The rest of the cast, from John Vessels as Rev. Oglethorpe to Keith Potts as the not-quite-right Dennis Sanders, were everything I could have hoped for. Ashlie Roberson as Denise Sanders, Bobby Taylor as Burl, and Brian Gunter as Stanley rounded out the dysfunctional family Sanders nicely.
This show was performed at B&B in 2007, with Hund, Pendleton and Vessels returning from the original cast. If you didn’t get a chance to catch it then, you won’t want to make that mistake again. Even if you are like me and loathe bluegrass music, give it a try.
Instead of passively watching, the cast encourages audience participation. Even if you can’t sing or clap with any sort of rhythm, the cast of SOTM will leave you laughing out loud. The only thing missing from this Saturday night gospel sing was the passing of the collection plate, which Rev. Oglethorpe did threaten to do.
Smoke on the Mountain runs through Aug. 18 at the Beef & Boards. Ticket prices range from $37.50 to $62.50 and can be obtained by calling the box office at 317-872-9664. More information is available online at beefandboards.com.
Amy Rodriguez is a writer living in Hendricks County. You can read more of her work at rubymay1029.blogspot.com.