Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy


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Travis Smith
Original Music, Lyrics and Arrangements

Travis was born and raised in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio known as Pickerington. He graduated from Pickerington High School before attending Otterbein College in Westerville, OH where he earned a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in Music – Vocal Performance. He has been an accomplished pianist for several years currently focusing his passions on music technology, composition, arrangements, orchestrations, and music directing.  

He has collaborated as composer/arranger on several revue shows and musicals in the last decade including Calamity Jane and the Showdown at Dry GulchThe Legend of Blackbeard’s Gold, and Merlin’s Apprentice and the Deadly Dragon.  Travis is also a performer having been seen in various venues throughout the United States.  Some of his favorite roles include "Sister Amnesia" in Nunsense A-Men! and "Mervin Oglethorpe" in Smoke On The Mountain.   


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Benjamin L. Jackson
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Benjamin was born in Georgia and raised in a small suburb of Atlanta called Powder Springs.  Both of his parents are classical musicians and regularly exposed him to the Opera, Symphony and lots and lots of piano recitals. However, his first experience with Musical Theatre didn't come until his junior year of High School when the chorus teacher approached him about playing “Bum #2” in Little Shop of Horrors. It proved to be the perfect role and Ben has loved the stage ever since.

Throughout his younger years, Ben studied classical piano and voice. He later rebelled against the “family business” and majored in Business Administration and graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta. After spending a number of years working in Corporate America as well as a stint teaching English in South Korea, Ben decided to go back to what he loved... performing.

After returning from South Korea, Ben booked his first job in “Show Biz” and headed out for the high seas as a member of a vocal quartet on board a major cruise line. Since then, he has traveled around the world and the U.S. entertaining as many people that would tolerate his antics! Some of Ben's favorite roles include “Smudge” in Forever Plaid, “Sister Robert Anne” in Nunsense A-Men! and of course, “Bum #2” in Little Shop of Horrors.

Ben loves comedy and believes that in life there is no greater gift than making someone laugh. So, when Travis presented the idea of writing a gospel musical about a male quartet in the south, it was an offer he couldn't refuse and there have been many, many laughs along the way!