“Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming” continues to entertain Hill Country audiences at The Point Theatre. The heartwarming musical comedy, directed by Ann Galland, will be performed on the indoor stage through Dec. 12.
“Homecoming,” written by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey with musical arrangements by Mike Craver, is the third installment of the popular Sanders Family Trilogy. It’s 1945, the war is over and the Sanders family once again visits Rev. Oglethorpe’s small Baptist church in Mt. Pleasant, NC to sing and “witness” to the congregation.
Rev. Oglethorpe is giving his last sermon and he and his wife June, who is expecting their first child, are moving to Texas as young Dennis Sanders prepares to take over as pastor. “Homecoming” features toe-tapping bluegrass and gospel songs mixed with the hilarious and touching Sanders family testimonies.
The Point produced the first play, “Smoke on the Mountain” in 2007 and the second show, “Sanders Family Christmas,” in 2007 and 2008. Galland directed all three. Those who have not seen the earlier shows need not worry as the character’s stories fill in the blanks.
Six cast members from previous shows are reprising their roles. Bob Meadows and Dorothy Cass return as the parents Burl and Vera Sanders. Jim Wooten returns as Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe, and Beverly Vincent, Jan Anderson, and Cassandra Reedus again appear as the Church Ladies.
Suzanne Edwards plays Rev. Oglethorpe’s wife June Sanders. Rachael Gabbert and Bobby Sands portray twins Denise and Dennis Sanders, and Tim Clendennen appears as Burl’s brother, Stanley Sanders.
Musical director and pianist Julie Hensley has assembled a band of talented musicians to perform the lively songs. They include Linda Barton on mandolin; Carroll Prestige on harmonica; David Cawthon, Chad Gabbert and Callie Ann Hensley on guitar; William Etchison on fiddle, and Sara Vaughan on dulcimer.
To help those in need during the holiday season, guests are asked to bring non-perishable foods and toiletries to be donated to the Christian Assistance Ministry. Collection bins will be located in the theatre lobby.
For reservations or more information, call 830-367-5121 or visit www.hcaf.com. Adult tickets are $15 and those for youths 17 and younger are $10. Group rates are available. The Point Theatre is located at 120 Point Theatre Road South in Ingram.