Written by: Connie Ray and Alan Bailey
Directed by: Deanna Jent
Kevin Kline Awards:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical* (Colleen Backer)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical* (Chris Hickey)
Dates: October 31 – November 16, 2008
Times: Thursday – Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices: General $20.00
This delightful comedy features gospel music, humor and touching personal stories as the Sanders Family wins over even the most skeptical in Pastor Oglethorpe’s congregation.
Mervin Oglethorpe: Christopher Hickey*
June Sanders: Colleen Backer
Vera Sanders: Deborah Sharn
Burl Sanders: Christopher Limber*
Denise Sanders: Jennifer M. Theby
Dennis Sanders: Dylan Duke
Stanley Sanders: Tim Schall*
Cousin Joe: Joe Schoen
Cousin Raphe: Raphe Makarewicz
Miss Maude: Leslie Wobbe
Miss Myrtle: Ann Cailteux
Miss Mabel: Kirsten Wylder
Director: Deanna Jent
Musical Director: Joe Schoen
Stage Manager: Phil Bettison
Asst. Stage Manager: Katie Donnelly
Assistant Director: Molly Wright
Production Manager: Carmen Larimore Russell
Set Design: Daniel Lanier
Costume Design: Ann Cailteux
Light Design: Michael Sullivan
Technical Director: Jon Hisaw
Master Electrician: Bess Moynihan
Props Coordinator & Sound Board Operator: Jean Lang
Set & Costume Intern: Adrienne Curry
Light Design Intern: David Chandler, Justin Walker
Stitchers: Bonnie Jent, Lindzey Jent
Light Board Operators: Terrence Lovett, Justin Walker
House Managers: Ryan Cooper, Molly Wright
Poster Design: Mark Douglas
to the second season of
Mustard Seed Theatre...
The joyful melodies and hopeful message of Smoke on the Mountain are a reflection of our delight in embarking on a second season. We are happy to share the stories and songs of the Sanders Family with you.
The characters in Smoke on the Mountain share contemporary concerns about money and jobs - while set in 1938, the play mirrors current economic concerns. Along with those worries, we see a family dealing with growing pains: teenage rebellion and uncertainty, sibling discord, the death of a parent. But through it all, the Sanders Family (and Pastor Oglethorpe) see their faith as a lighthouse guiding them through the stormy waters. Their conviction that life will end with “No Tears in Heaven” gives them strength and peace.
We hope that the struggles and triumphs of the Sanders Family resonate in your life. Mustard Seed Theatre remains committed to producing compelling professional theatre that explores our relationship to God and our ethical responsibility to the world.
Our season continues with a staged reading of Mother Teresa is Dead, by Helen Edmundson, December 5-8, 2008. Exploring the complex issues of poverty and responsibility, this play is part of our Dijon Discussion series -- designed to cultivate dialogue about issues of social justice and faith. The series continues March 6 - 15, 2009 with An Almost Holy Picture by Heather McDonald. Starring Gary Wayne Barker, this one-man show delves into the life of a grief-stricken pastor trying to find answers.
Our second season will close with Lynda Barry’s The Good Times Are Killing Me, April 17-May 3, 2009. Set in a racially-divided 1962, this poignant and funny drama explores the friendship between 12-year olds experiencing puberty, prejudice, rock music and the accelerating civil rights movement on the streets of an ever-changing blue-collar neighborhood.
We hope that you’ll enjoy this night of music and laughter and join us for our upcoming productions. Thanks for sharing your time with us!
Deanna Jent, Artistic Director
Production Manager: Carmen Russell
Resident Artists: Gary Wayne Barker, Adam Flores, Kelley Ryan, Michael Sullivan, Leslie Wobbe
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