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Branson Showbiz Kids

Program Number: 14833RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2013 - 7/12/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Branson, Missouri
Price starting at: $784.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Music Appreciation; Theater
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 14 years of age.

Do you have a budding star in the family? Spark your grandchild's passion for performance in Branson, "Live Entertainment Capital of the World." Find out what a showbiz career really takes, learn different performance techniques in daily workshops, and attend four great family-friendly shows. See local sights, splashdown on the famous "Ducks" and join together in a closing talent show.


• Get an introduction to show business from pros and take part in interactive workshops on performance principles, body movement, choreography, improvisation, and stage magic.
• Attend Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show and other Branson favorites, and meet some of the stars for private lectures.
• Perform together with your grandchild in a culminating talent show organized by a local performer.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to a few blocks; standing up to one hour; get on/off coach. Elevators and ramps available.

New in 2015: Stay at a full-service, AAA four-diamond hotel steps from the riverfront boardwalk, partake in additional hands-on experiences, enjoy upgraded meals.


Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains on the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Branson is a popular tourist destination, famous for its many live music theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues, as well as its historic downtown and surrounding natural beauty. The city proudly proclaims the importance of family, faith, and patriotism throughout its many attractions.

Full-service, AAA four-diamond hotel steps from Branson Landing.
Meals and Lodgings
   Branson Towers
  Branson, MO 5 nights
 Branson Towers
Type: Hotel
  Description: Fantastic View of the Branson valley with all the lights of the strip!
  Contact info: 236 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-4500
  Room amenities: Wi-Fi, Cable TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Hair Dryer, Refrigerator (On Request), Microwave (On request with charge)
  Facility amenities: Indoor Pool / Hot Tub, Full Breakfast, Laundry, Game Room, Ice Cream Social Nightly
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Grab bars and shower seats if needed
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call 417-239-0203 Please contact provider at 417-239-0203 to ensure the best rate and room concerns.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call 417-239-0203 Please contact provider at 417-239-0203 to ensure the best rate and room concerns.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrival/Check in time 3 PM. You will be staying at Branson Towers that night.
  End of Program:
Departure/Check out time 11 AM. You will be staying at Branson Towers the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is plenty of parking for both cars and RVs on site.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Branson, MO
  Nearest highway: Highway 65
  Nearest airport:  Branson, Missouri
  From End of Program
  Location: Branson, MO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Springfield, Missouri


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Branson Coach
phone: 417-339-4888
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Check with shuttle service.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour from Springfield 


PLEASE CHECK WITH LOCAL BRANSON AIRPORT FOR TICKETS BEFORE CONSIDERING THE SPRINGFIELD-BRANSON AIRPORT! They can be found at The cost of the shuttle and time travel may compensate for a ticket price difference. In addition, while not required, we recommend to rent a car for your time here. This will assist you in getting around to other locations during free time. Normally, participants call when they make airline reservations, then confirm a day or two before flight.




From Airport




phone: 417-332-CABS x2227
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$10-15 per car on average
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




10 Miles


Please visit for information on this very close airport. While it is not required, we advise renting a car to help with travel during free time opportunities. Unfortunately the hotel does not offer a shuttle service for the airport.

