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

The Branson Regional Arts Council is gearing up for the return of an exciting educational youth performance troupe featuring children who love to sing, dance and act!

BRAC’s Crescendo Audition Info:

  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 12pm – 2pm
  • Historic Owen Theatre (205 S Commercial St, Branson, MO 65616)
  • Class Schedule: Thursdays 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Dates: Sept 22 – December 17, 2022

      Click Here To Register

      Members of Crescendo will meet on a regular basis (see class schedule below) and will be presenting two public performances of an exciting musical in December called A Year With Frog & Toad at the Historic Owen Theatre.

      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.

      Additional Audition Notes:

      Those auditioning will be asked to sing a cut from a song of their choice, no longer than a minute. Karaoke or mp3 track preferred, but a cappella is also welcome.
      There will also be a short movement call at the end of the singing portion of the audition. Everyone is encouraged to wear clothes that they can move in. Jazz shoes or tennis shoes preferred.

      Crescendo Class Schedule (Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30pm)

      • Sep 22, 29
      • Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
      • Nov 3, 10, 17
      • Dec 1, 8, 15
      • A Year with Frog & Toad musical – Dec 16 & 17, 2022

      Tuition & Fees (if selected):

      • $25 Registration Fee* (covers entire class schedule).  *Grant & Scholarship funding has been applied to keep cost affordable

       We prefer you audition in person, but if you absolutely cannot make it, video submissions or other questions can be sent to edu@bransonarts.org no later than September 9, 2022.  The easiest way to submit your video auditions is to upload it to YouTube, set the video to unlisted, then email the link to BRAC.

      Cast auditions for the December 2022 Branson Regional Arts Council production of Disney’s Frozen JR. will be held Friday August 26th or Saturday August 27th at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

      Historic Owen Theatre (205 S Commercial St, Branson, MO 65616)

      We are looking for cast members ages 8 to 18!

      Please plan to be in attendance for the duration of the dance call audition 5-6pm on Friday or 1-2pm on Saturday.

      Vocal auditions are available through time slot sign ups 6-8pm Friday or 2-4:30pm Saturday. You can sign up for an audition day/time here: CLICK TO SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT

       You must attend a dance call AND sign up for a vocal audition.

      Prepare a 60 second cut of a musical theatre or Disney song that shows off your range and acting skills.

      An accompanist will be provided. Please bring marked and organized sheet music or an mp3 track/youtube karaoke track. Please NO ACAPELLA auditions.

      For the dance audition please come dressed accordingly. You may bring clothes to change into for your vocal audition. Wear/bring appropriate clothing and footwear you are comfortable moving in.

      Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

      A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! Rated G.

      Disney’s Frozen JR Auditionees must be (ages 8 to 18)
      Director: Kyle Bradley
      Musical Director: Julie Brinkman

      Callbacks will be Sunday August 28th – 1:00-3:00pm at Hollister High School. (You will be notified if you are needed at the callback audition).

      Cast list will be posted Monday August 29th on Branson Regional Arts Council social media and you will be contacted via email.

      There will be a mandatory initial cast meeting Tuesday August 30th, 5:30-6:00pm.

      (10) public performances will occur on December 1-4, 2022 and December 8-11, 2022.
      Thursdays and Fridays (7pm), Saturdays (2pm & 7pm), and Sundays (2pm).
      Performers must be available for ALL performance dates.

      For questions please contact Karie at 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org.

      Please review the proposed rehearsal schedule and make known conflicts with any and all rehearsals and tech/set days on your audition form.

      Click to Download & Print: Frozen JR. Rehearsal Schedule

      The following are mandatory dates that you can NOT have a conflict with:

      • 11/20 – Tech/Dress Rehearsal
      • 11/21 – Tech/Dress Rehearsal
      • 11/27 – Dress Rehearsal
      • 11/28 – Dress Rehearsal
      • 11/29 – Dress Rehearsal
      • 11/30 – Final Dress Rehearsal
      • 12/1 – Performance
      • 12/2 – Performance
      • 12/3 – Performance
      • 12/4 – Performance
      • 12/8 – Performance
      • 12/9 – Performance
      • 12/10 – Performance
      • 12/11 – Performance

      Frozen JR Character Breakdown (subject to change)


      Young Anna
      Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but as she grows older, she longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers’ chemistry.

      Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5 – Vocal range bottom: A3


      Middle Anna
      Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but as she grows older, she longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers’ chemistry.

      Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5 – Vocal range bottom: A3


      Anna
      Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but as she grows older, she longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers’ chemistry.

      Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5 – Vocal range bottom: G3


      Young Elsa
      Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, especially her beloved sister, Anna, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn as she grows older, before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for very strong singers who can portray Elsa’s restrained nature.

      Gender: Female Vocal range top: C#5  – Vocal range bottom: A3


      Middle Elsa
      Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, especially her beloved sister, Anna, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn as she grows older, before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for very strong singers who can portray Elsa’s restrained nature.

      Gender: Female Vocal range top: F#4 – Vocal range bottom: A3


      Elsa
      Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, especially her beloved sister, Anna, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn as she grows older, before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for very strong singers who can portray Elsa’s restrained nature.

      Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5 – Vocal range bottom: F#3


      King Agnar
      The warm-hearted ruler of Arendelle is committed to protecting both his family and the Townspeople from his eldest daughter’s powers. With only one singing solo, focus on casting an actor who can play this father figure convincingly.

      Gender: Male


      Queen Iduna
      The queen possesses a sense of rightness and kindness that guides her in her protection of her two young girls. A daughter of the Northern Nomads,this queen has the ability to communicate with the Hidden Folk of the mountains and so understands Elsa’s powers deeply; look for an actor who can portray this sense of compassion.

      Gender: Female


      Pabbie
      Pabbie and Bulda are the mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk who have a soft spot for”strays.” Ever-benevolent, these parental figures want what’s best for Kristoff, even if they are a bit misguided in their efforts. Look for amiable performers who will endear themselves to the audience in the crowd- pleaser,”Fixer Upper.”

      Gender: Any


      Bulda
      Pabbie and Bulda are the mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk who have a soft spot for”strays.” Ever-benevolent, these parental figures want what’s best for Kristoff, even if they are a bit misguided in their efforts. Look for amiable performers who will endear themselves to the audience in the crowd- pleaser,”Fixer Upper.”

      Gender: Any


      The Bishop
      The bishop officiates the coronation and passing of the crown to Elsa. This spiritual supervisor must communicate to the Townspeople of Arendelle in a serious and formal manner.

      Gender: Any


      Kristoff
      Kristoff is a hardworking ice harvester. Kristoff has a sarcastic veneer and a rough-around-the-edges exteriorthat hides a big heart. Taken in by the Hidden Folk when he was young, he loves Pabbie and Bulda dearly, butis a bit of a loner with a reindeer for a bestfriend- until he meets Anna. With only a few short singing solos, focus on casting a performer who can balance a cynical sense of humor with charming banter.

      Gender: Male Vocal range top: A3 – Vocal range bottom: G2


      Sven
      Sven is a reindeer of few words, fiercely loyal palto Kristoff, and loves giving the ice harvester a hard time. Look for a performer with good comic timing and terrific physical acting skills who can devise a strong movement vocabulary to bring this furry charmerto life. Consider auditioning potential Svens and Kristoffs together as the two should share a visible bond.

      Gender: Any Vocal range top: A4 – Vocal range bottom: A3


      Hans
      The ambitious Prince of the Southern Isles and overlooked thirteenth son of a king. Hans constantly strives to find a way to make good and stand out. He boasts an exceedingly charming facade that fools everyone -including Anna and, ideally,the audience!-into believing he’s Prince Charming, when really, he’s just a jerk. Cast an actor who can play both sides of this two-faced prince with relish as well as confidently sing the moments of harmony in “Love Is an Open Door.”

      Gender: Male Vocal range top: B3 – Vocal range bottom: G2


      Weselton
      A visiting duke who possesses a huge inferiority complex. A bombastic, overbearing sycophant, Weselton’s sole purpose is to hobnob with influencers and royalty. Look for an actor who can portray the narrow-minded naysayer with over-the-top gusto.

      Gender: Any


      Olaf
      The magical snowman created by Anna and Elsa when they were young. Olaf is endearingly delighted by everything – especially the idea of summer. Goofy and sweet, Olaf should possess a childlike innocence and excellent comic timing.

      Gender: Male Vocal range top: D4 – Vocal range bottom: F#2


      Oaken
      An exceedingly cheerful and convivial wandering salesperson and ardent devotee to all things cozy and comfortable. Oaken’s “Hygge”is a showstopper, so cast an actor who can portray the peppy peddler’s infectious warmth with flair and good humor.

