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Gospel comedy set for Saturday

Despite being billed a gospel comedy, “What Will Be” tackles serious issues including alcoholism and greed.
The musical, which is being put on by Entertainment for God Productions, will be performed Saturday at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Lincolnton at 5:30 p.m.
The play is a sequel to “God Kept Me Here,” which was performed in December. Lincolnton resident Earline Smith wrote and directed both with a solid message in mind.
“It just all boiled down to just praying and having faith in God,” Smith said. No matter what – your faith in Him will get you through all things. I tend to believe that more and more.”
The play centers around a young beautician who comes into a great deal of money. The way she deals with it is less than admirable and leads to much inner turmoil.
“Money can change you,” Smith said. “She just felt like something was missing. Her soul was not at rest.”
Samantha Smith, the writer and director’s daughter, plays the lead role. Off set, the two have a very close relationship.
“She’s not only my mother. She’s my best friend,” Samantha Smith said. “There’s nothing I can’t tell her. We talk every day.”
On set, however, there was occasional friction, which was resolved with the director getting her way.
“It’s always, ‘Mother knows best,’” Samantha Smith said.
The rest of the cast is made up of fellow family members, friends and members of Lincolnton’s Second Baptist Church. Many feel strongly about the play’s message.
“It lets people know you’ve got to be accountable for the choices you make,” said Jeff Hernadon, an actor.
Cast members have also found rehearsal to be a somewhat spiritual experience.
“We can all fellowship together, and that’s what the whole world needs to be like,” said Robert Smyre, an actor.
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Want to go? “What Will Be” will be performed at First Baptist Church’s fellowship hall Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

by Sarah Grano

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