Exciting Young Actors Workshop Begins November 6th

Branson Regional Arts Council presents Young Actors Theatre Movement Classes!

Join us this Fall for a new Theatre Movement Class for Young Actors ages 6-11 and 12-18.

All classes will be held on Mondays in November and December (see schedule), culminating in a fun, Christmas production on Thursday, December 14th at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

These workshops are led by Justin and Kristen Ables from Forte Theatre Productions.  Justin recently directed Forte’s collaboration production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Branson Regional Arts Council. The talented couple also taught a Young Actors Shakespeare Workshop this past summer in conjunction with that Shakespeare in the Park event. They are excited to jump back into another unique Youth Acting Program with the Arts Council.

NOTE: CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 REGISTRANTS IN EACH CLASS

CLASS SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION INFORMATION

JUNIOR STUDENT MOVEMENT WORKSHOP (Ages 6-11)
TOTAL COST: $55 per student, or $50 for active BRAC Family Members

  • Nov 06, 2017 (Monday – 4pm to 5:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Nov 13, 2017 (Monday – 4pm to 5:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Nov 20, 2017 (Monday – 4pm to 5:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Nov 27, 2017 (Monday – 4pm to 5:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Dec 04, 2017 (Monday – 4pm to 5:30pm at the Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 11, 2017 (Monday – 4pm to 5:30pm at the Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 14, 2017 (Thursday – 7:30pm PERFORMANCE at the the Historic Owen Theatre)

Our Junior Young Actors will be exploring acting, movement, and folklore as we prepare our own special version of a classic Christmas tale. This workshop series is for ages 6-11.

Age 6-11 Workshop is SOLD OUT
(sorry, please watch for future workshops in 2018)


SENIOR STUDENT MOVEMENT WORKSHOP (Ages 12-18)
TOTAL COST: $55 per student, or $50 for active BRAC Family Members

  • Nov 06, 2017 (Monday – 6pm to 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Nov 13, 2017 (Monday – 6pm to 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Nov 20, 2017 (Monday – 6pm to 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Nov 27, 2017 (Monday – 6pm to 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Branson)
  • Dec 04, 2017 (Monday – 6pm to 7:30pm at the Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 11, 2017 (Monday – 6pm to 7:30pm at the Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 14, 2017 (Thursday – 7:30pm PERFORMANCE at the Historic Owen Theatre)

Our Senior Young Actors will receive a crash course in the advanced movement training of Viewpoints by Anne Bogart. In this training our students will learn how to explore space, create stories through movement, and build an ensemble piece around what the holidays mean to them. This workshop series is for ages 12-18.

REGISTER HERE…


Young Actors Workshop (age 12-18)
Name of Student(s):



*each class size limited to 15 students max

Youth Troupe Auditions for Snowdeer Christmas Musical

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE ACTING…

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to present a new Youth Troupe production of Randy Plummer’s SNOWDEER Christmas Story.  Community area youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to audition for this fun, fantasy filled Holiday Musical. 

This production also has ONE ADULT CHARACTER who can audition for the part of GRANDPA (Santa type Character).

Audition Date & Time: Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 – 2pm until 4pm
Place: First Presbyterian Church of Branson – Fellowship Hall – 420 W. Main St., Branson, MO 65616

Auditioners should be prepared to sing one, up tempo song (bring your own tracks on CD or MP3 Player, or sing a cappella, no piano available). BRAC will provide a sample script to read, and actors will participate in some fun audition exercises! No need to be nervous! This promises to be a fun experience for everyone who participates!

Parents, please accompany your child during the audition as they may not need to stay until 4pm.

REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES

Tentative rehearsal schedule is posted below. There will be two performances at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson on Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 2pm & 7:30pm.

NO FEE TO AUDITION or PARTICIPATE

Most of our Youth Troupe Productions and Workshops require a registration fee to participate, however we will not be charging cast members of this production.  We do ask that all participating families have an active Branson Regional Arts Council Family Membership, available online here for $50/year. This helps support our mission to serve area youth, and provides your family with additional perks and discounts to upcoming events throughout the next year.

SNOWDEER PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

  • Oct 15 (Sun) – SNOWDEER AUDITIONS 2pm to 4pm (First Presbyterian)   
  • Oct 23 (Mon) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Oct 27 (Fri) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Oct 30 (Mon) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Nov 03 (Fri) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Nov 05 (Sun) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Nov 10 (Fri) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Nov 12 (Sun) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Nov 17 (Fri) – 5pm to 7:30pm (First Presbyterian)
  • Dec 01 (Fri) – 6pm to 8:30pm (Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 02 (Sat) – 9am to 3pm (Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 08 (Fri) – 6pm to 8:30pm (Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 09 (Sat) – 9am to 3pm (Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 10 (Sun) – 1pm to 3pm (Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 15 (Fri) – DRESS REHEARSAL 6pm to 8:30pm (Historic Owen Theatre)
  • Dec 16 (Sat) – PERFORMANCES 2pm & 7:30pm  (Historic Owen Theatre)

BRAC does not expect changes to this schedule, but all cast members will be notified of updates.

