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Gospel musical encourages audiences to find hope in God

Shown here, from the production of "It's Never Too Late," are, from left, actress Katina Rosemond, production staff member Adree Oliver and actress St'Aci Brooks

Shown here, from the production of "It's Never Too Late," are, from left, actress Katina Rosemond, production staff member Adree Oliver and actress St'Aci Brooks

Already a successful singer and songwriter who has opened for such groups as The Commodores, Sh'Aunta "Quinette" Moore of Conyers can now add the mantle of playwright to her list of accomplishments.

Her first play debuts Saturday afternoon onstage at the Rockdale Auditorium with a notable cast including Tim Cambell and Catina Rosemond. Titled "It's Never Too Late," the gospel musical production offers the message that no matter how badly one "messes up" in life, it is never too late to come back to God's love and forgiveness, said Moore.

"It's all about personal choices," she said. "The revelation is always God. My hope is that people sitting in the audience can see themselves (in the characters)."

Moore's production company, Oceanei Productions, in conjunction with the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, will present "It's Never Too Late" May 11 at 3 p.m. The doors open at 2 p.m. at the Rockdale Auditorium, located at 903 Main St. Tickets are $25 each and are available at Center Street Arts, online at oceaneiproductions.com, or at the auditorium on Saturday.

A native of Moultrie, Moore is the eldest of five children born to the late Priscilla Wiggins, a prominent musician in the Moultrie community and in the family gospel group known as The Wiggins Sisters. Moore grew up honing her singing and acting skills under the tutelage of her mother and talented female relatives.

Despite being diagnosed with a rare bone disease at the age of 10, she pushed hard for a successful career in the arts she so loved.

Moore, who is known as "Quinette" in the music industry, has opened for several major recording artists, including The Commodores, Brian McKnight and Doug Banks of the Doug Banks Morning Show.

In 2009, she launched Oceanei Productions, a family-owned Covington-based theater company she owns with musician and sound engineer Billy Murphy.

"My mother always told me I was too deep for her," Moore said. "I always had to dissect everything."

One day while standing on the beach and thinking about how much she loved God, Moore said she felt there was nothing more beautiful than God's creation. As she stood there staring at the sea, she said it came to her to name her company Oceanei, which reflects both her love for God's creation and her own desire to think and feel deeply about everything.

Moore has released three musical recordings and, in addition to her work as a singer, songwriter, producer and director, her talents have brought her many other opportunities, such as her performances onstage in the plays "Yesterday Is Still Gone," written by Tangie Beaty, and "A Fall From Grace," written by Joseph Williams.

In addition to writing the play, Moore is also director of "It's Never Too Late." She said she is excited about the gospel musical and hopes it will inspire the audience.

With her ties to the Moultrie community still strong, the playwright/director said she is looking forward to seeing some of her former classmates and fellow Moultrie natives who are chartering a bus to Conyers to see the play.

The gospel musical is a full-stage production featuring the talents of Cambell, Rosemond, Danny Steward, Beverly Faulks, Benetra Calhoun and others.

Beth Sexton is a freelance writer based in Gwinnett County. If you have a story idea, contact Karen Rohr, features editor, at karen.rohr@rockdalecitizen.com.