Let’s Jam – The Music of the Hills

A Free Community Event at the Historic Owen Theatre

Place: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 7pm – Concessions will be available

This fun and informative concert traces the 350 year odyssey of Ozark fiddle music from Scotland (1650) to the fiddle jams of today at McClurg, Taney County, Missouri. Learn about the heritage of Ozark Fiddle Music.

Come and enjoy this historical presentation on the rich and varied nature of this music that is still prevalent in the Ozarks today.

Presented by the Possum Holler Fiddlers and sponsored by Ozark Mountain Music with additional support from the Missouri Arts Council and parents and friends of Ozark Mountain Music.

This program is supported by the Missouri Humanities Council, and hosted by the Branson Regional Arts Council at the Historic Owen Theatre.

This is a free community concert, though donations to benefit both the Possum Holler Fiddlers and the Branson Regional Arts Council would be appreciated.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce the final cast selections for our ALL-NEW Youth Performance Troupe, and Show Choir. The following individuals will be contacted and are invited to register and participate for the 2018-2019 season.  Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who attended the auditions.

2018-2019 BRAC Youth Performance Troupe Cast Selections…

  • Derek Brown
  • Morgan Brown
  • Noah Byer
  • Sophie Douglas
  • Alexis Fischer
  • Dani Groff
  • Hallie Groff
  • Carter Hendrickson
  • Brynleigh Hill
  • Cole Hill
  • Molly Jones
  • Jordan Kendrick
  • Jake Musser
  • Megan Rodgers
  • Bekah Williams

About Youth Performance Troupe: Youth Troupe is a group devoted to all things theatre! Students in the Youth Troupe will meet weekly and encounter intensive, interactive studies in Voice, Acting, Stage Presence, Dance Choreography, Team Work. Students will develop both self confidence and respect for the skills required to be successful in Theatre Arts. The Youth Troupe will be run in a serious “conservatory master class” style meaning from the moment the students enter the theatre until they leave the theatre…training is in process. The Youth Troupe will be a congregate group that will have regular break out sessions based on age. All Youth Troupes will perform at various festivals, concerts, and gatherings throughout the academic year.

Please note that there will not be a Concert Choir for 2018-2019 as we didn’t have enough expressed interest for this year. If your name is listed above, and you auditioned for Concert Choir, you have the option of being in Youth Performance Troupe.

2018-2019 BRAC Show Choir Cast Selections…
*some additions are expected to the final cast list

  • Joey Blackwood
  • Noah Byer
  • Dani Groff
  • Carter Hendrickson
  • Cole Hill
  • Brenna Kellem
  • Jordan Kendrick
  • Megan Rodgers
  • *(TBA)

About Show Choir: 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 and 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.

Seussical Jr. Provides Fantastic Family Fun This Week In Branson!

The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Youth Troupe Production of Seussical Jr. opens this Thursday evening at 7pm, with five public performances at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

Show are Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm, Friday, August 3rd at 7pm, Saturday August 4th at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday August 5th at 2pm.

Advance reservations are recommended at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling 417-336-4255.
Adult tickets (18+) are $14.95, and Youth Tickets (4-17) are $9.95.  A small service fee applies to each order.


Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

The Youth Troupe actors are between the ages of 6-18, and include: Emrie Straka (JoJo), Joey Blackwood (Horton the Elephant), Maddy Hatfield (Mayzie La Bird), Sami Sutcliffe (Gertrude McFuzz), Emma Hesseman (Sour Kangaroo), Samuel Hesseman (Mr. Mayor), Jordan Kendrick (Mrs. Mayor), Gloria Bennett (Yertle the Turtle), Morgan Brown, Jake Musser, Johanna Luthardt (Wickersham Brothers), Grace Clark, Aleah Oltjenbrun, Ashleigh Rodgers, Megan Rodgers (Bird Girls), Colin McAdara (Vlad Vladikoff), Dani Groff (The Cat In The Hat), Hallie Groff (Young Kangaroo), Lee Brown (Thing 1), Josslynn Silvy (Thing 2), Korey Brown (The Grinch/Jungle Creature), Alexander Greenamyer, Amelia Johnson, Anastacia Petri, Dru Straka, Ember Straka, Lauren Tiefry, Addy Williams (Jungle Creatures), and Sylvie Barbour (Who).

The Production Staff of Seussical Jr. include: Lisa Murphy and Kim Hale (Producers), Jacob Estes and Lloyd Alexander-Holt (Directors), Kristen Dasto (Choreographer), Karie Dykeman and Roz Slavik (Assistant Producers), Kyle Bradley (Assistant Director), Danielle Groff and Maddy Hatfield (Student Directors), Kellsey Bradley (Education Specialist), Nicole Dasto (Stage Manager / Audio Technician), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Technician), Jacob Estes (Scenic Design), Larry Waggoner (Muralist), Roz Slavik and Stephanie Groff (Costumers), Marshall Meadows (Photographer), Jacob Estes, Nick Batey, Tyler Straka, Michelle Rodgers, Megan Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers, Hallie Groff, Emrie Straka, Mia Johnson (Set Construction), and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director / Marketing).

Seussical Jr. musical marks the 7th major theatrical production presented by the Branson Regional Arts Council this season alone, with 3 more to go: MISCAST Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, and A Miracle on 34th Street. Thanksgiving weekend, the Arts Council is also hosting the Branson return of the Lennon Brothers & Gail Lennon as they perform two exciting reunion concerts at the Historic Owen Theatre on November 24 and 25th.

The 2019 Season of musical theatre and dramatic plays will be announced very soon.