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Central Alabama Theater


2016 Sponsorship Proposal

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Smoke On The Mountain!

A Bluegrass / Gospel Comedy!

"Smoke on the Mountain," a Bluegrass/Gospel musical comedy that tells the story of a
Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in The Smokey Mountains in 1938. The
show, was the most frequently produced show in America for over 12 years and features
two dozen rousing bluegrass songs, all played and sung by the Sanders family (the cast), a
traveling group that is making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus.

Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church,
has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the
modern world." Between songs, each family member "witnesses" -- telling a story about an
important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation
who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal
their true -- and hilariously imperfect - natures.
By the evening's end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing
their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.

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A Letter From the Producer,

Carl Peoples
Hello Theatre Lover!
This past year has been a very exciting time here at Central Alabama
Theater (CAT)! In our first Season we have produced eleven (11) CAT
CABARETS at the Clubhouse On Highland; the holiday favorite, A
CHRISTMAS CAROL staring Mark Cabus; A TONY watch party;
MAD MONSTER MASH A Halloween Benefit and a night at the
Movies, CAT FLICKS with Norton Dills Documentary Katherine,
The Story of a Teller about the life of Katherine Tucker Windham! As
you can see, its been a very busy year!
With our recent move to Steeple Arts Academy in Crestline Village of
Mountain Brook, Central Alabama Theater is very excited to collaborate
once again with director Norton Dill and the Dill Pickers to bring the Hit Broadway show Smoke On
The Mountain to Central Alabama Theater! Our 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater relies on the support
of private, corporate and individual giving to help produce each musical as well as our education and
outreach programs. The Corporate Sponsorship Program provides businesses with an extraordinary
opportunity to contribute to the arts in our community by supporting Alabamas newest theater
Central Alabama Theater. We hope you will consider becoming a show Producer as we have
sponsorships for every budget, Please join Central Alabama Theater and help bring SMOKE ON THE
MOUNTAIN to Birmingham! See you at the theater!
Carl Peoples
Producer/Artistic Director, Central Alabama Theater

Why support Smoke On The Mountain?

Quite simply, because it makes good business sense. Entertainmentrelated marketing endeavors are not only emotionally fulfilling, but have
also shown to deliver tangible benefits, including an increase in sales,
visibility, customer loyalty, corporate image and positive media coverage.
Strengthen your brand loyalty and show your customers that you stand for
something beyond profit.
Smoke On The Mountain will bring together a diverse yet sophisticated
audience of community leaders, respected business professionals, donors, investors
and community involved young people. The audience will be of the highest caliber,
the performer is a class act, and you have the chance to help establish some great
theatre in Central Alabama!

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The Production Team

Central Alabama Theater (CAT) Is Birminghams newest 501(c)3 non-profit theatre
company. In its first production season of 2015, CAT has successfully produced OVER 16
productions, including eight Cabaret events; two annual benefits, An Evening with Tony (a TONY
watch party) in June and Mad Monster Mash in October; two master classes for area students, a
movie night with Q&A from the director and A Christmas Carol, a one person show by Mark Cabus.
In their first season and with these sixteen productions, CAT has served over 4,200 residents of
Birmingham with the very best in theatrical entertainment and education. CATs Mission Statement
reads - Central Alabama Theatre (CAT) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich,
educate and entertain Central Alabama by providing a superior entertainment experience through the
production and presentation of quality professional theater. CAT will educate the stars of tomorrow
through artistic workshops, create an outlet for new works, encourage creative community
involvement & present quality concert entertainment.

