Congratulations to the following actors and actresses who have been offered roles in the upcoming Branson Regional Arts Council production of Annie, which will debut at the Historic Owen Theatre from March 8 – 11, 2018.

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Over 80 talented youth and adults took the time and effort to participate in a grueling audition process this past week.

Some of the 80+ actors who auditioned for Annie.

“The producers and directors would like to extend their sincere appreciation to each and every one of them”, said Executive Director Jim Barber.

“The final casting decisions were not easily reached as the talent level was very high, and there were many more people auditioning than available roles.

The Arts Council is excited, however, that we will have many more opportunities for everyone to audition for plays, musicals, or any of our theatre acting workshops that will be scheduled throughout the year”.

The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Theatre Advisory Committee oversees the selection of all plays and musicals throughout the performance season. Committee members include: Justin Ables, Kristen Ables, Tina Cool Anderson, Jean Cantwell, Kimberly Hale, Jim Barber, Lisa Murphy, Roz Slavik, Greg Slavik, Patty SlicerSue Head, Hayden Head, Darlene Graham, Michelle Inskeep, Delyla Uebel, and Rick Uebel.

Rehearsals for Annie begin this Sunday. The public is encouraged to purchase seats for the March 8-11 performances early as this production is expected to sell out.  Advance tickets are available now at BransonArts.org/tix.

ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF ANNIE…

LEADS
ANNIE….. Zoe Allie
ANNIE (Secondary)….. Bekah Williams
MISS AGGIE HANNIGAN….. Kelsey Bradley
OLIVER WARBUCKS….. Lloyd Ray Alexander-Holt
GRACE FARRELL….. Sarah Sutherland

ORPHANS
TESSIE/Ensemble….. Sophie Douglas
MOLLY/Ensemble….. Laurie Payne
PEPPER/Ensemble….. Abby Sundahl
DUFFY/Ensemble….. Brynleigh Hill
JULY/Ensemble….. Jordan Kendrick
KATE/Ensemble….. Sami Sutcliffe
Ensemble….. Bekah Williams
Ensemble….. Aleah Oltjenbrun
Ensemble….. Alexis Fischer
Ensemble….. Emrie Straka

KIDS
NEWSIES….. Jonah Conque, Brady Conque

FEATURED ROLES
Rooster Hannigan/Cordell Hull/Dog Catcher/Justice Louis Brandeis/Hooverville/Dance Ensemble….. Kyle Bradley
L.T. Ward/Bert Healy/Franklin D. Roosevelt….. Michael Horn
Mr. Bundles/ Louis Howe/ Hooverville/Santa (NYC)….. Sean Myers
Drake/Harold Ickes/Sound Effects Man/Hooverville/Dance Ensemble….. Jordan Alexander-Holt
Fred McCracken….. Jim Barber
Hans Morgenthau/Jimmy Johnson/Hooverville/Dance Ensemble….. Alex Harris
Apple Seller/Hooverville/Dance Ensemble….. Noah Beyer

WOMEN
Lily/Mrs. Pugh/Hooverville/Dance Captain ….. Kristen Dasto
Frances Perkins/Cecile/Sophie (Hooverville)/Dance Ensemble….. Sarah Williams
Bonnie Boylan /Annette/Hooverville/ Grace Understudy/Dance Ensemble….. Melissa Rivera
Connie Boylan/Hooverville/Dance Ensemble….. Dani Groff
Ronnie Boylan/ Star to Be/Hooverville/Dance Ensemble….. Brenna Kellem
Mrs. Greer/Hooverville/Ensemble….. Haley Bertrand

PRODUCTION STAFF

Directors….. Jacob Estes & Lloyd Alexander-Holt
Musical Director….. Delyla Uebel
Vocal Director….. Lloyd Ray Alexander-Holt
Producers….. Kimberly Hale & Lisa Murphy
Assistant Producer….. Roz Slavik
Executive Director….. Jim Barber
Choreographers….. Jordan Alexander-Holt and Jacob Estes
Stage Manager….. Lori Best
Sound Engineer….. TBA
Lighting Designer….. TBA
Master Builder/Designer….. Louis Allen
Master Rigger….. Lex Pearson
Costumes & Props….. Roz Slavik
Photographer:….. Marshall Meadows

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The Branson Regional Arts Council announce auditions for their first musical theatre production of the 2018 season… ANNIE.

