A “Road Scholar” is a person who is knowledgeable on a multitude of subjects based upon their extensive travel experiences, versus their academic studies.
When a large group of Road Scholars get together in Branson, Missouri, that knowledge takes form in a crash course in live entertainment. The “Branson Show Biz” adventure in lifelong learning is coordinated by Ozark Adventures, who educate visitors from around the globe as to how the sleepy little town of Branson, Missouri became the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” now hosting more than 100 family-friendly shows with more theater seats than Broadway!
The Road Scholar participants learn about the history of Branson’s overnight success, the elements of Branson’s entertainment scene, Branson’s emergence into international tourism, and the famous Branson show “formula.” They also attend three popular live theatre shows and enjoy a private performance of a music pioneer that help start it all!
On March 21st of this year, one of the featured venues for the group to attend was the Hamner Barber Theater. A full day later, ventriloquist Jim Barber spoke to this large group of Road Scholars at the Branson Convention Center, and shared some of his vocal tricks of the trade, as well as a brief history lesson on the art of ventriloquism and how he found a full-time performance home in Branson.
The Hamner Barber Variety Show has been selected as a featured show for the Branson Elderhostel program several times over the past few years, with both Jim Barber and Dave and Denise Hamner providing insightful lectures on ventriloquism and magic respectively.
Here are some photos of them giving one such lecture during the summer of 2009.
Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.