The Branson Regional Arts Council announces open cast auditions for all roles for our upcoming musical production of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Audition Dates/Times:

  • Sunday, Dec 15th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 18th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location:

  • Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616

Rehearsal Dates/Times:

  • Sundays through Thursdays (tentative)
  • Initial Cast Meeting – January 4, 2020, 6:00pm
  • January 5, 2020 – February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (tentative)

Performance Dates/Times:

  • Feb 14-16, Feb 21-23, Feb 28-Mar 1 (12 performances)
  • Evening Performances @ 7:00 pm – Matinee Performances @ 2:00 pm

Producers: Kim Hale, Karie Dykeman, Lisa Murphy
Director: Jacob Deck
Music Director: Caitlin Secrest

About The Show:
This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for 80 years!

This will be the RSC version of THE WIZARD OF OZ, and includes the songs “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “The Jitterbug,” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz,” “Poppies (Optimistic Voices)” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.”

IMPORTANT:
Please prepare (1) song and bring Karaoke tracks for your musical audition on phone or as an MP3 on a thumb drive. If you are reading for a specific role, please sing that characters song from The Wizard of Oz (not required).

Please be prepared to run through some simple choreography. Dress in comfortable, loose clothing, no high heels or ruby slippers.

You may be asked to do a cold read from the script.

 

Character Breakdown – Principal Roles:

Dorothy Gale – The heroine of our Fairytale, young, full of energy, strength and kindness. Must be strong dancer, singer and actress.

Professor Marvel/The Wizard of OZ – Professor Marvel portrays himself as one who knows many things and has great wisdom in all matters with the help of his crystal ball. Must be a strong actor. Wizard of Oz is a mysterious character that rules over Oz. Must be strong actor with crisp clear voice and commanding presence.

Hunk/The Scarecrow – Hunk is the thinker of the bunch who speaks his mind. Must be a strong actor with good comedic timing. The Scarecrow is made of straw and walks with constant unrestricted movements. He has no brain but often says more intelligent and insightful things than any other person in the musical. Must be a strong singer, actor and dancer.

Zeke/The Cowardly Lion – Zeke is the farmhand Dorothy turns to for encouragement and courage. He is sweet and comforting but easily spooked. Must be a strong actor.
The Cowardly Lion wishes to go home throughout the adventures in Oz but his friends never let him. In the end he finds the courage he thought he was lacking. Must be strong dancer, singer and actor and have great comedic timing.

Hickory/The Tin Man – Hickory is emotionally charged farmhand who desires great things. He is quick witted and lovable. The Tin Man is the most loving and emotional character in the musical. He wants nothing more than to have his heart back. He is strong, protective and encouraging. Must be a strong dancer (tap), singer and actor.

Aunt Em/Glinda the Good Witch – Emily Gale is the Aunt of Dorothy who leads a busy and tiring life on her Kansas farm. Strong actress capable of portraying a strong motherly character. Glinda the Good Witch of the North watches over Dorothy and her friends. She is caring and nurturing and is a great aid to anyone in need. She must portray dignity and grace. Strong actress and good singer for her solos in Munchkinland and Poppy field.

Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West – Miss Gulch is uptight neighbor who attempts to take Dorothy’s beloved dog Toto away from her. She is harsh, mean and strict spirit but also has a good delivery of sarcastic banter. The Wicked Witch of the West is the villain of our story. She follows our four friends throughout the land of OZ striking fear into them any way she can. While she is a bully with a fantastically creepy cackle she also has a playful fun side. Actress must be able to blend the witch’s wicked ways with her sarcastic wit.

Character Breakdown – Supporting Roles:

Uncle Henry – Uncle Henry is a busy man trying to keep his farm afloat. He is goodhearted and good natured.

Three Crows – Three male crows sing with Scarecrow in “If I only had a brain. Must be good dancers, singers and actors.

Three Trees – Three female trees sing along with Tin Man in “If I only had a heart”. Must have good singing and speaking voices.

Mayor of Munchkinland – Must be a strong speaker and singer.

Coroner of Munchkinland – Should be a good singer with a unique voice.

Lullaby League – 3 Tots – Ballerinas – Must have sweet voices and be able to dance on pointe.

