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Actors in United In Christ Discipleship International’s production of “I Told the Storm” pose for a selfie during rehearsal. From left are Dedden Wade, Ebony Gibson, Jerica Wright, Christina Espy, Jasmine Cooley and JaKiah Cooley.

Play will address real-life issues

United in Christ Discipleship International will address real-life issues in its upcoming production of "I Told the Storm" at 7 p.m. April 16 at McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris.

The faith-based drama/comedy is written and directed by United in Christ's own Martha Collins and was first produced in Rolla, Mo. "I Told the Storm" centers on the Robinson family and some of the events that have gone on in their lives. The play will examine topics like compromising, molestation, fear, the family dynamic, secrets, drugs, alcohol and consequences. Collins hopes the play will start conversations about people's problems.

"The message we're trying to get to people at the end is there is a way to deal with issues no matter what they are," Collins said. "Because a lot of times people feel like things that happen to them that they're the only ones it has happened to. So we want the conversation to start and begin to talk about some of these things so people can get healed from the things that have happened in the past."

The cast of 13 for "I Told the Storm" will not only be acting but also singing and dancing. Not all of the actors are from United in Christ because Collins said the production is a body of Christ effort. And along with the actors, there will be representatives from several churches throughout the community available after the show to talk with audience members.

"We want them to start their healing process on the night this is taking place," Collins said. "To see it and to recognize what applies to them and begin to think about that and seek help if they need it."

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