The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to offer a full line-up of Fall Theatre Arts Education Classes at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson!

Parents who are interested in getting their kids involved in musical theatre, acting or dance are encouraged to sign up soon. Online registration is now open and class sizes are limited.

All classes begin the week of September 16th and run for six weeks.

BRAC Fall Education Classes Available


Acting II – Intermediate to Advanced Acting (ages 12-18 or by permission)
Instructor: Jake  Deck
Class Meets: Thursdays, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (6 weeks)
Cost: $65.00 [REGISTER NOW]
Description: Acting II is an upper level course, designed for intermediate to advanced students who want to further their skills and become the best actor they can be. Students will review technique and continue to learn and find new discoveries in their characters and performances.


Advanced Audition*
Instructor: Jacob Estes
Class Meets: Tuesdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm (6 weeks)
Cost: $80.00 [REGISTER NOW]
*prerequisite: This class is open for advanced musical theatre students only…other inquiries will need to go through instructor.
Description: Students will go through a substantial six week audition intensive designed to break bad auditioning habits. This class will be set up so each student will be assigned new (appropriate for their type) materials each week to learn. Then, they will return the following week and perform these materials as a mock audition. Through different exercises and group discussion every student will leave this class feeling more prepared than ever to BOOK THAT ROLE!


Advanced Musical Theatre II*
Instructor: Jacob Estes
Class Meets: Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm (6 weeks)
Cost: $80.00 [REGISTER NOW]
*prerequisite: This class is open for advanced musical theatre students only…other inquiries will need to go through instructor.
Description: Students will focus on the exploration and discovery of the skills necessary to be a polished musical theatre performer (singing, dancing, acting). This class is not for beginners, as students will be expected to have a high level of prior theatrical knowledge in order to dive deeper into the craft. The work as a performer is NEVER complete. The journey to finding who you are on stage is a process that is ever changing, and the moment an actor embraces that, their world will be opened up to ALL possibilities!


Dance Fundamentals – Beginner to Intermediate (ages 8-18)
Instructor: Kristen Dasto
Class Meets: Fridays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm (6 weeks)
Cost: $80.00 [REGISTER NOW]
Description: Six, fun filled weeks of non-intimidating classes with your instructor, Kristen Dasto! Through this six week course, Beginner-Intermediate Dancers will learn and explore the details to dance basics and the technique behind it all.


PREFER TO PAY BY CHECK?
To pay by check for any of the above, please follow the online registration and select “Pay by Check” in the checkout process. Otherwise, please call Karie Dykeman at 417-336-4255 and ask to register for the class of your choice.

Artist Jan Rosenburg Featured At Chateau On The Lake Art Wall Exhibit

The Branson Regional Arts Council is honored to feature the works of artist Jan Rosenburg at the Artist Gallery Wall located inside the Chateau Grill Restaurant at Chateau on the Lake.

Jan has been infatuated with art since she was a young girl. She enjoyed barns, landscapes, mountains, clouds, children and animals, though flowers were her favorite subject. She has worked in oil, acrylic, pastel, water color and of late, photography.

She attended Birch Tree High School in rural Missouri, but Art was never offered.  She graduated along with her 17 other graduating classmates and became a cosmetologist, a job she says, “satisfied my yearning to create.”

“All in all, it has taken about 40 years to complete my dream of putting color on paper and creating artwork with feeling that is pleasing and exciting to me as well as the viewer. I find joy in the exploration of natures’ intricacies and it pleases me to put that joy on paper for all to see.” – Jan Rosenburg

Before retirement, Jan taught oil painting at Jefferson Jr. College in Jefferson County, Missouri. After retiring to Table Rock Lake with her husband in 2006, Jan began teaching art at the Senior Center in Kimberling City. There she taught all aspects of art color, composition, texture, in mediums such as oil, water color acrylic and fabric art.

She joined the Table Rock Art Guild in 2006 and has been able to take advantage of many workshops and field trips offered to TRAG members. Throughout her life, she has participated in workshops and seminars by nationally known artists.

In addition to the exhibit at the Chateau on the Lake, many of Jan’s art pieces can be seen at the Table Rock Art Guild in Kimberling City, the Ozark Empire Fair, and Hammonds Hall in Springfield, MO. She’s also an award winner having won first, second and third place awards in local and national competitions.

In the late 1990’s, Jan began to dabble in photography.

