Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? Why, it’s SpongeBob, of course, and he’s bringing his hilarious, high energy musical to downtown Branson for three weeks of performances at the Historic Owen Theatre!

Shows run February 8 – 25, 2024 with perfomances on Thursdays (7pm), Fridays, (7pm), Saturdays (2pm & 7pm), and Sundays (2pm). Advance reserve tickets are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Box Office at 417-336-4255.  Ticket prices are: $20 (Adults 18+) and $12 (Youth 4-17), lap children are free.

Families will enjoy seeing The SpongeBob Musical for several reasons. It’s a colorful and lively production that brings the beloved characters of the animated television series to life on stage. The musical features catchy songs, energetic dance numbers, and a storyline that celebrates friendship, teamwork, and resilience, all of which are great themes for families to enjoy together. Additionally, the show’s humor appeals to both kids and adults, making it a fun experience for the whole family!

This Branson Regional Arts Council production features irresistible characters, magical choreography, dazzling costumes, with wave after wave of original songs by the World’s most iconic Rock and Pop Artists including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau

This musical Branson show is under the direction of Kyle Bradley with musical direction by Julie Brinkman.

The talented cast of The SpongeBob Musical include: Jake Deck (SPONGEBOB),  Kyle Denton (PATRICK STAR), Kellsey Bradley (SANDY), David Hewitt (SQUIDWARD Q. TENTACLES),  Mike Sager (SHELDON J. PLANKTON),  Madison Hatfield (KAREN THE COMPUTER), Sarah Williams (THE MAYOR), Lacey Kellett (PEARL KRABS), Sean Myers (MR. EUGENE KRABS),  Lucas Dahlgren (PERCH PERKINS), Jeremiah Reeve (PATCHY / OLD MAN JENKINS), Somer Dean, Jen Frost, Josiah Sims (ELECTRIC SKATES), Joshua McGeough ( BUSTER BLUE TANG), Richard Marks (LARRY THE LOBSTER), Abby Reeve (MRS. PUFF), Reagan Hoagland (GARY THE SNAIL), and Nathan Spurling / Josh Williams (FOLEY ARTIST FISH).

The Adult Ensemble include: Velvet Dougharty, Melinda Prince, Madison Hewitt, Cyrsten Rainey, Rachel Sager, Mindy Law, Juanita Wilson, Loran Polson, Antoinette St. John and Christian Ross.

The Teen Ensemble include: Jael Frost, Josslynn Silvy, Jason Prince, Caleb Spurling and Hallie Groff.

The Guppies (Young Ensemble) include: Gwen Tsahiridis, Lee Brown, Maggie Marks and Reagan Hoagland.

The production team include: Karie Dykeman, Kristine Brown (Producers), Kim Hale, Joshua Boulden (Assistant Producers), Kyle Bradley (Director), Julie Brinkman (Music Director), Jacob Deck (Choreographer), Claire Denton (Stage Manager), Nathan Reinke (Assistant Stage Manager), Tiffany Jones (Youth Manager), Myles Stevens (Sound), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Kellsey Bradley (Costumes), Madison Hatfield (Assistant Costumes), Leslie Austin (Props), Lacey Kellett (Social Media Promotions), Jim Barber (Marketing and Design), Josh Silvy (Theatre Inventory), and Marshall Meadows (Photography).

Calling All Kids Ages 7-12!!! Come be a part of Crescendo /krəˈSHenˌdō/!

The Branson Regional Arts Council is gearing up for our Spring Semester and have a few openings in our exciting educational youth performance troupe for kids who love to sing, dance and act!

Members of Crescendo meet on a regular basis after school at the Historic Owen Theatre.

If you have a student that would be interested, please contact Karie at 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org for more information!

Crescendo: “Meaning growing, as in swelling of sound, or becoming louder.”

Students will have fun developing their performance skills in the areas of voice and dance, while gaining new friendships, skills and increasing their confidence.

The students will learn and perform under the direction of their talented and qualified instructors Jacob Deck and Julie Brinkman.

