Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Musical ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ comes to the Alhambra Theatre

What the Alhambra audience and just about everyone needs right now is a reason to sing and laugh. So is the idea behind opening “Smoke on the Mountain”, and its long catalogue of gospel-feeling music sung by the cast as the fictional Sanders Family, an offbeat troupe of traveling singers.

“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, a traveling troupe making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. The young and enthusiastic Pastor Oglethorpe of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring this tiny congregation into “the modern world.” Between songs, each family member “witnesses,” providing the story of the show.

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

The Alhambra will continue its 2021 season with limited seating due to its policy of strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocols. “Our role in this community is to provide entertainment and a respite for our family of guests,” said Smith. “We will always put their experience first, and this is what they told us they wanted.” With Season Partners having renewed at an even faster pace than for 2020 and hosting a sold-out season opener with Singin’ in the Rain, Smith feels reassured in the decisions he and his team made. “We’re delighted to make the seating work, and even more delighted that our guests are responding with such love and support.”

Chef DeJuan Roy’s MENU for Smoke on the Mountain features:
First Course: (Choice of One) Kale Salad with shredded carrots, chopped tomato, orange, Asiago cheese, candied pecan, *GF* OR Tomato Bisque with pesto crouton.

Second Course: (Choice of One) Pan Seared Trout with lemon beurre blanc, roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes, brown rice casserole *GF* option of Oven-Baked.  OR Fried Center-cut Pork Chop with mushroom gravy, roasted fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts. OR Hearty Beff & Vegetable Pot Pie slow-cooked beef tenderloin tips, gravy, carrots, celery, potatoes and onions with a flaky pie crust. OR Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie vegetable gravy, red and green bell peppers, squash, onions, carrots, celery, zucchini and potatoes with a flaky pie crust.

Third Course: (Choice of One) Lemon Pound Cake with mixed berry compote OR Cherry Cobbler.

Smoke on the Mountain

DATES: March 25 April 25, 2021

SHOW TIMES: discussed with ticket sales

DRESS: “Business Casual”, or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $45 $68 per person.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, nor orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.

       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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