Lollipop Guild – 3 Tough Guys – Must be good singers and dancers.

Winkie General – Head of the Witch’s Army

Nikko – Head of the Flying Monkeys

Flying Monkeys

Poppies & Snowflakes

Emerald City Guard

Jitterbug Lead Dancers, Jitterbugs and Ghosts


Practice Accompaniment Tracks on YouTube To Help Inspire Or Get You Started…

Over The Rainbow
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
If I Only Had A Heart
If I Only Had The Nerve
If I Were The King Of The Forest
Munchkin Musical Sequence
The Jitterbug
Entre’ Acte / Merry Old Land Of Oz
Original Movie Soundtrack Songs

The Branson Regional Arts Council is presenting a one-day (two-hour) watercolor workshop, where registered participants will learn the techniques of creating an old fashioned Hand-made Christmas Card as seen in the photo.

Old Fashioned Watercolor Christmas Card Workshop

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Historic Owen Theatre (downtown Branson)

Class Description: This is a one-day workshop for all ages where participants will be walked through a step by step paint along process. We will create a hand-made Christmas card featuring a classic red ornament nestled in the pine branches of a Christmas tree. Join us to learn some new watercolor painting techniques and create a lovely holiday greeting card for a family member or friend.

REGISTER FOR THE CHRISTMAS CARD CLASS

CLICK HERE for more information and to register online for this fun and educational workshop! Call 417-336-4255 with any questions.

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council is offering two new art class programs at the Historic Owen Theatre’s Gallery Studio for youth and adults beginning Tuesday, October 22nd.

FALL NATURE ART CLASSES FOR KIDS

  • 5 Week Class meets Tuesdays, Oct 22nd thru Nov 19th
  • Two time slots available: 3pm-4pm or 4pm-5pm
  • For Kids Ages: 6-11 (Class Sizes Limited)
  • Art Instructor: Lisa Murphy

Children will enjoy learning how to use a variety of art media to create Fall Themed Art Projects. They will have the opportunity to experiment with Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Charcoal and Chalk. Each week students will use nature as their theme as they learn to mix and blend Fall colors and explore nature through a variety of mixed media techniques. Kids will have fun using their imaginations to celebrate the Fall season!

$60 Registration fee covers all instruction and art supplies over the 5 weeks of classes. Great program for homeschoolers or any student who enjoys the arts!

REGISTER FOR THE FALL NATURE ART CLASSES

Visit BransonArts.org/artclass for more information or to register.

WATERCOLOR PAINTING FOR TEENS & ADULTS

  • 5 Week Class meets Tuesdays, Oct 22th thru Nov 19th
  • 5pm-6pm (Ages 12-17) or 6pm-7pm (Ages 18+)
  • Art Instructors: Lisa Murphy & Jessica Lowe

This is a 5 week painting class for teens and adults interested in watercolor landscape painting. Learn new watercolor painting techniques, follow along in a mock landscape demo, and paint your own style of landscape with the help and guidance or our experienced, local instructors, Jessica Lowe and Lisa Murphy.

Come to experiment, have fun and develop an exciting artistic skill!

Registration fee covers all instruction over the 5 weeks of classes.

REGISTER FOR THE WATERCOLOR CLASSES

NOTE: Students must provide their own materials (see list on registration page). Materials may be purchased at most art supply stores such as Michael’s Craft Store, or via Amazon.com (Approx. $61 + shipping) at this link: http://bransonarts.org/watercolorsupplies .

Visit BransonArts.org/artclass for more information or to register.

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS:

Jessica Lowe is a Missouri based artist. She works with a variety of media and creates artworks that focus on nature and portraiture. Jessica was born in Wichita, KS and moved to Missouri at the age of 10. At age 13 she began her formal training as an artist, working under local veteran artist Sam Hull for 2.5 years. Graduating from Branson High School, she went on to continue her education at Missouri State University, gaining her BSED in Fine Art in 2015. She taught High School Art for 4 years at Forsyth High School before deciding to pursue life as an artist-full-time. She is currently working as a free lance commissioned artist creating pieces for patrons, as well as developing her own work.

