Joplin Arts News (Nov. 28–Dec. 4)

C2C’s Upcoming Arts Roundtable: Entrepreneurs and Enterprising – How to Make the Arts a Profitable Business?

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Have you ever thought about making a living with your art? This program, presented by noted arts attorney and business consultant Don Simon, offers practical advice to amplify an artist’s chance of creating a sustainable income through entrepreneurship.

The presentation will be held Wednesday, December 14, 11:30am–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St) and will be followed by a Q&A session. A light lunch will be provided. Help us prepare enough food and seating by calling 417.625.6683 or mark yourself as “going” on the Facebook event page.

Don Simon C2C Arts Roundtable

C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. Feel free to invite interested staff and board members. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections. 

Highly Anticipated Holiday Performances in Joplin

The holiday season in Joplin brings many theatre, music, and dance performances. Celebrate the sights and sounds of the season with many performances the entire family is sure to enjoy! Check out some of the most highly anticipated performing arts opportunities this season…

It’s a Wonderful Life, the Musical

its-a-wonderful-lifeA cooperative production of Ozark Christian College, Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, and College Heights Christian Church. Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey’s life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor, and pathos of the original. A new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike. A deaf interpretation will be offered at Friday’s performance.

When: December 1–4,  Thu–Sun at 7:30pm, Sat–Sun will have additional 4pm performances
Where: At Ozark Christian College Chapel (1111 N Main St)
Cost: Adults $8, Children (under 12) $5

TJ Family Theater – Scrooge: A Rock Ballet by Midwest Regional Ballet

scrooge-a-rock-balletThe Midwest Regional Ballet brings this winter tradition to Joplin. The company has delighted audiences around the world with its magical performances, and you do not want to miss their visit to the TJ Concert Hall. The professional and creative performers from Midwest Regional Ballet bring the story of Ebenezer Scrooge to the TJ stage for what promises to be an unforgettable telling of this classic Christmas tale. The performance will feature aerial acrobatics and some of the most talented ballet dancers in the region.

When: December 2 at 7pm and December 3 at 3pm
Where: TJ Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd)
Cost: Adults $18, TJ Parents $16, Children (Any child under 18) $12, TJ Students $10, Seniors $16

Southern Theatre presents Another Mother Goose Christmas Mystery (Old King Coles Missing Bowl)

another-mother-goose-mystery-posterOld King Cole is a merry old soul or is he? It seems his bowl of Christmas candy is missing. Where has it gone? Does anyone care? Who could have possibly taken it? Was it the Mouse that ran up the clock? Or Little Jack Horner? Or could it possibly be Little Bo Peep? The only way to find the answers to this Christmas mystery is to follow Little Boy Blue as he searches Mother Goose land for the answers to these and other mysterious questions. Join us in this laugh packed, educational and fun filled adventure with some of your favorite characters from the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Original play by Lyndall Burrow.

When: December 3 and 4, 2:30pm
Where: MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3590 Newman Rd)
Cost: Adults $3, Children (under 12) $1

Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Sanders Family Christmas

sgtj“Sanders Family Christmas” is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical “Smoke on the Mountain”. It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Doors open and ticket sales begin 45 minutes prior to show times. General admission.

When: December 8–18 | 7pm (Sunday performances at 2:30pm)
Where: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter)
Cost: Adults $8, Children (4-13) $5

MSSU Choral Department presents the 7th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish

seasonal-choral-flourishThe MSSU Choral Department will present their 7th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish program. A second performance will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm, same location.

When: December 9 & 10, 7:30pm
Where: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church (812 S. Pearl Ave)
Cost: Free and open to the public

A Christmas Story: The Musical

jlt-christmas-storyRalphie has to convince the adults in his life that a Red Ryder B.B. gun makes the perfect Christmas gift in this musical based on the beloved classic film. Call 417.623.3638 to reserve your tickets or buy online at

When: December 14–18, 7:30pm (Sunday matinee at 2:30pm)
Where: At Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St)
Cost: General admission tickets are $15, seniors and students are $13, and children 12 and under are $6

And that’s not all! For a full listing of arts opportunities during the holiday season, check out the Joplin Community Arts Calendar or sign up for our Monthly Arts email.

Post Art Library’s Annual Holiday Tea

Post Art Library Annual Holiday TeaMark this seasonal event on your calendar now! Post Art Library (PAL) will be hosting its Annual Holiday Tea on Sunday, December 11, 2–4pm.

Post Art Library and Historic Murphysburg, Inc., have partnered to bring you an Edwardian inspired Holiday Tea this year!

Festivities include:

  • visiting with the Ellis Sisters, who will be in period costume;
  • harp music by local musician Amanda Kimble;
  • a display of Victorian and Edwardian artifacts;
  • refreshments and more!

This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration necessary. For more information, call PAL at 417-782-7678 or email

Missouri Fine Arts Academy Applications Open

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) is a three-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music. The Academy offers an intensive schedule of classes in interdisciplinary and discipline-specific arts, and a wide range of co-curricular activities. MFAA is conducted with the support and cooperation of Missouri State University, and is funded through program fees, grants, endowments, scholarships, and private donations.


Applications for MFAA 2017 will be accepted until February 15, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to have the best chance of acceptance. The application, including a portfolio or audition video, essay, and student evaluation form, will be reviewed and adjudicated by a panel of artists and educators. Selected students will receive a letter of acceptance. Click here to learn more.  

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