This past weekend Leroy Williams, with PCARA Productions, gave Pensacola his latest stage play, “Don’t Make Me Lose My Religion.” Williams play was staged at the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio on the campus of Pensacola State College and attendees had four opportunities to see it, with performances at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm both days. Williams not only wrote, produced, and directed this play, but he also was a featured actor.
“Don’t Make Me Lose My Religion” follows Gracie Ann Dunlap, portrayed by Anita Johnson, on her first day of work at Heaven Bound Airways in Bees Whack, Mississippi. Gracie has challenges with co-workers, passengers, and an unexpected delivery that tempt her constantly to “lose her religion” during this hilarious play.
The cast also included Symone King, Eric Martin, Deborah January, Charles Gibson, Andra Gundy, Tamika Hampton, Salathian Houston, Aaliyah Gunday, Cheryl Madison, Tonya Gant, Dorothy Robinson, Charisse Charles, Kimberly Cromatie, Ron Mixon, Conchetta Gross, Brenda English, Magdaline Williams, Tonya Clark, Cornelius Hall, and Christian recording artist Thomas “Eternal” Lewandowski. Vera Lawyer served as the sound tech for the production.
For the last 28 years, Leroy Williams has had a major production each year. “I have a spiritual message and I try to write from a reality standpoint. I try to come up with a great depiction to help heal somebody. Characters and actors are developed during the preproduction process since some of Williams’s talent are new to acting. The journey from printed page to stage is entertaining and educational. His new actors learn skills that will help them should they pursue future other acting opportunities. “I love working with people, especially when they say, ‘I have no experience’ because I can turn that into just what I need.”
Did you miss the live performance? Don’t worry, this production was recorded, you can purchase a DVD online at www.pcaraonline.com. Additionally, Williams is already gearing up for the next production and has put out a casting call. If you are interested in this volunteer thespian opportunity Williams can be reached at email@example.com or 850.293.5345.