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As the Live Performance Capital of the World, Branson, Missouri, is a natural fit for performing student groups. Branson’s long list of shows and talented performers inspire students and make the city a natural fit for performing student groups. “Fun, adventure and learning are at the heart of what student groups experience in Branson,” said Lenni Neimeyer, director of leisure group sales at Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB.

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PERFORM

The Haygoods show opens its doors to student band, vocal and dance groups, giving them the chance to perform for live audiences. The Haygoods are one talented family (currently five brothers and one sister are performing) and they’ve played over 7,000 concerts for 6 million people worldwide.

Clay Cooper Theatre
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Students can also perform at Silver Dollar City on the Gazebo Stage, and they can entertain guests as they prepare to board the Showboat Branson Belle. Clay Cooper Theatre gives students the chance to perform live as an opening act.

At the Titanic Museum, students experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and grand staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers. And better yet, student performance­­ opportunities are available!

Titanic Museum
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SEE

Dolly Parton’s Stampede offers a delicious four-course meal as well as amazing stunts performed in a 35,000-square-foot arena. Dolly Parton’s Stampede features a cast of 32 majestic horses and expert riders, plus friendly competitions, comedy and beautiful storytelling that wraps up with a grand patriotic finale set to Dolly’s original song, “Color Me America.”

Legends in Concert is a world-famous live tribute show featuring tribute performances by stars like Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe and Whitney Houston. Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai honors the historic Shanghai culture through the dynamic artists’ dazzling performances, which include breathtaking acrobatics, colorful dance, comedy, mystifying magic, and numerous aerial feats of strength.

DON’T MISS

The Branson Ferris Wheel is 150 feet tall, boasting spectacular views of Branson’s entertainment corridor and the Ozark Mountains. Branson’s Aquarium at the Boardwalk is a must-see for students. Groups can enjoy over 250 different animal species and even take a 5D submarine adventure to the bottom of the sea. Fritz’s Adventure is an adrenaline-pumping indoor adventure park that brings outdoor adventure inside.

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