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Local resident writes Christmas musical

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Long time Flower Mound and Argyle resident Jack Hurst has written a new Christmas musical to be performed at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound.

“The Tree” is an original musical that portrays the Christmas story through the eyes of a young boy and girl whose father owns the stable where the baby Jesus is born.

Hurst once again teamed up with composer Frank Hames to co-write the musical.  The pair first collaborated on the Easter musical, “The Cup”, in 2009.

Jack Hurst became interested in writing after studying with professional scriptwriter and teacher David Freeman in Los Angeles.

He started his career as a writer/singer with a top 20 song in 1958, “King of Dreamers”. After a brief time in the spotlight he worked his way through college performing as a folk singer at Steak & Ale restaurants and local clubs.

He has performed on the outdoor stage at the State Fair of Texas and had a walk-on role with Betty Davis in Ron Howard’s made for TV movie “Skyward”.

Jack now sings with the Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church choir and has performed twice at Carnegie Hall with that group. He has enjoyed acting for over 15 years in area community and professional theaters. He serves on the board of the Flower Mound Performing Arts Theater in Parker Square and is the manager of Christ-Drama Publishing, an organization that markets and licenses Christian music and drama.

He has been a Realtor at RE/MAX DFW Associates for 23 years.

Jack has three daughters. Tracy Eklund who resides in Houston, Hollie Rodriguez who teaches at Lamar Middle School, and Heather Hurst who is with a casting company in New York. He has three grandchildren.

Frank Hames has a production company that produces music for movie and TV soundtracks, TV and radio commercials and is the owner of a recording studio. Frank is a two time EMMY winner.

The show is directed by Neale Whitmore, veteran director, producer and artistic manager in the Dallas area. Musical director is Pam Michel. Producer is Karen Chraska, Minister of Music at Trietsch.

Admission is free, with donations accepted, to the premier performances at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Rd, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

For more information, call  972-593-8547 or visit www.tmumc.org.

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