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AN AMERICAN CLASSIC, RETOLD

Welcome to Shepherd the Musical, a new and compelling retelling of Harold Bell Wright’s bestselling novel, The Shepherd of the Hills. Come back to a world that’s green and rugged, a world that’s honest and close to the bone, a world of loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Harold Bell Wright

A Landmark Story

There was a time everyone knew Wright’s book; after all, it was the first million selling novel in American publishing history. The novel arrived in mailboxes all over the country, courtesy of Sears and Roebuck Co. And people in the cities responded by boarding trains and making their way to Branson where they would be ferried across the White River and hauled by mule-drawn wagon to Old Matt’s cabin, which they picked to splinters for souvenirs.

That day is long gone, and it seems the old story just paved the way for timeshares and condos. Today few people know the names of Young Matt, Dad the Shepherd, Little Pete, or Sammy Lane.

All that is about to change!

The World Premiere of Shepherd in the 2021 Missouri Bicentennial!

Enter playwright and lyricist Hayden Head and composer/musician Stan Beard! With powerful storytelling and unforgettable melodies, they have breathed new life into the beloved story. Now, with the sponsorship of College of the Ozarks and the support of the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Shepherd will take the stage as never before. We hope you will be there when the curtain opens, the lights go on, and the music begins! Together we can proudly say, “I’m home!”

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Dr. Hayden Head
Dr. Hayden HeadCreator
“Like so many other Ozarkers, I love the story of The Shepherd of the Hills!”
Stan Beard
Stan BeardComposer
“I felt I knew many of the characters from my rural Appalachian foothills upbringing.”

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