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.
At Step by Step, clients work with experienced instructors on a spacious dance floor. No partners are needed during their exciting group lessons, which can cover everything from basic rumba to salsa steps and preparation for the first dance of your wedding. Private lessons help establish the four basic steps that most styles of dance rely upon.
With an 8,400-square-foot space, a celebrated dance troupe, and nurturing, professional instructors, Sonshine Performing Arts Academy skillfully coaches foot-owners of all ages in myriad dance styles. Tote along your significant other, or shimmy solo in a one-hour private lesson in ballroom, swing, country or Latin dance. Couples and singles will receive individual attention during the personal tutorial to improve upon hip-shaking skills and give formerly wallflowerish shoes the confidence needed to ask the floor to dance. Hit up the two-hour group dance lesson for some interactive jitterbug revelry as you practice swing, ballroom, and more alongside other burgeoning hoofers, then conclude the happening sock hop with a party filled with music, more dancing, and a cutthroat game of musical chairs.
When the Landers burned in 1920, it could have been the end of the theatre's 10-year run as one of Springfield's top vaudeville stages. Instead firefighters from four stations, an asbestos curtain, and a fire-retardant buildup of applause on the wood ensured that the show went on?despite soon switching to the silver screen. Then, in 1970, the historic building began yet another history-making chapter when it became home to the Springfield Little Theatre, which switched the venue's focus from "talkies" to plays. Today, audiences passing through its lovingly restored Baroque halls take their seats to watch one of the eight productions the SLT puts on every year.
Every instructor at the Conservatory of the Ozarks has a degree in his or her respective artistic domain?either music, drama, or the visual arts. But beyond that, the staff has a passion to share art with people of all ages, from young children to senior citizens. During private lessons, instructors work closely with students on their specific artistic goals, and they don't require students to have any previous experience or know every classical composer's favorite ice-cream flavor. Conservatory of the Ozarks nurtures creativity at studios in Anderson and Springfield.
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.