Lisa Murphy is a Board Member Emeritus and Past President of the Branson Regional Arts Council. She has dedicated her life to promoting Art Education in Southwest Missouri. After graduating from MSU with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art and Library Science she started working towards a Masters Degree at Drury University, where she studied Secondary Art and Gifted Education. Her professional career includes teaching Art at the Springfield Art Museum for five years and teaching in the public schools for over thirty years. The majority of her career was devoted to teaching Art in a small rural school that was named one of the top five high schools in Missouri and awarded the National Blue Ribbon. Her professional awards include: National Recognition in Who’s Who Teacher of the Year, seven times and the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Missouri Fine Arts Academy twice in her career. Currently she teaches Art at The Summit Preparatory School in Springfield.

Incredible Pumpkin Painting Party at the Branson Centennial History Museum!

The Branson Regional Arts Council and the Branson Centennial Museum are teaming up to present a FUN & FESTIVE EVENT for all ages!

Register today for our INCREDIBLE PUMPKIN PAINTING PARTY in Historic Downtown Branson!

There will be 2 EVENTS to choose from based on age:
• Kids (12 and under) – Saturday, Oct 19th, 10am-12pm
• Teens (13-17) – Saturday, Oct 19th, 1pm-3pm

Parents are welcome to attend with their child, or also register for their own pumpkin to paint as well! GREAT FAMILY FUN!

$20 Registration Fee per participant. Class sizes are limited. Sign up soon to secure your spot!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

We will provide the pumpkins, and all painting materials needed. Your instructors are Certified Professional Art Teachers with years of experience!

Our prize sponsor Dicks 5&10 will be providing refreshments, special treats and prizes for everyone! You won’t want to miss it!

All proceeds benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council and the Branson Centennial Museum (both organizations are 501(c)3 charities).

The Branson Regional Arts Council is pleased to offer SEASON PASSES for our 2020 Theatrical Musicals and Plays!

Save time and money by making a one-time seat selection.
Your ticket may be used by you or anyone you wish to occupy your seat. 

Best seats will go first, so order your season passes soon!

– A UNIQUE GIFT for a friend or loved one that will be enjoyed all year long!

NOTE: BRAC has no plans to alter this line-up, but show schedules and titles are subject to change.


ORDER YOUR 2020 SEASON PASSES TODAY

CLICK THE GREEN BUTTON TO ORDER ONLINE or call 417-336-4255 for assistance.

2020 FULL SEASON PASS UPGRADE (See All 9 Productions)

FULL SEASON PASS

  • $134.55 – Adult (18+), $89.55 – Youth (4-17)
  • Reserve your preferred seat for all 9 shows in our 2020 season.
  • Makes a GREAT GIFT for a loved one that LASTS THROUGH THE YEAR!
  • All Pass Tickets Discounted! This is our best value pass!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL… ORDER FULL SEASON PASS BEFORE NOV 1, 2019 and receive a 1-YEAR BRAC MEMBERSHIP ($20 value) – Includes 10 FREE POPCORNS or SODAS punchcard ($30 value).  Limit (1) Individual Membership per Full Season Pass Purchased. Current Members will receive a one-year extension to their current membership.

Purchase (3) or more Full Season Passes for your immediate family and receive (1) Family Membership ($50 value). Includes 30 FREE POPCORNS or SODAS punchcard ($90 value). 

2020 PICK SIX PASS (Select 6 Shows Of Your Choice)

PICK SIX SHOWS
  • $92.70 – Adult (18+), $62.70 – Youth (4-17)
  • Reserve your preferred seat for 6 shows of your choice from our entire season.

2020 FAVORITE FOUR PASS (Select 4 Shows Of Your Choice)

FAVORITE FOUR
  • $63.80 – Adult (18+), $43.80 – Youth (4-17)
  • Reserve your preferred seat for 4 shows of your choice from our entire season.

2020 INDIVIDUAL SHOW TICKETS (Select One Show at a Time)

HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS
  • $16.95 – Adult (18+), $11.45 – Youth (4-17) (same price as 2018 & 2019 – includes service fee)
  • Reserve your preferred seat for one or more shows at our regular ticket rate. 

