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.


Don’t Dress for Dinner: May 31-June 17

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

Pete Seeger: A Multimedia Show: June 21-July 1

Pete Seeger, America’s beloved folksinger/activist, plays a multimedia benefit concert in Washington, D.C. advocating free speech in Cuba, using his greatest songs to tell of his personal struggles for free speech in America, and how a sailboat helped clean up the Hudson River. Pete Seeger may have been taken from us, but Randy Noojin brings him so much to life in his solo show it seems as if the great singer and activist never died.

Working the Musical: July 12-29

With music by James Taylor, Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz, Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda, and many others Working is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman and the housewife, just to name a few. It’s a highly original look at the American landscape that is simply impossible to forget.

I-Ya-I-Ya-O: August 2-12

Directed by SART founder, Jim Thomas, this comedy is based on the lives of three zealous missionary ladies and their goal to ensure the happiness of their niece through the use of colorful schemes. The protagonists are unconventional characters—speaking their minds, performing rituals and conducting secret meetings. During a”truth ceremony,” all parties could only tell the truth, leading to an interesting outcome.

Smoke on the Mountain: Sanders Family Christmas: December 6-23

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.