Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
TheatreFest! At Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY, will present the gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain June 27, 28, 29, July 11, 12, 13 & 15, according to Lindsey Wilson student Thomas Alvey, a 2015 graduate of ECHS. Alvey is working as an intern and performer in the production.
The play – which is directed by Artistic Director of TheatreFest!, Robert Brock with music direction by Associate Artistic Director, Jeremy Cloyd – will be performed at 7pmCT June 27, 28, 29, July 11, 12, 13 and 2pmCT July 15. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for children and Lindsey Wilson College Faculty, Staff and Students.
Smoke on the Mountain takes place on a Saturday night in June 1938 in the sanctuary of the Mount Pleasant Church in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. The Sanders Family Singers are performing for the first time after a five-year hiatus from the gospel-singing circuit. The family of six have more than their share of testimonials to share with audiences from any background.
“For anyone that grew up in the South, the music in this play is like going home.” Cloyd says.
The show mixes both traditional gospel music with testimonials from the characters to create the feeling of an actual church service and is unlike any other theatre experience in the area.
Cloyd also says that the play is about “having a commitment to family and to the glory of life” and that this commitment is what makes the play a unique experience for audiences.
“I’m sure the lovable characters and beautiful music will resonate with the people in South Central Kentucky.” Says Brock.
Audiences will be familiar with Burl and Vera, two parents trying to do what is best for their kids, Dennis and Denise, the twins, and June, the “sign-language” singer.
TheatreFest! At Lindsey Wilson College will present Smoke on the Mountain at 7pmCT June 27, 28, 29, July 11, 12, 13 and 2pmCT July 15. For tickets contact Robert Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directed by Artistic Director of TheatreFest!, Robert Brock with music direction by Associate Artistic Director of TheatreFest!, Jeremy Cloyd with Kelvin Bailey of Columbia, Reneé Daffron of Jamestown, KY, Sydney Shearer of Columbia, Tyler Harting of Monticello, Sharon Archey of Columbia, Hannah Peck of Columbia, and Thomas Alvey of Brownsville, KY.
Alvey participated in drama, band, literary club, and international club while a student at ECHS. In the fall, he will be a senior theater arts and media studies double major, with plans of going to graduate school for counseling and human development.