2020 BRAC THEATRE SHOW LINE-UP

The Wizard of Oz – Feb 14-16, 21-23 28-Mar 1, 2020 (12 shows)

Family Recommended | Branson Regional Arts Council is proud to present this beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl name Dorothy travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home. Celebrating it’s 80th year in 2020, The Wizard Of Oz has been entertaining audiences for generations. Don’t miss this spectacular opening show to kick off our 2020 season of live productions at the Historic Owen Theatre!


The Odd Couple – March 19-22, 2020 (5 shows)

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 Hunchback Of Notre Dame – April 16-19, 23-26, 2020 (8 shows)

Rated PG | Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. Don’t miss this spectacular production that will fill the Historic Owen Theatre with beautiful music, incredible acting, and a powerful story.


Shakespeare – Abridged – May 14, 17, 18, 2020 (5 shows)

All Audiences | All 37 plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) was London’s longest-running comedy, and now it’s in Branson for 5 hilarious performances!


Peter Pan, Jr. – June 4-7, 2020 (6 shows)

Family Recommended | The BRAC Youth Troupe Summer Institute presents Peter Pan Jr. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan Jr. is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.


Mama Mia! – July 9-12, 16-19, 2020 (8 shows)

Rated PG-13 | ABBA’s hit music tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!


9 to 5 – The Musical – Sept 10-13, 17-20, 2020 (8 shows)

PG-13 | Three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. Pushed to the boiling point, they concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she? Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, 9 to 5 the Musical is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.


The Glass Menagerie – Nov 5, 8, 9, 2020 (5 shows)

Age 18+ Recommended | The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams, and its action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Tom is a character in the play, which is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since. The Branson Regional Arts Council is pleased to present this unforgettable stage classic at the Historic Owen Theatre.


The Sound Of Music – Dec 3-5, 10-13, 2020 (10 shows)

Family Recommended | This Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is the world’s most beloved musical. High-spirited Maria is dispatched to serve as governess for seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, captures his heart and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, and the family’s narrow escape provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.

 

NOTE: BRAC has no plans to alter this line-up, but show schedules and titles are subject to change.

 

Auditions for the Branson Regional Arts Council‘s production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical will be held at the Historic Owen Theatre on Friday, October 18th  & Saturday, October 19th  (2019) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Callbacks-To be Determined

Performance dates (8 shows):

  • December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 – 7:00 PM
  • December 7, 15 – 2:00 PM

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

➢ Seeking Adult and Children performers

➢ Please prepare a 1-2 minute vocal selection that showcases vocal ability. All vocal selections must be from standard musical theatre repertoire in the style of the show. NO POP, ROCK, COUNTRY OR GOSPEL.

Please DO NOT perform any songs from the show.

Please bring an mp3 track on a digital device such as a phone or iPad. NO CD’s.

A dialect will be required for this show. Please come prepared to cold read from the script with a Standard British dialect.

All participants will be required to attend the dance call. Please bring appropriate clothing & footwear. 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 A Christmas Carol is directed by Jacob Estes.

Character Breakdown

➢ Most of the performers in the cast will be playing multiple roles.

 

Scrooge

A man who lost his father to creditors as a kid and has grown up heeding his father’s advice to save his money. Until he realizes how terrible he’s become, he is grumpy, unsympathetic man and has no time for anyone or anything.

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 65

Vocal range: Baritone

 

Mr. Cratchit

A father and husband who cares deeply for his family, particularly his youngest son. He works hard to provide for them but is mistreated by his employer, Scrooge.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range: Baritone

 

Mrs. Cratchit

Tiny Tim’s mother and Mr. Cratchit’s wife. She is a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children with what she’s got.

Gender: Female

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range: Soprano/Mezzo

 

Tiny Tim

Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit’s youngest son. He is crippled and sick, but is the definition of loving Christmas spirit. He constantly reminds his family that as long as they all have each other, they will be happy.

Gender: Male

Age: 9 to 12

Vocal range: Boy Soprano

 

Fred

Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative. He is a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world.

