‘Sanders Family’ Brings Christmas Fun to Cherokee Civic Theatre



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The ladies of the Amen Chorus and Choir make a joyful noise in the holiday production “Sanders Family Christmas,” appearing at the Cherokee Civic Theater in Rusk on December 6-8 and December 13-14.

 

Cherokee Civic Theatre in Rusk presents “Sanders Family Christmas”, the heartwarming and humorous sequel to the gospel music comedy “Smoke on the Mountain.”  The show opens December 6 with additional performances December 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm.  A Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. on December 8.

“Sanders Family Christmas” follows the story of the Sanctified Sanders Singers that started in “Smoke on the Mountain.”  Three years later in 1941, Pearl Harbor has just been bombed, the nation is gearing for war and the Sanders Family is preparing to send one of their own to join the Marines.

This performance marks their final full-family performance for many years and they return to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with their own particular brand of song and witness. “They are preparing to face some heartache,” notes Jerry Parker, the show’s director. “But being Sanders, they also face things with hope and humor.  And there may even be a little romance in there somewhere.” 

Featuring the accompaniments of a bluegrass band and a back-up choir, this show includes most all of the “Sanders” from CCT’s original production as well as a few newcomers.  Cast members are from all over and beyond Cherokee County. 
The show features traditional carols and hymns mixed with original music by the show’s authors and arrangers: Connie Ray, John Foley and Gary Fagin. “Sanders Family Christmas” was conceived by Alan Bailey. The audience participates in the fun as they “play the roles” of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church’s congregation, and singing along is welcome.
Tickets are on sale for “Sanders Family Christmas.” The CCT Box Office is open through November 27 and December 9-12 from 12:30-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. From December 2-5, the box office opens from noon-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The box office also opens one hour before each performance December 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14. It closes Thanksgiving Day and on November 29.

Tickets purchases are available online at the CCT website, www.cherokeetheatre.net. Online tickets are at the “will call” window for pickup during box office hours or just before the performance. Group rates for Sunday school classes, student groups and other organizations are available. Please call the box office for details. 
For gift-giving or personal enjoyment, Cherokee Civic Theatre offers “Last Chance” season memberships that provide tickets for “Sanders Family Christmas” as well as the next two shows – the musical “Passing Go” and the comedy “The Dixie Swim Club.”

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