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Granville Little Theatre closing season with ‘Smoke on the Mountain’

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OXFORD — Granville Little Theatre will close its 40th season with “Smoke on the Mountain,” a comical uplifting story about an old-time gospel sing in a small community church in the mountains.

Show director Lauren Elliott says the show “will lift your heart.”

“The night will be full of laughter and you will have a joyful good time,” Elliott said. “You will see that life is not perfect, but you have to go on and be positive and love one another in God’s eyes.”

“Smoke on the Mountain,” set in 1938, tells the story of the Sanders family and a pastor who enlists the traveling group to help minister his congregation through bluegrass music. The show will feature more than 20 bluegrass songs, according to Elliott.

The family begins to shed their perfect image and by the end of the night they have revealed themselves as an imperfect family that strives to go on with life the best way they know how.

“This is like everyday life, we are not perfect, but you work daily to improve and go on,” Elliott said. “It’s about building a strong bond with family and friends. This show is important to me because I take so much away from the story.”

“Smoke on the Mountain” was performed Friday and shows are scheduled for tonight and Sunday at the Oxford City Hall auditorium, 300 Williamsboro St. Three more shows will be held April 12-14.

Friday and Saturday shows are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7. Sunday matinées are at 2:30 p.m. and doors open at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office at the theater.