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range: Tenor

 

Ghost Of Christmas Present

A jovial, larger-than-life ghost who comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration he his missing out on while those around him celebrate Christmas. Actor doubles as Sandwichboard Man.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 45

Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor

 

Ghost Of Christmas Past

An ever cheerful, sprightly ghost who comes back with the history book of Scrooge’s past to show him the events that led to his current state. Actor doubles as Lamplighter.

Gender: Female

Age: 20-30

Vocal: Soprano/Mezzo

 

Blind Old Hag / Ghost Of Christmas Future

A beautiful, and terrifying wrath, the Ghost of Christmas Future is strong and silent as she shows Scrooge what will happen to him and those around him if he continue down the path he is currently treading.

Gender: Female

Age: 50 to 65

Vocal range: Mezzo

 

Marley

Scrooge’s former business partner who, before his death, was exactly like Scrooge. Comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge of how his life decisions will bind him in the afterlife.

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 55

Vocal range: Tenor

 

Emily

Scrooge’s fiancé from when they were young. She is a beautiful girl, not impressed or in need of money.

Gender: Female

Age: 18 to 25

Vocal range: Soprano

 

Young Scrooge

A handsome young version of Scrooge from his youth, He is engaged to Emily.

Gender: Male

Age: 18 to 25

Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor

 

Mrs. Fezziwig

The consummate hostess and Mr. Fezziwig’s wife, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year. She is prideful.

Gender: Female

Age: 30 to 60

Vocal range: Soprano

 

Mr. Fezziwig

A portly, jolly man who used to throw a huge Christmas party every year for the community. He was Scrooge’s first boss and after teaching him all he knew, he became deeply disappointed in the man Scrooge became.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 60

Vocal range: Tenor

 

Ensemble:

Scrooge’s Mother; Fan; Cratchet Children; Bankers; Street Vendors; Sailors; Ghosts; Jailers; Clerks; Monks

 

Forte Theatre Productions LLC and the Branson Regional Arts Council are collaborating to bring five performances of the theatrical classic, Of Mice and Men to the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre on September 19th, 22nd, and 23rd.

Written by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men follows the journey of Lennie and George, two migrant field workers as they chase down their dream of a farm of their own. Their relationship is unconventional as Lennie is a child-like man who doesn’t know his own strength, and George, his reluctant caretaker, feels the pressures of society to hide Lennie’s uniqueness.

“Even though the story was written in 1937 during the Great Depression, there are many relatable themes that a modern audience can relate to,” says Producer, Tina Cool-Anderson. “We still struggle with loneliness, financial struggles, class systems, and bigotry today and Steinbeck does a wonderful job of illuminating those issues,” she adds.

“The saying ‘hope deferred makes the heart sick’ applies to every character in Of Mice and Men,” explains Forte Director, Kyle Blanchard. This production features an immersive experience for the audience. The cast will greet guests and sit with the audience during the performance where they will actively be a part of the production. “Forte Theatre Productions’ Of Mice and Men will be a refreshingly energetic and active retelling of the classic American story, “ says Blanchard, adding, “patrons should expect to find more humor throughout the story than is usually displayed.”

The performance location of the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson is especially fitting for this production. Of Mice and Men was first performed in 1937 and the Owen was built in 1936. “The rustic ambiance of the Owen and classic Steinbeck were meant for each other,” says Cool-Anderson.

The cast Of Mice and Men are: Austin Delp (George), Jesse Brown (Lennie), Connor Sullivan (Slim), Andy Brown (Candy), Caleb Schantz (Curley), Jessica Brown (Curley’s Wife), Traven Harrington (Crooks), Conor Finnerty-Esmonde (Carlson), Nick Haney (Whit), and Mark Peper (The Boss).

The production team includes: Tina Cool-Anderson (Producer), Kyle Blanchard (Director), Jonathan Crum (Costume Designer), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director) Connor Sullivan (Fight Choreographer), Nick Haney (Marketing), Mariah Garrett (Stage Manager), and Adrianna Cota (Prop Mistress).

Performances at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson are September 19 at 7:30pm, and September 22 and 23 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

A special talk-back performance of the show will be held on Monday, September 23 at 2pm. The actors will hit the stage after the play and answer questions from the audience. This special Monday Matinee event is being offered at a “student price for all” ticket. To select and reserve seats online, visit bransonarts.org/tix or call the Historic Owen Theatre box office at 417-336-4255.