      Gender: Any


      Ensemble
      Includes the following roles: Townspeople, Snow Chorus, Hidden Folk, Castle Staff, Housekeeper, Butler, Handmaiden, Cook, Steward, Guards, Summer Chorus, Oaken’s Family

      Gender: Any


      A “tale as old as time,” will be presented on the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson as Disney’s Beauty and The Beast JR. opens for six public performances from Thursday through Saturday, June 23 – 26, 2022.

      The production is rated G, and is recommended for all audiences. Advance reserved tickets are highly recommended by calling the box office at 417-336-4255 or online at BransonArts.org/tix.

      Summer Institute Students Having A Blast – Photo by Marshall Meadows

      The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Summer Youth Theatre Institute production features a large group of 71 talented young actors between the ages of 6-18, who have been training for nearly three weeks to present this family favorite musical. Divided into two casts, they will be creating unforgettable memories that will not only improve their talents and self esteem, but also carry through positive qualities to other aspects of their lives.

      “Over 100 people are involved in the presentation of this Summer Youth Institute production. From our incredible team of educational and production staff, to our large number of participating youth from across the community, our organization works extremely hard to provide a safe and nurturing environment for this vital arts education program.”
      Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

      Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

      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 to 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.

      “We are especially thankful to the support of our parents, area businesses and organizations who helped to underwrite a portion of the expenses, including student scholarships, and printing of our official 32-page Playbill that contains a brief photo biography of each child in the production.”
      – Jim Barber

      The BRAC Summer Youth Institute staff includes: Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale (Producers), Jacob Estes, Jacob Deck (Directors), Delyla Uebel (Music Director), Phyllis Pasley (Assistant Music Director), Kristen Dasto (Choreographer), Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director), MJ Szumowski, Kiauna Risuglia, Molly Tennison-White, Kristine Brown, Lara Menard (Education Assistants), Carter Hendrickson (Stage Manager), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design/Education), Emily Rivere (Lighting Assistant), Mac Hill (Sound Technician), Josh Silvy (Theatre Operations), Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator), Marshall Meadows (Photographer), Leah Johnson (Costumes/Education), Jacob Estes (Set Design) and Josh Silvy, Kade Gaunt, Kylie Gaunt, Carter Hendrickson, Juli Biagi, Emily Hanner, Dylan Whatley, Megan Rodgers and Grace Duncan (Set Construction).

      Cast A performances are on Thursday – 7 pm, Saturday – 7 pm, and Sunday – 2 pm.

      Cast A Members include: Savannah Turner (Belle), Javier Nunez (Beast), Korey Brown (Maurice), Dylan Whatley (Gaston), Lee Brown (Lefou), Pace Gillman (Lumiere), Jillian Rice (Cogsworth), Jael Frost (Mrs. Potts), Kylee Chandler (Babette), Alexandria Keaton (Madame De La Grande Bouche), Scout McManus (Chip), Skye Bell (Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress), Indy Griffith (Narrator 1), Charlee Mitchell (Narrator 2), Zoey Viola (Narrator 3), Mercy Griffith (Narrator 4), Georgia Griffith (La Fille 1), Ashley Rodgers (La Fille 2), Vivian Redington (La Fille 3), Duncan Brown (Monsieur D’Arque), Scarlett McManus (Bookseller), Myles Mitchell (Baker), Emma Hess (Aristocratic Lady), Brennan Bilberry (Lady with a Cane), Lundyn Mitchell (Lady with Baby), Lyric Sassanella (Sausage Curl Girl), Emmaline Covey (Candle Seller), Addy Williams (Egg Seller), Jemma Braica (Fishmonger), Emma Chandler (Milkmaid), Seth Roland (Shepherd Boy), Piper Howard (Hat Seller), Luke Johnson (Butcher), Piper Brown (Villager 1), Ember Hopper (Villager 2), Ava Hess (Villager 3), Bailey Hess (Villager 4), Reese Hess (Villager 5)

      Cast B performances are on Friday – 7 pm, Saturday – 2pm, and Sunday – 7 pm.