Branson Regional Arts Council To Purchase Historic Owen Theatre

The Branson Regional Arts Council has entered into a contract to purchase the Historic Owen Theatre at 205 South Commercial Street in downtown Branson, Missouri.

Local residents Ron and Diane Mathes have owned the venue for many years, providing a showcase for a variety of live music shows including the current productions “A Neil Diamond Tribute” starring Keith Allynn, and “Carpenters Once More,” starring Dianna Lynn. Both shows have a full schedule through mid-December, with the Arts Council assuming operation of the venue in January 2018.

“We truly appreciate that the Mathes’s understand and support the vision of the Branson Regional Arts Council in our quest to improve the lives of area residents and visitors by providing artistic and theatrical community programs,” said Executive Director Jim Barber. “After 52 years as an organization, the Arts Council will have, for the first time, a permanent venue dedicated to presenting community theatre and other arts related programming. This investment will be a catalyst for new economic growth opportunities through arts initiatives that serve our entire area,” added Barber.

(Left to Right) Dr. Hayden Head (BRAC Board Member), Lisa Murphy (BRAC President), Ron & Diane Mathes (Owen Theatre Owners), Harry Styron (BRAC Attorney), Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director), Kim Hale (BRAC Board Member).

Built in 1936, Branson’s very first theatre was originally owned by Jim Owen, who served as Mayor of Branson for 12 years and achieved International fame as the “King of the River,” for entertaining tourists, corporate executives and even Hollywood celebrities with his popular White River float trips. His passion for promoting the natural beauty of the Ozarks, and his extraordinary entrepreneurship attracted guests such as Gene Autry, Joe DiMaggio, Forrest Tucker, Charleston Heston, and Rose O’Neill.

The Owen Theatre was initially called the “Hillbilly Theatre” and incorporated large, hand painted Ozarks scenes by famed area artist Elsie Bates Fruend, who Mr. Owen lovingly referred to as his “Hill Girl.” Elsie’s paintings and custom jewelry were also displayed in a small, lobby gallery. Several years ago, the City of Branson and the Branson Arts Council commissioned a bronze plaque, which is still on display at the theatre entrance to commemorate Elsie’s work.

Jim Owen had a long list of credentials. His career began as an advertising manager for a Jefferson City Newspaper. After visiting the Ozarks in 1933, he fell in love with the area, making it his permanent home. Before his death in 1972, he had owned a drug store, theatre, and an auto dealership. He was president of a bank and even wrote a fishing column for the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock, AR. In addition, he owned champion fox hounds and bird dogs, produced his own brand of pet food, and owned a large dairy. In addition to that, he authored a book entitled: “Jim Owen’s Hillbilly Humor” and became the subject of feature magazine articles in Look, Life, and The Saturday Evening Post, with his hilarious and heartwarming stories of life in the Ozarks.

The theatre was designed for Mr. Owen by Carl and Robert Boller of Kansas City, Missouri. The Boller Brothers, who’s family roots were in Vaudeville, are credited with designing, or consulting on the design of, over 300 classic theatre venues nationwide, ranging from small vaudeville houses to large movie palaces. Each theatre was unique, with designs influenced by the history of the towns in which they were located.
Approximately 20 of the Boller Brothers works are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

By the end of the 1920’s, the brothers were well established as specialists in the architectural field of theater and movie palace design. The stock market crash of October 29, 1929, lead to the great depression, nearly destroying the Boller Brothers firm due to cancelled contracts. By June 1932, Robert, now close to bankruptcy, was forced to close the Kansas City office and move his family to a cabin in the Ozarks in hopes of weathering the bad economy. Over the next few years, he received a handful of commissions, including the design of Branson’s very first movie house, the Owen Theatre. These jobs were enough to allow him to move back to Kansas City and reestablish a small home office where he focused on theatre remodeling, as well as a few new venues of simple modern design.

While many of the Boller Brother theatres have now been demolished or renovated, the Branson Regional Arts Council is excited for this opportunity to preserve the original aspects of the Historic Owen Theatre, while providing a wide variety of artistic, cultural and educational opportunities that support, strengthen, and enhance the lives of Branson area residents and visitors from around the world.