Arts News (July 28–August 3)


Wildcat Summer Art CampHave a young artist at home who also enjoys nature? “Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp” at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is for them! The camp will be led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey and meet at the Center each afternoon. Students will create original pieces of art (origami, mobiles, papier-mâché, painting and color pencil drawing, etc.) with nature as their inspiration. A child to adult ratio of at least 10:1 ensures a safe and educational experience for all. Fee includes all art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.

Tue–Thu | July 29–31 | 12:30–3:30pm
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (check or cash only)

All programs of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, unless otherwise stated, require pre-registration. You may pre-register through the website at, or by calling (417) 782-6287.

What else is going on at Wildcat?

Shoal Creek Water Festival 2014

  • New Nature-Inspired Art Exhibit: From August – September, the artwork of Richard Courtney and Cher Jiang will be on display.
  • Shoal Creek Water Festival:  Lots of creative opportunities await you at the Shoal Creek Water Festival!  Build a cardboard boat to race in the  sixth annual Cardboard Boat Races and win cash prizes!  For kids, there’s the Kids Shoebox Boat Race, where everyone takes home a prize.  Wander down Trader’s Row, with vendors inspired by nature.  Enjoy the musical performance of Grammy award winning WildHeart.  Take your picture in our wacky retro standup, and draw your dreams with the sidewalk chalk provided by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee.  Visit for race registration forms and all the details!
  • Landscaping:  Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, in a partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation, has developed new opportunities to connect to nature in the landscaping at the Center.  Paths have been cut through native glade restoration areas to highlight the native plants and allow access to features such as the biodetention area in the front of the building.  The wire sculpture animals place by TANK in 2013 are temporarily removed, and awaiting re-placement in the new landscape in a way that will allow visitors to view them more clearly.  Stay tuned! 



Joplin Little Theatre The Boy Friend 1960Did you know that The Boy Friend, a romantic spoof of 1920’s musical comedies, was the 1st Broadway musical ever performed at Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) in December 1960? This makes it the perfect prelude to their 75th Anniversary Season! The production will run Wednesday, July 30–Sunday, August 3.

Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, it tells the story of English heiress, Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boyfriend. Polly’s father, convinced any boy who isn’t wealthy will court Polly strictly for her money, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony, the messenger boy with whom she’s fallen in love, that she is no rich girl. This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg as love proceeds to charmingly find its way through nearly every member of the cast and bring them all to a happy ending. 

The Boyfriend JLT 2014The production is an essential Golden Age musical, filled to the brim with tongue-in-cheek moments that both parents and grandparents will find hysterical. With a catch score, dance numbers, comedy and mix-ups, it is sure to entertain and is appropriate for all ages!

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the JLT box office, (417) 623-3638, or online at Special note: season ticket holders will need to buy additional tickets for this show as it is not included in the 75th Season line-up. Curtain times Wednesday through Saturday, July 30–August 2, 7:30pm; Sunday, August 3, 2:30pm.

Ticket prices:
Children 12 and under—$6 



RSVPaint August 2014Created to provide a new and unique arts entertainment venue, RSVPaint specializes in creating with the non-artistic more than the traditional artist. Believing that any and all are creative, their no experience necessary frame of mind fits well with the mantra, “Relax, Sip, Visit, Paint.” Providing a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for adults to come together and enjoy a few drinks, the company of new and old friends, and experience the joy and soothing benefits of creating art. A painting may be the end product, but it is the experience that they strive to create for their guests. Take a look at what they have to offer during the month of August!

“With August just around the corner, parents are looking forward to school starting and educators are asking for just a few more weeks. Offering some last minute relaxation, all educators can get any 2-hr class for only $25+tax. When registering, use promo code: “Educate” Then bring us your school ID or proof of employment at check-in. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint with us.”

Click here to visit their website & register for classes!



After a well-deserved month off this summer, Judy Schneider is ready to kick-start her ballroom dance classes with some very HOT dances!

Judy's Ballroom Dance August 2014

The 6-week dance session begins on Monday, August 4.

I’m excited to be offering an unusual combination class with the sensual Bachata and the lively Merengue, two very popular dances from the Dominican Republic that are essentials on any Latin dance floor. They both have simple footwork with fun and sexy partnering. You will love them! And I will be having one of everyone’s favorites, the American Waltz, again.

Monday, August 4–September 8 (6 classes)
6pm — Private Lessons: $40/hour
7pm — Bachata and Merengue: $65/person or $55/student
8pm — Waltz – $65/person or $55/student

Call, text or email to register. All classes are held in room 151 of the Health Sciences Building at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

C: 417-392-0215 | H: 417-642-5491 | E: 

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