“For me, this medium is another form of art expression. It too allows me to express myself through my art. I am certain that while I was a tiny baby in my mothers womb, I poked her with the pointed end of a paint brush and said, “Mama, I want to be an artist!” – Jan Rosenburg

The Branson Regional Arts Council invites everyone to visit Jan’s art display at the Chateau on the Lake.  All items on display are available for sale with prices between $110 and $150. What a wonderful and unique gift to give to a friend, loved one… or even yourself!

The Branson Regional Arts Council invites the public to attend the 2019 Annual Member Meeting and New Artist Reception at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery on the 2nd Level Concourse in Downtown Branson.

This FREE Community Event will be held on Friday, September 6th from 6-8pm

The annual member meeting will run until 6:30pm, and will provide an opportunity for elections of new board of directors as well announcements regarding several new, exciting events and theatrical performances slated for 2020. The short meeting will be followed by an evening of incredible artistry, as we introduce several new artists joining the Art Gallery Exhibition.

The Branson Convention Center Art Gallery has been visited by approximately 100,000 people annually, according to General Manager Marc Mulherin. Several of the featured artists will be attending the reception to discuss their work, and members of the Branson Regional Arts Council Board will be there to answer any questions. Refreshments will be available as well.

Bring yourself, or a group of friends and enjoy this FREE community event!

Deceased Board Member and Beloved Friend of the Arts, Robert Cohn, enjoyed an earlier Artist Reception. His dedication and hard work to initiate and develop the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery will not be forgotten.

Photo by Marshall Meadows: ( left to right) Roz Slavik, Julie Musser, Mindy Law, Kellsey Bradley, Kristen Dasto, Amy Miller

Steel Magnolias At The Historic Owen Theatre

The Branson Regional Arts Council launches their 7th theatrical production of the year, as Steel Magnolias opens August 29th at the Historic Owen Theatre.

The Owen stage has transformed into Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee, the play moves toward tragedy when the spunky Shelby (a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.Playwright, Robert Harling, had one reason for crafting this beautiful story.  He wanted to preserve the memory of his real-life sister.  Little did he know that her life would go on to inspire one of the most beautiful, heartwarming tributes ever to grace the stage and silver screen. 

The production is under the Direction of Lloyd Alexander-Holt who said, “I hope that as you experience this story on stage, you are reminded of the Steel Magnolias in your life. Those strong, yet loving individuals who have helped you become who you are today.”

Special appreciation to Starboard Corporation, State Park Marina and The Harbor for their financial assistance as the Center Stage Co-Sponsors of this production.

Cast members of Steel Magnolias are Amy Miller (Truvy Jones), Kristen Dasto (Annelie Dupuy-Desoto), Julie Musser (Claire Belcher), Kellsey Bradley (Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie), Mindy Law (M’Lynn Eatenton) and Roz Slavik (Ouiser Boudreaux).

The production team includes Kim Hale, Lisa Murphy, Karie Dykeman (Producers), Lloyd Alexander-Holt (Director), Corey Mitchell (Technical Director), Jordan Alexander-Holt, Kyle Bradley (Stage Managers), Sean Myers (Assistant Stage Manager), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Mac Hill (Sound Technician), Roz Slavik (Prop Master), Marshall Meadows (Photography), Jim Barber (Marketing), and Corey Mitchell, Julie Musser, Mark Musser, Michael Horn, Mike Groff, Amy Miller, Josh Williams, and Kyle Bradley (Set Construction). 

HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

Steel Magnolias opens August 29th and runs for six performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 7pm, and Saturday, Sunday at 2pm.

Advance tickets are recommended at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre Box Office at 417-336-4255.

Auditions for the Branson Regional Arts Council‘s production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will be held at the Historic Owen Theatre on Sunday, August 18 & Monday, August 19 (2019) from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Call backs will be held on Tuesday, August 20, from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Performance dates are:

  • Friday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will be held at the Historic Owen Theatre from 6:00-10:00 p.m., Sunday-Thursday.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Seeking performers ages 16+

Please prepare a 1-2 minute vocal selection that showcases your strengths. All vocal selections must be from standard musical theatre repertoire. NO POP, ROCK, COUNTRY OR GOSPEL.
Please DO NOT perform any songs from the show.
Please bring sheet music, marked and cut, in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Participants may also use an accompaniment track. If using a track, please provide a digital device such as a phone or iPad. NO CD’s.

