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Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Opening Celebration!

Joplin, Missouri – The official opening celebration of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex will be held this Saturday, November 12, 12:00–5:00pm (212 West 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801).

Activities will include self-guided tours, giant interactive puppets from StoneLion Puppet Theatre (Kansas City, MO), an exclusive free t-shirt giveaway sponsored by Mercy Hospital Joplin, art activities, food trucks, and more. Entertainment in the Beshore Performance Hall, featuring local performers, will be held throughout the day. Schedule of performances:

12–12:30pm | Midwest Regional Ballet

12:30–1pm | Missouri Southern State University Chamber Singers

1–1:30pm | Briley Performing Arts

1:30–2pm | Pinocchio School of Dance

2–2:30pm | Heartland Opera Theatre

2:30–3pm | Joplin High School Strolling Strings

3–4pm | Joplin Piano Teachers Association Students

4–4:30pm | Karen’s Dance Studio

Official opening remarks, followed by a ribbon-cutting, will be held in the Beshore Performance Hall immediately following Midwest Regional Ballet’s performance.

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