From the authors of “Smoke on the Mountain,” Strauss Dinner Theatre presents “Sanders Family Christmas” on December 5, 6, 7 and 9.

They’re back! The Sanctified Sanders Family Singers return to Strauss Dinner Theatre to celebrate the holidays with faith, family and old-fashioned fun in SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS.

Director – Bob Chambless

This Dinner Theatre production is a separate offering from our season membership.  Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office – 323-6681.

Celebrate the Holidays with the hilarious Sanders Family in SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS.  Evenings of laughter, music and a 4 star dinner catered by Gator Girls (2019 Best of the Delta Winner) begins at 6:30pm with doors opening at 6pm. 

Bring your whole group to see this show!  Call Donna at 323-6681 to make SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS your 2019 Holiday office party.


Alex Matherne – Pastor Melvin Oglethorpe
Spence Young – Burl Sanders
Kelly Flores – Vera Sanders
Nicole Goode – June Sanders
Ira Barger – Stanley Sanders
Michael Matherne – Dennis Sanders
Micaela Jolly – Denise Sanders
Jessica Harper – Cousin Jess
Layla Langston – Niece Layla

Director – Bob Chambless
Stage Manager – Tiffany Rodgers
Costumes – Gail Frick, Lynn Olea
Sound – Jordan Alexander

Meal catered by Gator Girls
Salad Bar: Fresh Spinach with ranch, Italian, & honey mustard
Chicken & Dumplings
Hamburger Steak with gravy & onions
Vegetarian option – Garlic butter & herb angel hair pasta
Corn casserole
Lima beans with ham
Black-eyed Peas
Biscuits and Corn Bread
Peach Cobbler
Apple pie


Sanders Family Christmas is a heartfelt evocation of simpler, earlier times that somehow ring so resoundingly true and relevant in the 21st Century. – Broadway World

“But even if you’ve never met the Sanders, you’ve heard their music. And most of their jokes. There’s comfort in that familiarity, something especially welcome at holiday time.” – City Beat

“Definitely a feel-good and fitting event for the holiday season..”  – Gold Star


It’s Christmas Eve in 1941. The Depression is coming to a close, but 18 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the threat of war has just begun. Our SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN family has returned, about to say a bittersweet goodbye to their only son, who is shipping out with the Marine Corps. But before he goes, the Sanders Family Singers are heading up the annual Christmas celebration at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe (who works part-time at the local pickle plant) and the Sanders family attempt to raise the spirits of their faithful flock (the audience!) in a rousing, hilarious and heart-warming Christmas gospel sing-along of cherished holiday hymns and carols. There’s Uncle Stanley; the family’s patriarch, Burl and his Scripture-quoting wife Vera; the twins Dennis and Denise and their sister June (she doesn’t sing, she signs).

Conceived by Alan Bailey and written by Connie Ray, SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS is a nostalgic musical comedy that follows the saga of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, one of the most loved and most produced musicals worldwide.

Individual Tickets for Sanders Family Christmas