Smoke on the Mountain opening at Artisan – DFW

418 E. Pipeline Road
Hurst, Texas 76053
Box Office: 817-284-1200

Contact: Dee Ann Blair
Phone: 817-999-8935
E-mail: [email protected]


July 31, 2006

Artisan Center Theater Presents the Musical

Book by Constance Ray
Conceived by Alan Bailey
Musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick

Directed by Taffy Geisel

Runs Friday August 4 thru Saturday September 2, 2006
Hurst, Texas, July 31, 2006 – Artisan Center Theater proudly presents SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN at Artisan’s 150 seat theater-in-the-round. The theater is located in the historic Belaire Plaza at 420 E. Pipeline Road. The daytime box office is located at 418 E. Pipeline Road. The show runs Friday August 4 through Saturday September 2, 2006. Performances are at 7:30pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights with 3pm matinees on all the Saturdays. Reserved seating tickets are $13.00 for adults, $11.00 for students and seniors, and $8.00 for children 12 and under. Monday and Thursday tickets are $9.00 for 13 and over, and $7.00 for 12 and under. Reservations are strongly recommended, and can be made by calling 817-284-1200. More information can be found on the website at

The show will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing on Monday August 7, 2006.

About the Play:

It is 1938 on a Saturday night in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina and Reverand Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an upliftin’ evening of singin’ and witnessin’. The audience becomes the church goers in the congregation. More than two dozen songs, many of them vintage pop hymns, and hilarious stories from the more or less devout Sanders provide a richly entertaining evening that has audiences clapping, singing, laughing and cheering.

This musical has been so popular at Artisan that it is being brought back for a third run (not counting the run of the SANDER’S FAMILY CHRISTMAS: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN II, which was sold out three months before it ever opened.

Taffy Geisel, the director, is appearing for the fourth time as Miss Myrtle, and she’s growing quite fond of the crusty old lady, who is based on church ladies she knew growing up in the Bible Belt. Taffy has been in love with the theater since kindergarten when she got to play Tiger-Lily, the mean ugly step-flower, in CINDERELLA IN FLOWERLAND. Taffy has directed over 30 area productions including ANNIE and THE CHRISTMAS CAROL MIRACLE at Artisan. In 2003, she was named Best Actress by the Fort Worth Star Telegram for her role as Miss Hannigan in CATS production of ANNIE. She has also directed several plays that she adapted from books, including THE CHRISTMAS CAROL MIRACLE and A WRINKLE IN TIME.

This production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN features many of the original cast. The asterick* denotes new cast member.

Burl Sanders – Brian Hales *
Vera Sanders – Darcy Farrington
Denise Sanders – Faith Merrifield
Dennis Sanders – Joey Geisel
June Sanders – Danielle Beacham *
Stanley Sanders – Dennis Canright *
Reverend Oglethorp – Kyle Adams *
Miss Maud – Jackie Holt *
Miss Myrtle – Taffy Geisel


Who: Artisan Center Theater, a 150 seat theater-in-the-round
When: August 4 through Saturday September 2, 2006
Where: Belaire Plaza, 420 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas
Director: Taffy Geisel
Showtimes: 7:30pm Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and 3pm and 7:30pm on all 5 Saturdays
Tickets: Reserved seats: $13.00 for adults, $11.00 for students and senior citizens, $8.00 for children 12 and under. Mondays and Thursdays are $9.00 for age 13 and up and $7.00 for 12 and under.
Reservations: Call 817-284-1200; Web site:

Photo info – front to back and left to right
Joey Geisel, Faith Merrifield
Brian Hales, Darcy Farrington
Dennis Canright, Danielle Beacham
Photographer – Rick Blair

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