      Cast B Members include: Sophie Douglas (Belle), Javier Nunez (Beast), Ryan Merrifield (Maurice), Dylan Whatley (Gaston), Dru Straka (Lefou), Jack Brown (Lumiere), Evan Wolfe (Cogsworth), Emily Jenkins (Mrs. Potts), Hope Menard (Babette), Emrie Straka (Madame De La Grande Bouche), Lindan Seaman (Chip), Josslynn Silvy (Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress), Roxas Pace (Narrator 1), Adelaide Allen (Narrator 2), Amelia Williams (Narrator 3), Elizabeth Bohner (Narrator 4), Abby Wheeler (La Fille 1), Ember Straka (La Fille 2), Sophia Terhardt (La Fille 3), Tayton Boyd (Monsieur D’Arque), Lincoln Taylor (Bookseller), Mcartney Young (Baker), Emma Williams (Aristocratic Lady), Mackenzie Lockhart (Lady with a Cane), Emilia Pearson (Lady with Baby), Benni Stein (Sausage Curl Girl), Olivia Viall (Candle Seller), Gianna Daniels (Egg Seller), Abigail Ray (Fishmonger), Eliza Allen (Milkmaid), Remy Ziegelbauer (Shepherd Boy), Kynadee Carter (Hat Seller), Jude Barbour (Butcher), Everley Dibas (Villager 1), Madeline Cox (Villager 2).

      The Branson Regional Arts Council was founded in 1965 as the “Taney Arts Council,” and officially established 501 (c)(3) non-profit status as “Branson Arts Council, Inc.” in 1993.

      Their mission is “to provide artistic, cultural and educational opportunities that support, strengthen and enhance artistic experiences for people of all ages in our area.” For more information on upcoming events or volunteer opportunities, please visit BransonArts.org.

      The 2022 BRAC Summer Youth Theatre Institute is now accepting students for it’s production of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Jr.

      Register your child (ages 6-18) to experience the Branson Regional Arts Council’s exciting summer theatre camp at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson. The theme is Beauty and The Beast Jr., with classes on Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 12:00pm from June 6th thru June 26th. There will be a initial parent/student meeting on Friday, June 3rd from 6pm-7pm.

      No auditions or previous experience required to participate!

      Tuition for the entire session, including performances is $135 per student. 

      A limited amount of scholarships are available based on need and situation.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD an info sheet or contact edu@bransonarts.org for more information.

      The students will learn acting, dancing, singing, and stage movement culminating in a magnificent stage production of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Jr. with public performances June 23 – 26, 2022. Reserved seat tickets for Beauty and The Beast Jr. are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix.

      Register your child for this MAGICAL award-winning musical theatre experience!

      REGISTER FOR THE SUMMER INSTITUTE
      [or click this link to register]

      Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
      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 to 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.

      2022 Summer Institute Class and Performance Schedule will be as follows:

      • Friday June 3 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm Parent Meeting
      • Monday June 6 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Tuesday June 7 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Wednesday June 8 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Thursday June 9 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Friday June 10 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Monday June 13 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Tuesday June 14 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Wednesday June 15 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Thursday June 16 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Friday June 17 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Monday June 20 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Tuesday June 21 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Wednesday June 22 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
      • Thursday June 23 – Call Time 5:00 pm, Performance at 7:00pm
      • Friday June 24 – Call Time 5:00 pm, Performance at 7:00pm
      • Saturday June 25 – Call Time 12pm, Performance at 2:00pm / Call Time 5:00pm Performance at 7:00pm
      • Sunday June 26 – Call Time 12pm, Performance at 2:00pm / Call Time 5:00pm Performance at 7:00pm

      The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to open the curtain on it’s 2022 Season of musical theatre this week in downtown Branson.

      Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens Thursday evening at the Historic Owen Theatre with 17 public performances through February 27, 2022. Advance reserve tickets are recommended and can be purchased securely online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

      HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

      In addition to the stage musical, a special art exhibition entitled “Under The Sea” will be on display in the Rock Room Gallery of the Historic Owen Theatre featuring original works by local area artisans Meike Aton, Barbara Buso, Jennifer Buttell, Jessica Lowe, Terena Terry, Suzanne Torguson and Wanita Williams. All displayed pieces will be on sale in support of these talented artists.

      Directed by Jacob Deck, this family favorite musical transforms the Historic Owen Theatre into a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

      Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

      Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

      The Branson cast 0f Disney’s The Little Mermaid are:

      • Ariel – Hayden Gish / Cat McWhirter
      • Prince Eric – Chaunery Kingsford Tanguay
      • Ursula – Jen Frost / Mesa Knife Chief
      • Sebastian – Shawntez D’Nadre Bell
      • King Triton – Traven Harrington
      • Flounder – A.J Turner / Charlee Mitchell
      • Flotsam – Carlos Morales
      • Jetsam – Michael Frost
      • Scuttle – Leah Jane Johnson
      • Chef Louis – Jerrod Cate
      • Grimsby – Jennifer Kersey
      • Aquata – Julie Brinkman
      • Adella – Laurel Kemper
      • Allana – Charis Boulden
      • Andrina – Sarah Williams
      • Atina – Velvet Dougharty
      • Arista – Somer Dean

      Adult Ensemble cast members are:
      Joey Blackwood, Alex Harris, Kayleigh Dominish, Pace Gillman, Sophie Douglas, Abby Wheeler, Joseph Schumacher, Megan Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers, Savannah Turner, Hallie Groff and Bekkah Williams.

