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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

February 25, 2019

College of the Ozarks theatre and music students present spring musical, “Bright Star,” March 7-10

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks theatre and music students will perform “Bright Star” on March 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Jones Auditorium on the campus of College of the Ozarks.

Ticket prices are as follows: adults $15, senior citizens $13, students (non C of O) $13, and children $11. To purchase tickets, call the theatre department at (417) 690-2626.

Dynamic Duo

“Bright Star” is the brain child of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Martin wrote the music, book, and story. Brickell wrote the music, lyrics, and story. After working on a collection of songs together in 2014, Martin and Brickell sparked the idea to create “Bright Star.” The musical is inspired by their Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album, “Love Has Come for You.”

Martin, better known for his work as an actor and comedian, started his career as a banjo player in the 1970s. Martin is also a well-known novelist. Brickell is a retro-folk singer/songwriter whose pop hit, “What I Am,” topped the charts in 1986.


“Bright Star” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion and beautiful melodies.

Cast and crew

  • Director & Choreographer, Lisa Young, associate professor of theatre
  • Music Director/ Conductor, Dr. John Cornish, assistant professor of music
  • Set/Lighting Design, Mark Young, professor of theatre
  • Alice Murphy, performed by Hannah Sanders, senior vocal music education major from Rogersville, Missouri
  • Margo, performed by Emily LaVelle, junior vocal performance major from Carl Junction, Missouri
  • Lucy, performed by Annie Ashwell, senior musical theatre major from Joplin, Missouri
  • Mama Murphy, performed by Natalie Hensarling, senior musical theatre and marketing major from Olathe, Kansas 
  • Florence, performed by Rebeca Esteves, senior ecology and field biology major from Warrenton, Missouri
  • Edna, performed by Kandice Riley, sophomore vocal performance and business administration major from Rogersville, Missouri
  • Billy Cane, performed by Spencer Fleury, sophomore vocal music education major from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Daddy Cane, performed by Harrison Strouse, senior mathematics education major from Springdale, Arkansas
  • Daryl, performed by Aaron DeOrnelis, junior theatre major from Hollister, Missouri
  • Daddy Murphy, performed by Jordan Bryant, senior vocal performance major from Pryor, Oklahoma
  • Mayor Dobbs, performed by Micah Moseley, junior business administration major from Belle Chasse, Louisiana
  • Jimmy Ray Dobbs, performed by Elijah Shafer, sophomore vocal music education major from Holt, Missouri
  • Max, performed by Bucky Harrell, freshman theatre major from Rocky Comfort, Missouri
  • Stanford, performed by Riley Eggebraaten, senior music theory and composition major from Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • Dr. Norquist, performed by Hunter Eggebraaten, sophomore business administration major from Bella Vista, Arkansas


  • Shaleen Blair, junior elementary education major from Carthage, Missouri
  • Natasha Ferkel, senior studio art graphic design major from St. Peters, Missouri
  • Ashley Mattingly, sophomore vocal music education major from Tuscola, Illinois
  • IvaNelle Stubbs, freshman agricultural development major from Fox, Arkansas
  • Isaia Wilcoxen, sophomore vocal music education major from Kansas City, Kansas
  • Nathan Foley, freshman music ministry major from Lake Ozark, Missouri

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


02.25.19 – Racheal Carlyon




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