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Program #14833RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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The highest elevation participants will experience is 1,000 feet.

Itinerary for Jul 27 — Aug 1, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: One of the finest hotels in Branson The Grand Plaza Hotel and conference center is located in the heart of the Branson Missouri just off the world famous Highway 76 Country Music Boulevard. Within walking distance to some of Branson's biggest stars and attractions as well as some of the greatest outlet shopping. They offer a breakfast buffet to our guests to help you start your day out right. The Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge offers fine cuisine and a wonderful view of the Ozark Mountains to the North or the Strip to the South. Specialties of the house are Prime Rib and Catfish. All of the rooms include free WiFi and a computer terminal is available in the lobby 24/7. The gift shop can help you with your show reservations, attraction tickets or local transportation needs.

Contact info:
245 North Wildwood
Branson, Missouri
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-6646
web: www.bransongrandplaza.com

Room amenities: All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities Include: •Complimentary breakfast buffet •Free WiFi •Indoor pool & hot tub •Fitness center •Game room All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact (417) 336-6646
Participants wishing additional nights should contact the hotel at (417) 336-6646. Please let the hotel know you are part of the Road Scholar program for the best possible rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 27 - Register, Orientation, Dinner, and Get to Know Yo...
Register, Orientation, Dinner, and Get to Know Your Fellow Participants

Dinner: Arrival time for the program is 4:30 p.m. The first evening includes an introduction of the sponsoring personnel, an orientation to the program, dinner, and get-acquainted activities.---

Evening: We will also have a brief introduction to Branson to excite you for the coming week! Please be aware that program activities and schedule times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!--- We will prepare for an exciting journey into the Branson Show Biz scene and what has and still does make it so popular. Get rest tonight as it is an exciting educational journey ahead of you!---

Lodging: Grand Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: One of the finest hotels in Branson The Grand Plaza Hotel and conference center is located in the heart of the Branson Missouri just off the world famous Highway 76 Country Music Boulevard. Within walking distance to some of Branson's biggest stars and attractions as well as some of the greatest outlet shopping. They offer a breakfast buffet to our guests to help you start your day out right. The Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge offers fine cuisine and a wonderful view of the Ozark Mountains to the North or the Strip to the South. Specialties of the house are Prime Rib and Catfish. All of the rooms include free WiFi and a computer terminal is available in the lobby 24/7. The gift shop can help you with your show reservations, attraction tickets or local transportation needs.

Contact info:
245 North Wildwood
Branson, Missouri
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-6646
web: www.bransongrandplaza.com

Room amenities: All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities Include: •Complimentary breakfast buffet •Free WiFi •Indoor pool & hot tub •Fitness center •Game room All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact (417) 336-6646
Participants wishing additional nights should contact the hotel at (417) 336-6646. Please let the hotel know you are part of the Road Scholar program for the best possible rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 28 - Lecture on History of Branson Entertainment, Perf...
Lecture on History of Branson Entertainment, Performance Principles, Story Telling, and Folk Songs. Watch the amazing horse theatrical show - Dixie Stampede!

Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.

Morning: Workshop on Performance Principles: Well acted and written characters grow or develop through the play, film, or other narrative. Get a great introduction to the world of the stage and most importantly - characters! Learn to act in character with realistic growth or development from a great local performer. Presenter: Mark Young, Extraordinary Local Performer

Morning: Lecture on the history of Branson Discover the shows that have made Branson the 'Live Entertainment Capitol' of the world. Look at how this sleepy little town is now host to over 100 shows, more theater seats than Broadway, and over 7 million visitors a year. Start your examination of how performers often mold and are molded by the area they live. Presenter: Sarah Klinefelter, C of O Media Professor—

Lunch: Light lunch in our meeting room

Afternoon: Lecture on the art of Musical Storytelling: Meet a real life troubadour (a strolling singer or minstrel) and learn the art of musical story telling. The lecturer is a featured performer at Silver Dollar City and has several CD featuring his amazing art. Presenter: Danny Eakin, Silver Dollar City Story Teller and Folk Song Artist

Dinner: Participants eat a super fun-filled meal at the family-oriented Dixie Stampede dinner show

Evening: Dinner is followed by a beautiful and dynamic performance of entertainers and comedians singing, dancing, and riding majestic horses. With 32 horses, dozens of cast members, live buffalo, amazing ostrich races, magic and seating for 1,000 around a 35,000 square-foot arena at each facility. We will arrive early and take a stroll by the outdoor stable area where you can get a preview of the magnificent performers – the horses themselves!

