There are several new opportunities for Ozarks area artists to feature their work at area exhibitions sponsored by the Branson Regional Arts Council.

Artist applications are being accepted now for an immediate upcoming exhibition at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery, Chateau on the Lake, Rock Room Art Gallery at the Historic Owen Theatre, as well as an invitation for artist exhibition booths at the Hollister Grape & Fall Festival in October.

Please submit digital images or portfolio of available work for any of these exhibitions by using the artist submission form or button below.

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About the exhibitions:

Branson Convention Center – Art Exhibit

Branson Convention Center Art Exhibition [SUBMIT NOW – SELECTIONS ARE SOON]

The Branson Convention Center Art Gallery is located on the second level promenade of the venue. Twelve to Fourteen Ozarks area artists are featured on a rotating basis.  All works are available for sale with a small commission benefiting the Branson Regional Arts Council. This exhibition is free to the public and open year round. This is a juried show, so all submissions will be reviewed by a committee before being accepted in the display.

Chateau On The Lake Artist Wall

The Artist Gallery Wall is located inside the Chateau Grill Restaurant at Chateau on the Lake Hotel and Convention Center. One artist is featured at a time on a rotating basis. All works are available for sale with a small commission benefiting the Branson Regional Arts Council. This exhibition is free to the public and open year round. This is a juried show, so all submissions will be reviewed by a committee before being accepted in the display.

Rock Room Gallery at the Historic Owen Theatre [SUBMIT NOW – SELECTIONS ARE SOON]

This new gallery space opened in the Fall of 2019 with rotating exhibitions that coincide with theatrical performances occurring inside the Historic Owen Theatre. The next exhibition is entitiled Cityscapes & New York Nights and will open on September 10th along with the comedy play by Neil Simon, The Odd Couple. Artists are asked to create works that fit a “New York Skyline” or “Life In The City” type theme. All works are available for sale with a small commission benefiting the Branson Regional Arts Council. This exhibition is free to the public and open during the run of the play. This is a juried show, so all submissions will be reviewed by a committee before being accepted in the display.The image below includes a watercolor by professional artist and BRAC art instructor Jessica Lowe who will also be featured in the exhibition.

Hollister Grape & Fall Festival

In previous years the Branson Regional Arts Council has helped to sponsor the Craftsman’s Village Tent where dozens of area artists can display and sell their works to the thousands of folks who attend the annual festival on Historic Downing Street in Hollister. In 2020 however, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the event organizers to adapt new protocols in order to create a safe event for all, so the indoor tent will not be used this year.  Instead, artists are invited to reserve their own pop-up tent space and sell their works directly. No commissions are involved in this event.  For information on becoming an Exhibitor at the Hollister Grape & Fall Festival visit the Hollister Chamber of Commerce website at HollisterChamber.net.

Forte Theatre Productions, in partnership with the Branson Regional Arts Council, announce that their anticipated 4th Annual Shakespeare In The Park production of The Tempest will be postponed until next year as part of the 2021 line up of BRAC arts events planned for our community. Originally scheduled for late September and early October 2020, the exact dates for the 2021 production of The Tempest is expected to be announced later this year.

Tina Cool-Anderson, Producer and Director of Forte Theatre Productions, shares this video announcement regarding the schedule change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The team at Forte Theatre Productions, along with the Branson Regional Arts Council, have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest to 2021 due to COVID-19. Now, just because we have this pause in our season, doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop serving our Arts community. I mean, William Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague! So follow us on our social media pages and you’ll find information on upcoming virtual and in-person events. We’d also like to say a special thank you to the City of Hollister Parks and Recreation Department and all of our Arts Community who have helped make Shakespeare in the Park happen. So, keep safe and support your local Arts!” – Tina Cool-Anderson, Forte Theatre Productions

Past Shakespeare in the Park performances have included  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and last years Rock version of Hamlet. All of these productions have been held outdoors on the pavillion stage in Chad A Fuqua Memorial Park, and both organizations thank the City of Hollister and the Hollister Parks Department for their support and cooperation in making these community events possible.

NOTE: This change will not affect other musicals and plays already rescheduled for the 2020-2021 season at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

Upcoming BRAC performances include: The Odd Couple (Sept 10-15, 2010), The Sound of Music (Feb 11-14, 18-21, 25-28), The Glass Menagerie (Apr 8, 11,12), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged (Apr 30, May 2-3), Summer Youth Theatre Institute (May 17-21, 24-28, 31-June 2), Peter Pan Jr. (June 3-6), Mama Mia! (July 8-11, 15-18), 9 To 5 The Musical (Sep 9-12, 16-19), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Nov 4-7, 11-14). Other concert type events and possible additions to the musical theatre schedule are expected and will be announced at the appropriate time. Reserved seat tickets the above performances are now on sale at BransonArts.org/tix.