All participants will be required to attend the dance call. Please bring appropriate clothing that fits closely to the body to showcase your physique. NO BAGGY CLOTHES. Appropriate footwear is required. Ladies are required to wear high heel character shoes and men are required to wear closed toed shoes; jazz shoes preferred. NO SANDALS or BARE FEET ALLOWED.

The Branson Regional Arts Council’s production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is directed and choreographed by Jordan Alexander-Holt, and musically directed by Lloyd Alexander-Holt.

CASTING:

Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown
Milly
A feisty, beautiful, frontier woman with a vibrant sense of humor. Strong-willed, smart, and unafraid to say how she feels. She falls in love with Adam.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Adam
The eldest of seven brothers. A tall and attractive hunk. Farmer and hunter. Vigorous, confident, charming. He falls in love with Milly.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Alice
Sweet but very naïve and not too bright. Ultra clean. Very excitable and a hopeless romantic. Falls in love with Gideon.
Gender: Female
Age: 16 to 19
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Gideon
The youngest brother. Shy, sensitive, and deeply honest to a fault. Still rough around the edges like his brothers. Eventually falls in love with Alice.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Dorcas
She is feisty sexpot. Works in her parents’ store and rebels against their overbearing nature. Pushes the dress code and acts as if she is not the virgin that she is. Falls in love with Benjamin.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Benjamin
The second eldest and second in command. A driven leader who is as quick to being hot tempered as he is to action. Falls in love with Dorcas.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Ruth
A buttoned-down teacher. Very practical with a sensuality underneath. A problem solver. The mother of the group of girls. Falls in love with Caleb.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Caleb
A brother. Solid and smart, he a hunter who is unaccustomed to women. The most levelheaded of the brothers. Falls in love with Ruth.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Liza
A homebody attached at the hip to Martha. She is very superstitious. Eventually falls in love with Daniel.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Daniel
A brother. He is rough-and-tumble, unkempt, and talkative. Falls in love with Liza.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Martha
A bit of a goody two-shoes who does everything with Liza. She eventually falls in love with Ephraim.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 22
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Ephraim
A brother. Rough-and-tumble and unkempt. He is like a twin with Daniel, but less talkative. Falls in love with Martha.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Sarah
A gardener and “tom boy” raised in a family of boys. She has a fiery sense of exuberance to match her red hair. Falls in love with Frank.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Frank
A brother. He is a hot head who is always ready to erupt. Reluctant to do anything that might be classified as sissy. The most rugged and “uncivilized” of all the brothers. Falls in love with Sarah.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Mr. Hoallum
Owner of the general store. He is also the town mayor and Dorcas’ dad. Plays guitar and banjo, and is very protective of his daughter and girls in town.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Mrs. Hoallum
Mr. Hoallum’s wife and Dorcas’ mother. She is an accordionist. Snobby and uptight. Like her husband, she does not like Adam and his brothers.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mr. Sander
Owner of the local restaurant and Ruth’s father. Gruff and grumpy. He is conservative and very protective of his daughter.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Sander
Mr. Sander’s wife and Ruth’s mother. Plays jug, washboard bass, and the autoharp. Snobby and conservative.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Preacher
Alice’s father. A peaceful and deeply religious man who loves his daughter. Dislikes confrontation. He is a violinist.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Ensemble

Brothers; Lumbermen; Townsboys; Townsgirls; Suitors (Jeb, Joel, Nathan, Luke, Matt, Zeke)

 

ANY QUESTIONS? Please direct questions to Lloyd Alexander-Holt at lloyd@bransonarts.org.

Auditions for the Branson Arts Council’s 2019-2020 Staccato Youth Show Choir will be held Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14. 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616.

For students ages 10-18. Tuition and schedule information will be provided at the audition.

Please have ready a 1 minute Broadway-style song (bring your own track). A monologue is optional.

 


Last season’s 2018-2019 Staccato group (from youngest to oldest) included; Hallie Groff (9), Jake Musser (13), Sydney Pride (13), Megan Rodgers (13), Jordan Kendrick (15), Noah Beyer (15), Moritz Mund (16), Jacob Deeter (16), Alex Knudsen (16), Carter Hendrickson (16), Dani Groff (18) and Brenna Kellem (18).

Please contact the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255 with any questions.