Show moves to chapel

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The artistic director of Smoke on the Mountain said she believes they have found the perfect church to share their story in.

Angel O’Brien said Smoke on the Mountain is going into its 11th season and has been in four theaters in Branson over the years, but they have been looking for the perfect church to call home.

Smoke on the Mountain, beginning April 14, will be performed in the Glass Chapel Theatre, eight miles north of Branson on U.S. 65, at Missouri 176.

“You couldn’t ask for a more perfect place,” O’Brien said. “It took my breath away.”

She described Smoke on the Mountain as musical theater that incorporates old gospel tunes and comedy meant to take place in a church.

“The audience becomes the congregation,” she said.

Smoke on the Mountain was originally produced by the McCarter Theatre Company in Princeton, N.J., and a has enjoyed success at numerous theaters across the country.

Set in 1938 in a small town, Smoke on the Mountain depicts the Saturday night visits of the gospel-singing Sanders family to a Baptist church whose minister, Mervin Oglethorpe, had decided to bring his flock into the modern world.

“The characters are people we all know and the songs are ones we’ll joyfully recognize,” O’Brien said.

She described the show as incredibly funny and energetic, inspirational and moving.

“It has been performed in many places, but I came here to produce it because I believe Branson is its artistic and spiritual home,” she said.

The Glass Chapel Theatre will celebrate its grand opening dedication at 10 a.m. April 12 followed by an open house until 5 p.m.

The theater will also be open April 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Smoke on the Mountain performances will begin April 14.

The show will be performed Tuesday-Friday at 10 a.m.

For more information or tickets, call (417) 337-7771.

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