The College of the Ozarks Jones Theatre Company will present “Railway to Heaven: A True Story of an Ozarks POW” on November 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and November 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Auditorium.
“Railway to Heaven” is based on the life of Roy Hopper who was an honor roll student at School of the Ozarks at the outbreak of WWII. Roy was drafted into the Army in 1943. He was involved in the invasion at Utah Beach in France, only to later be captured by the German Army. During his capture he learned about the death of his best friend, endured torture and witnessed unimaginable atrocities at the hands of the Nazis. Eventually, after nine and a half months, Roy escaped and made it to freedom. Roy has been awarded the Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, POW Medal, as well as many others. This is a powerful and touching story of a true, American hero.
Written by Mark Young, chair of performing and professional arts, this play is based on the book Miracle in the Ozarks, written by Dr. Jerry C. Davis, president of College of the Ozarks.
This production is complimentary and open to the public, but reservations are available. For more questions, please call the Jones Theatre Department at (417)-690-2626.