Mama Save Me in Nashville for Christmas holidays

Mama Save Me playwright Makelia LaRenee and son Quintin. (courtesy photo)

Mama Save Me playwright Makelia LaRenee and son Quintin. (courtesy photo)

Get ready Nashville, all southern states and beyond, because a refreshing new playwright has emerged and is set to take the nation by storm. The newly penned play by Makelia LaRenee Wingard (presented by ‘Fed-Up Show Productions’) is Mama Save Me. Wingard is no stranger to sell out crowds. The Nashville tour stop will take place at Pearl Cohn Magnet High School on December 10. Pearl Cohn is located at 904 26th Avenue N, Nashville.

A portion of the proceeds of the production will benefit a charitable endeavor. Tickets may be pre-purchased at Haddox Pharmacy or Eastside Gospel Music Store. Group rates are available and sponsorships may be negotiated as well. The all star cast lineup includes: Stephanie Williams, Mitchell Sneed, Gerome Lister, John Alloway, Breon Baker, Shameka Coleman, Randy Williams, Mary Walker, Linda Lee, Cherrie Lawson, and features Min. Lawrence Kenner, Sr.

Born on January 15, 1985 in Troy, Alabama, playwright Makelia LaRenee Wingard is the oldest daughter of Sanford and Sabrena Wingard. Makelia graduated from Charles Henderson High School in 2003. During her high school years she demonstrated her ability to be a leader and was quite comfortable in leadership positions.

She was the vice president of her class, vice president of the Student Government Association and president of Future Business Leaders of America, president of Teen Advisors, as well as a member of cither honor organizations. Her higher education career began at Stillman College, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After her freshmen year, Makelia transferred to the University of Alabama where she majored in English with a minor in creative writing.

The world took notice of this aspiring young theatre artist in November of 2011 when she was a special guest on the radio station Hot 105.7 in Montgomery, Ala. This provided her with an opportunity to speak to teenagers about their body image, body appearance, and weight issues. She went on to spearhead a community project called ‘Feed and Clothe a Family’ which she organized. It was an impacting community project designated to feed and clothe a selected family from her local community.

She keeps busy with two-year-old son, Quintin, who literally keeps the playwright on her toes. She is very passionate about all aspects of community service and her motto is “redefine brotherhood and sisterhood by first redefining yourself.” In 2011, she wrote and produced her first stage play called, What’s Next. The concept of the play has to do with what’s next for you after a life-changing situation has occurred in your life. The play premiered on January 28, 2012 at The Crosby Theatre in Troy, Alabama in front of a sold out audience. It discussed teen pregnancy, AIDS, and the importance of education. Since 2011, Makelia has debuted two other productions entitled House Secrets and Mama Save Me.

Mentoring young females is second nature to Makelia who is involved with a bevy of other positive endeavors throughout different communities. By showing others they have to know their own self-worth and cash in on it, she is constantly making a variable difference.

Wingard is also an experienced motivational speaker who has addressed packed audiences at multiple schools and churches. Always ready and able to deliver an encouraging word to youth (and others) speaking to them on a level they can understand, she hears their concerns so that they too are understood. Yes, she is definitely one to keep an eye on—an intense young woman of God who continues to lead by example and make a variable difference in the community and society at large.

For more information, contact 334-328-7501 or e-mail makelia.wingard@yahoo.com