Slingshot Artist Productions was formed to advance “Scarlet Letter…The Musical” to Broadway while also encouraging the development of other Denver-area musical artists. Its principals include:

Giving birth to a new musical is much like giving birth to a child. For songwriter and musician Melissa Faith Hart, the pains are well worth the reward. Melissa first had the idea of setting Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to music when she was 19, while attending college in Boston, Massachusetts, and reading the classic, compelling novel. It sparked her to compose the music and lyrics for “Be Still My Child” – the first song that started her down the multi-year path of creating a full-fledged musical. Developed over the years while Melissa balanced school, motherhood, and a professional career in training and sales, today Scarlet Letter…the Musical represents Melissa’s life’s opus and embodies the dream of seeing her words and songs on stage. “I feel blessed to be a mother myself and in many ways understands Hester’s road and drive for her daughter Pearl,” she says. Melissa began acting and singing in school, church plays and musicals, and then ventured out to local community theaters as an actor and director.

Whether in film, on television or across the Broadway stage, Candy Brown has been dazzling audiences for decades. Candy began her professional career as a dancer on Broadway working with famed directors and choreographers Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Hal Prince. (Hello Dolly, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Liza With A “Z”) After seven years, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she enjoyed a career in film and television, with credits including Zebrahead, Babyboy, NYPD Blue, CSI Miami, 6 Feet Under, Motel 6, Ali (Mrs. Clay) and multiple independent films. Part of the West Coast premiere of For Colored Girls, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Candy also has acted in regional theatres around the country, staged caberet acts, and directed small films. She moved to Denver in 2008 and has worked with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Curious Theatre Co., readings for Stories On Stage, and as a guest artist teaching movement for actors at the Denver School of the Arts and the new Sol-Via Modern Arts Company. Candy has a bachelor of arts degree in performing arts from St. Mary’s College of California..


There are lots of technical and operational challenges related to launching a new musical. But nothing holds Rabs Hughey back. With more than three decades of experience in various nonprofit and business environments, Rabs knows how to tackle the micro details while managing the big picture all the way to successful development. A problem-solver and a strategic thinker, Rabs has created, co-created and brought to life dozens of productions and live events, levaging his ability to connect and maximize the potential of people and resources. Rabs has four beautiful girls and has lived in the Denver metro area for over 45 years.