February
26

Branson High School Performing Arts gave their premier performance of its production of “West Side Story” on Feb. 25. The musical is a love story set in the 1950’s focusing on the rivalry between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  The original production opened on Broadway in 1957.

Remaining scheduled performances of West Side Story include February 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on February 28 at 2 p.m.  All tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the door on the date of the performance.  Tickets may be reserved by sending an e-mail to the following address: corbind@branson.k12.mo.us Reserved tickets may be picked up at the door prior to the performance.

West Side Story is under the direction of Debbie Corbin (drama), Billy Gowers (chorus) and John Kerley (orchestra).

Editors Note: Saw the opening performance. These kids and everyone involved with the show have worked real hard and put in lots of hours and it shows. This is wonderful entertainment. Don’t miss it.

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February
24

Digital LunchBox Wins 2 Silver Addy Awards

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Digital LunchBox LLC is proud to announce they are the recipients of two Silver Addy Awards for their commercials for The Grand Village & Pamela Kay Critchfield Marketing & PR. These awards were presented at the 32rd Annual Addy Award Banquet in Springfield, MO on February 20, 2010.

The Annual Addy Awards is sponsored by the American Advertising Federation to honor excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standards in the industry. The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington D.C., celebrated its’ 100th anniversary in 2005 and has a national network of 200 ad clubs. The Addy Judges for the 2010 Regional Awards were Dan Goldgeier with Partners + Napier in Atlanta, Art Haynie, Los Angeles film/tv/commercial director, Brian Wall, freelance copywriter, producer most recently with The Fellers Marketing & Advertising Agency in Oklahoma City and Maria Radloff formerly owner of Holy Click!, recently sold to an IT company in California.

The Grand Village Commercials were produced by Pamela Kay Critchfield, Producer; Josh Williams, Writer/Director; Jesse Christoffersen, Graphics/Animation; Jason Spencer, Director of Photography/Editor.

“It is a pleasure working with such a talented group as Digital LunchBox, their creativity, attention to excellence and full service production capabilities has allowed me to take my clients marketing tools to another level”, says Critchfield. “Not only were these commercials great looking, but most importantly, they brought business to my clients”.

Digital LunchBox has been serving the Springfield/Branson area for over two years. Their goal is to connect brands to their consumers by creating experiences through multimedia content. Their full service team provides the creative concepts, digital HD video production, graphic design, web design, animation, and social media to help their clients tell their stories and evolve their brands.

“We are very proud of the work we’ve done with the Grand Village,” says Josh Williams, Director of Creative Development for Digital LunchBox. “Our producer provided us with a platform to freely use our imagination and creativity in producing what I believe are conceptually strong, very compelling sales tools. We are very happy to receive these awards on behalf of our client.”

Jesse Christoffersen, Digital LunchBox’s Lead Designer of computer and motion graphics, was also credited on several other award winning pieces for the night, including a Silver Dollar City World Fest “Passport” ad.

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February
23

It was a festive evening Friday at the 63nd Annual Black Tie Celebration where several Branson area citizens were surprised to be recognized for their contributions to the community. More than 500 members and guests of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau attended “A Golden Celebration” reception and dinner at the Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center. Many generous Chamber member sponsors made the elegant evening possible including the Golden Sponsor, Silver Dollar City in honor of the park’s 50th anniversary this year.

The event culminated with awards in seven categories plus a special recognition.

The Mary Award honors Mary Herschend and Mary Trimble, two women who played significant roles in the development of Branson and excelled in their service to others. This year, the award went to Dr. Charles Woodall who practices at St. John’s Branson West and Urgent Care Branson. He’s also on staff at Skaggs Regional Medical Center where he has been an emergency room physician for 12 years. He served as medical director for 13 years for the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District and for Southern Stone County 911 since 1999. He also has provided free sports physicals to Reed Spring school athletes for 25 years and was the football team doctor.

The Pioneer Award recognizes outstanding service to the community at least 15 years ago. It was in 1981 that Lee Westcott opened his first family entertainment center in Branson. He went on to develop five The Tracks Family Fun Parks, a significant family attraction. He provides summer work for numerous teachers and coaches, and developed scholarships for seasonal employees. He also built Peppercorns Restaurant and several motels in Branson. He also helped create the first Ozark Mountain Christmas.

The Ambassador Award acknowledges people who bring positive attention to Branson. This year’s recipient is Monna Stafford. For many years, she was the general manager of the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre and is currently general manager of BOTT Radio Network in Branson and Springfield. Stafford developed the Branson NOW radio program where she highlights businesses, entertainers and leaders in the community. Her program goes out on 13 signals on Saturday mornings. She also does public service announcements for local non-profit agencies.

