Christmas kicks off in Branson

12 Nov

Copy of sdcxmas 012Christmas is in full swing in Branson. Last weekend I headed down to the Mid-West’s Music City to take in a few Christmas shows and hit Silver Dollar City for their annual Christmas kick off. What a weekend. I started my Yule weekend with “The Miracle of Christmas” at Sight & Sound Theatre. A great show based on the story on Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. The epic production, much like the S & S’s “Noah,” production, has wowed Branson audiences for the last couple of years. It’s an outstanding show. The spectacle is impressive and as several audience members told me after the show, “every child should see it.” The show is graphic in it’s treatment of the crucifixion of Christ, but tells the story in dynamic and dramatic fashion. I know that many Joplin-area churches will head to Branson before the end of the year to see the show and reaffirm their faith.  

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Santa Cruises The Landing in Branson.

Friday  night I took in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby at The Mansion. A great show. Everyone I talked to in the crowd – from 4 to 40 – they all said the same thing: “I want to fly like Peter Pan. For those of us who never want to grow up, it was a memorable show. Captain Hook and his crew provided good comic relief, Cathy impressed as Peter and the Lost Boys captured our hearts. For an old theater guy like me, it brought back a lot of memories.

Branson Kicked off the holiday season – don’t start the Dave-hates-Christmas E-mail campaign just yet, Thanksgiving is a holiday too and deserves recognition – with the annual Promenade of Stars parade on Saturday morning. The last couple of years the star-studded event rolled down The Landing, but this year they closed off Highway 76 for the morning event. What a great morning. Debbie Boone, Cathy Rigby from Peter Pan and Andy Williams  Served as Grand Marshall. The Haygoods – one of my favorite Branson acts — wowed the crowd with an sweet version of the National Anthem and the parade was on.

After the parade Saturday morning, it was off to Silver Dollar City. NOTE: keep traffic in mind on weekends as you head out ’76 to SDC. Traffic can be a killer. Check your map for an alternate route. Big news from SDC this fall. In 2010 they will celebrate 50 years in business. So, if you were born in 1960 or married in ’60 you get into the park all year for free. What a deal. In the spring, SDC will offer a new ride based on Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. It’s a water fight raft adventure that promises to be tons of wet fun. More later. Check out the Silver Dollar City Web site for hours of operation.

On Sunday morning I hit Red, Hot … and Blue. The Broadway-style trip through eight decades of American music kept mu toes tappin’ and a song on my lips. I strongly suggest takin’ in this musical dance review. Top quality stuff. Four guys and three girls song and dance you through the American songbook. It’s a must-see. A great ting about show at the New Americana Theatre is if you show your full-price ticker stub at the box office, you can get into another show there for half price. The Haygoods, Tony Roi’s Elvis Experience, Cassandre’: Voice of an Angle and Red, Hot and … Blue, run through the end of the year. A good deal.

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