Mill Town Players 2016-2017 Season

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Pelzer Auditorium
214 Lebby St.
Pelzer, SC 29669
(864) 947-8000

2016-17 Season

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Smoke on the Mountain
May 19 – June 4, 2017

“Smoke on the Mountain” tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus.

Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into “the modern world.” Between songs, each family member “witnesses” — telling a story about an important event in their life.

Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true — and hilariously imperfect – natures. By the evening’s end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.


2017-18 Season

The Honky Tonk Angels

Sept 22-24, 28-Oct 1, 5-8, 12-15

By Ted Swindley, creator of Always…Patsy Cline

The creator of Always…Patsy Cline combines over 30 classic country tunes with a hilarious story about three gutsy gals who are determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. The all-hit song list includes “Stand by Your Man”, “9 to 5”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “Ode to Billy Jo”, “These Boots Are Made for Walking”, “Rocky Top”, and “I Will Always Love You.” This charming, foot-stompin’ musical has played to sold-out audiences across the country. The Honky Tonk Angels will be backed by a live band.

Directed and choreographed by Kimberlee Ferreira

A Tuna Christmas

Dec 1-3, 7-10, 14-17

By Jaston Williams, Ed Howard, and Joe Sears

Get ready for some hilarious holiday fun in this sequel to Greater Tuna, starring Will Ragland and Shane Willimon, who return to portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! This time, it’s 24 hours before Christmas and the delightfully eccentric characters are attempting to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theatre production of A Christmas Carol, and a yard-decorating contest being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom. Don’t miss your favorite Tuna denizens this holiday season!

Directed by Jay Briggs

California Dreamin’

Jan 26-28, Feb 1-4, 8-11, 15-18

Surf the Sounds of the 60s

Experience an original concert production of some of your favorite harmonies from the 1960s, conceived by the same creative team that brought you Christmas in Dixie and Rock n Roll Christmas. Beat the winter blues by taking a musical vacation to the west coast, featuring songs from such bands as The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Popas, The Byrds, and The Monkees. California Dreamin’ will feature a live band and some of the Upstate’s best singers.

Directed and choreographed by Kimberlee Ferreira with musical direction by Joshua C. Morton

To Kill a Mockingbird

Mar 23-25, 29-Apr 1, 5-8

Adapted by Christopher Sergel, based upon the novel by Harper Lee

Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he didn’t commit. As the trial progresses, Jem and Scout witness their community in a tense tug of war between justice and racism. This timeless classic compels us to take an honest look at our nation’s past and our moral responsibility to each other.

Directed by Christopher Rose

Dearly Departed

May 25-27, 31-Jun 3, 7-10

By David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Beehive: The 60’s Musical

July 20-22, 26-29, Aug 2-5, 9-12

Beehive is the ultimate celebration of 1960’s female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Be My Baby”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and “Me and Bobby McGee”, Beehive nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation – all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era. Let’s rock!

Directed and choreographed by Kimberlee Ferreira with musical direction by Joshua C. Morton








2 thoughts on “Mill Town Players 2016-2017 Season

  1. Anne R Clark

    Ive heard so many great things about your plays how can I no if there is one before Dec? Thanks

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