The Beautification Award honors individuals who have enhanced the appearance of the community. This year, it goes to Hansen’s Tree Service in Reeds Spring. Hansen’s, which opened in the Branson area in 2006, employs certified arborists trained to properly trim trees. Products sold at their nursery are top quality. Businesses they’ve beautified with their work include Branson Landing. The company founded by Jeff Hansen in 1988 was the first to be certified by the Tree Care Industry Association. They also specialize in green waste recycling.

The Community Spirit Award goes to a person or organization whose efforts have benefited the community within the past two years. This year, Christopher Welch was honored. Welch chairs the 2010 Census project, working tirelessly to educate people in Taney and Stone counties about the local importance of an accurate count which can bring more public funds to communities. He also works with the Loaves and Fishes program, helping to feed families in need during the winter. And he spearheads the Point In Time project to locate and help people who are homeless.

The Care For Kids Award recognizes service to the community’s children. It went to Glenna and Larry Frazier who co-chaired a campaign that paid off the mortgage of the Branson unit of the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks. Glenna taught in Branson schools for several years. Larry, while with White River Valley Electric Cooperative, helped create Operation Round-Up which provides grants to agencies which serve children. They’ve also established scholarships at Missouri State University for Branson High school graduates.

The Bob McDowell Humanitarian Award has previously only been awarded in 2006 when it was named for Bob McDowell for his rescue efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. On Friday, it was presented to Keith and Karen Jaspers. The couple owns four hotels including Days Inn, Red Roof Inn and Howard Johnson in Branson. In 1995, they started the Rainbow Network ministry in remote locations in Nicaragua, changing the lives of the poorest people through nutrition, healthcare, economic development, education and housing.

A Special Recognition Award went to Jack and Pete Herschend. Silver Dollar City, the theme park founded by the Herschend family, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The attraction has always anchored the tourism industry here. Both brothers continue to serve the community in many significant ways.

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February
22

George Dyer Area Appreciation / Benefit Show

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George Dyer Area Appreciation / Benefit Show

February 26th & 27th, 2010 at 8:00pm
At The Dutton Family Theater
3454 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616

For all residents of Stone & Taney County and all surrounding counties!!
Admission is 3 – 5 non-perishable food donations per person for CAM (Christian Action Ministries).

Book your reservation now by calling 417-332-2772!

About George Dyer

George Dyer soared onto the operatic scene in 1996, making his professional debut to rave reviews with the New York City Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Lincoln Center in New York City. He has performed extensively to wide acclaim in prestigious opera houses and concert halls across North America and in many countries throughout the world.

Mr. Dyer has been a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on numerous occasions, including a 2005 worldwide broadcast to over 63 countries, translated in over 75 languages. He has been a district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and a national finalist in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program auditions. Reviewers, announcers and fans alike regularly mention his handsome good looks, and his beautiful lyric tenor voice is frequently described as “powerful, “rich”, “clear”, “silken” and “gorgeous”, with “soaring” high notes; audiences often find him “maddeningly charming”.

His operatic prowess notwithstanding, Mr. Dyer is a gifted performer of musical theater; he has enchanted countless audiences in the United States and Europe with solo concerts that feature a delightful mix of opera and Broadway favorites.

In December of 2009, Mr. Dyer was inducted into the Salem Alumni Hall of Fame.

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February
22

Branson Gong Show Will Raise Funds & Laughter

Posted In: Press Release by Hamner Barber Theater


logo Hamner Barber Theater
info@hamnerbarber.com
Hamner Barber Variety Show
http://www.HamnerBarber.com
3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expy
Branson, MO   65616

Join Us for an evening of “Funds & Laughter”!

Mark Your Calendars for This Wednesday, February 24th at 6:49PM to attend the First Annual Branson Gong Show at the Legends In Concert Theatre in the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Complex. Then get ready to laugh your head off while raising funds to help assist our area Senior Citizens who have difficulty getting around town on their own.
There’s never been a show like this in Branson before!

Several highly respected Branson entertainers are volunteering to raise funds for the Branson Senior Center’s Meals-On-Wheels program. Master of Ceremonies for the event is Jim Barber from the Hamner Barber Variety Show.

Celebrity Judges for the event are Jim’s co-star at the Hamner Barber Theater, the amazing Branson illlusionist Dave Hamner, one of the greatest impressionists in the world, Bob Anderson, the beautiful and multi-talented singer, Dalena Ditto, and the incredibly gifted banjo king, Buck Trent.

Under the direction of veteran TV producer Harry Waterson (“Golden Girls,” “Benson,” “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii”) the First Annual Branson Gong Show will feature a dazzling array of amazing and not-so-amazing (but great fun) family friendly acts from across the Ozarks. The performers will be competing for cash prizes and the chance to be the reigning Branson Gong Show Champion.

