POINT LOOKOUT, MO. – Author Hayden Head and composer Stan Beard’s premiere presentation of “Shepherd the Musical” was seen by more than 350 people this past weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. An ensemble of seventeen of Branson’s finest performers showcased the original songs and dialogue in a concert reading. Following the performances, audience members had the opportunity to provide feedback for the creators in order to hone the play for a full production.
Lifelong area resident Edd Akers attended and remarked, “Remembering connections to play productions from the late fifties, I was touched with the clarity of sharing a complicated story well with the audience. The story of real life touched my heart. Congratulations to all involved!”
Head and Beard are actively seeking avenues to bring the show to the stage. According to Hayden Head, “Harold Bell Wright’s classic novel is Branson’s mythos. Writing the script and lyrics has been very gratifying, and I hope we can continue to tell this story of redemption and forgiveness.”
Composer Stan Beard echoed that sentiment saying, “In writing the music of ‘Shepherd,’ I attempted to reach beyond the signature sounds of the Ozarks. This is music of the heart, wherever one might call Home.”
Rich Taylor, former Vice President of Creative Entertainment and Costuming for Walt Disney Entertainment, viewed the performance last weekend and described the significance of its impact.
“I had the unique opportunity to watch two rehearsals and the dynamic opening performance of ‘Shepherd the Musical.’ Even in this staged reading format, I found the story/script, the performers, and the message compelling, inspiring, spellbinding, and uplifting. The 17 original songs are spectacular, and I just keep humming several of them. I see great potential and promise for this new and wonderful musical and can’t wait to see what the future holds,” Taylor said.
Hayden Head and Stan Beard are the creators of Shepherd the Musical. Head, professor of English at College of the Ozarks, worked on the script and lyrics for seven years. Beard, musical director at Silver Dollar City and Disney on Ice™, brought the work to life by composing the original score for the production.
To learn more about this fresh rendition of the well-known Ozarks story, please visit www.shepherdthemusical.com or visit the Shepherd the Musical page on Facebook.