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Musical highlighting rural Missouri comes to Launer Auditorium

Columbia College, in conjunction with Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts, will present Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 in Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus.

Gumbo Bottoms is set in the late 1920s and examines the clash between big-city culture and rural river life. The musical, featuring 12 original songs written by Meredith Ludwig and Cathy Barton, was inspired by the story of Mary Taylor who floated into the Missouri River's Overton Bottoms on a shanty boat in the 1940s. Gumbo Bottoms premiered at Thespian Hall in Boonville, Mo., in 2008, and toured to Hermann, Jefferson City and Washington, Mo., in 2009.

General admission is $15, while seniors, 60 years and older, and students receive a discounted rate of $12. Tickets can be purchased prior to the show at Artlandish Gallery and Mississippi Fish Shack in Columbia or Family Shoe Store in Boonville. Reservations can also be made by calling (660) 882-3133.

In addition, the box office at Launer Auditorium will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 and noon Sunday, Oct. 10. Launer Auditorium is located on the Columbia College campus near the intersection of 10th and Rogers streets. Visit for more information.

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