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E’Faith Productions’ gospel play returns to Weldon Auditorium by popular demand


E’Faith Productions, led by local writer and producer Rev. Dr. Effie Hilton Mitchell, proudly presents the return of “Ready or Not: The Gospel Stage Play” to Weldon Auditorium on Sunday, July 14th. The play, which premiered on April 6th, has been brought back by popular demand following an overwhelming response from audiences.

“Ready or Not” is a biblically based, family-oriented drama that combines laughter and suspense to deliver a powerful message. Inspired by 2 Timothy 3:1-5, the play brings the Apostle Paul’s prophecy of the last days to life through visual demonstration. With a dedicated and spiritually filled cast, the production aims to represent sin and salvation, urging viewers to reflect on their choices regarding their eternal destiny.

In an interview, Dr. Mitchell shared the inspiration behind the play, which was partially motivated by the tragic loss of her son on July 1, 2020. “God showed me the vision to write ‘Ready or Not’ to prepare people for His return and inspire them to be ready,” Mitchell said. “It’s a soul-searching experience that leaves the audience with a breathtaking finale.”

The play’s previous performances garnered rave reviews and high social media engagement, prompting its return. “We received so many good reviews and high views on Facebook and other media,” Mitchell noted. “The audience’s positive feedback made us decide to bring it back.”

Mitchell, a Manning resident of over 30 years, has consistently chosen Weldon Auditorium for her plays due to its welcoming atmosphere and support from staff. “Ms. Sharon at Weldon has been very supportive, making things possible for us,” Mitchell said. Beyond Manning, E’Faith Productions plans to take the play to Columbia, Charleston, and even the Douglas Theatre in Macon, Georgia, with hopes of eventually reaching audiences worldwide.

“Ready or Not” is more than just a play; it’s a ministry. Mitchell hopes that the churches will embrace this platform to reach those who might not attend traditional services. “We’re bringing the message to the stage where many people can see it,” she said. “We encourage every nationality to come and see this play because the message of salvation is for everyone.”

Tickets for “Ready or Not” are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, available for purchase at Carolina Box Office, The Hair Goddess Studio in Sumter, and Weldon Auditorium in Manning. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 803-795-7704.

This powerful gospel stage play promises an unforgettable experience, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats. As Dr. Mitchell aptly puts it, “Whether you believe or not, come see the play – by the end, you might just be convinced.”