 

On behalf of myself and the Branson Regional Arts Council Board of Directors, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who made it possible for us to present so many wonderful community arts events in 2023 at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

It’s important that we express our gratitude to those who have generously supported nonprofit arts and youth theatre in our community. Your contributions play a pivotal role in sustaining our organization and ensuring that we can continue to offer valuable programs and opportunities. Through your donation, you are helping to provide access to the arts for young people who might not otherwise have the chance to participate, fostering creativity, self-esteem, self-expression, and personal growth. Your generous support enables the Arts Council to create high-quality productions, workshops, and educational initiatives that enrich our community and inspire future generations of performing and visual artists and arts enthusiasts.

I extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to these important causes, whether as a financial donor, theatre patron, arts instructor, supportive parent, student, actor, director, technician, or volunteer. None of this would be possible without you!

Our current Board of Directors include: Kristine Brown (President), Josh Silvy (Vice President), Rick Uebel (CFO), Lorie Best (Secretary), Justin Ables, Dr. Madeline Allin, EdD, Roxanne Amundsen, Leslie Austin, Kyle Blanchard, Josh Boulden, Dean Donat, Mary Jo Green, Dr. Art Hale, Lisa Muphy (Ex-Officio), Jim Myers, and Loran Polson. We also wish to recognize  Kim Hale (Past President), who termed off the board this year after 10 years of continued service to the organization. Kim remains an active volunteer as our Youth Arts Director of Education.

I also thank our small but mighty staff: Karie Dykeman (Box Office Manager / Executive Assistant), and Kyle Blanchard (Theatre & Special Events Manager).

Kristine Brown – BRAC President

As one year ends and another begins may I wish you happiness and good tidings.I am so excited about our show list for this upcoming year. We will continue to give our community the entertainment that they have enjoyed and are excited to present some new directors and performers. We will have some new educational classes to give our community chances to join in the future. And who knows maybe even on stage. Come on out and see us this February with our opener SpongeBob the musical. 

Kristine Brown  – BRAC Board of Directors/President 

In 2023 the Branson Regional Arts Council engaged our community in a variety of ways:

  • 8 Main stage Musicals or Play Productions
  • 8 Monday Night Movies Presented in Theatre (in July, August and December)
  • Multiple Special Events with Purpose (including our Special Abilities Program, and Holocaust Education Week)
  • 6,833 Adults and 1,861 Youth Theatre Patrons
  • 265 Acting Roles Created
  • 116 Theatre Director & Crew Positions
  • 166 Theatre Volunteer Positions Filled

Josh Silvy – BRAC Vice President

I want to extend a huge thank you to our patrons, sponsors, and volunteers.

It is because of you that our community has such a great Arts Council right here in Branson, Missouri.

It is going to be another fantastic year with BRAC!

Josh Silvy – BRAC Vice President

We give extra special appreciation to the thousands of theatre patrons, and hundreds of individuals, organizations and businesses who contributed financial assistance through donations or grant opportunities. Some of our outstanding major supporters include the Missouri Arts Council, the Jean Cantwell Family, the Meredith Mizell Family, Mrs. Barbara CohnSpringfield Regional Arts Council, White River Valley Electric Cooperative, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Titanic Museum Attraction, Herschend Family Foundation, Dr. Arthur & Kim Hale, Mercy, Sight & Sound Theatres, Stickman Family Enterprises, Inc., Tim & Valerie Brinkman, Joy Merrill, Todd Aeschliman, Wendy Youngblood, Rick & Delyla Uebel and one who asked to remain Anonymous.

Lorie Best – BRAC Board Secretary

I think in todays world, where there are so many folks out there that are constantly trying to keep people afraid of the different; different beliefs, different backgrounds, different ideas, different ways of life…community outreach is a very important way to breakdown that false fear.

By getting involved and getting to know all that difference around you, you can see just how beautiful difference makes the world and I believe that is what we do here at BRAC. We bring people together to share their love of the Arts with one another and for a brief moment in time the difference is wiped away and everyone is a collective one; laughing, crying, learning and growing as one, and in these moments people can see one another in a light that shows that the differences they have aren’t so different at all and the person next to you isn’t some big bad bogeyman coming to get you in the middle of the night; they are just a fellow human being trying to make it through the great, big, beautiful world one day at a time…just like you.

I look forward to another year of working with BRAC, reaching out and getting to know the different…I invite you to come join us and make a difference in someone’s life.

