Connect2Culture schedules Saturday night jammin' through July

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Connect2Culture is hosting a wide variety of summer performances this summer at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex in Joplin.

First up is the Liberty Celebration, featuring the NWA Jazz & More Orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. From rock and roll to swing and everything in between, NWA Jazz & More Orchestra is an 18-member traditional big band that will not disappoint. Experience a variety of classic patriotic songs performed by this talented regional band.

Nest will be the JOMO Jammin’ Music Festival on four July Saturdays. This music festival celebrates local and regional talent and features two bands each Saturday.

Here’s the lineup:

  • July 6 – MoonShroom (country) and Eureka Strings (Ozark folk)
  • July 13 – Modeling and Fox Royale (Indie rock)
  • July 20 – Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion and Mariachi Flor de Missouri (world music)
  • July 27 – Brock Wade Band and The Mixtapes (cover/tribute)

Tickets for each show are: adults, $27.30; senior/military/college student, $24.70; kids (13–17), $11.70; kids (12 and under), $4.42. There’s a 15% discount if tickets are purchased for all four festival shows.

Joplin Little Theatre announces 2024-25 season

Joplin Little Theatre recently announced its production schedule for the 2024-25 season.

Season subscriptions will be available June 20 – July 17, 2024.

Season Subscription prices are:  Adults – $75; Senior Citizens/Students – $65.00.

Subscriptions will be available online and by calling the office (417) 623-3638, during regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Beginning July 18, 2024, individual tickets for the 2023-24 season will be available for purchase. 

Individual tickets prices are:  adults – $18; senior citizens/students – $15.

The productions will be:

Elton John’s “Billy Elliot The Musical,” Aug. 7 – 11

Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, “Billy Elliot” is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community… and changes his life forever.

“Elf The Musical,” Nov. 20 – 24

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

“Little Women,” Jan. 29 – Feb. 2

Jo March isn’t your typical Victorian lady.  She’s indecorous and headstrong, and one day she’s going to be a great American novelist. As she and her sisters grow up in the middle of the Civil War, they strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women. But as adulthood approaches, each sister must negotiate her private ambitions with society’s expectations. The March sisters, four dreamers destined to be imperfect little women.

“The Odd Couple, Female Version,” March 26 – 30

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of “The Odd Couple.” Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

“Absurd Person Singular,” May 14 – 18

“Absurd Person Singular” is a laugh-out-loud comedy and satirical look at how three couples deal with their relationships, social standings, and the pressures of three successive holiday gatherings.