Shepard of the Hills Show
Child Ages 4-16. Family Pass 2A & All Kids Under 16 in Household
As the production begins, the warm summer sun casts long shadows over Old Matt’s mill as another dry, dusty day ends. Matt’s neighbors linger at the mill having their corn ground into meal. They joke with each other to lighten the increasingly worrisome thought…many of them will lose their homes after the drought has ruined their crops and dried up all the streams.
Fascinating characters are introduced as they arrive in wagons or on horseback. You’ll be introduced to Old Matt, the pillar of the community, and his son Young Matt, the strapping hero of the tale. Beautiful Sammy Lane arrives, and the audience gets their first glimpse of the villainous Wash Gibbs and the vigilante Baldknobber gang.
During the 1800’s these rugged Ozark hills were wild and untamed. Law enforcement had a difficult time and crime was rampant. A group formed, originally to assist law-abiding citizens. Soon though the group grew so powerful they were bending the laws for their own gain. Before long, they were far worse than the criminals they originally tried to fight against. They terrorized the hills, thieves and murderers who traveled in packs and wore black hoods to protect their identity.
The mysterious Shepherd is introduced. The kind, gentle man who settled in the hills after coming to the area from Chicago. He is well respected and well spoken. He mentors those who seek him out, and teaches of God’s love and forgiveness…yet he himself has a painful secret he has never asked forgiveness for.
As the story unfolds, the audience is swept into the lives of these strong people who lived well over a century ago. There’s comedy, romance, and the age-old struggle of good against evil. In the end, there is a message of forgiveness.