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Oct 15th - Oct 17th

Smoke on the Mountain

  • Location: Ivy Green - Helen Keller Birthplace
  • 300 N. Commons Street W
  • Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Smoke on the Mountain

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Ritz Theatre Presents Outdoor Smoke on the Mountain ​at Ivy Green

Postponed from Oct. 8 - 10 & 11:

The Tennessee Valley Art Association (TVAA) is hosting a production of the musical comedy Smoke on the Mountain at the outdoor theatre at Ivy Green, with 7 p.m. shows from October 15 - 17 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 18. This popular play features bluegrass and gospel music and is a favorite across the country. Tickets for this socially-distanced production are available at www.tennesseevalleyarts.org or by calling TVAA at 256-383-0533.

TVAA executive director Christi Britten says that the staff and local theatre community are excited for the chance to produce a show in a safe way. Smoke on the Mountain had originally been scheduled for August at The Ritz Theatre in Sheffield, which is run by TVAA, but had to be postponed.

“This is the first time a production other than The Miracle Worker has been performed on the grounds of Ivy Green, so we are grateful for this partnership, which allows us to continue providing theatrical entertainment for the Shoals,” said Britten.

The venue will be seated at limited capacity with distance between groups, and masks are required. Premium tickets, which will be chairs in the first four rows, are $20 each, and Standard tickets, which are bleacher seating, are $15 each.

This production of Smoke on the Mountain is directed by Andrew Maples and Laura Connolly, with music direction by Gail Allen, and it stars several talented actors and musicians from the Shoals community theatre scene. The show’s book is by Connie Ray, it was conceived by Alan Bailey, and musical arrangements are by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. TVAA’s production is supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Smoke on the Mountain tells 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 rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family. Between songs, each family member “witnesses” – telling 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.

TVAA will continue to offer safe ways for the community to enjoy theatre. Next up is a production of the audio drama The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, which will be available to listen to online the week of Halloween.

For more information about these productions and other TVAA programs, call 256-383-0533.

Press Contact: Jennifer Butler Keeton Director of Public Affairs and Marketing Tennessee Valley Art Association jennifer.keeton@tennesseevalleyarts.org 256-383-0533.

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