Hamner Barber Announce Final Season In Branson

The Hamner Barber Variety Show announced today that it will conclude it’s tenth season with a final performance on December 14, 2013.

Hamner Barber Variety Show

Jim Barber, who has co-managed and performed at the Branson theater since 2004, will be leaving at the end of the year to focus his attention on other opportunities.

Hamner Barber Theater has entered into an agreement for the sale of the property with Dave and Denise Hamner assuming sole management of the venue. Details regarding their future plans are expected to be announced soon.

Jim Barber

Jim Barber

“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to be a big part of the development of this theater working along side the amazingly talented Hamners for the past decade.

I wish them much success in the future, and extend special appreciation to our wonderful staff, customers, valued ticket resellers, advertisers, and surrounding community for their support.

We invite everyone to please make plans to attend one of our final performances before the end of this season.” – Jim Barber

Dave & Denise Hamner

Dave & Denise Hamner

“Working with Jim Barber has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.

He is one of the greatest talents I’ve ever known and he will be truly missed as a daily part of the operations of the theater.

Both Denise and I wish Jim all the best in his next venture.”

– Dave Hamner

Hamner Barber Variety Show

The Hamners & Jim Barber

The Hamner Barber Variety Show features the magical illusions of The Hamners and the unique vocal comedy of ventriloquist Jim Barber.

Integral personnel in the production show include illusion manager and comedy magician Lex Pearson, dancers A.J. Heard, Ken Brown, Gwen Bliss, Dasa Hayes, magic assistant Cory Martin, spotlight operator Bonnie Frerking, technical manager Paul Linden, box office manager Jan Braschler, sales manager Vance Hebblethwaite, concessions manager Jan Hammit, as well as versatile employee team members Brenda Hahne, Marty Hahne, Faye Brown, Mike Brown, Wanda Scritchfield, and Aaron Costales.

Hamner Barber Variety Show performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with select Sunday matinees at 3pm.  Tom Mullica’s Tribute To Red Skelton and The Fair Family performances will continue throughout the 2013 season as scheduled.

Tickets to any of these shows may be purchased online at HamnerBarber.com or by calling the Hamner Barber Theater Box Office at 417-334-4363.

Downloadable Press Materials For This Release Below:

Press Release Press Release | Jim Barber Photo | Hamner Barber Photo | Dave & Denise Hamner Photo

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  1. Larry Milton says:

    Jim / Dave & Denise
    Thank you for all of the years you have enhanced the live entertainment experience for our visitors. In addition to the quality of your Show, you all are quality individuals and the community is appreciative for how you represented us.
    For you to be moving on, there must be some pretty exciting events planned for your future. I for one and I’m sure many agree, you will have our support with whatever you are planning for your next chapters. Please let us know, Please keep us informed and Please allow us to support you. You are excellent ambassadors to the phrase, The More You Give, The More You Receive. I am choosing to view this announcement as a positive one.
    Your Friends & Cheerleaders
    Larry & Lianne

    • Thank you Larry, Lianne and everyone at Branson Tourism Center and Branson.com. We couldn’t have done it this far without your support over the years. Hamners will be continuing the tradition we started together nearly ten years ago and I will be departing for new opportunities. Two steps forward, one step back! We look forward to continuing our relationship with you through the rest of this season, and I know you’ll be excited to continue on with the Hamners into the future. Best always friend, Jim

  2. Did I read this right…No more Hamner barber after 12-14-2013 so sad I love this show

    • JoAnn, the theater ownership will be transitioning to the Hamners and unfortunately I will no longer be associated with the venue on January 1st. The Hamners are putting together something new for next season and I expect they will be making that announcement soon. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the development of this property and will certainly miss it, but I also am excited for new possibilities! Thanks for caring! Jim

  3. We have traveled to Branson several times with the full purpose being coming to see your show.. My sweet hubby adores “Chico”. We will definitely miss you and all your many characters. Needless to say, we are making plans to come for the Christmas show. We wish many blessings for your future Jim.

  4. Hi Jim Barber,
    We are so sorry to see you leave Branson. We saw you in Oct. 1996 and had lunch with you and Holly & Bill McClay. My husband, Dick, was a “Sucret”–such fun. We haven’t gotten back to Branson because we thought you would be there forever and we would see your show again! We will definitely get there before you leave Branson!
    Joyce & Dick Dougherty

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