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

September 24, 2019

“Four Star Country Boy” showing at The Keeter Center, October - November

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Beginning Oct. 1, College of the Ozarks will present “Four Star Country Boy: From the Ozark Hills to High Command,” an inspirational play depicting the life of one of Hard Work U.’s alumni success stories. The play is based on the life of United States Marine Corps General Terrence R. Dake, an Ozarks boy with humble roots who served his country and rose to the upper echelons of military leadership. The play is produced and performed by students at College of the Ozarks.

The showing of a patriotic play is a fall tradition at College of the Ozarks. Performances are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required; seating is first-come, first served.

Mark Young, professor of theatre and director of the production, derived the play from the book, “The Four Generals of Hard Work U.,” written by President Jerry C. Davis.

“The play will impact the audiences through a variety of themes, including laugh-out-loud humor, our compelling need for a sincere faith, the significance of true patriotism, the romantic tenderness of love, the respect that accompanies honor and duty, as well as the strength tied to close family relationships,” Young said.

This year’s play will feature a talented cast of College of the Ozarks students, props including an on-stage helicopter, and digital projections to enhance the live action on stage.

“God guided Dake throughout his many life achievements — from flying helicopters during the Vietnam War, to piloting Marine One for President Ronald Reagan, to serving as the operations officer of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing during Desert Storm,” Young said. “The audience will experience the astonishing ‘grass roots’ success story of one of the College’s most notable alumni.”

Play dates

Performances will take place in The Keeter Center’s Royal Oak Forum.

Show dates for the 2 p.m. performances:

October 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29

November 5, 12, 14, 19


Show dates for the 3 p.m. performances:

October 12

November 9, 10


Show date for a special 7 p.m. performance: November 10

Cast and Crew

  • Director/Set Design: Mark Young, professor of theatre
  • Lighting Design/Stage Manager: Tristan Newman, theatre technician
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Natalie Hensarling, musical theater and business marketing major from Olathe, Kansas.
  • Sue, performed by senior Mallory Allen, theater major from Ava, Missouri.
  • Max, performed by freshman Christian Belcher, theater major from Blanchard, Oklahoma.
  • Roy, performed by freshman William Bressler, theater major from Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • Joe/Ross, performed by freshman James Cracker, computer info and science major and agribusiness major from Yellville, Arkansas.
  • Mrs. Westfall/Mrs. Reagan, performed by senior Natasha Ferkel, studio arts: graphic design major from St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Martha, performed by senior Sarah Fore, business marketing major from Noel, Missouri.
  • Jana/Protestor #5, performed by freshman Dorothie-Grace Goode, musical theater major from Vilonia, Arkansas.
  • Lorraine, performed by senior Hallie Harper, speech and theater major from Marshall, Missouri.
  • Carol/Protestor #4, performed by sophomore Hallie Hartwell, theater major from Nixa, Missouri.
  • Kym/Edee, performed by junior Maryanne Henley, culinary arts major from California, Missouri.
  • Clyta/Protester #2, performed by senior Natalie Hensarling, musical theater and business marketing major from Olathe, Kansas.
  • Beth/Margie, performed by sophomore Susie Johnson, theater and English major from Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Maria/Camera person, performed by sophomore Mercedes Rich, public relations major from Cheney, Kansas.
  • Leon/Robert/Protestor #1, performed by sophomore Jacob Robbins, Biblical and theological studies major from Springfield, Missouri.           
  • Marvis/Henderson, performed by senior Hannah Sanders, vocal performance major from Rogersville, Missouri.
  • Driver/Rex/Protestor #3/General Krulak, performed by sophomore Elijah Shafer, music theater major from Holt, Missouri.
  • Dr. Clark/Reagan, performed by sophomore Bradley Shelton, theater major from Rolla, Missouri.
  • Binh/Wilson/Mr. Westfall, performed by sophomore Caleb Stephens, theater major from Cassville, Missouri.
  • News Reporter/ Waitress, performed by sophomore Izzy Sutton, musical theater major from Bunker, Missouri.
  • Protocol Officer/Josh, performed by freshman C.J. Voerman, history major from Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
  • Terry Dake, performed by sophomore Josiah Wolfard, speech and theater education major from Marshfield, Missouri.

Groups of 10 or more and motor coaches, call (417) 690-2122. For general inquiries, call (417) 239-1900.



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