Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)

The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) was founded in 1975 by Jim Thomas and C. Robert Jones. From the beginning, SART’s mission has been to produce quality theatre by a professional non-profit company for an area that didn’t have enough opportunities for the kind of cultural enrichment that theatre provides, to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich heritage of its people, and to promote the development of new works. SART has a 42-year history of professional productions. World Premieres have graced the Owen stage; Appalachian/Southern heritage plays have educated and honored the locale of our artistic home; musicals both big and small have delighted our audiences; and the magic of theatre has affected both company members and patrons alike.


SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN: SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS. Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.

Sanders Family Christmas will be presented as a benefit Christmas show for Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) on the campus of Mars Hill University, 44 College Street, Mars Hill, NC 28754.

Performances will run 2 weeks, December 14-23. Thursday- Saturday at 7:30, and matinees on both Saturdays and Sunday at 2:30.  Tickets are $25 (plus small convenience fee), and $20 for groups of 10 or more (with small convenience fee).