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.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet Will Rock Hollister This Weekend

“To Be Or Not To Be” at Hollister’s Chad A Fuqua Park this weekend.  “That Is The Question!”

Forte Theatre Productions LLC, in cooperation with the Branson Regional Arts Council and the City of Hollister, present, Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

This unforgettable Shakespeare in the Park event tells the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, who finds out that is father was secretly murdered and plots to avenge his father’s death.  It is the most quoted piece of Shakespeare’s collection of plays and has impacted popular story lines such as The Lion King.

Under the direction of Justin Ables, Hamlet is set in the 1990s and uses an original rock underscore written by local musician, Chris Skillern.  Skillern also portrays King Claudius in Hamlet where he plays live rock guitar as his character.  Josh Boulden, who plays Hamlet, paints temporary murals in selected scenes to help progress the story line.  “Shakespearean grunge meets visual art destruction” says Skillern, “You have never seen Shakespeare rock like this.”

Along with original music and performance art, Hamlet incorporates dancing in this production. “The choreography is dark, mellow and edgy. Definitely in line with the twisted story,’ says choreographer, Cori Briggs, “I tried to play up the turmoil, anger and confusion in the movement.”

This is the 3rd annual Shakespeare in the Park at Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park located in Hollister Missouri.  As a city park improvement, Hollister has newly installed lighting and audio system in the park’s performance pavilion. Hamlet will be the first to fully utilize the new equipment.

Additional production members include Jonathan Crum (Costume Designer), Ian Lahlum (Set Designer), Brian Huff (Fight Choreographer), and Tina Cool-Anderson (Producer) .

Photo: Matthew Noll Photography – Josh Boulden (Hamlet) and Charis Boulden (Ophelia)

Cast members include: Josh Boulden (Hamlet), Charis Boulden (Ophelia), Chris Skillern (Claudius), Jonna Volz (Gertrude), John Paul-Fox (Horatio), Ian Lahlum (Polonius), Conor Finnerty (Laertes),  Alex Shriver, Ashley Litke, Austin Delp, Brandon Farrar, Lindsey Lee, Lizzy Hinton, Michael Sager, and Bucky Buckner.

Tickets prices are $16.95 (Adults 18+) and $11.45 (under 18).

Advance tickets are highly recommended and available online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255.

CLICK HERE FOR HAMLET TICKETS

Show times are 8pm on  Sunday July 28th and Monday July 29th, and Sunday August 4th and Monday August 5th.  The gate open at 7pm.

This is a “bring your own chair or blanket” event. Seating is not provided. Enjoy an original version of one of the world’s most popular plays, under the stars in beautiful Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park, 312 Esplanade Dr., Hollister Missouri.  In case of a rainout, the show will move to the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S Commercial St. in downtown Branson.

BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber (center), welcomes Roger and Karen Bergford to the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is proud to announce that Roger and Karen Bergford have begun accepting new vocal students as part of BRAC’s Conservatory of the Arts program at the Historic Owen Theatre. Offering both private and group vocal lessons, the Bergfords provide an impressive history of professional training and performance experience to new and advanced vocal students in the Branson area.

BRAC Vocal Teachers Roger & Karen Bergford

The Bergfords are now scheduling 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 are typically private, or as a group of 3 students together. Interested parents or students should contact the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255 or info@bransonarts.org for more information of class scheduling and tuition rates.

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.

The Arts Council is excited to have the Bergfords join the BRAC Education faculty, and they are now accepting private vocal students from the Branson Tri-Lakes area who wish to train under their professional direction.

Faculty members of the BRAC Conservatory of the Arts include:

  • Lloyd Alexander Holt – Director of Vocal Studies
  • Kristen Dasto – Director of Dance Education
  • Jacob Estes – Director of Theatre Education
  • Roger & Karen Bergford – Vocal Instructors

All private and group classes are pre-scheduled and held at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

Students of any age who are interested in information regarding lessons in voice, dance or acting, are asked to contact the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255 or info@bransonarts.org.

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