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Auditions for the Surry Arts Council’s production of “Smoke on the Mountain” are scheduled to be held on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. each day at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.


According to information supplied by the council, there are roles available for actors ages 16 and older. Performances are set for Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. with additional shows on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.


Those auditioning will be asked to sing and read from the script but no prepared piece is required. An accompanist will be available. Those who are able to play an instrument are asked to bring the instrument with them to the audition. The production will be directed by Stan Bernstein. He has most recently directed Annie at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. He has also directed other productions including “Dearly Beloved” and “Welcome to Mitford.”


“Smoke on the Mountain” is the story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to the church after a five-year hiatus to perform.


Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into “the modern world.” Between songs, each family member “witnesses” and tells a story about an important event in their life.


Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true, and hilariously imperfect natures. By the evening’s end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to the audience by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.


Tickets are on sale now for the production. For additional information, persons may contact the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or heather@surryarts.org.


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