MANNING - The third play written, directed and starred in by Pastor Effie D. Hilton was a rousing hit at its premier performance on Sunday at Weldon Auditorium.
"Church Folk Done Gone Krazy" is a humorous look at the stereotypical behavior of …
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"Church Folk Done Gone Krazy" is a humorous look at the stereotypical behavior of less-than-stellar folks as an avid pastor, portrayed by Hilton, attempts to get across the message of salvation to members of her congregation.
Hilton's first play, "Church Folk Fa Real," premiered at Weldon in 2014. Her second play, "The Devil on Trial," opened at Weldon in 2017.
Hilton said she felt led by God to open up her ministry on a broader scope.
"As a pastor, I wasn't getting God's message out to larger groups like I wanted," Hilton said. "God gave me the vision to begin writing plays so that my outreach could expand from small groups to audiences of hundreds. Now with the plays, my ministry is reaching thousands."
Hilton said she uses humor to get her message across.
"We want people to have a good time as they're receiving God's word," she added. "There is nothing that says you can't laugh, clap, sing, dance and have a good time while worshiping, and that's what we're striving to do."
Hilton said her first two plays were huge successes in reaching people not only in Clarendon County, but also in Sumter, Florence, Columbia and Charleston.
"I've been truly blessed," she added. "The plays have given me the ability to reach out to folks outside of the traditional church walls and share the word of God. It's been a blessing to me and our actors, and I believe through our ministry we've been able to reach people we wouldn't have been able to reach any other way."
Hilton said she has enjoyed the challenges of producing the plays.
"It's a lot of work," she added. "I truly appreciate all the hard work of everyone who has participated in the plays both on stage as well as producing the props and music."
Each year, the productions have grown, Hilton said.
"We're getting better and better," she said. "We have some really talented individuals. The more they perform on stage, the more confidence they have, and that makes our plays that much better."
Hilton said she hopes to take "Church Folk Done Gone Krazy" on the road across the state and elsewhere.
"If anyone would like for us to perform as a fundraiser for their organization or church, they can call me at (803) 410-2738," Hilton added. "We'd love to come to their church or venue and share our message. It's all about getting the word of God out there to as many people as we can."
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