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

October 10, 2017

Christopher Smith, composer and playwright, speaks at College of the Ozarks

Christopher Smith, composer and playwright

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Christopher G. Smith, composer and playwright of the Broadway musical Amazing Grace, spoke to students in the Jones auditorium at College of the Ozarks on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Amazing Grace has appeared in Chicago’s Bank of America Theater and in the Nederlander Theater in New York City where the show played for four months in 2015. Amazing Grace tells the life story of John Newton, a former slave trader who composed the renowned hymn. This is the first musical to tell a true story of personal salvation and redemption on a Broadway stage. The show’s national tour will launch in Washington, D.C., in November of this year.

Smith received his B.A. from Eastern University in Philadelphia with a double major in youth ministry and history. A former police officer, Smith has become an award-winning writer and director. His story of faith, transitioning from a career in law enforcement, and heading to Broadway has been featured on the ABC evening News, NBC News, NPR, and many more.

Throughout the convocation, Smith shared some of the struggles his Broadway musical faced and explained how his mission statement is “to earn the privilege of reminding the people of timeless truths.”

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

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 a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. 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 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


10.10.17 – Juliet Thompson


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