Sponsored Post: Summerville’s ‘Spare the Rod’ play comes to Carolina Theatre Sept. 29, features Le’Andria Johnson

Tall One Outreach Ministries
presents the award-winning gospel stage pla
y, “Spare the Rod, Spoil the
Child – Part 2,”
 written and
produced by Dr. Mildred Summerville and directed by Trina Jeffrie (aka Sister
Cantaloupe) at the Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC, on September 29, 2018, at 7:30 pm. 

Viewers are in for an unforgettable
experience! Gracing the stage are Grammy award-winning artist Le’Andria
Johnson; gospel singing sensation Shawn McLemore, who is known for his hit
single “I Believe” featuring James Fortune; recording artists Dr.
Pauline Plummer, Rhonda McLemore, and Queen of Gospel Comedy, Trina Jeffrie; and
Apostle Aaron McNair, renown preacher, teacher, and author. The additional
supporting cast members will be selected from Durham School of the Arts and
North Carolina Central University Department of Theatre and Dance. Also making
an appearance is the Grammy nominated talented R&B diva Angie Stone.

A must-see story, the play is alternately a moving drama and a
side-splitting comedy that will be talked about in families and generations to
come. These insurmountable challenges have been encountered by most families. In
this gripping and engaging dramatic piece, a woman is simply known as
“Grandma” serves as the pillar of her surroundings. Her son’s family
is in crisis, and those within her neighborhood are drowning in chronic troubles
of their own. Through it all, Grandma seeks God on behalf of those who are not
spiritually inclined enough to seek Him for themselves. Even those who resent
her, such as her son’s sometimes rigid wife, Linda, ultimately end up on
Grandma’s prayer list. And when the walls of the lives of those around Grandma
seem to come tumbling down, they know who to turn to for guidance and sound
counsel. It’s not always advice that they want to hear, but it is consistently
the precise word needed to steer them in the right direction.

Using spirit-filled music and memorable characters like James, the doting son,
Linda, the insensitive daughter-in-law, Tracy, the high-strung teenager, and
Sister Cantaloupe, Grandma’s feisty sister, “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child – Part 2” portrays
issues within the community such as family dysfunction, peer pressure,
substance abuse, and other pertinent matters that are too often inadequately
addressed or considered taboo altogether.

Other characters in the cast bring even more drama to the script. In her
God-given wisdom, Grandma confronts Tracy’s suppressed anger and bitterness,
convincing her to disclose facts about a rape kept secret for years. Also, she
fervently prays for her grandson, William, who has a change of heart and avert
a life of gang involvement.

Though compounding events take a toll on Grandma, the audience will rejoice in
knowing that this elderly woman’s life was prayer-centered, purpose-inspired, and, inevitably, not at all lived in vain. Extraordinary drama, corrupt karma, a
supportive pastor, and a praying grandma, all come together to make “Spare the
Rod, Spoil the Child – Part 2” a must-see theatrical production! Infused with
foot-stomping gospel music, this is soul-stirring entertainment that will warm
hearts, tickle funny bones, uplift the spirits, and search the souls of all
those who experience it.

– From a press release