The award-winning gospel stage play is written by Dr. Mildred Summerville and directed by James A. House. 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, 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" 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 averts 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" 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.
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, Dr. Pauline Key, and Comedian Trina Jeffrie aka Sis. Cantaloupe. Viewers are in for an unforgettable experience! The additional supporting cast members are Hope Demps, Anthony A.D. Demmer, Bria Walker, Trenton Lumpkin, Elizabeth Henry, Hasan Texeira, Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan, and Rhonda McLemore.
About the Writer/Producer
Dr. Mildred Summerville recently received an award from the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who in the field of Spiritual Education Entertainment for her award-winning play, "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child," and she is an exclusive member of the Heritage Top 100. She was also a 2016 Down East Honoree of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Summerville is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh where she serves as an armor bearer for Pastor Shirley Caesar. During her association and work with the renowned gospel artist, Summerville realized she had a zeal and talent for entertainment.
Source - Summerville Promotion and Production Co.