Lorie Best – BRAC Board Secretary

In October 2023, we held our 1st Annual Arts Gala at the Branson Convention Center as our primary fundraising event of the year. With approximately 200 in attendance, this new and exciting event allowed us to engage our patrons and donors in a fun, new way. We invite you to mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14, 2024 and make plans to join us for our 2nd Annual Arts Gala for an even bigger and better evening of entertainment and delicious food.

Kim Hale – BRAC Director of Education

One of the most important contributions you can make is to your own community. BRAC fosters creativity and creates a space where everyone’s contributions are valued. In a world that increasingly values digital interactions, community theatre and the arts provide a tangible and immersive experience that enriches cultural engagement. BRAC productions nurture teamwork, communication, and creative problem-solving. At the Owen Theater, volunteers, sponsors, staff, performers and audience members come together to share the joy of live theatre. The impact of BRAC extends beyond the stage, positively impacting the community as a whole. As Director of Education, I’m excited to further our community outreach efforts and the ongoing youth education programs, including our special abilities program and a campaign on how the arts impact health. Keep an eye out for many exciting youth productions in the coming year!

Kim Hale – BRAC Past President / Director of Education

Lifting The Burden Brings Long Term Sustainability!

Jim Barber – BRAC Executive Director

As we begin our 7th Season at the Historic Owen Theatre, in addition to our exciting musical theatre and play productions, youth arts education and programming for special needs individuals, we are heavily focused on paying off the balance of our mortgage on the theatre facility. Once the mortgage is paid off, the organization will no longer have to allocate funds for monthly mortgage payments which will free up a significant portion of our budget for other purposes such as programming, renovations, and future expansion. This will bring financial stability for the organization into the future. Also without the burden of a mortgage, our operating expenses will decrease, leading to more financial flexibility and the ability to invest in areas that directly benefit the organization’s mission.

We invite you to assist us in this effort by making a tax-deductible donation to the HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE FUND through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (links below)!

  • Click Here to Donate via Credit Card:  Under Gift Designation, select “Historic Owen Theatre Fund (Branson)
  • or Mail donation check to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, PO Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801 (in the check memo include: Historic Owen Theatre Fund (Branson)

BY CONTRIBUTING TO THIS FUND YOU ARE ALSO PRESERVING THE RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THIS VENUE BUILT IN 1936 AND THE LEGACY OF JIM OWEN!

Thank you again for your support in 2023, and from everyone at the Branson Regional Arts Council… Happy New Year!

Jim Barber – BRAC Executive Director

3 Unique Christmas Gifts That Support The Arts

Looking for something totally unique and different to give for Christmas this year? Give the Gift of the Arts!

The Branson Regional Arts Council has three fun suggestions for you to consider…

Christmas Gift Idea #1 – $136.00 per adult

GET SEASON PASS THEATRE TICKETS

Season Pass for 2024 Theatre Shows
8 Amazing Musicals and Plays will be presented during our 2024 Season. 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 season pass to the Historic Owen Theatre is a unique gift item for a friend or loved one that will be enjoyed all year long!

Christmas Gift Idea #2 – $50.00

BRAC MEMBERSHIP

1 Year Family Arts Council Membership – Benefits include:
• Special Member Perks such as Free Popcorn or Sodas during the 2024 Theatre Season.
• Fresh Arts Emails – keeping you “in the know” about upcoming events and programs.
• Involvement in shaping the future of the arts in our community and surrounding area.
• Participation in an active and growing Arts Group.
• Satisfaction in knowing YOU are helping improve the quality of life in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area by providing quality arts programming for EVERYONE!

Christmas Gift Idea #3 – $500 (tax deductible)

BUY-A-SEAT NOW

Buy-A-Seat at the Historic Owen Theatre
Give a lasting gift in the name of a loved one (or yourself) to showing support of the arts in our community by sponsoring a Historic Owen Theatre seat! Your custom engraved plate will be secured to the back of your seat and will permanently remain in place. This tax deductible donation benefits the Branson Regional Arts Council efforts to preserve and maintain the Historic Owen Theatre. Select any available seat now, and your memorial plate will be engraved and installed for all to see. 

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council is seeking area artists to be featured in a new six-month exhibition at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery, that officially opens on Sunday, March 17, 2024 and runs through September 22, 2024. *dates subject to change

Artist applications are being accepted now for a limited number of artists for this exciting and highly visited gallery exhibition.

