Musical features bluegrass gospel

  • By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer
  • Thursday, July 9, 2009 10:20pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

“Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming”: Welcome back Taproot’s toe-tappin’ bluegrass gospel musical.

The story takes us back to an October evening in 1945 as the Sanders family — who are much beloved for their musical talents — gather to sing together for what might be the last time.

“Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming” was written by Connie Ray, who has appeared in films and television shows, including “Stuart Little,” “Hope Floats,” “ER” and “Touched by an Angel.” It is directed by Scott Nolte with musical arrangements by Mike Craver.

“Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming” opens at 8 tonight at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 8. Tickets range from $26 to $33. Call 206-781-9707 or go to

“DANCE This”: The Paramount presents this 11th annual installment, which features young Northwest dancers, steppers, acrobats and martial artists, backed up with live music.

Teens from diverse communities share their culture through dance. The performance pairs young dancers with professionals in contemporary dances that are traditional in form.

Some of the performers include Arab Children’s Dabke Group, Chinese Wushu &Tai Chi Academy, Joyas Mestizas, Northwest Tap Connection, Sukutai Dance Ensemble and Zangoloteo.

“DANCE This” is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $12, $23 and $26. 877-784-4849 or

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