LMWA to host Blues Brothers tributePublished 5:53pm Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Next week “The Blues Brothers Experience: The Mission Continues,” a traveling production from Branson, Mo., is making its way to the campus of Lyman Ward Military Academy for two shows that were inspired by the touring act that was spawned from the 1980 movie by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
The performance will take place in the Wesley P. Smith Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29. Tickets for the event cost $15 and all of the proceeds will benefit the military school.
“(Each night) the doors are going to open at 6 (p.m.) and the shows are going to start at 7 (p.m.),” said LWMA secretary to the president Heather Hornsby.
Hornsby added that there will be signage and cadets to help guide visitors to the auditorium on the Camp Hill campus.
The title characters – Jake and Elwood Blues – will be brought to life through the talents of Dadeville-native Bucky Heard, a 1983 LWMA graduate, and Justin Clark. A live band will accompany the duo onstage. Hornsby said that the production is able to travel because it is a slow time of the tourist season for the Missouri entertainment mecca.Heard earned a degree in Theater Performance from Auburn University before starting his career in the early 1990s on the high seas as an entertainer for Royal Caribbean cruise lines where he opened for comedians like Richard Jenny and George Kirby. The Dadeville-native has also shared the stage in Branson with personalities like Tony Orlando, Yakov Smirnoff, Glen Campbell and Mickey Gilley. In 2005 Heard was chosen by the Branson Critic, an online magazine, to receive its Best Singer award.
The performance of such a commercial production at LWMA was not only made possible because of Heard’s connection to the area and the school, but also through an encounter that the director of the LWMA Alumni Association, Amanda Kelly, and her husband, LWMA’s Commandant of Cadets Maj. Pat Kelly, had with him when they visited Branson and planted a seed of persuasion.
“We visited Branson (last) summer and I’ve talked with him since about doing the show,” said Kelly.
She added that quite a few people from the LWMA family had made the journey to Missouri to see Heard perform.
Tickets for the event can be purchased three ways: by credit card online at www.lwalumni.org, by credit card or check over the phone at 800-798-9151 or at the door on the day of the show.