Wahzhazhe, An Osage Ballet in Branson, MO

The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts189 Expressway LaneBranson, MO 65616
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Be entranced by the beautiful show of skill and beat of the drums with the presentation of Wahzhazhe, an Osage Ballet, live in the Mansion Theater! Wahzhazhe is a contemporary ballet that brings together unique and diverse qualities of Oklahoma history and culture: a reverence for classical ballet that was the legacy of two famous Osage ballerinas, Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, and the richness of Osage traditional music, dance, and textile arts. The Osage people danced all their lives, whether through happy times or in strife; what better way to tell the Osage story than through a ballet that expresses the rich culture of a warrior people that controlled a large part of what is now called the United States of America.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Show duration is approximately 1 hour.
  • The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts is located just off Hwy 65 at the 248 Shepherd of the Hills Exit.
  • The seats are comfortable and spacious.
  • Theater seating begins one hour prior to showtime.
  • Guest drop-off is available at the front of the building in the circle drive.
  • The show is appropriate for all ages.
  • Grab a meal before or after the show at nearby restaurants.
  • Two nights only on August 5 & 6.
  • There are flashing and theatrical lighting effects that may affect photo sensitive individuals.


from Wahzhazhe, An Osage Ballet
Wahzhazhe, An Osage Ballet is a contemporary ballet that mesmerizes audiences from the first beat of the drums to the final curtain close. Guests will be surprised by the powerful storytelling. This ballet represents a shared history of Native American people, but the story that is told is that of the Osage Nation.

Wahzhazhe was produced by Randy Tinker Smith and choreographed by Jenna Smith, both of Osage descent. Roman Jasinski (Shawnee, Peoria) acted as advisor on the project. The music for the ballet was composed by Lou Brock (Osage) and Dr. Joseph Rivers and arranged by Dr. Rivers.

Costumes were designed and created by Wendy Ponca (Osage) and the late Terry Wann (Osage). Backdrop designer and painter was Alexandra Ponca Stock (Osage).

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Frequently Asked Questions about Wahzhazhe, An Osage Ballet

 When should I arrive for the show? 

The doors open approximately 1 hour before showtime. 

Where is the ballet performed? 

The ballet is performed at the Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts located at 189 Expressway Lane, Branson, MO 65616. 

Can I take pictures during the ballet? 

Yes. Please do not use flash photography. 

How many seats are in the theater? 

The theater houses 3,000 seats on the floor, mezzanine, and balcony. 

Is handicapped seating available? 

Yes. Handicapped seating is available and the venue aisles are spacious. 

Is parking available? 

Yes. In addition, a guest drop-off is available at the front of the building in the circle drive. 

Is this show appropriate for children? 

Yes. This is a family-friendly ballet for all ages.