The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Staccato Performance Troupe presents Emma! A Pop Musical for five exciting performances from Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2, 2023.

The production is Rated G | General audiences. Showtimes are 7pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and 2pm (Saturday, Sunday).

All tickets for this production are only $12 (Adults & Youth), with lap children (age 4 and younger) admitted free of charge. Advance reserved tickets are recommended and on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box-office of the Historic Owen Theatre at 417-336-4255.

Emma! A Pop Musical loosely follows the storyline of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel, Emma, but incorporates a 21st century prep school twist. Emma Woodhouse, portrayed by Renee Elkady, considers herself to be Highbury Prep’s top matchmaker after she sets up two of her teachers. She then tries to set up her best friend Harriet Smith (Liya Rivere), with school president nominee Philip Elton (J. Perry) and herself up with rockstar Frankie Churchill (Dylan Whatley). Meanwhile, the arrival of a new potential student and heiress, Jane Fairfax (Abby Wheeler), stirs up controversy. Emma’s relentless matchmaking plans take an unexpected turn, and Harriet ends up with the ‘commoner’ lunch busboy Martin (Jason Prince), while Emma ends up with the power-focused schoolboy Jeff Knightley (Pace Gillman). 

The storyline of the production is woven together with a string of hit songs by legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!

The cast of 14 talented performers also features Jordan Porter as Ashley, Melinda Prince as Miss Bates, Megan Rogers as Miss Taylor, Hallie Groff as Ronnie, Ashley Rogers as Estelle, Lundyn Mitchell as Elaine, and Alivia Prince as Nedra.

Director Jacob Estes leads the production in addition to being choreographer, adding one more credit to his long list of acting and directing achievements on behalf of the Branson Regional Arts Council. Jacob has also performed at Kings Castle Theatre, Silver Dollar City, The Welk Resort, Sight and Sound Theatre, and on tour nationally with Forever Young.

Stage Manager Dimitri Tsahiridis makes his BRAC debut with this production. Dimitri is a student at Branson High School, and has done technical work for such shows as The Curious Savage and Mamma Mia!. He is adding to his portfolio to gain working experience in all aspects of theater before going to college, where he will major in theater and eventually reach his lifetime goal of directing.

Staccato Performance Troupe is an advanced show choir for area youth between the ages of 12-18 that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography, on-stage acting, and stage performance. Through the training season, members work towards a common goal while studying advanced music theory, vocal and physical warm ups, musical theatre vocal techniques (belting, mixing, telling a story), stage etiquette, hip hop, jazz and musical theatre dance. Open auditions for new Staccato members are held each Fall, and under the direction of Jacob Estes, the students focus on elevating their “triple threat” skills and applying their formal training into a lively musical theatre presentation such as this production of Emma! A Pop Musical.

The production team also includes Karie Dykeman and Kim Hale (Producers), Kristine Brown (Assistant Producer), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Myles Stevens (Sound Technician), Kyle Blanchard (Theatre & Special Events Manager), Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator), Josh Silvy (Theatre Inventory), and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director, Marketing and Design).

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce registration for a new six-week series of Acting and Musical Theatre Voice Classes as part of the BRAC Conservatory of the Arts Program at the Historic Owen Theatre. These weekly classes beginning March 20, 2023 are designed for students between the ages of 7 – 18 years old. Our highly trained, professional instructors will provide students with a fun, safe and entertaining educational experience they will never forget!

In six exciting and activity centered workshops, students will learn through the power of play the fundamentals of acting and storytelling for the stage. In addition to training in movement and voice for the actor, students will experience growth by coming together as an ensemble to bring the “drama!” With a focus on theatrical acting each session will consist of activities tailored to each age group in order to equip your student with the foundations of what it means to be present, to listen well, and to act!

Class Schedule for ages 7-12 (Mondays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24)

  • Acting: 3:45pm – 5:15pm
  • Musical Theatre Voice: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

[fac_icon icon=”star”] CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (AGES 7-12)


CLASS SIZES LIMITED TO 15 STUDENTS! (Registration will end when classes are full)

[fac_icon icon=”info-circle”] Scholarship opportunities available to qualifying students (please inquire at edu@bransonarts.org).