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

CALL FOR ARTISTS - SUBMIT HERE

  • Selected artists will be required to submit a $50 Participation Fee and also have an active BRAC Membership ($20 Annual).
  • All featured artists displayed works will be made available for sale to the public through an online version of the gallery.

[fac_icon icon=”question-circle”] For any questions, please contact Kyle Blanchard at 417-336-4255 or events@bransonarts.org.

 

Branson Convention Center – Art Exhibit

Branson Convention Center Art Exhibition

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.

NOTE: This is a juried show, so all submissions will be reviewed by a committee before being accepted in the display.

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council announces open auditions for our second stage production of the 2024 season. The Learned Ladies is a hilarious adaptation of the 1700’s french comedy by Molière that is translated and adapted by Freyda Thomas. This show provides a unique opportunity for actors to update a timeless classic for a 21st century audience. The production is directed by Jeremiah Reeve.

Auditions will be held at the Historic Owen Theater (205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616) on Saturday, January 6th and Sunday, January 7th starting at 7:00 pm each evening.

PERFORMANCE DATES (actors must be available for all shows)

  • Friday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 17 @ 2:00 pm
  • Friday, March 22@ 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 24 @ 2:00 pm

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The script is in contemporary English but retains the verse style of the original from the 1600’s. This creates a unique style and feel to the show that is probably unlike anything you’ve done or the audience has seen before. Because of this, auditioners are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the sides prior to auditions.

In order to request sides and a tentative rehearsal schedule, please e-mail jeremiah.reeve@yahoo.com. This information will be made available before the new year.

Please bring a theatre resume or be prepared to list any theatre experience.
Also be prepared to provide a list of all conflicts between the audition date and show opening.
Headshots are also encouraged.

CHARACTERS/ROLES

Philamente (played as middle aged female)
The lady of the house, wife to Chrysale. She is strong, capable, and intelligent but lacks common sense and has been drawn into pseudo-intellectualism. She also tends to be domineering and insists upon getting her way.

Chrysale (played as middle aged man)
The husband of Philamente and a businessman of means. He imagines himself to be courageous, but lacks bravery and follow through. He is supportive of his wife’s studies even though he doesn’t fully understand them, but is less supportive of her tutor.

Henriette (played as female in her 20’s)
Daughter of Philamente and Chrysale who shares her mother’s strength and her father’s realism. She desires the “simple” things in life like marriage and family. She is not strongly intellectual, but she is not dumb.

Armande (played as a female in her 20’s or low 30’s)
The elder daughter of Philamente and Chrysale has gone off the deep end of intellectual pursuit without actually learning anything. She is strong-willed and ardent in her theories.

Belise (played as a middle aged female)
The sister of Chrysale, she has fully embraced a variety of topics of learning while ignoring both caution and reality. Perhaps the dumbest character in the show, she fails hilariously at both intelligence and wisdom.

Arista (played as a middle aged female)
Crysale and Belise’s sister who is level-headed and often a voice of reason. She is often flustered and frustrated by the chaos created by people who are certain they do not need to listen.

Lycandre – (played as a male in his 20’s or early 30’s)
An optimist hoping to wed Henriette, but with a somewhat complicated hostory with the family. He is a hopeless romantic not quite prepared to argue for his cause.

Trissotin (played as a younger male in his20’s-30’s)
A house guest, so-called poet and philosopher who has won the attention, attraction, and resources of Philamente, Armande, and Belise through his charisma. His elevated ego and desire for wealth far outpace his intellect or skills.

Martine (played as a female of any age)
A servant in the household, she is tired of being expected to be educated above her pay grade. She is happy to speak up for herself – even when there are consequences for her sarcastic wit.

Vadius (played as a younger male)
A friend of Trissotin who runs in the same circle of amateur philosophers. Also driven by ego and desire for wealth, he may be slightly smarter than Trissotin, but not by much.

Judge (played as a middle aged/older male)
An unsuspecting and unprepared jurist who is brought in to resolve conflict.

(Vadius and the Judge will likely be played by the same actor.)

 

White Christmas the Musical - The SpongeBob Musical - Legally Blonde Musical JR - Hunchback of Notre Dame - Urinetown The Musical - Company - Learned Ladies - The Little Mermaid JR in Branson Missouri 2024 at the Historic Owen Theatre

Would you like to put your ad in front of thousands of local residents who support the Arts? Show our patrons that you care about Arts Education and quality musical theatre in Branson! We provide opportunities for both young and old, and we want you to be a part of our future growth in Downtown Branson!

