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Artisan Center Theater presents SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Artisan Center Theater presents SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Artisan Center Theater proudly presents SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN at its newly renovated 195 seat theater-in-the-round. The theater is located in the historic Belaire Plaza at 444 East Pipeline Road. The show runs Friday August 29 – Saturday October 4, 2014. Performances are at 7:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4/2014. Reserved seating tickets are $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for students and seniors, and $9.00 for children 12 and under. Monday through Thursday tickets are $16.00. The box office number is 817-284-1200. More information can be found on the website at

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN will be interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired by Haley Brazell and Lauren Drinkard on Tuesday September 2, 2014 at 7:30pm.

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, a gospel musical that replicates an old-timey hymn singing, takes place at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in rural North Carolina. The year is 1938, when prayers were prompted by, among other things, layoffs at the local pickle plant. Seeking to fill the pews, Pastor Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an upliftin’ evening of singin’ and witnessin’. More than two dozen gospel songs, many of them vintage pop hymns, and hilarious stories from the more or less devout Sanders provide a richly entertaining evening that has everyone clapping, singing, laughing, and cheering.

Connie Ray wrote SMOKE using an idea by Alan Bailey. It ran off-Broadway from 1988 to 1995, featuring familiar hymns arranged by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick.

Burl Sanders – Noel Allen, Kelvin Dilks
Vera Sanders – Teri McHargue, Cheryl King
Uncle Stanley – Kirk Corley, Gary Payne
June Sanders – Rebecca Roberts, Joanna Philips
Denise Sanders – Hannah Allen, Joanna Berry
Dennis Sanders – Michael Allen, Nathan Vernoche
Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe – Wesley Vaughan, Kyle Holt
Maude – Jackie Holt, Kristi Taylor
Myrtle – Taffy Geisel, Meredith Jeppson, Pam Rea
Cousin Melva at the piano – Cheri Mega
Cousin Forrest on the fiddle – Howard Geisel
Cousin Zeb on the bass, guitar, banjo – Jeff Clarkson

Production Team:
Producer – Dee Ann Blair
Director – Taffy Geisel
Production Manager – Cassondra Plybon
Stage Managers – Kyle Davis
Music Director – Cheri Mega
Set Design – Taffy Geisel
Light Design – Kyle Davis
Costume Design – Rebecca Roberts
Props – Chris Seil

Who: Artisan Center Theater, a 195 seat theater-in-the-round
When: August 29 – October 4, 2014
Where: The Belaire Plaza, 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas
Director: Taffy Geisel
Showtimes: 7:30pm M/T/Th/F/Sat with 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4/2014.
Tickets: Weekends are $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for students and senior citizens, $9.00 for children 12 and under. Mondays through Thursdays are $16.00 for ages 13 and up and $7.00 for 12 and under.
Reservations: Call 817-284-1200; web site:

Picture by Al Smith
Featured in the photo are (left to right):
Back Row: Kirk Corley, Noel Allen, Teri McHargue, Michael Allen
Front Row: Hannah Allen, Wesley Vaughan, Rebecca Roberts