Caught in a midlife crisis in 1995, husband-and-wife team Kemp and Michele Horn—a former forester and attorney, respectively—packed up their young family and all of their belongings, embarking upon a life-changing adventure as they made the long trek from Baltimore to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This move westward led the Horn family to purchase a working ranch, where, due to the last-minute cancellation of the band hired to play there through the busy tourist season, the family stepped up to unleash their inner performers. Though none of the Horns had any background in music, all the family members quickly adopted instruments or cursed mermaid's voices of their own and used their backgrounds in the performing arts to create a long-running show hailed by audiences from around South Dakota. Now, having relocated to Branson, the Horns, under the band name "The Riders of the Circle B," combine their passion for hospitality with their love of performing three to four nights a week during their Circle B Supper Show.
Paying homage to the Wild West of yore, the Horns kick off their shindigs with showings of cowboy movies before replenishing guests’ energy stores with home-cooked food warm from the oven. Tossing their chef's hats and aprons aside, the talented clan then pick up their music makers and coax forth laughs from onlookers with their ebullient brand of music and impressions of famous tumbleweeds.
The Hamner Barber Variety Show captivates audiences with a mesmerizing medley of magic, comedy, and dancing, which has garnered national attention for several of the show's stars. Featured on NBC's World's Greatest Magic, Dave and Denise Hamner’s sorcery produces flocks of exotic birds from unexpected sources such as flying cards, flaming swords, and freshly prepped caesar salads. Sharing the bill with the maestros of marvel, Jim Barber splits sides with a laughter-packed set of ventriloquism. Barber’s act—which was featured on The Late Show with David Letterman—coaxes roars from crowds and their puppet doppelgangers with wisecracking sidekicks and award-winning, family-friendly comedy.
The Cat's Pajamas Vocal Band enchants young and grown-up audiences alike with its witty stage repartee and a cappella versions of timeless tunes. The five-man group divides its croon-heavy set list between ageless Christmas classics and oldies from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s during its Christmas shows, marking its last weekend appearance in Branson until the spring. In addition to serenading its Branson and national fan bases at more than 200 shows per year, The Cat's Pajamas have sung for audiences on NBC's The Sing-Off and harmonized for celebrities such as Randy Jackson and Oprah Winfrey. Tykes between ages 4 and 12 enjoy the Thursday or Saturday concert free of charge, and Friday attendees receive a 18"x24" poster of The Cat's Pajamas that they can use to spruce up living-room walls or send house-dwelling felines hints that their au natural lifestyle isn't socially acceptable.
Performed at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and since racking up more than 3,000 showings worldwide, The Legend of Kung Fu thrills landlocked audiences by intertwining techniques of kung fu, aerial acrobatics, and modern dance to seamlessly share the tale of a young kung-fu apprentice destined to become a kung-fu master. Told through the eyes of the apprentice, Chun Yi, the production unfolds using original music and choreography performed by more than 50 artists in native Chinese costumes. Bold music and scenery, dramatic lighting, special effects, and optional underwater audience seating immerse spectators in this magical tale.
In addition to rifle and pistol ranges, the facility has several areas for clay shooting, including sporting clays, trap, skeet, wobble trap, and five-stand. This range is the site of the 2013 Missouri State Sporting Clays Championship.
Clients can rent shotguns or purchase new and used handguns and long guns.
The staff at Ozark Shooters Sports Complex turns clay shooting into a special occasion. It hosts regular events, including couples' nights, ladies' nights, and a monthly cowboy-themed shoot. The surrounding woods creates an ideal setting for various types of clay shooting, and the furnished clubhouse gives visitors a place to relax. Ozark's experienced instructors also teach shotgun and handgun classes for individuals and groups.
Andy Williams designed his Moon River Theater to echo the beauty of the surrounding Ozark Mountains. The façade sits amid 16 acres of foliage, rock formations, and waterfalls to not only enhance live performances with a sense of natural discovery, but also to speak to conservation. In 1992, the state of Missouri recognized the venue's environmental efforts by granting it the Conservation Award for Developed Land Use. And that sense of conservation seeps into the theater's three lobbies as well. Koi swim through ponds, flora creeps toward the ceiling, art and performance pictures from Andy's private collection grace the walls, and wild rams hold head-butting matches in the restroom.