Lodging: Grand Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: One of the finest hotels in Branson The Grand Plaza Hotel and conference center is located in the heart of the Branson Missouri just off the world famous Highway 76 Country Music Boulevard. Within walking distance to some of Branson's biggest stars and attractions as well as some of the greatest outlet shopping. They offer a breakfast buffet to our guests to help you start your day out right. The Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge offers fine cuisine and a wonderful view of the Ozark Mountains to the North or the Strip to the South. Specialties of the house are Prime Rib and Catfish. All of the rooms include free WiFi and a computer terminal is available in the lobby 24/7. The gift shop can help you with your show reservations, attraction tickets or local transportation needs.

Contact info:
245 North Wildwood
Branson, Missouri
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-6646
web: www.bransongrandplaza.com

Room amenities: All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities Include: •Complimentary breakfast buffet •Free WiFi •Indoor pool & hot tub •Fitness center •Game room All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact (417) 336-6646
Participants wishing additional nights should contact the hotel at (417) 336-6646. Please let the hotel know you are part of the Road Scholar program for the best possible rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 29 - Lectures on Pantomime and Choreography. Take a fa...
Lectures on Pantomime and Choreography. Take a fantastic trip on 'Ride the Ducks' and see the amazing variety show of Hamner / Barber!

Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.

Morning: Take a trip on the adventurous 'Ride The Ducks' sightseeing tour! Your duck ride combines fun and music with history and sights aboard a one of a kind amphibious vehicle. You will Ride through the Ozarks, Splashdown into the Lake for a fun cruise. While on the lake you can drive the duck (if you want). Your Captain will en-tour-tain you with stories of past and present. Learn about Ozark Mountain history, the lakes, its famous personalities and its impact on the state and our nation. Find out about Branson's role in film, song and sports too!

Morning: Workshop on Pantomime and Body Movement: Pantomime is defined as the art or technique of conveying emotions, actions, feelings, etc., by gestures without speech. Further develop your character skills and theatrical movement abilities in this fun lecture. Presenters: Mark and Lisa Young, Extraordinary Local Performers

Lunch: Light lunch in our meeting room

Afternoon: Workshop on Choreography: Choreography is the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified. Choreography may also refer to the design itself, which is sometimes expressed by means of dance notation. The word choreography literally means "dance-writing". A choreographer is one who creates choreography. Presenter: Tonya Coker, Branson Show Choreographer

Dinner: Dinner at the famous McFarlans restaurant. This is down home cooking, however diets can be supplemented - just let us know. Watch out for those floating tables!

Evening: Attend Hamner/Barber Variety Show. Watch an amazing show from the incredible magical illusions of The Hamners and the hilarious comedy ventriloquism of Jim Barber to some of Branson's greatest musicians and singers. Magic shows are a favorite in Branson by providing great family entertainment and amazing illusions. The Hamner Barber Variety Show is not only one of the top rated shows in town, but it is also one of the most award-winning Branson magic shows!

Lodging: Grand Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: One of the finest hotels in Branson The Grand Plaza Hotel and conference center is located in the heart of the Branson Missouri just off the world famous Highway 76 Country Music Boulevard. Within walking distance to some of Branson's biggest stars and attractions as well as some of the greatest outlet shopping. They offer a breakfast buffet to our guests to help you start your day out right. The Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge offers fine cuisine and a wonderful view of the Ozark Mountains to the North or the Strip to the South. Specialties of the house are Prime Rib and Catfish. All of the rooms include free WiFi and a computer terminal is available in the lobby 24/7. The gift shop can help you with your show reservations, attraction tickets or local transportation needs.

Contact info:
245 North Wildwood
Branson, Missouri
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-6646
web: www.bransongrandplaza.com

Room amenities: All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities Include: •Complimentary breakfast buffet •Free WiFi •Indoor pool & hot tub •Fitness center •Game room All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact (417) 336-6646
Participants wishing additional nights should contact the hotel at (417) 336-6646. Please let the hotel know you are part of the Road Scholar program for the best possible rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 30 - Workshops on Ventriloquism, Stage Magic, Improv, ...
Workshops on Ventriloquism, Stage Magic, Improv, and Stage Make Up. Witness the amazing show the Acrobats of China!

Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.

