July 15, 2009

Sanders Family Christmas

For the third year in a row Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has filled its July show slot with the music of the Sander's family. This third installment of "Smoke on the Mountains" has the Sanders family performing their hymns and bluegrass songs on Christmas eve.

Set in 1941, the Sanders family returns to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for a Christmas performance. The country has just gone to war and one of the Sanders' own, Dennis (played by the incredibly talented musician Andrew Ross), is set to ship out in a few days.

Fans of the past two shows will not be disappointed this year. Those who are new to the Sanders family's antics are sure to love the "Sanders Family Christmas." The same cast returns with the addition of Laura Goins and Lynne Perkins, portraying Dennis' twin sister Denise and Vera, the group's matriarch respectively.

Sarah Hund returns as June, the member of the Sanders clan who is "skilled" in sign language. June could have easily become a stale one-joke character, but in Hund's hands she is fresh and sweetly sincere.

There is a hint of melancholy in this installment as the family copes with Dennis' impending departure. But just as it is in real life, reasons for celebration are often woven in with the toughest times. The family may be sending one child off to war, but another may be leaving for more joyous reasons.

One of the show's most hilarious scenes includes musical medley tour of foreign countries and their holiday traditions led by Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe.

The show is a perennial favorite and sells out quickly each year. So whether you're hoping for a laugh or some impressive musical stylings, make sure you get your tickets before they are gone.

Don't Miss the Show

Performances: The show runs until Aug. 22. Doors open for evening performances at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The buffet is served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
For Wednesday matinees doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the buffet is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 1 p.m.
For Sunday matinees doors open at 12 p.m. and the buffet is served from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: To purchase tickets call (317) 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Prices range from $34 to $57 and include the show, tax, coffee, tea and the buffet.

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