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She Weeps: An Unquenchable Tale

a theatrical benefit for the Missouri Stream Team Program

On June 5 & 6, find the award-winning Willard Community Theatre troupe at the grand opening of the Hartsburg Grand Riverstage. All ticket sales will go directly to bolstering MSTWC’s advocacy voice for Missouri’s waterways and to support the Missouri Stream Team program.

Address: 40 South 2nd Street » Hartsburg, MO
100% of proceeds from ticket sales go to MSTWC.

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The Story

We have been planning this event for months. It’s the culmination of three watery worlds: In a historic Missouri river town, an outdoorswoman with a vision was breathing life back into an early-1900s stage that had sat unused for 50 years. In the Ozarks, an artistic director and ensemble had produced an original play of stories, myths, and legends about water. And statewide, MSTWC’s was doggedly pursuing sustainable stream-saving funds.  When the 3 converged, it presented an opportunity to bring you an amazing theatrical production about water at a most spectacular venue while supporting Missouri waterways.
The Willard Community Theatre produced She Weeps in part as a response to the droughts and threats to water quality around the world. The play features acrobatic and dramatic interpretation of water’s many stories, myths and legends. The Willard Community Theatre is nationally renowned for its performances and “healing theatre” approach to art.
Not only will the Willard Community Theatre put on She Weeps in five special performances, there will also be food and live music. As a special treat, we’ll unveil 11 one of a kind Mississippi River Pearl Jewelry designed by Missouri’s top jewelry artists as part of the River Pearl Event.  Ticket holders will also receive complimentary concessions during the show.



There will be five performances of She Weeps over the June 5-6 weekend.  One hour before each showtime you can enjoy a  great lineup of live music.  Saturday night ticketholders will receive entry into the “Water Party”  featuring the Flood Brothers.  
Friday, June 5
6 pm: Food and Fun with Overton Landing Band
7 pm: Twilight Show of She Weeps-SOLD OUT
8 pm: Food and and Fun with Overton Landing Band
9 pm: Moonlight Show of She Weeps
Saturday, June 6
1 pm: Food and Fun with Irish Harpist Drew Holt
2 pm: Matinee Show of She Weeps
6 pm: Food and Fun with Irish Harpist Drew Holt
7 pm: Twilight Show of She Weeps
8 pm: Food and Fun with Irish Harpist Drew Holt
9 pm: Moonlight Show of She Weeps
10 pm: Water Party with the Flood Brothers


Food at the Hartsburg Grand

Ticketholders will receive complimentary concessions during the She Weeps performance, such as locally grown popcorn and decadent truffles.
For pre- and post-show snacks during the Hartsburg Grand Grand Opening events, food + spirits will be available for purchase and provided by Logboat Brewing Company, Lakota Coffee Company, and Playing with Fire Wood Fired Pizza & Catering.


Art on Sale at the Grand

We are grateful to the following photographers for donating their beautiful, Missouri-water-themed prints. Their work is on sale to benefit the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition.
David Ulmer is a Midwest-based photographer who has been taking images of people in Agriculture, Education and the Arts all over the world.  His corporate client list ranges from BASF to the St. Louis Art Museum. His photographs have been published in national publications such as Audubon as well as internationally in European Travel and Life.
Image: Mills Stream Gardens, MO
Henry Domke lives locally on a prairie in Callaway County.  He was a family practice physician for years and eventually merged his passion for health care with natural photography, known to aid in healing. He works with each client to create the best choice for a space—-to heal.
Image: Water Lily
Noppadol Paothong is a nature/conservation photographer focused on rare and endangered species, especially grassland grouse.  He serves as the staff photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation where his images appear in the monthly magazine.  His photographs have also been in Audubon and other national publications.
Glenn D. Chambers is a native Missourian. Early in his career with the Missouri Department of Conservation he linked his wildlife biologist duties with cinematography. Ever since he has specialized in photography and motion film depicting wildlife up close and personal.  His films with Ducks Unlimited and National Geographic Society won him Emmy Awards.
Art:  Piliated woodpecker in swamp
Oliver Schuchard has worked in the medium of photography since 1967. He has studied with some of the best photographers of the 20th century (i.e. Ansel Adams, Al Weber, Cole Weston and Imogene Cunningham). His photographs have been shown in over 200 exhibitions and in numerous private and public collections including the Smithsonian, The White House and American Museum of Folk Art. Several photography books about his photography have been published through the University Press. He has been the recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at MU (1992); the Curators Award for Scholarly Excellence (2005); and the UMC Alumni Award (1991).

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The River Pearl Event

As a special treat, we’ll unveil 11 one of a kind Mississippi River Pearl Jewelry designed by Missouri’s top jewelry artists as part of the River Pearl Event. Ticketholders will get to be the first to view these truly remarkable and unique pieces of jewelry.  If you would like to add to your pearl collection you will also have the chance to take your favorite home.  Each piece will have a suggested donation amount with 100% of that donation going to support the Missouri Stream Team Program.

We would like to give a sincerest gratitude to our River Pearl Event Participants.
Robert Flynn – L.C. Betz Associates Jewelers, Columbia, Brian Fuller – Pilcher Jewelery Co., Mexico, Aaron Holderman – International Diamond, Clayton, Jayme Sheeley – J’Rae Custom Created Jewelry, Versailles, Mary Kay Kempker – The Blue Diamond, Jefferson City, Elizabeth Parker, Charles Wallace and Curt Parker – Curt Parker Jewelry, St. Louis, Mike Peterson – Designs by Michael, Osage Beach, Laura Pool – Laura’s Jewelry Designs, St. Robert, Jordan Sturm – Pointer’s Jewelers, Richmond, James Quick – Artisan Jewelers, Nixa, Jeff Brady – The Rowdy Cowgirl Handmade Jewelry, Anderson

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Sponsors of the Willard Community Theatre

The following businesses made the theatre troupe’s visit possible. They thank all the gentle spirits for their love and generosity.



Volunteer at the Event

Want to help make this event run smoothly? We could use your hands in set-up, clean-up and floating throughout the event.
Click here for volunteer opportunities.
Thank you!