Originally posted Jan. 2, 2016 at 7:30 AMLast updated Jan. 9, 2016 at 5:45 PM
The information originally shared here has been updated as a result of cast updates provided to GMF by the play's writer and producer, Dr. Mildred Summerville on Friday, January 8.
Dr. Mildred Summerville, award-winning playwright, presents the stage play "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child" Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Columbus, GA's River Center. The play, directed by James A. House, features a talented cast, including 11-time Grammy winner Pastor Shirley Caesar.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.sparetherodstageplay.com. Showtime is 8 PM.
Read the play synopsis below.
Time/Place: The time is present day. The place is the James' family home, workplace and a church.
Using spirit-filled music and memorable characters like Mark, the doting son; Tammy, the insensitive daughter-in-law; Hope, the promiscuous teenager; and Sister Cantaloupe, Grandma's feisty sister, "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child" touches on issues within the community such as family dysfunction, peer pressure, substance abuse, and other pertinent matters that are too often inadequately addressed or considered altogether taboo.
In this gripping and engaging dramatic piece, a woman 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, Tammy, 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.
Other characters in the cast bring even more drama to the script. In her God-given wisdom, Grandma confronts Hope's suppressed anger and bitterness, convincing her to open up about a rape kept secret for years. In addition, she prays her grandson, Timothy, out of choosing a life of gang involvement.
Though the ending takes a toll on Grandma, the audience will rejoice in knowing that this elderly woman's life was full of purpose and not at all lived in vain.
High drama, bad karma, and a praying grandma, all come together to make "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child" a must-see theatrical production. Infused with foot-stomping gospel music, this is soul-stirring entertainment that will warm the hearts, tickle the funny bones and uplift the spirits of all those who experience it.