Looking for a gospel show to see in Branson? Then, Smoke on the Mountain is the show for you. The musical takes its name from the Psalm 104:32 “He who looks at the Earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.” Set in 1938, the show follows the singing Sanders Family.
As performers of traditional and bluegrass gospel songs for the members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Mount Pleasant, N.C., the Sanders Family story is set inside the very church they perform. The cast of seven singers, performers and musicians are welcomed by Pastor Oglethorpe. They then proceed to tell their individual stories, as well as their beliefs. The audience, in turn, serves as members of congregation. It’s a unique Branson show where the audience serves a big part the story.
During the show, nearly 30 gospel tunes are performed. Most of the songs are old hymns, staying true to the show’s time period. Popular songs like “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away” and even obscure hymns like “Filling Station” and “Christian Cowboy” create the score. Performances of “The Church in the Wildwood,” “Built on the Rock,” “Smoke on the Mountain,” and “I’m Using My Bible for a Road Map” are just a few of the songs to grace the stage. Performed at the Little Opry Theatre inside the Branson Imax Entertainment Complex, Smoky on the Mountain rouses the spirit of every ticketholder.
There is also a Christmas version of the show performed. Sander Family Christmas begins November 5.