The Branson Regional Arts Council, in association with Ozark Mountain Music, will present a program on the history of traditional Ozark music, emphasizing fiddle music and other historical songs familiar to the early settlers of the region.

This free community concert takes place on Saturday, November 17th at 7:00pm at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

The presentation will trace the history of Ozark fiddle music from its mid-1600 origin in Scotland through Ireland, Appalachia and on into the Ozarks at the signing of the Louisiana purchase.  Still common in the Ozarks today, this style of music was the foundation for many others including gospel, country, and bluegrass. In this lively program, accomplished musicians will explain the progression of the music, and perform many traditional tunes and songs.

Historically, old time fiddle music helped sustain the early Ozark settlers.  At the signing of the Louisiana Purchase an onslaught of setters, mostly of Scot descent, poured across the Mississippi River leaving behind their already depleted land in the Appalachian Mountains as they sought new homesteads in a familiar terrain, the Ozarks.  These hardy folks already felt comfortable settling in the lonely river bottoms and isolated valleys of the Ozarks.  To sustain themselves in what could have been a very stark life, the Scots brought their fiddles with them and continued with traditions established back in their homeland generations before.  Through community parties and festivals, these agrarian settlers imprinted the Ozarks with its first music.  Today, following in that early tradition, there are still weekly community fiddle jams as well as yearly festivals and contests that celebrate the fiddle.  We believe that in this time of social upheaval it is particularly important to continue to bind together our present with our past. 

In addition to the free concert at the Historic Owen Theatre on November 17th, a second performance is also scheduled on Saturday, November 24 at 7:00pm at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell, Springfield.  Anyone interested in learning more about traditional music and its impact on music today is encouraged to attend one or both presentations.

About Ozark Mountain Music

Ozark Mountain Music was incorporated by Bob McGill as a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit corporation ins 2012 with the mission of teaching, learning, and keeping alive the history and culture of the Ozarks.

The organization has sponsored fiddle camps for young people ages 11-17 who desire to learn old-time Ozark Fiddle music. From these camps, a select group of students were invited to join The Possum Holler Fiddlers, and have given over 100 performances in Churches, festivals, nursing homes and pre-schools in the Branson area. They have traveled and performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, twice at the White House in Washington D.C., and three members of the group traveled to Haiti in 2017 to conduct a week-long fiddle camp featuring gospel music. Ozark Mountain Music also began an after school program offering fiddle music to young aspiring musicians.

Bob Holt – Ozarks Fiddler

The Ozark Mountain Music program began as a result of a Traditional Ozark Music concert at Juanita K Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, Missouri honoring long-time Ozark fiddler, Bob Holt.

A famed American fiddler, Mr. Holt was known for his lightning-fast, energetic old-time style. He played his signature song “Ninth of January” at as much as 144 beats per minute while playing for square dances.

In 1999, Mr. Holt was honored in a ceremony at the White House as a recipient of a Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Artswhich is the United States’ highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. At that time he played in concert at the Kennedy Center.

Bob Holt passed away in his home town of Ava, Missouri on March 19, 2004 at the age of 73.

Buy-A-Seat At The Historic Owen Theatre

The Branson Regional Arts Council has a long term goal of restoring the Historic Owen Theatre and preserving the legacy of former Branson Mayor Jim Owen who built the venue as a movie theatre in 1936.  Theatre patrons and area businesses are invited to “Buy-A-Seat” at the Owen Theatre as a way of showing their support and appreciation of the arts in our community.

“There are 203 cushioned theatre seats available for adoption in our Buy-A-Seat campaign. For a $500 deductible donation to the Arts Council, each donor will received an engraved brass plate with their name, the name of their business, or a dedication to a loved one; permanently fixed to the back of their seat. Their support of the arts will be on display for as long as the Branson Regional Arts Council has management of this historic facility. We hope that will be for generations to come!” – Jim Barber – Executive Director, Branson Regional Arts Council

To submit a donation to “Buy-A-Seat” at the Historic Owen Theatre, mail a check to: BRAC, PO Box 2004, Branson, MO 65615 and notate the seat number you wish to “adopt” in the memo line.  If donors would prefer to pay via any major credit card, please click on this link and select your seat via our Vendini ticketing system.


The seating chart below shows which seats are currently available for adoption.  Once a seat is “adopted” by a donor, it will never be available to anyone else. We thank everyone who has “adopted” a seat to date….

Current Buy-A-Seat Patrons include:

  • A3 – PAUL A SLICER (by Patty Slicer)
  • A4 – VENEDA B SLICER (by Penny McDermott)
  • A5 – SUE R HEAD
  • A7 – DIANE W BARBER (by Jim & Jessica Barber)
  • A8 – ROBERT (BOB) COHN (by BRAC)
  • A12 – SMITH BROOKHART (by Gail Brookhart)
  • B9 – DARLENE REA (to be announced)
  • B10 – DARLENE REA (to be announced)
  • B11 – GRANDMA SANDY PLATE (by Kim & Art Hale)
  • D-11 – DIANE WALLAHAN BARBER (by Mary Jane Wallahan)

An Audition Workshop for the Branson Regional Arts Council‘s production of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, will be held Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO, 65616 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


For the workshop, participants are asked to prepare a 1 minute vocal selection, or a 16-32 bar cut, to present to the directors for critique and constructive feedback.

Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. If you do not have sheet music, the use of an mp3 accompaniment track is acceptable

Participants will also be taught an audition dance combination, so dress comfortably in clothing that won’t restrict your movement in any way. 

The cost of the workshop is $20.00. Pre-registration is preferred, however, we will accept registrations at the door.

CLICK HERE to register online. Call 417-336-4255 for information.


Audition Information*
*It is not required to take the Audition Workshop to attend the actual Auditions, however, the workshop will better prepare you for success.

Auditions for the BRAC’s production of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast will be held on Monday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 27 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO, 65616. These auditions are for ages 13+. Auditions for children, will be held on Wednesday, November 28, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Call backs: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7-10pm & Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-9pm – Historic Owen Theatre

 Bring audition form and one copy of your head shot and resume.
 We greatly prefer a LIVE audition, but will accept video/online submissions if absolutely necessary.

 Ages 13 and up: Prepare TWO contrasting songs, one up-tempo and one ballad, 16-32 bars of each only in the style of the show. Please no pop songs.
 Kids: can prepare ONE short song of their choosing.
 An accompanist WILL be provided. We greatly prefer that you utilize the accompanist, but will allow the use of tracks if absolutely necessary.
 Please bring a clean copy of your music in the correct key, preferably in a binder. Lead sheets will not be accepted. (If using a track: the music must be in a digital format. No CDs or tapes.)

Dance Call:
 All auditioning MUST attend the dance call AND have a singing audition, unless otherwise specifically stated.
 Bring proper dance attire and dance shoes.
 A combination will be taught in groups

Please contact the casting director, Melissa Rivera, with any questions regarding auditions at .

About the Production:
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The BRAC’s production Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is co-directed by Lloyd and Jordan Alexander-Holt, musically directed by Lloyd Alexander-Holt, and choreographed by Jordan Alexander-Holt. It will be presented at the Historic Owen Theatre February 21-24, and March 1-3,2019. Rehearsals will be held Sunday-Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m.