An official press release from the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater:

What do you get when you combine creative original music, energizing choreography, “larger than life” costumed characters, innovative music videos, a mind blowing magician, two zany mad scientists, a chorus of harmonizing birds and a powerful educational message? You get a hip, educational, musical adventure for kids of ALL ages.

Rock U Mentally LIVE”, announced December 16 that they will be returning to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, in 2010, for their second exciting season! This highly acclaimed children’s variety show will be performing an 8 week LIMITED ENGAGEMENT, beginning July 17th and running through September 4; Thursday – Saturday at 10am. In addition, the Rock U Mentally gang is also proud to announce their first, “SPRING BREAK BASH!” Four special shows that will coincide with the Branson and Springfield school system’s Spring Break; Friday/Saturday; March 19th 20th, 26th and 27th; at 10am.

“Join us, and some of our very special friends, as we learn how to deal with bullies, unlock the power of the imagination, find out what to do if a stranger approaches, and explore all of the things we can do to protect our extraordinary planet”, said Rock U Mentally creator, Bucky Heard. “Our show is a labor of love for kids everywhere!” We truly are a “one of a kind” in the Branson entertainment market!”

Jeannie Horton, General Manager for Legends in Concert at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater said, “We love the educational and environmental focus of the show. Families will have a very special time experiencing this unique show together!”

The White House Theater in Branson, Missouri officially has new owners. On Monday afternoon, more than 50 people joined with the China Heaven Creation International Performing Arts Co. Ltd for a formal ribbon cutting in the 57,000 square foot, 1,200 seat theater.

This is the first ever successful purchase of an American Theater by a Chinese company. The theater will focus on Chinese productions. Its first show, “Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu,” will begin its first season in Branson in May of 2010. The production will feature acrobatics, modern dance and original music telling the story of a young boy pursuing spiritual and physical harmony.
CHC productions plans to incorporate more shows as they integrate their performances into the Branson show scene.
The theater will keep its White House Theater name and will retain its collection of photographs of presidents, located in the lobby.
The purchase of the theater cost the Chinese-based company 3.54 million dollars.

The Hamner Barber Theater Branson is welcoming two new shows to its venue in 2010.

The Keatings, who currently perform at the Branson Star Theatre, will bring their show to the Hamner Barber Theater starting April 29, 2010. They will perform at 3pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This father and son musical experience features numerous genres, including pop, jazz, rock, country, opera, standards, gospel and Broadway.
In addition to The Keatings, the Hamner Barber Theatre in Branson is welcoming Ricky Boen & Texas Mud as a new show. This new show will highlight world championship western swing music and will perform in the mornings.
Of course, the Hamner Barber Variety Show in Branson will return in the spring for the 2010 season.

The Titanic Museum Branson is hosting its 4th Annual Ice Sculpturing Competition Saturday, January 16, 2010.

The event will be held in the Titanic Museum’s parking lot. The National Ice Carving Association’s Titan’s of Ice will compete during the event, scheduled from 9am-3pm. This event is completely FREE to the public. Last year, more than 7,000 people attended the event to view sculptures in progress, talk to the ice artists and learn the secrets of what it takes to be a great ice sculpturist.

The Titanic Museum will also be welcoming two new friends to the attraction starting March 19, 2010. Molly & Carter, two adorable King Charles Spaniels, will join the attraction as it pays tribute to the dogs aboard the Titanic. These two dogs will become the new mascots of the Titanic Museum Attraction and will welcome passengers, among playing other roles at the museum.

As soon as the Branson Christmas season ends, shows get festive with celebratory New Years Eve productions. From magic to music to comedy, there is a Branson show that will fit perfectly into your New Years Eve plans. Reserve your New Years Eve getaway today for the best seats and best discounted rates.

The Acrobats of China are hosting a New Years Eve celebration, with festivities starting at 9pm. The Acrobats of China New Years Eve Celebration will feature traditional Chinese hor d’oeuvers, sparkling non-alcoholic wine, party favors & hats, a special Chinese souvenir and balloon drop.

The Haygoods New Years Eve Celebration has a pre-show starting at 8:15pm with the main show starting at 9:00pm. Appetizers will be served at intermission with a balloon drop and live TV countdown at midnight.

The Jim Stafford New Years Eve Show is offering several options to guests. Guests can choose to attend the Jim Stafford New Years Eve Show only, which will include incredible guitar playing, hilarious comedy, party favors & hats, special keepsake gifts and lots of New Years Eve surprises, or they can choose to do a combo ticket that includes the Jim Stafford New Years Eve Show, plus a delicious dinner and evening of dancing before the show begins at 9:30pm.

The Kirby VanBurch New Years Eve Spectacular begins at 9pm and this magical evening will include a box dinner, party favors, non-alcoholic champagne and balloon drop.

The Legends in Concert New Years Eve Show features crowd favorites Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, Buddy Holly, The Blues Brothers, and Elvis. The New Years Eve production will include party favors, hors d’oeuvres, seasonal beverages and a midnight celebration with the stars of Legends in Concert.