Driving Directions
  Branson Towers Regardless of your direction of arrival, (from the north if from Springfield, or the south, if from Arkansas) exit from HIGHWAY 65 at the MO-248/RED ROUTE/SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS EXPY; Keep RIGHT at the fork to go on MO-248 N/RED ROUTE/SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS EXPY; Turn LEFT onto SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS EXPY/RED ROUTE; 236 SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS EXPY is on the RIGHT
Elevation Note: The highest elevation participants will experience is 1,000 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Register, Orientation, Dinner, and Get to Know Your Fellow Participants
(Sunday, July 7)
 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.--- 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 all the amazing processes that go into such great presentation! Get rest tonight as it is an exciting educational journey ahead of you!---
Accommodations: Branson Towers
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture on History of Branson Entertainment, Performance Principles, Story Telling, and Folk Songs. Watch the amazing horse theatrical show - Dixie Stampede!
(Monday, July 8)
 Breakfast: Great breakfast
 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–
 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
 Lunch: Delicious 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: A wonderful dinner!
 Evening: Participants eat a super fun-filled meal at the family-oriented Dixie Stampede dinner show 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!
Accommodations: Branson Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lectures on Pantomime and Choreography. Take a fantastic trip on 'Ride the Ducks' and see the amazing variety show of Hamner / Barber!
(Tuesday, July 9)
 Breakfast: Great breakfast
 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: Delicious catered lunch
 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 McFarland's restaurant. 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!
Accommodations: Branson Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Workshops on Ventriloquism, Stage Magic, Improv, and Stage Make Up. Witness the amazing show the Acrobats of China!
(Wednesday, July 10)
 Breakfast: Great breakfast
 Morning: Workshop on Stage Make Up: Find out the workings of stage make up and its affects on a performance. Through the use of makeup, specifically highlighting and shading, the apparent shape of an actor's face can be changed. Lighting controls makeup to a high degree. Makeup can lose its effectiveness due to incorrect stage lighting. Presenter: Lisa Young, Extraordinary Local Performer
 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: Great Bar-B-Q lunch will be served
 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: Wonderful buffet at the Grand Country
 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!
Accommodations: Branson Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Attend the exciting Ricky Boen and the Texas Mud Show. Perform in the Branson Show Biz Kids variety show and enjoy an ice cream social!
(Thursday, July 11)
 Breakfast: Great breakfast
 Morning: Attend the Ricky Boen--Texas Swing Music Show: Ricky Boen and Texas Mud offers an upbeat time of authentic Texas Swing music as it is presented by a group of extremely talented musicians. Starting with Ricky himself, the 1983 World Champion Fiddler, accolades are no stranger to Texas Mud. Ricky Boen and Texas Mud have been entertaining and amazing audiences for the past three years in Branson.
 Lunch: Delicious lunch will be served in our meeting room
 Afternoon: Everyone has rehearsal time in preparation for the big finale tomorrow in which everyone gets to participate!
 Dinner: A fantastic dinner in preparation for an evening of fun!
 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.
 Evening: An ice cream social will follow the fun of the evening! Grab a root beer float and talk about the great performances.
Accommodations: Branson Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Discussion of the participant variety show and what producers look for in new talent. Overview of the week and say goodbyes to new friends!
(Friday, July 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet
 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?
 Morning: Overview of the amazing week with our featured lecturer - Sarah Klinefelter. Say goodbyes to new friends!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Branson, MO Branson Tourism Center
Please see the itinerary for a listing of free time. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Insiders' Guide to Branson and the Ozark Mountains

Author: Dr. Fred Pfister

Description: For more than twenty years, the Insiders' Guide® series has been the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information–from true insiders whose personal, practical perspective gives you everything you need to know. With more than forty theaters on and around its famous Strip, Branson is proudly called the Live Music Capital of the World. But there's more to this year-round vacation destination than its shows and stars: World-class golf, theme parks, and historic sites are all within easy reach. This authoritative guide shows you how to navigate the glitz and glitter of Branson as well as the natural beauty of the scenic Ozark Mountain country. • Countless details on how to live and thrive in the area, from the best fishing holes to the lowdown on real estate • The inside scoop on the top shopping, seasonal festivals, and live entertainment offerings • Comprehensive listings of restaurants and accommodations • Sections dedicated to children and retirement

The Bittersweet Ozarks at a Glance

Author: Ellen Grey Massey

Description: The Bittersweet Ozarks at a Glance is a beautiful and unique photograph collection that portrays the Bittersweet Ozarks, collected by Ellen Gray Massey and her students, more than thirty years ago. Had the students not researched and recorded, the information from the 494 men and women they captured in words and pictures most would be lost forever for most of them have died. From 1973 until 1983, the young people published 482 articles and features in 40 issues of Bittersweet, the Ozark Quarterly.

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