Morning: Workshop on Choreography: Choreography is the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified. Choreography may also refer to the design itself, which is sometimes expressed by means of dance notation. The word choreography literally means "dance-writing". A choreographer is one who creates choreography. Presenter: Tonya Coker, Branson Show Choreographer

Morning: Workshop on Improvisation: Improvisation is the practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of one's immediate environment and inner feelings. This can result in the invention of new thought patterns, new practices, new structures or symbols, and/or new ways to act. Presented by Mark Young, Extraordinary Local Performers

Lunch: Light lunch in our meeting room

Afternoon: Lecture on Ventriloquism Arts: Ventriloquism is an act of stagecraft in which a person (a ventriloquist) manipulates his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere, usually a puppeteer "dummy". The act of ventriloquism is commonly called in English the ability to "throw" one's voice. Presented by Jim Barber, Ventriloquist and Co-Star of the Hamner Barber Variety Show

Afternoon: Workshop on Stage Magic: Magic is a performing art that entertains an audience by creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats, using purely natural means. These feats are called magic tricks, effects or illusions. One who performs such illusions is called a magician or an illusionist. The purpose of a magic trick is to amuse and create a feeling of wonderment; the audience is generally aware that the magic is performed using trickery, and derives enjoyment from the magician's skill and cunning Presented by David Hamner, Magician and Co-Star of the Hamner Barber Variety Show

Dinner: Buffet dinner at Grand Country. This is down home, Midwest cooking but enough selections for those with specific diets.

Evening: See the show The Acrobats of China: The New Shanghai Circus is a spectacular extravaganza of elegant eastern dance, dazzling acrobatics, mysterious magic, mystical music, and more. Over 40 amazing performers bring the Orient to Branson with fabulous backdrops, state-of-the-art lighting, and a fast-paced, exciting production! Celebrate the exotic wonders of China and enjoy the dramatic interpretation of classic Chinese dance and physical performance art. You'll love the playful lion dance, awesome jar juggling, incredible hoop-diving, daring trapeze, thrilling aerial ballet, the dancing dragon, and marvelous spinning plates in this huge production show. It's an incredible, stunning experience for everyone!

Lodging: Grand Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: One of the finest hotels in Branson The Grand Plaza Hotel and conference center is located in the heart of the Branson Missouri just off the world famous Highway 76 Country Music Boulevard. Within walking distance to some of Branson's biggest stars and attractions as well as some of the greatest outlet shopping. They offer a breakfast buffet to our guests to help you start your day out right. The Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge offers fine cuisine and a wonderful view of the Ozark Mountains to the North or the Strip to the South. Specialties of the house are Prime Rib and Catfish. All of the rooms include free WiFi and a computer terminal is available in the lobby 24/7. The gift shop can help you with your show reservations, attraction tickets or local transportation needs.

Contact info:
245 North Wildwood
Branson, Missouri
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-6646
web: www.bransongrandplaza.com

Room amenities: All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities Include: •Complimentary breakfast buffet •Free WiFi •Indoor pool & hot tub •Fitness center •Game room All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact (417) 336-6646
Participants wishing additional nights should contact the hotel at (417) 336-6646. Please let the hotel know you are part of the Road Scholar program for the best possible rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 31 - Attend the exciting Buckets and Boards Show. Perf...
Attend the exciting Buckets and Boards Show. Perform in the Branson Show Biz Kids variety show and enjoy an ice cream social!

Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.

Morning: Attend the Bucket and Boards show: Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have handcrafted a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. Buckets N Boards is an experience that has, and will, entertain the entire family! Their unexpected comedy and upbeat personalities will leave you laughing for the rest of your vacation! Come laugh till you cry with Buckets N Boards in 2013. See you there!

Lunch: Lunch on your own. A listing will be provided

Afternoon: Everyone has rehearsal time in preparation for the big finale tomorrow in which everyone gets to participate!

Dinner: A catered dinner in preparation for an evening of fun!

Evening: An ice cream social will follow the fun of the evening! Grab a root beer float and talk about the great performances.

Evening: Everyone participates in the Branson Show Biz Kids Variety Show! Bill Lennon will be our guest star judge for the evening of fun and performance! Bill is a member of the famous ‘Lennon Brothers’ swing group and Branson producer.

Lodging: Grand Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 01 - Discussion of the participant variety show and wh...
Discussion of the participant variety show and what producers look for in new talent. Overview of the week and say goodbyes to new friends!

Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.

Morning: "Simon Says"--Critique of previous night's performances led by Bill Lennon, Branson producer and talent scout. Discussion on show biz talents, dedication needed, and participant capabilities. What do producers look for in auditions?

Meals Included: Breakfast


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