Opera in Fayetteville

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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.

2500 East State Highway 76
Branson,
MO
US

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.

211 S 3rd St
Branson,
MO
US

Although it was popularized for its starring role in several episodes of the 1960s hit show The Beverly Hillbillies, Branson boasts a longstanding history with the performing arts. Today, a cappella ensembles, celebrity impersonators, and veteran Broadway singers stage dozens of shows every night along the Strip. Even the town itself toys with theatrics, with The Fountains at Branson Landing surging skyward amid fire cannons during frequent spectacles. Cradling Branson, the encircling plateau of the Ozarks sets a precedent for spectacle. Rolling slopes recede into misty abstractions, transforming into a russet-and-gold patchwork quilt each fall. Beneath the earth, monumental caverns boast summits and crannies of their own. Tours of Talking Rocks Cavern weave through fantastical stalactites, and Marvel Cave, one of the Ozarks' oldest attractions, ensconces visitors in a sinkhole-carved entrance room large enough to have once hosted hot air balloon flights and stegosaur birthday parties.

1984 State Highway 165
Branson,
MO
US

When it was built in 1923, The Historic Shrine was hailed as the largest auditorium west of the Mississippi and all twenty of its doubled consonants. But even if it hadn't been so large, the building would be notable thanks to its unique design, marked by red brick walls, terracotta turrets, and colorful stained glass windows. And, thanks to thoughtful renovations and landing a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the venue's beauty hasn't dimmed in the intervening decades. The Historic Shrine's historic stage continues to host acts both classic and fringe, including circuses, roller derbies, and even a surprisingly under-attended Elvis concert.

601 E Saint Louis St.
Springfield,
MO
US