College of the Ozarks hosts area appreciation for annual patriotic play

    POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Starting Oct. 4, College of the Ozarks will present “A Flight to Faith: The Story of a Vietnam P.O.W.” This true story chronicles the journey of an American hero, Colonel John Clark. 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 take place in the Royal Oak Forum and are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required; seating is first-come, first-served. The College will offer an area appreciation for the first performance of the season on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. The first 100 in attendance at these performances will receive a special, student-made gift from the College.

    Mark Young, professor of theatre, along with several students derived the play from the books, “Vietnam 101: A Class Like No Other,” written by former President Jerry C. Davis and “The Eagle Hunts” by Colonel John Clark. The students who attributed to the play are:  senior Susie Johnson, music theatre major; 2022 graduate Nicholas Sutton; 2022 graduate Izzy Sutton; and junior Elijah Wolfard, biblical and theological Christian studies.

    Play Synopsis

    For 2,176 days, Colonel John Clark was held captive in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” as a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War. He endured starvation, a deadly sickness, and mental and physical torture at the hands of the enemy. To his family, he was reported MIA and presumed dead.

    Play dates

    Performances will take place in The Keeter Center’s Royal Oak Forum. The play’s duration is approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

    Show dates for the 2 p.m. performances:

    October 4, 6, 11, 18, 25, 27

    November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15

    Show dates for the 3 p.m. performances:

    October 15,

    November 11, 12

    Show dates for the 7 p.m. performances:

    October 5

    November 8, 10, 12

    Cast and Crew

    • Director/Set Design: Mark Young, professor of theatre
    • Veteran, performed by senior William Bressler, theatre major from Jonesboro, Arkansas
    • Molly, performed by senior Anna Brayman, theatre major from Branson, Missouri
    • Captain John Clark, performed by sophomore Jacob Priestner, speech communication major from Springdale, Missouri
    • V.C. Officer, Camp Commander, performed by senior Bradley Shelton, theatre major from Rolla, Missouri
    • V.C. Soldier #1, and Woman, performed by junior Faith Falter, Spanish education K-12 major from Freeburg, Missouri
    • V.C. Soldier #2, Slew Food, and Protestor #1 performed by sophomore Tierce Carmody, music theatre major from DeSoto, Missouri
    • Tien, performed by sophomore Michelle Crain, video production major from Fanling, Hong Kong
    • Valorie and the Veteran’s girlfriend, performed by sophomore Emma Walters, music theatre from St. Clair, Missouri  
    • Western Union Man and Colonel Russell, performed by sophomore Michael Brisbin, family studies/ social services: social work major from Wellington, Missouri
    • Bonnie Clark and Protester #3, performed by senior Dorothie Goode, music theatre major from Vilonia, Arkansas
    • Howie and Mayor, performed by sophomore Elijah Lyons, music theatre major from Rich Hill, Missouri
    • Eddie and Woman’s husband, performed by sophomore Sam Pitt, business administration: management major from Centerton, Arkansas
    • Charlie and Protestor #2, performed by freshman David Rogers, theatre major from Sedalia, Missouri
    • Tom, performed by freshman Josiah Sims, speech and theatre education major from Memphis, Tennessee
    • Jimmy, performed by freshman Gage Hauck, music theatre major from Camdenton, Missouri
    • Sylvia, performed by senior Susie Johnson, music theatre major from Des Moines, Iowa
    • Jane/stage manager, performed by sophomore Phoebe Ulmer, music theatre major from Seneca, Kansas
    • Mother, performed by sophomore Kamarae Wilson, animal science major from Springfield, Missouri
    • Sharon, performed by freshman Esther Bolton, family studies & social services: marriage & family major from Elwing, Kansas
    • Ann Clark, performed by junior Anna Veit, theatre major from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    • Lighting design and projections done by Triston Newman

    Groups of 10 or more and motor coaches, call (417) 690-2122. For general inquiries, call (417) 690-2929.

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