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Marvelous Missouri: Discover the Best of Branson & the Ozarks

Program No. 1615RJ
Discover Branson, the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” as you enjoy five public shows, one private show with a cast Q&A and opportunities to explore the beautiful Ozarks.
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,749

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May 7 - May 12, 2023
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1,749
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
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Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
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Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
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Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
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Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
2,119
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
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2,119
Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
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2,119
Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
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2,119
Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
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2,119
Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2023
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2,119

At a Glance

Join us in Branson, the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” as we experience good ol’ American music, theater and fun in the heart of the Ozarks. Find out the history of Branson's overnight success, the elements of its entertainment scene and the famous Branson formula of “Faith, Family and Flag.” Enjoy live theater shows, often surrounded by lectures, meet-and-greets and Q&A’s with the cast and crew. Immerse yourself in local history and natural beauty during field trips to Table Rock Lake — a reservoir built and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers — Shepherd of the Hills Historic Site and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Plus, enjoy a private performance just for your group, as well as a dinner-and-entertainment experience.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a few blocks; standing up to one hour; get on/off coach. Elevators and ramps available.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy six live performances, which includes one given exclusively for our private group.
  • Meet with current performers and production specialists such as technicians and set designers to hear what it's like to work in the business and how they make the magic happen.
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Ozarks during field trips to Table Rock Lake, Shepherd of the Hills Historic Site and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

General Notes

Please note, Branson has a strong culture of “Faith, Family, Flag.” Some of the performances we’ll attend may have religious undertones. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Amber Campbell
Amber Campbell is a native of LaRussell, Mo., and a graduate of Southwest Baptist University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre, with a music minor. Amber loves to perform and is raising her beautiful daughter Jade in the Branson community. She has been a featured vocalist and emcee for several Branson shows over the years, but her most rewarding experience has been owning, producing and performing in “#1 Hits of the 60’s (& 50’s too!)”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Amber Campbell is a native of LaRussell, Mo., and a graduate of Southwest Baptist University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre, with a music minor. Amber loves to perform and is raising her beautiful daughter Jade in the Branson community. She has been a featured vocalist and emcee for several Branson shows over the years, but her most rewarding experience has been owning, producing and performing in “#1 Hits of the 60’s (& 50’s too!)”
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Diane “Dee Dee” Lennon is the eldest member of the The Lennon Sisters and sang lead vocals in the quartet from when the girls made their debut on the Lawrence Welk Show in 1955. She left the group in 1960 to marry Dick Gass, and returned to perform in 1964 until the act parted ways with the show in 1968. Diane continued to make appearances with the act while also working for a Catholic newspaper and teaching kindergarten students at St. Mark’s School. Since retiring in 2001 to spend more time with her children and grandchildren, enjoys playing golf and runs a restaurant in Branson with her husband, Dick.
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Bill Lennon is the brother of the world-famous Lennon Sisters. He performed in and produced the award-winning Lennon Brothers Morning Show when the Lennon family moved to Branson in 1994. Together with his wife, Gail, and nephew Mike Cathcart, Bill continues to perform in Branson — the singers amaze audiences with their powerful harmonies.
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Matt Muhoberac grew up in a family of professional musicians in Los Angeles, Calif. His credits as a composer, arranger, singer and musician include TV shows like “General Hospital,” “NBC Sports” and “Friends.” Matt also created musical works for commercials for advertisers including McDonald's, Budweiser, and Chevrolet, as well as for animated series including “The Addams Family,” “Power Puff Girls,” “Life with Louie” and Bill Cosby's "Fatherhood." He moved to Branson 20 years ago to raise his three-year-old daughter and has never looked back. Twelve years ago, he was a founding member of the show “#1 Hits of the 60's,” where he met his wife, Amber.
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Barbara Cox, an experienced production and wardrobe manager, started her career with the rock-band Stryper. She went from hauling Stryper’s stage equipment to assisting Twisted Sister, the Finnish National Ballet, the Warsaw National Ballet, and the national tours for A Chorus Line, and 42nd Street, helping with their behind-the-scenes wardrobe and production needs. Barbara later was fortunate enough to join Andy Williams’ annual Christmas tour and worked closely with him for 10 years.
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Taney County, Missouri including its History, the Titanic Museum Attraction, and more
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The Bittersweet Ozarks at a Glance
by Ellen Grey Massey
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.
Growing Up Hillbilly near Branson, MO
by Betty Perkins White
The story of Growing Up Hillbilly near Branson Missouri takes place less than ten miles from where the book, the Shepherd of The Hills was written and begins during the same year as it was published. This book will further enhance your knowledge about the people that chose to call these hills their home.
Insiders' Guide to Branson and the Ozark Mountains
by Dr. Fred Pfister
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
Branson, MO: Travel Guide to Fun City USA
by David and Joan Vokac
Branson is an ultimate destination for people of all ages and interests. Its attractions are as unique and diverse as you can find anywhere in America. Branson is all about entertainment as its claim to fame, and it does that extremely well. It boasts one of the most impressive live theater strips in America along Country Boulevard. Once known only for country-western, in recent years Branson has matured to feature all sorts of music, comedy, dance, and more. A major award-winning amusement park built into wooded landscapes provides thrilling rides, an impressive cave, and artisans working on-site. Lake Taneycomo provides a wealth of water recreation, and worthwhile museums range from butterflies to history. This guide to "fun city" explores all of these and more, along with food for all appetites and lodging from bargain to family to romantic. More than 70 listings, a weather profile, and a discussion of the town's livability are featured in this guidebook for those seeking a great travel destination, or looking for an exciting new hometown.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Branson, MO
D
Radisson Hotel Branson

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In a private room at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a plated welcome dinner together, with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Welcome, Costume talk, Area Exploration, show, private show
Branson, MO
B,L,D
Radisson Hotel Branson

Activity note: Minimal walking; indoor classroom sessions throughout the day.