Class Schedule for ages 13-18 (Mondays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24)

  • Acting: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Musical Theatre Voice: 7:15pm – 8:45pm

[fac_icon icon=”star”] CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (AGES 13-18)

Meet our BRAC Conservatory instructors!

Acting Class Instructor – Josh Boulden

BRAC Conservatory – Josh Boulden

Josh Boulden is a professional actor, acting coach, and fight choreographer from Annapolis, MD. He trained at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University in D.C., and before that at the Sight & Sound Theatre’s Performing Arts Conservatory in Lancaster, PA.

He’s been in the industry for over 10 years and is blessed to be in his sixth season as an actor at Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson. Before that he spent some time acting and teaching for the Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and currently teaches and directs for the Institute for Cultural Communicators.

You may have seen him in a past Branson Regional Arts Council production such as Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, and all of the Shakespeare in the Parks, and you will currently see him serving in the roles of board member and director for this fall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For more information visit his website: bouldenstudio.com

 

Musical Theatre Voice Class Instructor – Kristin Jewell Cartwright

BRAC Conservatory – Kristin Cartwright

Kristin Jewell Cartwright is a Florida girl at heart, Kristin relocated back to Branson with her husband Tom and kids in January 2022. Besides the winter weather, living in the midwest has begun to feel like home again.

Helping vocalists achieve their goals has been Kristin’s passion for over 20 years, teaching both on the collegiate level and in her private studio. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. Kristin is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She additionally has level 3 certification in Somatic Voicework, a functional method of vocal pedagogy created by Jeannette LoVetri, which approaches not just the vocal mechanism but the entire body as the instrument.

Kristin has performed in the community and professionally in both Florida and Missouri and most recently appeared in her BRAC debut as “Miss Andrew” in Mary Poppins. She is currently an adjunct professor of voice at College of the Ozarks and is excited about becoming more involved in the Branson arts community.

This is the FINAL WEEK to catch one of the most talked about musicals to date at the Historic Owen Theatre!

Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical has received rave reviews, standing ovations and full-house audiences since it first opened two weeks ago. There are only FIVE PERFORMANCES LEFT before Mary and her magic umbrella fly off into the clouds! Good seats are still currently available for this fantastic family production!

The last five shows are this Thursday (7pm), Friday (7pm), Saturday (2pm & 7pm) and Sunday (2pm).

I saw Mary Poppins yesterday and it was “practically perfect”. The cast and crew, once again, were over the top. Thank you for bringing so much joy to our community with all these terrific productions. We are so blessed to have all this in our community. – Barbara Wehrman

Oh my goodness….Mary Poppins was amazing.  I was so impressed with the space, the production and the talent!!!  So glad that I went!  – Michael Gaines, Missouri Association of Community Arts Organizations

[fac_icon icon=”star”] Advance tickets are recommended and available online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255(FINAL WEEKEND TO SAVE 15% by purchasing a FULL SEASON PASS)

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Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical in Branson was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! 🙌❤️ Such talent in our little town! ❤️ Great job Alex Harris and Thomas Reasoner (and entire cast)! These Cochrans had a great day on the town. – Michelle Cochran

Mary Poppins is directed by Jacob Deck with Musical Director Michelle Baker and features a cast of 39 talented performers including one very cute infant and a lovable dog!

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

We went to see Mary Poppins tonight at the theater downtown. It was absolutely incredible. I would highly recommend going to see it the tickets are only $20 and worth every penny. – Karen Cook

Sheryl and I were blown away with the talented cast performing Mary Poppins last evening. Broadway in Branson! I found myself thinking that I preferred Leah Johnson’s performance of Mary Poppins to the Julie Andrews version…wow! Hats off to Jim Barber and his growing team at BRAC for another amazing show with local talent! Nice to see them playing to a packed house. – Kenn Tilus

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing beforeMary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.