 

Postponed since last March due to the COVIC-19 pandemic shut down, the Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to finally present the hilarious comedy play The Odd Couple by Neil Simon at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson. Five performances are scheduled on Sept 10 (7pm), Sept 11 (7pm), Sept 12 (2pm & 7pm) and Sept 13 (2pm), with limited advance reserved seat tickets available now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255. Ticket prices are $16.95 (Adults 18+) and $11.45 (Youth 4-17) with proceeds benefiting the work of the Arts Council on behalf of our community.

Chance Havens as Oscar Madison

The unexpected postponement of this production unfortunately forced one of the lead actors to step away from the show, however Branson audiences are in for a treat as local theatre veteran Sean Neil Myers will be taking on the role of Felix Ungar.

Sean is thrilled to appear in his 12th BRAC production! He was last seen as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. His past roles for BRAC include Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, as well as standout roles in Beauty and the Beast, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, and Chicago. Sean’s favorite past roles include Igor in Young Frankenstein. 

Recommended for all audiences, this classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born!

The production is directed by Jody Madaras, star of the popular All Hands On Deck show at the Dutton Family Theatre.

“American comedy, The Odd Couple, delivers biting zingers and the ingredients that laughs are made of.  Our BRAC production comes complete with a boat load of laughs, and a heart-warming ending that is sure to please!” – Jody Madaras, Director

 

Chance Havens plays the role of Oscar Madison along with Sean Neil Myers as Felix Unger. Additional cast members include Cory Hensen as Murray, Deron Wolfe as Roy, Mark Peper as Vinnie, Dylan Pratt as Speed, J.C. Clinton and Abby Reeve as the vivacious Pigeon sisters.

The Odd Couple Supporting Cast (L-R): Dylan Pratt, Cory Hensen, J.C. Clinton, Abby Reeve, Deron Wolfe, Mark Peper

Producers Kim Hale, Lisa Murphy and Karie Dykeman are assisted by Justin Ables (Artistic Advisor), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director), and Mac Hill (Set Design and Sound Technician), Marshall Meadows (Photography), and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director and Marketing).

As an added bonus, theatre patrons will be invited to visit the Rock Room Gallery inside the Historic Owen Theatre for the new “Cityscapes & New York Nights” exhibition featuring artwork from a variety of local area artists. All works displayed will be available for sale by the artists. Artists interested in placing a work in the exhibit are asked to contact the Arts Council at info@bransonarts.org.

Theatre enthusiasts are reminded to purchase advance tickets for all of the upcoming Broadway musicals and plays that are already scheduled and in production at the Historic Owen Theatre throughout the 2020-2021 season. Visit BransonArts.org/tix for more information.

After a three month break due to the pandemic shutdown, the Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce that Roger and Karen Bergford are once again offering LIVE private voice lessons for students of all ages in various styles from classical to musical theater, pop, jazz, gospel, and country. Classes are available in 30 or 60 minutes sessions and will be held in the Rock Room Gallery of the Historic Owen Theatre.

BRAC Vocal Instructors Roger & Karen Bergford

Interested parents or adult students should contact the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org for more information on class scheduling and tuition rates.

A limited number of youth scholarships for Branson (65616) residents may be available for these classes.

All students will be required to follow the current health and safety protocols set forth by the Branson Regional Arts Council which include arrival temperature checks, masks when others are present, and social distancing in the classroom area.

Roger and Karen have over 30 years experience teaching both private and group vocal lessons. Roger earned his Bachelor of Music Education – Vocal Specialist from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, as well as graduate work in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado – Boulder.  Karen graduated with high honors from the University of Colorado – Boulder to earn her Bachelor of Music Education. Together they co-authored an industry book titled, “Sound & Language, the Defining Elements of the Complete Singer” in 2007.

After retiring as public school music educators in Colorado, the Bergfords moved to Branson in 2008 and began teaching 26 frontline singers in the Hughes Brothers it show, which won the Branson Show Award for “Best Show of the Year” (2009-2012).  In addition to working with the Hughes family, the Bergfords have also taught singers from The Haygoods and Jim Stafford Show casts, a backup singer with Andy Williams, and Voices of Glory, the top 5 finalists of America’s Got Talent (2009) who worked with the Michael Jackson/Boyz II Men manager, Qadree El-Amin. In 2017, the Voices of Glory were named “Vocal Group of the Year,” receiving both the prestigious Terry Award and the Branson Show Award.  Eighteen-year-old Nadia was  named “Female Vocalist of the Year.” The Bergfords were even invited to host a master class on a Bahamas cruise alongside Michael Jackson’s voice teacher in 2012.

Click Here For High Resolution Promotional Photo of Roger and Karen Bergford with BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber