GARY | The Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church Drama Ministry will debut a new play, "Choir Rehearsal" by Roosevelt Wright, as its annual fall production.
Performances are set for Thursday through Saturday at the church, 1747 Fillmore St. Doors open at 6 p.m. each night, with the show starting at 6:45., As always, no tickets are sold, but a free will offering will help defray costs.
The ensemble, with its core actors, are members of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Isaac Culver Jr. and celebrating 90 years of worship and service to the community.
The comedic drama, directed by evangelist Janice Culver, takes place at the Save A Seat for Me Missionary Baptist Church, where God shows up for choir rehearsal and no one recognizes him. The choir carries on business as usual with squabbles and insults as the choir gets ready for its fall musical extravaganza.
Senior choir member Ms. Beulah, played by Northwest Indiana veteran actress/dancer Nina Turner, guides the choir back to its spirituality and has a serious talk with two gay members of the choir, played by ensemble actors John King and Henry Powell.
Guest performers include Daisie Howard, first lady of St. Paul M. B. Church, who plays Lorene; Arlisa Rucker, a local evangelist, as Evelena; and gospel soloist Arniece Johnson, minister of St. Jude Family Worship Center. Returning this year is Carol Payne, of Bethel Temple COGIC, who gives a feisty performance as Sugar, who just wants to look good.
Ensemble members include Mary Brooks, Candace Lilly, Dorothy Person, Carol Williams, Judy Spearman, the Rev. Maurice Culver, William Brooks, Mykala Lemons, Dominique Davison, and former Gary School Board President Darren Washington as God.
Guest performers will be dancers from South Shore Dance Alliance, directed by Larry Brewer. The choir musician is Reggie Hogan, minister of Music of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Gary.