In 2023, over eight-thousand area patrons attended our amazing community theatre productions at the Historic Owen Theatre! We expect that number to grow even higher in 2024.

Branson Program ad with Titanic Attraction and City of Hollister AdsThese ticket buyers were able to take home an officially licensed, PLAYBILL souvenir program that included not only the cast and production information, but also ads from many local businesses including full-season ad sponsors: Titanic Museum Attraction, City of Hollister, L & J Plumbing Supply, Branson4U 98.1fm, Works of Art, and Peter Engler Designs to name a few.

We invite you to consider placing an ad in our upcoming program for The SpongeBob Musical, and then… keep your business message in front of our patrons all year long by extending your ad placement to the rest of our 2024 season of live musical theatre and plays here at the Historic Owen Theatre.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR FULL-SEASON AD SUPPORTERS…

RIGHT NOW, if you commit to a full-season of program ads, we will only charge for 7 show programs, and you’ll get the eighth program at no extra charge! Your ad will be seen in our official souvenir playbills for The SpongeBob Musical, The Learned Ladies, Legally Blonde The Musical JR, Company – A Musical Comedy, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR, Urinetown The Musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and our season finale of the holiday family favorite, White Christmas – The Musical!

Branson4u, A Christmas Story, Hollister AdPlease ACT FAST as the deadline to be included in The SpongeBob Musical Playbill is January 20, 2024.  Just click the information link below to pick your choice of ad sizes. You can purchase your “Full-Season Playbill Ads” now, securely online via credit or debit card.  If you prefer to pay by cash or check, send us an email (info@bransonarts.org) or call our box office at 417-336-4255 and let us know you’d like to be a “Full-Season Playbill Ad Supporter.” We will send your discounted invoice while you send us your digital artwork. You’ll be sponsoring a full-season of community theatre, and show our area residents that you support the Arts! It’s that simple!

CLICK HERE FOR PLAYBILL AD INFO

ONLY WANT A ONE-TIME AD?…

If you would prefer the be included in our programs one at a time, you may click on the link buttons below to purchase your ad now, securely online via credit or debit card.

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The Historic Downtown Branson Community Improvement District is pleased to partner with Branson Regional Arts Council to present our FINAL FREE Classic Holiday Film for the year at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S Commercial St., Downtown Branson.

White Christmas (1954 – featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney

Everyone is invited to join us this Monday, December 18th at 7pm and relive the nostalgia of great holiday movies at the Historic Owen Theatre with your family and friends!

FREE ADMISSION – SEATING IS LIMITED

No reservations required, but seating is limited and on a first come basis. Doors open at 6:30pm and the films start at 7:00pm. The concession stand will be open with fresh popcorn, refreshments and other tasty treats available.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE LIVE STAGE VERSION

In December 2024, the Branson Regional Arts Council will also be presenting the LIVE STAGE MUSICAL adaptation, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas!

While both the film and the stage production share the same basic plot and iconic Irving Berlin songs, the stage version expands on some characters and adds new musical numbers. The live performance aspect also allows for different choreography and staging, providing a unique experience compared to the film.

Advance Reserve Branson tickets for the 2024 stage production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix. We are excited to present this fabulous holiday classic musical as the finale of our 7th season at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson!

“We are excited to partner with BRAC to offer free Christmas classic films. BRAC and the Historic Owen Theatre are a vibrant part of our community and history. It’s always a pleasure to work with our friends and neighbors!” – Cris Bohinc, Administrator Historic Downtown Branson CID

We recommend you arrive early for best parking, then take some time before the films to shop, dine and explore downtown! Take in the dazzling lights with fantastic displays including an impressive 102 custom fixtures featuring over 100,000 LED lights that will glow south of Business 65 along Main, Commercial, and Sycamore streets.  Directly behind the Historic Owen Theatre, you’ll see the new Chiefs Kingdom Ozark Mountain Christmas Tree in Liberty Plaza. From Main Street in downtown, you can look on the hill across Lake Taneycomo to see Branson’s oldest Christmas tradition since 1949, The “Adoration” Nativity scene.