Saw this today and I was blown away on how great it was!!! Bravo to the performers and crew! – John Huntley

Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

We went last night and it was amazing. Great job. – Roy Tramel

The cast of Mary Poppins includes: Leah Johnson (Mary Poppins), Thomas Hayden Reasoner (Bert), Cameryn Deibler/Hope Menard (Jane Banks), Lee Brown/ Emma Chandler (Michael Banks),  Alex Harris (George Banks), Sonya Godfrey (Winifred Banks), Abby Reeve (Mrs. Brill), David Hewitt (Roberston Ay), Kristin Cartwright (Miss Andrews), Katy Kohler (Bird Woman), Somer Dean (Mrs. Corry), Rachel Ramberan (Katie Nana), Joey Blackwood (Neleus/Valentine), Michael Sager (Poseidon), Joseph Schumacher (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman), Maddie Hewitt (Miss Lark), Jeremiah Reeve (Von Hussler), Kyle Denton (John Northrbook), Claire Denton (Miss Smythe), Lucas Dahlgren, Kathryn King, Charis Boulden, Velvet Dougharty, Julie Brinkman, Kayleigh Dominish, Molly Tennison, April Ebersol, AJ Turner, Melinda Prince (Ensemble), Sarah Sutherland (Ensemble / Mary swing), Brenna Prince, Luke Johnson, Sebastian Stringer, Maggie Marks, Josslynn Silvy (Kids Ensemble), JoJo (Willoughby the Dog), and making her stage debut, Eloise Dougherty (Baby Ensemble).

It was EPIC!! Don’t miss it!! – Bonnie Ludwig Cunningham

The Production crew of Mary Poppins includes: Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale (Producers), Jacob Deck (Director/Choreographer/Set Designer), Michelle Baker (Music Director), Loran Polson (Stage Manager), Myles Stevens (Sound Technician), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Josh Boulden (Dialect Coach), Emily Rivere, Lexi Keaton, Jael Frost, Abby Moulin (Spotlights), Kyle Blanchard (Set Operations Manager),  Jacob Deck, David Hewitt, Nathan Sutherland (Set Construction), Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator), Josh Silvy (Inventory Manager), Marshall Meadows (Photographer), Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director and Marketing).

I’ve had several people tell me the last two weekends that they thought this was the best show they’ve seen at Owens. So, well done Jacob Deck for your awesome directing, well done Loran Jeanette Polson for all your organizational skills, well done cast, and well done everyone else who helped make this show happen. Proud to be part of it all! – Melinda Prince

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:

  • AUDITION: Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Historic Owen Theatre (205 S Commercial St, Branson, MO 65616)
  • Class Schedule: Thursdays 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Class Dates: February 2 – April 27, 2023

     

    Members of Crescendo will meet on a regular basis (see class schedule below) and will be presenting two public performances of an exciting musical at the Historic Owen Theatre, April 28-29.

    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)

    • Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
    • Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    • Apr 6, 13, 20, 27
    • Public Performance musical TBA – April 28, 2023 (7pm), April 29, 2023 (2pm)

    Tuition & Fees (if selected):

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

    [fac_icon icon=”star”] 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 January 25, 2023.  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.

    The Branson Regional Arts Council proudly presents it’s 2022 Crescendo Youth Performance Troupe production of A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS, featuring a cast of talent young actors between the ages of 7-12.

    Two public performances will be held at the Historic Owen Theatre on Friday, December 16th – 7pm and Saturday, December 17th – 2pm.

    General open seating with a suggested $10 Donation at the Door to benefit the BRAC Youth Education Program. (Advance reserved seat tickets will not be sold for this event.)

    Card carrying BRAC Members admitted at no charge!

    Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

    This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

    As a bonus… Crescendo will also present some Holiday themed music in addition to the theatre production.

    This is a great show for kids of all ages and the entire evening of fun is expected to run approximately 60-75 minutes.

    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

        [fac_icon icon=”sign-in”] 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

        [fac_icon icon=”star”] 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)

        [fac_icon icon=”star”] 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

        [fac_icon icon=”star”] 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.

        [fac_icon icon=”star”] 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.

        [fac_icon icon=”star”] 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. 

        [fac_icon icon=”caret-right”] 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.

        [fac_icon icon=”star”] 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…