Tickets prices for adults: $10, kids: $5 and family: $25. There will be giveways and surprises during the show. Cash Prizes for the winning contestants are: 1st Place $500.17, 2nd Place $101 and 3rd Place: $49.99. This promises to be a terrific evening of fun and all for a great cause!

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February
22

Play at Murder Rock for $4.93 a day!

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February
21
logo Hamner Barber Theater
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Hamner Barber Variety Show
1-888-335-2080
http://www.HamnerBarber.com
3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expy
Branson, MO   65616

31st Annual Telly Awards Selects Hamner Barber Veterans Tribute

The Hamner Barber Variety Show is proud to announce that their multimedia performance tribute to Veterans entitled “Thank You’s Not Enough” has been selected by the 31st Annual Telly Awards and the Silver Telly Council to receive a 2010 Telly Award for video excellence in a music concert.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest film and video productions, and groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Silver Telly Council judges and oversees the National Awards presentation and is comprised of top industry professionals that are past winners of a Silver Telly, their highest honor. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually and it is considered a remarkable achievement to be selected for recognition.

Dave Hamner and Jim Barber are proud to accept this honor on behalf of not only their theater staff and crew, but also on behalf of the 6,821 American casualties of the World War II Battle for Iwo Jima that their magical, multimedia production pays tribute to in each and every performance of the Hamner Barber Variety Show in Branson, Missouri.

Jim Barber is especially honored, as this is his second time to receive the award, having won a prestigious Silver Telly in 2005 for a project that his Hollister, MO based multimedia business Image Works, Inc. developed for the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks “Capital Campaign DVD.” Todd Aeschliman, Jim’s long-time business partner at Image Works, is excited to see the Hamner Barber Show be honored with this award in 2010.

Since 1978, the mission of the Telly Awards has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Related article: “Hamner Barber receive Telly Award for Veterans Tribute

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February
19

Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm

At the Ozark Mountain Family YMCA Located in the Hollister Industrial Park

Join the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce and your fellow chamber members for an evening of fun and networking

Cost is $5 per person

RSVP to

P: 417.334.3050
F: 417.334.5501

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February
18

The High School production of West Side Story opens next week.  The musical is set in the 1950’s and focuses on the rivalry between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  The original production opened on Broadway in 1957.

Scheduled performances of West Side Story include February 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.  A matinee is scheduled February 28 at 2 p.m.  All tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the door on the date of the performance.  Tickets may be reserved by sending an e-mail to the following address: corbind@branson.k12.mo.us  Reserved tickets may be picked up at the door prior to the performance.

West Side Story is under the direction of Debbie Corbin (drama), Billy Gowers (chorus) and John Kerley (orchestra).

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February
18

New Resources for Branson Home Buyers

Posted In: Branson by Cole Currier


logo Cole Currier
cole@bransonbuyersonly.com
Buyers Only
417-336-1300
http://bransonhousehunter.com
125 West Pacific
Branson, MO   65616

Branson home buyers now have a new option when seeking the help of a real estate agent. Buyers Only is the first real estate brokerage in the area to offer exclusive buyer’s agency – an option that is gaining popularity as savvy home buyers seek personalized home buying service. The exclusive buyer’s agency concept is new to most people in the Branson area, but Cole Currier, broker at Buyers Only, says the concept is simple.

“Exclusive Buyer’s Agency is a relationship where the agent works in the best interest of the buyer only, rather than also representing the interests of sellers,” says Currier. This guidance may be a refreshing change for consumers looking for sound advice in uncertain economic times. The consensus among advocates for exclusive buyers agency is that buyers who don’t have their own agents often overpay. “It’s a listing agent’s job to get the highest possible sales price for their seller. Because we work only for the buyer, our objective is just the opposite.”

Buyers Only is a member of the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), an organization dedicated to advancing the mission of these specialized real estate agents. NAEBA’s members fight to protect the interests of home buyers through legislative change. Dual agency – where the same agent represents both the buyer and seller – have recently come under fire by the organization. Their assertion is that it’s impossible for one agent to work for the best interest of both parties. The practice of dual agency is legal in Missouri, and is commonly practiced by traditional real estate agents. As a result of their efforts, the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently endorsed the use of exclusive buyers agents.

Buyers Only has launched a new website to resource buyers with tools to guide them in the home buying process. www.BransonHouseHunter.com features frequent real estate market updates, tips for home buyers, and advanced tools to search for Branson homes for sale. You can contact a buyers agent by visiting their website, or by calling 417-336-1300.

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