus. Get ready for a night of singing and witnessing as the Sanders family entertains you!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Debbie Walker
Cousin J.R. Mike Shetler
Burl Sanders Doug Allen
June Vanessa Carey
Vera Sanders Jen Carrozza
Dennis Sanders Jared B. Davis
Mrs. Maude Renee Davis
Cousin Buddy (Fiddle) Tim Higgins
Cousin Bubba (Mandolin/Guitar) Jay Moore
Stanley Sanders David Payton
Maude/Myrtle Cheryl Rogers
Mrs. Myrtle Heather Rose
Dennise Sanders Susanna Smith
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REVIEWS

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2007 PlayRight Is Better Than Ever!
by DHolmes
Friday, July 13, 2007
5.0
I have seen several versions of Smoke On The Mountain. I even saw this cast last year, and it was the best version I had seen to date.

This year is even better! Last year a couple of the characters were almost over-the-top "caricatures" of southern people that didn't mesh with the authenticity of the rest of the cast. This year the characters are much more "seasoned" and more "real", which makes their antics even funnier!

Only one complaint: Though it's better this year than last, one actor's "cartoonish" mannerisms and over-exaggeration of a southern drawl (ie."DI-rectly" and "PAR-ticular") can be distracting when compared to the believability of the rest of the cast. Although he is obviously talented, it comes across as "trying too hard" to be funny.

This year the interactions of the characters appears more spontaneous than "directed". They really look like a family up there! (An incredibly talented, hilarious family!) This years' addition of Vanessa Carey as "June" is a welcome one! "If she ain't southern, I ain't sittin' here!"

Though this play can tend to border on "farcical", PlayRight Productions cast has been able to weave a thread of sincerity & reality into it that really pulls the audience into their world. In the end, "Smoke's" underlying theme of forgiveness, grace and unconditional love comes shining through.

Even without tweaking, I'll happily and enthusiastically see this cast do "Smoke On The Mountain" or any other musical every time I can.

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