Carl Peoples, Producer is originally from Birmingham, Alabama

where he attended UAB as a Theater Major. After college, he performed at
Six Flags and Opryland as well as Cruise Ships around the world. Carls
favorite roles as an actor were touring for 8 months as Peter with the
European production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and understudied
Jesus. He played the outrageous character Pharaoh in the Los Angeles
Carl has over thirty-one years in all aspects of Theater, Film, Television &
Live Event production and development. He has worked on such great
EMMYS, THE TONY AWARDS and THE $25,000.00 PYRAMID hosted by
Donny Osmond. As an actor, director and producer, he has worked with such greats as Carol Burnett,
Cher, Helen Hunt, John Schlesinger, LeAnn Rimes, Shirley Maclaine, Jennifer Holliday, Rascal Flats,
Billy Crystal, Brendon Fraser, Martin Short, Estelle Getty, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Elaine Hendrix, Isaac
Hayes, Linda Blair, Bob Mackie, Brenda Lee, and Ruth Buzzi. Carl was the Senior Producer for three
seasons on Animal Planet's JUDGE WAPNER'S ANIMAL COURT. He directed the critically
acclaimed world premier musical THE CASE OF THE B-TEAM CHEERLEADER at The Stella Adler
Theatre in Los Angeles, produced the outrageously successful live show BROADWAY BARES - LA at
the Palace Theater in LA, directed by TONY Award winner, Jerry Mitchell and Carl also directed the
Star Studded SUNSET STRIP, choreographed by Travis Payne, at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles.
He produced the award winning independent film GET YOUR STUFF for reVision Films and he
produced and directed 85 episodes of DJ GAMES for Columbia Tri Star & Game Show Network.
Carl recently produced the Christmas Concert Series A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT for Gaylord
Opryland resort in Nashville, Tennessee and is an active member of the Academy of Country Music.
Carl is also a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. Carl is a proud 26-year member of Actors Equity
Association and the Founding Executive Producer and Artistic Director of Central Alabama Theater.
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The Production Team


Norton Dill, Director I grew up in a storytelling family.

Without even being aware of it, I set out on a journey in my own
life that would eventually depend heavily on storytelling. When I
was 10 years old I got a ukulele for Christmas. That changed
everything. I immediately organized a trio and began performing at
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Patterning ourselves after
Peter, Paul & Mary, we had two guys and a girl and named
ourselves Two Hits & a Miss. The Hilltop Singers, a trio of college
friends, was organized to play for the summer at The Porch in
Gatlinburg, TN. We performed for 4 summers in Gatlinburg. By the
second summer, the group had four guys, two girls and more
variety. We packed 'em in from June until Labor Day. I taught
music and drama at an all black high school in the late sixtiesone of four white teachers in a
school that was never successfully integrated. A great experience which shaped who I am and
left me with stories that I still tell over forty years later. My other careers include writing
music for radio and TV commercials, being director of drama and television at a large
Methodist church and, for the last 30 years, owning a film and video production company
based here in Birmingham, Alabama. Obviously, Ive been involved in directing theater
productions my entire adult life. So storytelling has played a major role in my career and in my
personal life as well. Almost 20 years ago I began producing documentary films which
allowed my to put my interest in storytelling to work. Our first film, Music In Their Bones:
The Music and People of Sand Mountain, was chosen by PBS to air nationally as a part of its
film series, The Independent Lens. This film was followed by production of another
documentary, Kathryn: The Story of a Teller, which tells the story of legendary storyteller,
Kathryn Tucker Windham. The film won major awards at each of the eight film festivals
where it played, including the coveted Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival.
The value of taking a break from the technology that consumes our lives to participate in the
time honored tradition of sharing stories and enjoying the relationships that result from this
pastime. In short, Kathryn gave me a wonderful gift by raising my awareness about the
importance of sharing the stories that we all have. For over 15 years I've been a member of
analectic performing group, The Dill Pickers. We are a string band / theatrical troupe and our
performances range from full blown musical theater productions, like Smoke On The
Mountain, to music only gigs.. Im married to Lani Dill, have 4 children and 8
grandchildren. I love my family and I love the work I do. I cant really see myself retiring. I
hope to continue to share stories through live telling, music, documentaries and of course,
live theatre.

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What the critics are saying about Smoke On The Mountain !

"Wildly funny.... So well written that I

found myself laughing, rooting for the

family, and singing along and clapping
with the rest of the audience."
- The Trentonian

"Totally beguiling ... foot stomping soul food."

- New York Post

"Exhilarating!... A rollicking...
cornpone Chorus Line."
- Variety
"A charming and funny celebration of
- The New York Times

"A sophisticated audience went simply wild."

- Philadelphia Daily News

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Sponsorship Application
Yes! We would like to be a proud sponsor of Central Alabama Theaters 2016 production of Smoke On The
Mountain with Director Norton Dill!

Sponsorship Level
Premium Sponsor .$ 5,000
Lead Sponsor .....$ 3,000
Star Sponsor..$ 2,000
Co-Star Sponsor....$ 1,000
Chorus Sponsor..$ 500
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As a LEAD or PREMIERE Sponsor, its necessary to RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee you will
be included in all the event printing.

Central Alabama Theater is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organizations ALL donations

are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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