Several Branson shows will also be open New Years Eve Day. Christmas on the Trail, Circle B Supper Show, Comedy Jamboree, Dixie Stampede, Grand Country’s Amazing Pets and the Showboat Branson Belle will all be open and available for daytime fun.

Be sure to reserve your Branson hotel for New Years Eve early in order to get the guaranteed lowest rates available.

Ring in the New Year in Branson for a fun and festive night of celebration.

Christmas is well under way in Branson, Missouri but for a few of the Branson Shows there are only a few more days to catch their Christmas productions. Those that want to catch one of these festive productions need to act quickly, before the New Year arrives and a new show season in Branson begins.

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Christmas Show is available now through December 29. The first half of the show features the best of the 2009 season, while the second half showcases Christmas carols and the yuletide spirit. Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas ends its season December 12, so there are only a few days left to catch this magnificent production. Christmas on the Trail, a cowboy-style Christmas celebration featuring festive music and a delicious chuckwagon dinner, is available through December 31. The Dino Christmas Extravaganza, a very popular and dynamic Branson Christmas show, ends December 12, so visitors will want to hurry to see this festive show.

The Dixie Stampede Christmas Show runs through December 31, but visitors who want to experience this exciting show will need to reserve tickets now, as shows do fill up quickly. The Hamner Barber production Wings of Christmas, a show that features magic and comedy in the first half and a magical Christmas journey in the second half, ends its 2009 season December 13. Miracle of Christmas, Branson’s newest Christmas show, will continue its production through December 30.

A variety of shows will still be available in Branson, though, including visitor favorites Acrobats of China, Haygoods, Legends in Concert, Pierce Arrow, Grand Jubilee, Showboat Branson Belle and the Twelve Irish Tenors. Shows like Country Tonite, the Hughes Brothers and Shoji Tabuchi will be ending their shows December 12 and 13, respectively.

The Branson Christmas season is a busy one for shows, so it is recommended visitors reserve their Branson show tickets in advance. Hurry – before Christmas 2009 is a memory and New Years Eve celebrations are underway.

The Titanic Museum Branson will soon be closing its exclusive tribute to James Cameron’s movie masterpiece “Titanic” after a successful two year run. The last day to see this exhibit will be January 1, 2010.

This special exhibit offers guests the chance to go behind-the-scenes of this Oscar-winning movie. The film’s hand-crafter props, set pieces and costumes are on display, including two of Rose’s (Kate Winslet’s character) magnificent dresses. The beautiful heart-shaped diamond and sapphire necklace is also on display. Additional behind-the-scenes videos, photos, on-location stories and the shooting script Cameron used are also on display.
The World’s Largest Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson has been in operation for 3½ years and has welcomed aboard almost 2 million guests. The 17,000 square-foot ship-shaped structure is built half-scale to the original Titanic and towers more than 100 feet above its anchored position on Highway 76. A 90-minute self-guided or optional audio tour covers 20 galleries on two decks displaying more than 400 priceless artifacts that once belonged to Titanic passengers or crew.

The Duttons last 2009 season show will be December 8, but they will return in early 2010 for to special shows on January 1st and 2nd. In their time away from Branson, they will be performing in Arizona, through March, before they return for the Branson 2010 season.

The January 1st & 2nd shows will both be 8pm performances and will give fans a glimpse of what’s to come for the 2010 season.

The Dutton Family Theater will also be home to several other performers during the 2010 season. George Dyer, who had a limited engagement at the theater earlier this year, will return on February 11th, 2010. On March 9th, The Redhead Express returns for a new season. An all-new show – the Cat’s Pajamas vocal group – will open their show on March 13th. The Duttons will return on April 13th, and the popular Island Fire show will be back during the summer season for their 4th season in Branson.

The Haygoods, one of Branson’s most talented families, are airing a holiday special in select cities in the Midwest. This 30-minute special will feature a combination of holiday music, antics and high-energy fun.

In the Springfield/Branson area, the special will air on the CW Network at 1 p.m. on Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19 and at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 20. It will air at noon on Dec. 6 on KSPR-ABC and at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 on KSFX-FOX. In the St. Joseph area, the special will air on KQTV-ABC at 10:35 p.m. on Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 and at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. In the Joplin area, the special will air on KODE-ABC at 4 p.m. on Dec. 13, and on KSN-NBC at 2 p.m. on Dec. 20.

The Haygoods are currently performing in Branson now through January 2nd, 2010. Haygoods Tickets are on sale now.

Branson’s 61st Adoration Parade is set for Sunday, December 6, 2009, at 5pm. This lighted nighttime parade features the theme of “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” The parade begins with the lighting of the Nativity Scene on the Branson Hill, overlooking the Branson Landing. Then, to kick off the event the LeCroix Sisters will sing the National Anthem and Reverend Bob Hubbard will present the invocation.

The Branson Parade will feature 15 marching bands and 40 floats and walking units. The parade route will go through historic downtown Branson and Branson Landing on the Lake Taneycomo lakefront. A good spot to watch the parade is on Commercial Street in Downtown Branson, as is the Branson Landing fountain area, Belk parking lot and sidewalk along Lake Taneycomo.

Awards in various categories will be presented at 7:30pm at the Branson Landing fountains.