Concert Reading of ‘Shepherd the Musical’ Next Month



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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — A concert reading of Shepherd the Musical will be presented on March 11 and 12, 2016, in Gittinger Recital Hall on the College of the Ozarks campus at 7 p.m.

The performance is free and open to the public, but tickets will not be provided. Seating is extremely limited. Visit to reserve seats.

This new musical adaptation of Harold Bell Wright’s classic novel will re-present the characters and story that created Branson in the early 1900s. Hayden Head, professor of English at College of the Ozarks, wrote the script and lyrics. In his seventeen year tenure at the College, Head has had the opportunity to teach Wright’s novel in American literature classes. This is his first attempt to adapt a full-length novel to the musical genre.

Stan Beard, long time musical director at Silver Dollar City of such beloved shows as Dickens Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Headin’ West, and the Living Nativity, composed the music. For three decades, Beard has also arranged the music for live performances of Disney on Ice™ productions like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Lion King.

The cast has performed at Silver Dollar City, the current production of Shepherd of the Hills, and other venues in Branson.

The Shepherd of the Hills certainly needs no introduction to this area; Branson cannot be understood apart from Sammy Lane and Young Matt, Wash Gibbs and Ollie Stewart, and of course, Old Matt and Dad, who is the shepherd of the hills.

While a concert reading is not a full-bore production, this reading will essentially serve as a world premiere of the songs and dialogue. The costumes will be minimal and the set non-existent, but the story and music will be in full form. At the conclusion of the reading, the audience will be invited to comment on the play through “talk backs,” so that the authors can continue to hone the play in preparation for full production.

While every attempt will be made to save those seats reserved online, please note that all remaining seats will become available fifteen minutes prior to the performance.

To reserve seats, visit

For more information, contact Professor Hayden Head at (417) 690-2251.


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