Silver Dollar City debuts the all-new musical show It's a Wonderful Life, an original production from Silver Dollar City's award-winning show producers, created for the park's brightest season and one of the most acclaimed holiday festivals in America, An Old Time Christmas. The festival is presented November 5 – December 30 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.
It's a Wonderful Life, adapted from the Frank Capra classic, presents a new, musical interpretation of the inspirational story that is a world-wide Christmas favorite, voted the #1 "Inspirational Film of All Time" by the American Film Institute. "It's a Wonderful Life is real Americana, a story many people already love, but our production takes the audience through it in unexpected ways," said writer/producer Brad Schroeder, Silver Dollar City's Director of Entertainment and Events. "Telling this classic story with music adds a new connection, making it even more emotional and impactful." The show also features unique special effects and a talented cast of 14 singer/actors.
The new production joins Silver Dollar City's acclaimed Broadway-style production,
A Dickens' Christmas Carol, another original musical adaptation of a famous classic which is also featured during the festival. A Dickens' Christmas Carol includes elaborate sets and visual effects, flying spirits, pyrotechnic special effects and a talented cast of 15, accompanied by a live band.
An Old Time Christmas transforms the 1880s-style park into an evening wonderland, featuring the Christmas on Main Street light and sound show, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, a Holiday Light Parade, the two Broadway-style productions, festive holiday foods and over four million lights – and rides too. In temperatures down to 42 degrees, guests can soar into the night while viewing the park's lights from above.
The 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree is the park centerpiece, a towering visual icon that comes to life at dusk each evening when the Christmas on Main Street shows begin
During the shows, the massive tree blazes in synchronization to the musical movements of Christmas songs -- up to 100 light changes per second -- while lights on buildings, in hanging canopies over Main Street and on Christmas trees around the Square flash along with it, accompanied by surround-sound, immersing guests in the experience. While technologically incredible, the tree is "green" too, operating with energy-saving LED* lights.
Since its debut more than two decades ago, Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas has become one of the country's most recognized events for spectacular lighting and world-class entertainment. Profiled as one of the nation's top holiday celebrations by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel, Good Morning America, AOL Travel, Yahoo Travel and MSN.com, the festival features dazzling elements throughout the 100-acre park. The colorful Holiday Light Parade, with musical floats covered in lights, winds through the streets of the City each evening as costumed characters interact with guests along the parade route. Additional shows include a musical presentation of the Living Nativity and the interactive show Frosty that invites kids to help bring the legendary snowman to life.
Fine craftsmanship is also showcased, as the park's 100 demonstrating craftsmen create one-of-a-kind handmade holiday items, from blown glass ornaments, angels and snowmen to pottery dessert platters and scotch-pine scented candles. Guests sing Christmas carols as they ride the Silver Dollar Steam Train and for nighttime thrills, most of the rides and the park's five roller coasters are open after dark with great views of the lights from above.
Silver Dollar City presents the Midwest Living Culinary & Craft School, offering classes on holiday specialties. The tastes of the season are in abundance throughout the park, including a prime rib buffet and traditional favorites such as turkey with apple-raisin dressing. Festive holiday treats from apple dumplings to hot wassail can be found throughout the park, and the bakery cooks up homemade fruitcakes, cookies and breads.
For kids, there's a lunch with Santa, available weekends throughout the festival.During An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City is open Thursdays through Sundays through December 23, plus Wednesday, November 21, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day, and open daily December 26-30. Hours are 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. most days, with extended hours on Saturdays – check the website for exact schedules. Information: 800-831-4FUN(386) or visit www.silverdollarcity.com.