In 2006, downtown Branson worked with the city and state to form the Historic Downtown Branson CID. The purpose was to help Historic Downtown generate more visitors when its new neighbor arrived; The Branson Landing. The downtown CID started the first public transportation system in Branson and operated within a “Community Improvement District”. The FREE trolleys join Historic Downtown with The Landing! The “District” provides many things. Several trolleys that are free for riders and paid for by a 1-cent sales tax collected by businesses in the district. Also, the Christmas light displays, lots of advertising on TV, social media, website and so much more!!

The District also partners with the DBBA to get out over 200,000 downtown brochures annually and other needs. The CID is currently working with the city to make upgrades to the public Awbery bathroom and to have the downtown’s landscaping completely redone in the Spring!

The Historic Downtown Branson CID’s only goal, is to bring more business and beauty to downtown!!

Visit RideSparky.com for updates, the live trolley tracker and much more!

Congratulations to the cast members below who were selected out of the huge turnout of actors who auditioned for a role in this exciting musical production. According to the Director and Producers, this was as very difficult casting choice as nearly 70 people attended the auditions, and over 30 people who tried out were not selected for this production.

We certainly encourage those who were not cast this time, to please come back for future auditions. You were all amazing! 

The Cast of The SpongeBob Musical are:

  • SPONGEBOB – Jake Deck
  • PATRICK STAR – Kyle Denton
  • SANDY – Kellsey Bradley
  • SQUIDWARD Q. TENTACLES – David Hewitt
  • SHELDON J. PLANKTON – Mike Sager
  • KAREN THE COMPUTER – Madison Hatfield
  • THE MAYOR – Sarah Williams
  • PEARL KRABS – Lacey Kellett
  • MR. EUGENE KRABS – Sean Myers
  • PERCH PERKINS – Lucas Dahlgren
  • PATCHY / OLD MAN JENKINS – Jeremiah Reeve
  • ELECTRIC SKATES – Somer Dean, Jen Frost, Josiah Sims
  •  BUSTER BLUE TANG – Joshua McGeough
  • LARRY THE LOBSTER – Richard Marks
  • MRS. PUFF – Abby Reeve
  • GARY THE SNAIL – Reagan Hoagland
  • FOLEY ARTIST FISH – Nathan Spurling / Josh Williams

ADULT ENSEMBLE

(Featured cameo roles/step outs to be auditioned/assigned in rehearsals)

  • Velvet Dougharty
  • Melinda Prince
  • Madison Hewitt
  • Cyrsten Rainey
  • Rachel Sager
  • Mindy Law
  • Juanita Wilson
  • Loran Polson
  • Antoinette St. John
  • Christian Ross

TEEN ENSEMBLE

  • Jael Frost
  • Josslynn Silvy
  • Jason Prince
  • Caleb Spurling
  • Hallie Groff

GUPPIES (YOUNG ENSEMBLE)

  • Gwen Tsahiridis
  • Lee Brown
  • Maggie Marks
  • Reagan Hoagland

Advance Reserve Tickets for The SpongeBob Musical are on sale now and also included in our 2024 Season Pass Special. For more information visit: BransonArts.org/pass.

The Historic Downtown Branson Community Improvement District is pleased to partner with Branson Regional Arts Council to offer FREE Classic Holiday Films at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S Commercial St., Downtown Branson.

  • Holiday Inn (1942 – featuring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire)

Everyone is invited to join us this Monday, December 11th at 7pm and relive the nostalgia of great holiday movies at the Historic Owen Theatre with your family and friends!

FREE ADMISSION – SEATING IS LIMITED

Holiday Inn is a 1942 American musical film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, with Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, and Walter Abel. It was directed by Mark Sandrich with music by Irving Berlin. The composer wrote twelve songs specifically for the film, the best known being “White Christmas”. The film features a complete reuse of the song “Easter Parade”, written by Berlin for the 1933 Broadway revue As Thousands Cheer and used as a highlight of the 1948 film Easter Parade, starring Astaire and Judy Garland.

The film received a 1943 Academy Award for Best Original Song (Berlin’s “White Christmas”), as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Score (Robert Emmett Dolan) and Best Original Story (Irving Berlin).

No reservations required, but seating is limited and on a first come basis. Doors open at 6:30pm and the films start at 7:00pm. The concession stand will be open with fresh popcorn, refreshments and other tasty treats available.

