2014-2015 Performances

Swing St. LouisGORDY AND DEBBIE WENSEL — "Tribute to George Strait Show"
Saturday, September 6, 2014 7pm
With 25+ years experience in the entertaining business, this talented pair has created a Tribute to George Strait that is splashed with a little comedy and is guaranteed to please all audiences. performing in Branson for the past nine years, they have been awarded 'Duet Musical Group of the Year 2014' by the Valley Star Awards for the third consecutive year!


Sponsored by Buddy & Nancy Bolinger and Rich & Pam Green and Gail & Dorothy Hughes

Paul DraperPAUL DRAPER — "Mysteries of the Mind"
Saturday, October 11, 2014 7pm
Be educated, entertained and mesmerized by Paul Draper, anthropologist, magician and mind reader. He travels the world in search of magic and mysteries to bring to his show "Mysteries of the Mind." He has appeared with David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Teller and frequently called upon as an expert on the History Channel. It has been said "This is a show that you will remember for the rest of your life!"


Sponsored by Buddy & Nancy Bolinger and California Construction Supply and Central Bank and Spielers, Inc.

Swing St. LouisWADE BENSON & TERESA BOWE LANDRY — "A Branson Country Music Variety Show"
Saturday, November 15, 2014 7pm
Straight from Branson – this Fiddlin' Cajun entertainer brings his South Louisiana influences to the stage starting with amazing instrumental talent. Accompanied by his wife Teresa and her great vocals, there will be great sound and lots of energy featuring Cajun, classic country, western swing and great Cajun comedy.

Sponsored by Buddy & Nancy Bolinger and Steven & Laura Burger

Swing St. LouisTHE MILLER SISTERS OF SWING ST. LOUIS — "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Saturday, December 6, 2014 7pm
Brought back by popular demand, Emily and Lacy Miller are "Swing St. Louis." These remarkable sisters will perform seasonal classics made famous by the likes of Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland and more. The stage will shine with their glittering gowns as this dynamic duo delights us with their amazing talents..


Sponsored by Buddy & Nancy Bolinger and Evers and Co.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 7pm
The Homestead Pickers are musicians, comedians, actors, storytellers and composers who have been entertaining audiences in Branson, around the U.S. and Ireland. Their eclectic blend of fiddle, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer and unique vocals depict the early days of American music, bluegrass, gospel, Irish tunes and humor.


Sponsored by JD and Eileen Gattermeier and Peoples Bank of Moniteau County and Missouri Arts Council

Swing St. LouisWOODY AND VONNIE WRIGHT —"Musical Selections"
Saturday, February 21, 2015 7pm
As performers with tremendous ability, The Wrights identify with their audience. The songs sung and the words shared are from personal experience and from hearts of deep gratitude. Woody and Vonnie use their talents to share their love of the gospel and its message.


Sponsored by Ameren Missouri and EM Burger Foundation and Eldred & Elaine Proctor

community PlayCOMMUNITY PLAY - "Murder At The Banquet"
Saturday, March 7, 2015 7pm
Sunday, March 8, 2015 2pm

This one-act play will be presented by local talent! You can tryout to be a part of the show, volunteer to help behind the scenes or simply enjoy the performance from your comfortable seat in our beautiful Theatre. You will be entertained!

Sponsored by EM Burger Foundation

Saturday, March 21, 2015 7pm
Join us for this unique family of 9 adopted children. From the time they first 2 children were two years old, their mother taught them songs at home and they began singing at their church. The singing in the home became much louder as more children were added into the family. In 2003, the group began singing at nursing homes and a few churches. The family's love of gospel music has led them to perform in Branson for the past five years and now, the Finke Theatre.


Sponsored by Bixler Home Appliances and Morris and Dolores Burger and California Construction Supply and Capital Region Physicians–California Clinic
and Don & Margo Schlup

Homestead PickersRONALD RADFORD — "Flamenco Guitarist Concert"
Saturday, April 25, 2015 7pm
This brilliant American Flamenco virtuoso has evoked standing ovations on four continents. Radford's carnegie Recital Hall and Kennedy Center concerts were enthusiastically received. He is the only individual to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain in Flamenco guitar. This gifted artist takes you far beyond the usual guitar concert. Radford complements his masterful technique with an illuminating narration, which recreates the very essence of this ancient folklore, Flamenco – the heartbeat of Spain.


Sponsored by EM Burger Foundation and Philip & Susan Burger and Sara Donley and Phil & Nancy Lewis and Doris Nothnagel and Jenice Taggart
and Missouri Arts Council

Homestead PickersJUST FRIENDS — "Big Band Jazz"
Saturday, May 16, 2015 7pm
Just Friends is a "little big band" playing music from the Big Band Era, as well as the Blues Brothers. The band was formed in response to a request for entertainment for the 2008 Macon Fork and Cork Festival. Prepare to clap, tap your feet, and even dance a little bit to Just Friends, our new friends.

Sponsored by Dr. Ned Hug, D.C.

Andrea LaRayTALENT SHOW - "Finke Theatre Has Talent"
May 1 & 2, 2015
The 2nd Annual “Finke Theatre Has Talent” show will be held May 1st and 2nd at the Historic Finke Theatre in downtown California, MO. Open to amatuers (only) who have a talent to share, the desire to compete and who reside in Moniteau County or surrounding counties. So—sharpen up your instruments, practice those dance steps, tune up your voices, and tighten up your comedic skills! All performances must be family friendly. Prizes to be awarded: $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd . Entry form must be received by April 15th to be eligible for the contest.

2015 TALENT SHOW ENTRY FORM (click to download .pdf form)

Andrea LaRayANDREA LARAY, HANALENA & KRISTINA KIDD — "Nashville Comes Home"
Saturday, May 30, 2015 7pm
A special release show and debut of Andrea LaRay’s second EP, “Grew Up on the Radio”. Joining Andrea are bluegrass sister duo, Hanalena, and fellow singer-songwriter, Kristina Kidd. Both acts play a major role of the creation of Andrea’s new album. Nashville Comes Home will provide a glimpse of what the music scene in Nashville really looks like. Each act brings their own uniqueness and passion for country music to the Finke stage for one night only.

Tickets will be $10 with children 6 and under free. This is NOT part of the regular monthly scheduled performances at the Finke and all seats will be open seating, first come, first choice.


June 13-14, 2015
"Happy Hollandaise" is a one-act play by Tim Koenig (produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc, Englewood, CO). It takes place one Christmas Eve in the living room of Philip Finley, a former actor of the stage. It's a day when the special plans made are complicated by events too crazy to believe and too wonderful to miss.

Finish the season with us during the weekend of our annual community play featuring local talent. There are always laughter-filled surprises by your uninhibited neighbors on the Finke stage. For updates on these anticipate performances, please visit our website or Facebook page often!


Sponsored by Ameren Missouri and California Construction Supply

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