      Kid Ensemble cast members are:
      Emma Chandler, Liam Hill, Lundyn Mitchell, Jemma Braica, Luke Johnson and Jael Frost.

      The Production team includes:
      Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale (Producers), Jacob Deck (Director, Choreographer and Set Design), Michelle Baker (Music Director), Emma Johnson (Stage Manager), Leah Johnson (Assistant Choreographer), Mac Hill (Technical Director and Sound Technician), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director), Jim Barber (Marketing and Design), Lisa Murphy (Media Coordinator), Marshall Meadows (Photography), Josh Silvy (Theatre Operations) and Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator).

      Congratulations to the cast members listed below who have been selected to appear in the upcoming Branson Regional Arts Council production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Historic Owen Theatre, February 10 – 27, 2022.

      Rehearsals will begin January 3, 2022. Full rehearsal schedule will be announced to all cast members soon.

      Advance reserved tickets are now on-sale for all performances at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

      “We had an outstanding turnout for these auditions. There were many more actors auditioning for parts than there were available roles, so the producers and the Director had a difficult choice to make in casting this production. We thank everyone who participated in the auditions, and request that anyone not selected for this production, to please audition again for a future show.” – Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

      The cast 0f Disney’s The Little Mermaid are:

      • Ariel – Hayden Gish / Cat McWhirter
      • Prince Eric – Chaunery Kingsford Tanguay
      • Ursula – Jen Frost / Mesa Knife Chief
      • Sebastian – Shawntez D’Nadre Bell
      • King Triton – Traven Harrington
      • Flounder – A.J Turner / Charlee Mitchell
      • Flotsam – Carlos Morales
      • Jetsam – Michael Frost
      • Scuttle – Leah Jane Johnson
      • Chef Louis – Jerrod Cate
      • Grimsby – Jennifer Kersey
      • Aquata – Julie Brinkman
      • Adella – Laurel Kemper
      • Allana – Charis Boulden
      • Andrina – Sarah Williams
      • Atina – Velvet Dougharty
      • Arista – Somer Dean

      Adult Ensemble cast members are:
      Joey Blackwood, Alex Harris, Kayleigh Dominish, Pace Gillman, Sophie Douglas, Abby Wheeler, Joseph Schumacher, Megan Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers, Savannah Turner, Hallie Groff and Bekkah Williams.

      Kid Ensemble cast members are:
      Emma Chandler, Liam Hill, Lundyn Mitchell, Jemma Braica, Luke Johnson and Jael Frost.

      About the musical…
      Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
      Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
      There will be seventeen (17) public performances of The Little Mermaid over a three-week period of time in February. This will be the first of eight (8) mainstage productions at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson in the 2022 season.
      For Full Season Pass information visit bransonarts.org/event-tickets/theatre-season-passes.

      An exciting new talent competition is coming to the airwaves, internet, and a community theatre new you!

      The Five Star  Talent Contest, presented by Ozarks Dynacom, is designed to encourage the region’s top talent to let their light shine and invite area residents and visitors to discover the amazing talent of the Ozarks.

      OFFICIAL ENTRY INFORMATION

      Our region of the Ozarks is overflowing with talent.

      Amazing vocalists, dancers, comics and musicians appear regularly on stages, at events, in theaters, restaurants, bars and festivals throughout the Ozarks. There is also incredible talent that isn’t very well-known. There are up-and-comers and less experienced performers who are dedicated and working hard on their skills. They might be young, or they might have had to put their talent on the back-burner, or simply decided that their special gifts and talents were going to be a hobby, instead of a career.

      Ozarks DynaCom is a family of five area radio stations that reach across Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas to an audience of over 200,000 listeners. In Branson, Missouri: 98.1 (Branson4U.com), 106.3 (KRZK), 100.1 (KOMC) and in Harrison, Arkansas: 102.9 (New Country), 94.9 (KHOZ).