“We are excited to partner with BRAC to offer free Christmas classic films. BRAC and the Historic Owen Theatre are a vibrant part of our community and history. It’s always a pleasure to work with our friends and neighbors!” – Cris Bohinc, Administrator Historic Downtown Branson CID

We recommend you arrive early for best parking, then take some time before the films to shop, dine and explore downtown! Take in the dazzling lights with fantastic displays including an impressive 102 custom fixtures featuring over 100,000 LED lights that will glow south of Business 65 along Main, Commercial, and Sycamore streets.  Directly behind the Historic Owen Theatre, you’ll see the new Chiefs Kingdom Ozark Mountain Christmas Tree in Liberty Plaza. From Main Street in downtown, you can look on the hill across Lake Taneycomo to see Branson’s oldest Christmas tradition since 1949, The “Adoration” Nativity scene.

In 2006, downtown Branson worked with the city and state to form the Historic Downtown Branson CID. The purpose was to help Historic Downtown generate more visitors when its new neighbor arrived; The Branson Landing. The downtown CID started the first public transportation system in Branson and operated within a “Community Improvement District”. The FREE trolleys join Historic Downtown with The Landing! The “District” provides many things. Several trolleys that are free for riders and paid for by a 1-cent sales tax collected by businesses in the district. Also, the Christmas light displays, lots of advertising on TV, social media, website and so much more!!

The District also partners with the DBBA to get out over 200,000 downtown brochures annually and other needs. The CID is currently working with the city to make upgrades to the public Awbery bathroom and to have the downtown’s landscaping completely redone in the Spring!

The Historic Downtown Branson CID’s only goal, is to bring more business and beauty to downtown!!

Visit RideSparky.com for updates, the live trolley tracker and much more!

The Historic Downtown Branson Community Improvement District is pleased to partner with Branson Regional Arts Council to offer FREE Classic Holiday Films at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S Commercial St., Downtown Branson.

  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946 – featuring James Stewart and Donna Reed)

Everyone is invited to join us this Monday, December 4th at 7pm and relive the nostalgia of great holiday movies at the Historic Owen Theatre with your family and friends!

FREE ADMISSION – SEATING IS LIMITED

No reservations required, but seating is limited and on a first come basis. Doors open at 6:30pm and the films start at 7:00pm. The concession stand will be open with fresh popcorn, refreshments and other tasty treats available.

It’s a Wonderful Life is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time and among the best Christmas films. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made. It was #11 on the American Film Institute’s 1998 greatest movie list, #20 on its 2007 greatest movie list, and #1 on its list of the most inspirational American films of all time.

“We are excited to partner with BRAC to offer free Christmas classic films. BRAC and the Historic Owen Theatre are a vibrant part of our community and history. It’s always a pleasure to work with our friends and neighbors!” – Cris Bohinc, Administrator Historic Downtown Branson CID

We recommend you arrive early for best parking, then take some time before the films to shop, dine and explore downtown! Take in the dazzling lights with fantastic displays including an impressive 102 custom fixtures featuring over 100,000 LED lights that will glow south of Business 65 along Main, Commercial, and Sycamore streets.  Directly behind the Historic Owen Theatre, you’ll see the new Chiefs Kingdom Ozark Mountain Christmas Tree in Liberty Plaza. From Main Street in downtown, you can look on the hill across Lake Taneycomo to see Branson’s oldest Christmas tradition since 1949, The “Adoration” Nativity scene.

In 2006, downtown Branson worked with the city and state to form the Historic Downtown Branson CID. The purpose was to help Historic Downtown generate more visitors when its new neighbor arrived; The Branson Landing. The downtown CID started the first public transportation system in Branson and operated within a “Community Improvement District”. The FREE trolleys join Historic Downtown with The Landing! The “District” provides many things. Several trolleys that are free for riders and paid for by a 1-cent sales tax collected by businesses in the district. Also, the Christmas light displays, lots of advertising on TV, social media, website and so much more!!

The District also partners with the DBBA to get out over 200,000 downtown brochures annually and other needs. The CID is currently working with the city to make upgrades to the public Awbery bathroom and to have the downtown’s landscaping completely redone in the Spring!

The Historic Downtown Branson CID’s only goal, is to bring more business and beauty to downtown!!

Visit RideSparky.com for updates, the live trolley tracker and much more!