Breakfast: At the hotel each morning, we’ll use vouchers to enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast featuring hot and cold items including warm entrees, cereals, and toast, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Joined in the hotel meeting room by a staff member of Branson's Chamber of Commerce, we’ll settle in for a lecture that will give us a brief overview of Branson and its slogan, “Faith, Family and Flag.” Next we meet with a local historian who will talk about Branson's history dating back to the early 1800's, settlement, farming, violence, lawlessness and much more.

Lunch: We depart for a local restaurant to enjoy lunch.

Afternoon: Immediately following lunch, we'll meet with a local wardrobe professional who will talk about their art. Next we take in a popular Branson Matinee Show, followed by a post show lecture.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is served at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, we travel to a popular theater for a pre show lecture followed by a fabulous evening performance.

DAY
3
Table Rock Dam, Shepard of the Hills, Show and lecture
Branson, MO
B,L
Radisson Hotel Branson

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; driving approx. 50 miles; about 3 hours total, with stops. Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day; some stairs in theater.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Setting out aboard the motorcoach, we’ll enjoy an expert-led scenic drive to the Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Dam. Learn local history as we travel to the Visitor Center. This visitor center opened April 27, 2012 and has been called the “crown jewel” of Table Rock Lake. We'll enjoy numerous exhibits at the visitor center which include a state-of-the-art interactive map of Table Rock Lake, beautiful artistic wall murals, and a replica of an Ozarks bluff complete with local flora and fauna. A Native American artifact exhibit and Ozarks dioramas are fascinating features of the interpretive center. An expansive cut-away model reveals the inner workings of a hydroelectric dam. The fascinating history of the Corps of Engineers rounds out the exhibits. We will enjoy a film during the visit. Next we travel to the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Site for guided exploration.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant – we’ll choose from a selection of plated meals, plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: Following lunch we'll travel to a local theater for an afternoon lecture. After our talk we enjoy an afternoon Matinee Show.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Your group leader will be glad to help you find a local restaurant.

Evening: Your group leader will help you find a fantastic evening show.

DAY
4
Ozark Music Lecture, Musician Lecture, two shows.
Branson, MO
B,L,D
Radisson Hotel Branson

Activity note: Getting on/off a motor coach; driving approx. 40 miles roundtrip; about 1 hour total, with stops. Walking up to 1 mile total throughout the day; some stairs in theater.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Following breakfast, enjoy a private morning of entertainment and discussion of folk music from the Ozarks with the local performers. During this session, we’ll see and hear various instruments and how they are played, as well as listen to some stories as to how local folk music became popularized in the area or theater show depending on schedules.

Lunch: We depart for lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit a local theater for a pre show lecture by the owners of the Clay Cooper Theatre on Theater Management where we will learn behind the scenes information on running your own theater while also performing. Get up close and personal as you hear about the day to day operations of running a theater with multiple shows, casts, musicians and staff. Enjoy an afternoon matinee performance.

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant.

Evening: Tonight we enjoy another top Branson Show that will include the performance and a pre or post show lecture.

DAY
5
Dogwood Nature Park, Sight and Sounds, Behind the Scenes
Branson, MO
B,L,D
Radisson Hotel Branson

Activity note: Driving approx. 50 miles roundtrip; about 1.5 hours total for the day, with stops. Walking approx. 1 mile throughout the day; some stairs at field trip locations.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we board our coach with our local group leader for the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. The Park features 10,000 acres of natural beauty and rugged scenery. We will enjoy a lecture on conservation, visit to many exhibits and a wildlife trip through the park.

Lunch: At the Grand Country Buffet – a popular Branson eatery – we’ll enjoy an extensive buffet meal, with coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll visit the fantastic Sight and Sound Theater for a behind-the-scenes exploration led by theater staff. As we venture through the massive theater, we’ll see the centers for many aspects of the live performance experience and gain insight as to how such things like the light and sound booths work. We’ll learn how this technology can be manipulated with ingenuity in order to create a truly unique theater-going experience. Through this, we’ll get a better idea of the sheer complexity of what goes into production of a theater show, and even get to see the scene shop, which is filled with custom set pieces made by theater craftsmen! Next we’ll settle in for a spectacular performance of Samson as it depicts the story of this Old Testament biblical figure. **Please be advised that this performance does end with a prayer.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we’ll enjoy a choice of plated meals for our farewell dinner together, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy some fantastic local entertainment during our final dinner. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: Free evening to catch another top show or relax and pack for your journey home.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Branson, MO
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.