25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Historic Owen Theatre

How do you spell HILARIOUS? Branson area audiences will soon find out as the Branson Regional Arts Council’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee hits the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre July 18-21.


This version of the original Broadway musical introduces an eclectic group of six awkward spelling champions who learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. The students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives. The tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

The production is under the direction of Jacob Estes. Additional Production members include Caitlyn Secrest (Vocal Director), Kristen Dasto (Choreographer), Jacob Deck (Assistant Director), Kim Hale, Lisa Murphy and Karie Dykeman (Producers).

Cast members include: Josh Powell (William Barfee), Aryn Bohannon (Marcy Park), Brenna Kellem (Olive Ostrovsky), Janie Johnson (Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom), Ellie Maji (Logainne Schwartzandgrubennierre “Schwarzy”), Patrick Mulheron (Mitch Mahoney/Dan Dad/Olive’s Dad), Sean Myers (Douglas Panch), Conner Paulson (Leaf Coneybear/Carl Dad) and Declan Rhodes (Chip Tolentino/Jesus).

This production is rated PG-13. Ticket prices are $16.95 (Adults 18+) and $11.45 (under 18).

Shows are at 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 2pm Matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Advance reserve seat tickets are recommended and available online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre at 417-336-4255.

Download High Resolution 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Cast Photo – Sitting Version

The Branson Regional Arts Council announces a production schedule change for the 2019 Season of musicals and plays at the Historic Owen Theatre.

“Due to reasons beyond our control, we will not be presenting SOUTH PACIFIC (November) or WHITE CHRISTMAS (November) this season. The good news, however, is that we will present TWO AMAZING PRODUCTIONS that we think our audiences will love just as much (if not more!)
Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS will be presented on the following dates:
Nov 1- 7pm, Nov 2- 2pm & 7pm, Nov 3- 2pm, Nov 8- 7pm, Nov 9- 2pm & 7pm, Nov 10- 2pm
Based on the classic film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an authentic piece of Americana, a time-tested romantic comedy with a special, contemporary relevance. Bringing the raucous Oregon frontier from the screen to the stage, it is a crowd-pleasing hit that has audiences cheering from the opening scene to the curtain call. Saddle up for a joyride in this tale of stubborn men and cunning women. The men in question are Adam and his six unruly brothers, who think they know what a woman’s place is and how to keep her there. It takes Milly, Adam’s spirited new wife, and six other savvy women to show them who’s the boss.

Reserved seat tickets for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers may be purchased online now!
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MUSICAL will be presented on the following dates:
Dec 5- 7pm, Dec 6- 7pm, Dec 7- 2pm & 7pm, Dec 12- 7pm, Dec 13- 7pm, Dec 14- 7pm, Dec 15- 2pm
This is the full Broadway musical version as seen at Madison Square Garden! Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Reserved seat tickets for A Christmas Carol – The Musical may be purchased online now!

For any questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Historic Owen Theatre at 417-336-4255 or


The Taneycomo Festival Orchestra is presenting a FREE community concert on Thursday June 20, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616. This entertaining production features a new wind ensemble, Taneycomo Harmoniemusik.

As there is no admission charge for this event, and seating will be first come, first served. The doors to the theatre will be open by 7:00pm. The theatre concession stand will be available for patrons wishing to purchase fresh popcorn, cold drinks, or other refreshments to enjoy during the concert.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is one of several community partners assisting TFO by providing performance space for the 2019 Concert Season, which starts on June 16 and runs through June 29. This is the eighth year that Larkin Sanders (TFO founder) has presented the music festival here in the Branson area.

For more information on the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra and this seasons concert series schedule, visit their website TaneycomoFestivalOrchestra.org.