      These stations have all teamed up with the Branson Regional Arts Council and the Ozarks Arts Council to give striving performers, the unknown and the inexperienced their moment in the spotlight.

      The Ozarks DynaCom FiveStar Talent Contest is the perfect opportunity to dust off the cobwebs, fine tune performance skills, or test new material on a real audience.

      “Together with our listeners, online fans, and social media friends, we might even discover the next entertainment sensation of the Ozarks, or beyond!”
      – Steve Willoughby, General Manager – Ozarks Dynacom

      Video: Ozarks Dynacom General Manager – Steve Willoughby

      “We are proud to be partners with the Branson Regional Arts Council and Ozark Arts Council in Harrison, Arkansas who will be lending their expertise and facilities for the semi-final competitions. Live show ticket sales will benefit these wonderful organizations who do so much to support the entertainment arts in our region.”
      – Steve Willoughby, General Manager – Ozarks Dynacom

      CONTEST BASICS:

      Ozarks DynaCom FiveStar Talent Contest is being implemented in collaboration with the Branson Regional Arts
      Council and Ozark Arts Council in Harrison, Arkansas, along with our contest sponsors Connell Insurance and North Arkansas College.

      There is no cost to enter, and everyone (from anywhere in the country) is welcome to participate. Contestants less than 18-years old will need a legal guardian’s permission.

      TALENT ENTRY FORMAT:

      Contestants may enter once, in each category of talent: Music, Comedy, Dance/Acrobat, Magic, Variety.

      Video file or YouTube link submissions should be no more than 90 seconds in length, and uploaded via the official contest website at branson4u.com/promotions/fivestar-talent-contest.

      OFFICIAL ENTRY INFORMATION

      Everyone in the Ozarks is encouraged to vote online for their favorite talent and a distinguished panel of judges will be on hand at the live, semifinal shows in Branson, MO and Harrison, AR to determine the final selections to move on to the final competition.

      The Arts Councils’ will receive all ticket proceeds from the live, Semi-Final Shows held at the Historic Owen Theatre [buy Branson tickets] and Historic Lyric Theatre [buy Harrison tickets] respectively, and also share in the proceeds of the Final Championship Show.

      A live Finals Championship show is planned for mid-November at a time and location still to be determined.

      Show details and winner prizes will be announced as those items are confirmed.

      CONTEST TIMELINE:

      • Online Entries: August 16 – September 12, 2021
      • Online Voting: September 17 – October 10, 2021
      • Live Semi-Final Shows: November 5th (Branson) and 6th (Harrison), 2021
      • Live Final Championship Show: Mid November 2021

      Thanks to the Ozarks Dynacom family of radio stations who are promoting this competition…

      The Branson Regional Arts Council is seeking new talent for the 2021-2022 Staccato Show Choir.

      Do you love to sing and dance? Perform live concerts and public events? Want to travel? Then this is the place for you!

      We are looking for at least 20 singers and dancers between the ages of 12-18 to represent the Branson Regional Arts Council for their 2021-2022 performance and competition season.

      Staccato is an advanced show choir focusing on many different styles of music (Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, Jazz..etc) under the direction of Jacob Estes and Delyla Uebel.

      Please note this is an advanced level, fast paced group. During our season we will learn a full 20-30 minute competition set, as well as several other songs for concerts and events. We also have opportunities during the year for solo pieces, and small ensemble numbers. We desire committed individuals who will work hard.

      Staccato Audition Information:
      Video auditions are requested for the first singing round, then if you pass, you will be called to a live dance audition at the Historic Owens Theatre.

      • Submission songs must be no longer than 90 seconds.
      • Please no a cappella singing
      • Sing a song in one of the following styles (Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, Jazz)
      • In the video, please say your full name and age
      • Audition submission deadline is Friday, July 23, 2021

      The easiest way to submit your video auditions is to upload it to YouTube, set the video to unlisted, then email the link to BRAC.

      Please send all video submissions to edu@bransonarts.org no later than July 30, 2021.

      Annual Tuition
      There is an annual tuition ($405 per student) that assists BRAC in our educational instructor, sheet music, music licensing, and other expenses throughout the season. Selected students will be presented with complete details and scholarship opportunities may be available for qualified students.

      Enjoy some videos of our past Staccato performances…

      Additional Information
      Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group intended to combine challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. The choir will focus on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances.

      Students will study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage:etiquette, presence & showmanship and multi-part choral music. The directoral leadership will be both demanding & rewarding. The time at rehearsal will be run in a serious “conservatory master class” style meaning from the moment the students enter the theater until they leave the theater… training is in process.

