This is My Story, This is my Song



Written and Performed by Shellie O’Neal

KLTV – Proud of East Texas: Shellie O’Neal

Upcoming Performances

Date Venue Location
August 23, 2019 Crossroads Christian Church Grand Prairie, TX
September 14, 2019 First Baptist Church Joaquin, TX  7 pm
September 29, 2019 TBA Mixon, TX
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 TBD Mt. Pleasant, TX
Nov 4, 2019 Assembly of God Convention Vail, CO
June 28, 2020 Shreveport Summer Music Festival Shreveport, LA

Shellie has long been inspired by the life and work of Fanny Crosby: she first learned of Mrs. Crosby in a Sunday School class when she was 7 years old. Thirty-one years later, while Shellie was writing a children’s religious play, she encountered Fanny’s story again and felt God leading her to write a play she could perform about this remarkable woman. O’Neal penned this play after conducting research which culminated in a trip to New York City, where she visited the New York Institution for the Blind where Crosby received her education and served as a teacher. She also visited the New York Public Library and viewed Crosby’s personal scrapbook; the Bowery Mission where Crosby did social work; and Plymouth Church, where Crosby listened to her favorite preachers. O’Neal has written 26 plays, two of which have won Texas state playwriting competitions. This is her first one-woman show.

Dr. O’Neal received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theatre from The University of Texas at Tyler and her Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University. She taught for three years at U.T. Tyler and for the past 20 years has served as Director of Theatre at Navarro College in Corsicana, where she has directed over 70 productions. She is a member of St. John’s Church in Corsicana where she sings in the choir.

Shellie has performed her play about the life of Fanny Crosby over 150 times in a variety of venues and locations in Texas, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Corsicana, Carthage, Frost, Gilmer, Turnertown, the Woods and Snap communities, Lampasas, Kerens and Troup. She celebrated her fortieth birthday by performing this play at the Bowery Mission in New York City, a mission where Fanny often ministered to those less fortunate than she.  Shellie has also performed this piece in Italy and in states outside Texas, including Colorado, Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Past Performances:

Date Venue Location
February 12, 2017 Baptist Church Houston area – 5 pm
March 28, 2017 Jacksonville Baptist College Jacksonville, TX – 7 pm
June 22, 2017 home of Sharla Allen Corsicana, TX – 7:00 pm
June 26, 2017 First United Methodist Church Brazoria, TX – 11:00 am
June 27, 2017 South Main Baptist Church Houston, TX – 12:30 pm
August 14, 2017 Emmanuel Baptist Church Bryan, TX – 6:00 pm
September 6, 2017 First United Methodist Church Longview, TX – 7:00 pm
September 15, 2017 Park Cities Baptist Church Dallas, TX – 6 pm
January 19, 2016 McGuire's Restaurant Frisco, TX
January 31, 2016 Summit Methodist Church Marshall, TX
February 17, 2016 Kinsloe House Corsicana, TX
March 15, 2016 First Baptist Church Richardson, TX
May 3, 2016 Columbus Ave. Baptist Church Waco, TX
May 22, 2016 TBD Ferrara, Italy
June 27, 2016 South Main Baptist Church Houston, TX
January 10, 2016 Memorial Baptist Church Corsicana, TX
November 12, 2015 Stilwell Retirement Home Waco, TX
October 18, 2015 First United Methodist Church Vernon, TX
October 11, 2015 First Baptist Church McGregor, TX
September 25, 2015 Stonebriar Church Frisco, TX
July 30, 2015 First Baptist Church Gladewater, Texas
July 19, 2015 Episcopal Church of the Epiphany Flagstaff, AZ
July 12, 2015 First Baptist Church Tyler, TX
June 25, 2015 First Baptist Church Woodway, TX
June 23, 2015 Northwest Baptist Church" Dallas, TX
June 7, 2015 First Christian Church Longview, TX
May 28, 2015 First Baptist Church Longview, TX
May 3, 2015 Coggins Ave. Baptist Church Brownwood, TX
March 27, 2015 St. Michael's Episcopal Church Longview,TX
February 25, 2015 South Texas District Council of AG Kerrville,TX
January 31, 2015 Jubilee Theatre Waco, TX
November 25, 2014 The Point at CC Young Dallas
November 23, 2014 First Presbyterian Church Mesquite
October 4, 2014 Central Texas Conference, UMW  St. Barnabas UMC Arlington
October 3, 2014 Women's Forum Longview
May 4, 2014 Turnertown Baptist Church  Turnertown
April 27, 2014 Grace Baptist Church Waco
April 27, 2014  Bosqueville Baptist Church  Bosqueville
April 25, 2014 Beaumont Bible Church  Beaumont
January 26, 2014 Grace United Methodist Church Copperas Cove, TX
January 23, 2014 SAGU Waxahachie, TX
January 6, 2014 First Baptist Church Killeen, TX
December 3, 2013 Decatur, TX
October 13, 2013 Central Presbyterian Church Wortham, TX
October 1, 2013 Highland Oaks Church of Christ Garland, TX
September 29, 2013 New World United Methodist Church Arlington, TX
August 20, 2013 Mexia, TX
August 18, 2013 First United Methodist Church Gilmer, TX
July 18, 2013 Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Washington, D.C.
June 9, 2013 Believers Bible Church Corsicana, TX
June 2, 2013 Kerens Presbyterian Church Kerens, TX
May 30, 2013 First Baptist Church Forney, TX
May 21, 2013 Champion Forest Baptist Church Houston, TX
April 7, 2013 First Baptist Church Graham, TX
November 2012 First Baptist Church Hewitt, TX
November 2012 Chapel of Ease, St. John’s Church Eureka, TX
October 2012 First Baptist Church Blooming Grove, TX
September 23, 2012 First United Methodist Church Corsicana, TX
September 9, 2012 First United Methodist Church Brady, TX
August 12, 2012 First United Methodist Church Grand Saline, TX
July 22, 2012 First Baptist Church Corsicana, TX
July 15, 2012 First Baptist Church Lampasas, TX
July 1, 2012 Woods New Hope Baptist Church Old Center, TX
June 24, 2012 The Bowery Mission New York City, NY
June 22, 2012 The Bowery Mission New York City, NY
June 10, 2012 First United Methodist Church Kerens, TX
June 3, 2012 Westminster Presbyterian Church Corsicana, TX
May 2, 2012 Kinsloe House Corsicana, TX
April 22, 2012 Gilmer Church of Christ Gilmer, TX
April 15, 2012 St. John’s Church Corsicana, TX
April 4, 2012 St. Luke’s Methodist Church Corsicana, TX
April 1, 2012 Northside Baptist Church Corsicana, TX
March 11, 2012 Troup Baptist Church Troup, TX
February 19, 2012 Turnertown Baptist Church Turnertown, TX
February 12, 2012 Frost Baptist Church Frost, TX
February 9, 2012 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
January 8, 2012 Cedar Grove Baptist Church Snap, TX
December 2011 Home of Betty McEver – Christmas party Troup, TX
November 27, 2011 Central Baptist Church Carthage, TX
November 24, 2011 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
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