The Branson Regional Arts Council proudly presents it’s Winter Youth Theatre Production of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR, a musical adaptation of Disney-Pixar’s popular animated film Finding Nemo. This junior version of the musical is specifically designed for younger performers and audiences of all ages.

Rated G for Great Family Fun!

Performances at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson run November 30th through December 10, 2023. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, Saturday (7pm) and Saturday, Sunday (2pm). Advance ticket reservations are highly recommended and can be purchased online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Box Office at 417-336-4255. Tickets are $20 (Adults 18+) and $12 (Youth 4-17). Lap children under 4 are free.

Co-Directed by Kyle and Kellsey Bradley, the story closely follows the plot of the original movie, taking the audience on an underwater adventure with Marlin, a clownfish, and his forgetful friend Dory as they search for Marlin’s son, Nemo, who has been captured by a diver and placed in a fish tank. The musical includes many other beloved characters from the film, including Crush the Sea Turtle and Bruce the Shark, and features memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow.”

Finding Nemo JR. offers an opportunity for young area actors and actresses to showcase their talents while delivering important themes of family, friendship, and perseverance in a highly entertaining way!

Cast members of Finding Nemo JR include: Josslynn Silvy / Zoey Viola (Nemo), Ben Stevens (Marlin), Emma Spurling (Dory), Lundyn Mitchell (Professor Ray), Katie Linn (Scuba Mask Dancer), Josh Reed (Bruce), Jack Brown (Chum), Brooklyn Giannotti (Anchor), Indy Griffith (Bubbles), Hallie Groff (Bloat), Alivia Prince (Gurgle), Jillian Reed (Peach), Caleb Spurling (Gill), Ryan Merrifield (Nigel), Jael Frost (Crush), Alton Prince (Squirt), Scarlett McManus (Kai), Brenna Prince (Breeze), Paisley Buttram (Pearl), Emma Chandler (Sheldon), Greyson Stevens (Tad), Maggie Marks (Angelfish), Grady Stevens (Damselfish), Promise Brunson (Pearl’s Parent), Emma Callaway (Sheldon’s Parent), Evan Carr (Tad’s Parent), Rylin Chick, Giovanni Verastegui, Gracie Floer (Moonfish), Kate Sutherland, Luke Johnson, Kynadee Carter, Reagan Hoagland, Royal Steelman, Gwendolyn Tsahiridis, Scout McManus, Caleb Linn, Katy Patton, Anabella Meyer, ToriAnne Lyons, Lexi Carr, Ezra Williams, Xia McElwee and Layla Gabriel (Young Sea Chorus).

Supporting the BRAC Youth Theatre Education Programs and this production of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR is important for several reasons.

Nurturing Creativity: BRAC’s Youth theatre programs provide a platform for young residents to explore their creativity, develop their artistic talents, and express themselves through acting, singing, and dancing. It encourages a love for the arts and helps participants discover their potential.

Building Confidence: Involvement in theatre, especially for youth, can boost self-confidence. It teaches public speaking, teamwork, and the ability to perform in front of an audience, which are valuable life skills.

Fostering Inclusivity: Theatre promotes diversity and inclusivity, allowing participants of various backgrounds and abilities to come together and collaborate. It’s an opportunity to celebrate differences and work towards a common goal.

Community Engagement: BRAC’s youth theatre productions involve the local community, from parents and volunteers to audiences. This strengthens our community bonds and supports a sense of togetherness.

Educational Value: Theatre can be an educational tool, teaching history, culture, and various subjects through storytelling. Finding Nemo JR can teach environmental awareness and the importance of protecting marine life.

Entertainment: Youth theatre productions like Finding Nemo JR offer enjoyable and family-friendly entertainment. They give families the chance to share in the joy of a live performance in the intimate setting of the Historic Owen Theatre.

Future Talent Development: Many successful actors, directors, and artists started their careers in youth theatre. Supporting these endeavors contributes to the development of future talent in the entertainment industry.

Supporting youth theatre and Branson Regional Arts Council productions like Finding Nemo JR has a positive impact on the personal growth of young individuals, our community, and the arts as a whole. It’s a valuable investment in creativity, education, and cultural enrichment.

Swim on over to the Historic Owen Theatre and reserve your seats now, for this fun musical holiday production!