      The directors will lead incredibly intensive rehearsals that will result in mind-blowing results and outstanding performances. Students chosen to participate in this choir will gain invaluable vocal training, meaningful friendships and treasured memories for a lifetime.

      Participation in the choir is at the sole discretion of the directors.

      Show Choir Performances typically include: Fall Concert, Winter Showcase & Spring Concert. Additional community performances may be added throughout the year.
      Formal coordinated hair/make up styles & attire will be required for performances.

      Show Choir members will be invited on an optional year-end performing trip opportunity that will be an additional cost above the annual tuition. Fundraising will be available. More details will be provided in August.

      Peter Pan Jr at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson

      Peter Pan Jr at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson

      The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce that it is finally presenting it’s BRAC Summer Youth Theatre Institute production of Peter Pan Jr., after being postponed for more than a year due to the pandemic. Fifty-six dedicated cast members between the ages of 6 and 18 are participating in the 2021 Institute and have been rehearsing since June 28th with the BRAC educational staff of directors, choreographers and instructors. The large group of actors has been divided into two casts, and will present a total of six performances at the Historic Owen Theatre from Thursday, July 15th through Sunday the 18th. Reserved seats are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

      HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

      Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young performers in this Branson Regional Arts Council production at the Historic Owen Theatre.

      The BRAC production of Peter Pan Jr is directed by Jacob Deck and Jacob Estes. The production team includes: Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale and Lisa Murphy (Producers), Jacob Deck (Choreographer), Delyla Uebel (Music Director), Phyllis Pasley (Assistant Music Director),  Somer Dean (Education Specialist), Kristine Brown, Pamela Meadows, Corbin Rich, Tiffany Rich, MJ Szumowski, and Molly Zettel (Education Assistants), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director), Mac Hill (Technical Director) and BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber (Marketing and Design).

      In the story, 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. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, the fierce Brave Girls, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

      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.

      The 56 young cast members of Peter Pan Jr. include: Abby Wheeler (Peter Pan ),  Sophie Douglas (Wendy),  Jack Brown (John – Cast 1), Indy Griffith (John – Cast 2), Zoey Viola (Michael – Cast 1), Lee Brown  (Michael – Cast 2), Molly McNeill (Liza – Cast 1), Georgia Griffith (Liza – Cast 2), Roxas Pace (Nana – Cast 1), Emma Chandler (Nana – Cast 2), Maddison Moore (Mrs. Darling), Pace Gillman (Mr. Darling), Renee Elkady (Captain Hook), Olivia Buttram (Smee – Cast 1), Emily Rivere (Smee – Cast 2), Ava Belin (Tiger Lily), Tayton Boyd (Crocodile – Cast 1), Korey Brown (Crocodile – Cast 2), Jael Frost (Nibs – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Mercy Griffith (Nibs – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Caleb Spurling (Slightly – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Duncan Brown (Slightly – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Millie Stauffer (Curley – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Sylvie Barbour (Curley – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Judson Coffman (Twin #1 – Lost Boys), James Coffman (Twin #2 – Lost Boys), Elizabeth Bohner (Tootles – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Piper Brown (Tootles – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Roman Serfaty (Ensemble – Lost Boys), Seth Bounds (Ensemble – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Henry Osban (Noodler – Pirates), Mcartney Young (Jukes – Pirates), Brennan Bilberry (Starkey – Pirates), Selah Osban (Cecco – Pirates), Truly Rich (Ensemble – Pirates), Lexi Keaton (Ensemble – Pirates), Spencer Coffman (Ensemble – Pirates), Owen Harsh (Ensemble – Pirates), Remy Ziegelbauer (Ensemble – Pirates – Cast 1), Myles Mitchell (Ensemble – Pirates – Cast 2), Lindan Seaman (Ensemble – Pirates – Cast 2), Kate Sutherland (Small Brave Girl – Cast 1), Charlee Mitchell (Small Brave Girl – Cast 2), Ashley Rodgers (Brave Girl #1 – Cast 1- Ensemble – Cast 2), Kylee Chandler (Brave Girl #1 – Cast 2- Ensemble – Cast 1), Bekah Williams (Brave Girl #2 – Cast 1 – Ensemble – Cast 2), Vivian Redington (Brave Girl #2 – Cast 2- Ensemble – Cast 1), Hallie Groff (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys), Gianna Daniels (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Lundyn Mitchell (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 2), Lexi Spinning (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Addy Williams (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 2), Jemma Braica (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Abigail Ray (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 2), Shamarah Bounds (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Sofe Bounds (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1).

