Zionsville Times Sentinel

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July 10, 2013

There's music in them thar hills

“Smoke on the Mountain” just opened at Beef & Boards Dinner Theater. It is the story of the Singing Sanders Family as they perform at a Saturday night bluegrass gospel sing after a five-year hiatus. The time is 1938 and the place is the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the Great Smoky Mountains.

I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to this musical, given I really am not a fan of bluegrass music. What a pleasant surprise it was to genuinely be happy to have experienced this thoroughly entertaining evening. The seven-member cast did a bang-up job. In addition to playing all kinds of instruments and singing up a storm, the players took turns “witnessing” to the audience/congregation. This wasn’t your standard Sunday morning, milquetoast kind of witnessing, but had more of a mild Jerry Springer quality.

One of the most enjoyable parts of the evening for me was watching Sarah Hund as June Sanders. I have to tell you, I think I have a girl crush on her. She managed to pull off quirky, gawky and loveable, all while performing the entire percussion section. The things that woman can do with a jar of beans and a tambourine while pretending to have no rhythm made my night.

Hund also performs many of the musical numbers using a mixture of actual and made-up sign language. Let me point out that the tempo of gospel music doesn’t lend itself very well to sign language, and the results were hilarious.

Pam Pendleton delighted as the mother of the Sanders clan, Vera. She had a somewhat dimwitted yet endearing vibe going for most of the show, then came her time to “witness.” I swear to you, Pendleton played the part so well that I laughed until I cried. Then I laughed some more.

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