Local Documentary, “Stay Prayed Up” Comes to the Carolina Theatre of Durham on May 7

April 21, 2022 by Sandy Lerebours

Tickets On Sale Now 

DURHAM, NC — April 21, 2022 — The Carolina Theatre of Durham and the Southern Documentary Fund are co-sponsoring the documentary screening of “Stay Prayed Up” on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 4 PM. The screening will include a performance from The Branchettes, the Johnston County, North Carolina gospel group featured in the film, who will perform alongside Phil Cook and The Guitarheels. 

Tickets to see the screening of “Stay Prayed Up” start at $15 and are on sale at the Carolina Theatre box office, the venue’s website — www.carolinatheatre.org — and through ticketmaster.com. Limited VIP ticket packages are also available, with preferred seating and a special edition “Stay Prayed Up” tote bag full of goodies for $99 each. 

“Stay Prayed Up” is a spirited celebration, inviting audiences into “Mother” Lena Mae Perry’s close-knit community as the 83-year-old strives to extend The Branchettes’ sacred song ministry ever forward. The film follows The Branchettes as they record their first live album, a hallmark in the canon of Black gospel groups. Through shared prayer, laughter, and praise, this “church gospel noisy crew” demonstrates that “music, like faith, ain’t nothing without some fire inside.”  

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session and an opportunity to meet the filmmaker and the performers involved in the film. For film trailer and more information visit stayprayedup.film. Pre-screening interviews available upon request.  

Don’t miss your chance to see the documentary screening of “Stay Prayed Up” at the Carolina Theatre on Saturday, May 7, 2022.  

The Carolina Theater has implemented multiple safety measures including upgrading its air filtration systems to hospital-grade, adding enhanced cleaning methods and touchless payment options, and increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations around the building. Masks are recommended to be worn while inside the theater but are no longer required unless specified by a particular show. 



About The Carolina Theatre of Durham: 

Carolina Theatre of Durham is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. The Carolina Theatre of Durham is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. Visit carolinatheatre.org for more information. 

Contact: Jordan Hewitt Beard
Senior Director of Marketing, Carolina Theatre of Durham
(919) 560-3040 | jordan@carolinatheatre.org