      The Branson Regional Arts Council is extremely proud of the hard work by the dedicated students and faculty of the BRAC Conservatory of the Performing Arts which has provided youth education opportunities in music, theatre, vocal studies, acting, and the visual arts since 2018 at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

      2020 was an especially difficult year due to the pandemic, and our 2020-2021 Staccato Show Choir students had to audition and perform in extremely challenging conditions that included online video sessions from home, outdoor practices, and socially distanced rehearsal sessions while wearing face masks much of the time.

      We decided to present our 2021 Spring Concert as a virtual performance by recording group and solo segments (without an audience) on the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre, then presenting it online as a digital video for all to enjoy at their leisure.

      Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. Under the direction of Jacob Estes, the choir focuses on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances. Students study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage etiquette, presence and showmanship, as well as multi-part choral music with vocal director Delyla Uebel.

      “What a year it has been! I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of my students for going on this journey with me. After all the challenges of the pandemic, I’m so grateful we were able to still keep the arts alive!” – Jacob Estes, Staccato Director

      Branson-Springfield area youth ages 12-18 who are interested in participating in the 2021-2022 cast of Staccato Show Choir are encouraged to contact BRAC at edu@bransonarts.org or 417-336-4255.

      And now… please enjoy the many talented students who are Staccato Show Choir!

      SPRING SHOWCASE LINE-UP (69 minutes)

      • STACCATO (Baby One More Time)
      • JORDAN KENDRICK with accompanist DELYLA UEBEL (Think Of Me)
      • THOMAS FERGUSON (Corner Of The Sky)
      • ASHLEY RODGERS (All That Jazz – dance)
      • CARTER HENDRICKSON (Never Ever Getting Rid Of Me)
      • STACCATO (Feel It Still)
      • ABBY WHEELER (Hopelessly Devoted To You)
      • CARTER HENDRICKSON (The Moon And Me)
      • LIYA RIVERE & THOMAS FERGUSON (First Date/Last Night)
      • RENEE ELKADY (What Baking Can Do)
      • STACCATO (When The Party’s Over)
      • SEANNA BOUNDS (On My Own)
      • SOPHIE DOUGLAS & ABBY WHEELER (You Don’t Know Me)
      • LIYA REVERE & CARTER HENDRICKSON (More Than Words)
      • MEGAN ROGERS (Imagine – dance)
      • PACE GILLMAN (A Million Dreams)
      • STACCATO (Happy Days Are Here Again)
      • SOPHIE DOUGLAS (Wondering)
      • SEANNA BOUNDS (She Used To Be Mine)
      • LIYA RIVERE (My Man)
      • RENEE ELKADY (Once Upon A Time)
      • JORDAN KENDRICK (In My Dreams)
      • STACCATO w/ Delyla Uebel (Rainbow – live audience)

      Audition Submissions for the Branson Arts Council’s 2021 Staccato Youth Show Choir are now underway. 

      The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Youth Conservatory Program is seeking male and female performers to fill out our current cast of Staccato Show Choir members.

      Interested students between the ages of 12-18 are invited to submit a digital video clip singing a song with music playing in the background. 1-3 minutes in length would be fine. Please introduce your self on the video, and say the name of the song you will be singing. 

      Send an email that includes your contact information and audition video link (example: youtube, or google drive files) to edu@bransonarts.org. Videos sent as file attachments should be emailed to bransonarts@gmail.com.

      Tuition and schedule information will be provided if student is accepted for the program. Scholarships may be available to residents of Branson, but any students in the region are invited to audition.

      Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. Under the direction of Jacob Estes, the choir focuses on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances. In 2020, students met both outdoors and inside the Historic Owen Theatre to study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage etiquette, presence and showmanship, as well as multi-part choral music with vocal director Delyla Uebel.

       

      Merry Christmas from everyone at the Branson Regional Arts Council. We hope you enjoy this virtual online version of our 3rd Annual Holiday Showcase Concert starring Staccato Show Choir as recorded in the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson, Missouri. Hosted by Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director. Running time: 45 minutes.

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      Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. Under the direction of Jacob Estes, the choir focuses on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances. This year, students met both outdoors and inside the Historic Owen Theatre to study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage etiquette, presence and showmanship, as well as multi-part choral music with vocal director Delyla Uebel.