5 public performances, March 8 – 11, 2018. Rehearsal schedule will be provided

AUDITION  TIMES

  • Sunday, January 21st from 2-5pm Central for youth under the age of 18.
  • Monday, January 22nd from 6-9pm Central for anyone age 18 and older.

PLACE – Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial Street, Branson, MO 65616

VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSIONS are allowed if you cannot attend either of these audition times.  Please prepare a short video of you singing a one-minute song of your choice, as well as a short monologue that shows character. Send video links to: info@bransonarts.org. We will reply to let you know we have recieved your email. VIDEO SUBMISSIONS must be received no later than Monday, January 22nd at 9pm Central.

AUDITION PREPARATION

  • Please be prepared to sing a one-minute song (bring your own music CD or sing acapella)
  • Reading scripts will be provided by director
  • Director will lead a Dance Call for all auditioners as well as singing.
  • Bring Resume & Headshot if you have one (not required)

ANNIE CAST BREAKDOWN

  • Cast Size- 21 positions
  • Cast must excel in Singing, Acting, and Dancing due to limited rehearsal period.

LEADS  (4 positions)

  • Annie– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Miss Aggie Hannigan-Alto
  • Oliver Warbucks– Baritone
  • Grace Farrell– Soprano

ORPHANS (6 positions)

  • Tessie/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Molly/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Pepper/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Duffy/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • July/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Kate/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano

FEATURED ROLES
Men (6 positions)

  • Rooster Hannigan/Hans Morgenthau/Hooverville/Ensemble – Tenor
  • Bert Healy/Dog Catcher/Justice Louis Brandeis/Hooverville/Ensemble– Tenor
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt/Mr. Bundles/Hooverville/Ensemble– Baritone
  • Drake/Harold Ickes/Sound Effects Man/Hooverville/Ensemble-Baritone
  • L.T. Ward/Louis Howe/Jimmy Johnson/Hooverville/Ensemble-Baritone
  • Fred McCracken/Cordell Hull/Apple Seller/Hooverville/Ensemble-Baritone

Women (5 positions)

  • Lily/Hooverville/Ensemble – Soprano
  • Bonnie Boylan/Star to Be/Annette/Hooverville/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Ronnie Boylan/Mrs. Pugh/Hooverville/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Connie Boylan/Cecile/Hooverville/Ensemble– Mezzo-Soprano
  • Frances Perkins/Mrs. Greer/Sophie/Hooverville/Ensemble- Soprano

Join us at the Historic Owen Theatre for an informational “Volunteer Rally” and find out how you can be an active participant in the Branson Regional Arts Council. We are developing a full slate of amazing events this year, and are looking for enthusiastic folks who love their community, and LOVE TO HAVE FUN!

When: Sat, January 20, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial Street, Branson, MO 65616

USHER? ACTOR? PAINTER? STAGE HAND? DIRECTOR? ARTIST? PROMOTER? GRANT WRITER?… something for everyone!

PLEASE RSVP to attend this FREE EVENT

FREE EVENT – PLEASE CLICK THE TICKETS BUTTON ABOVE TO RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND!

The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Youth Troupe presents Randy Plummer’s SNOWDEER® Christmas Story at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson this Saturday, December 16th at 2pm and 7:30pm. [download high rez photo]

General Admission and VIP tickets are available online at BransonArts.org. Seating is limited.

 

 

Featuring a cast of 30 talented area youngsters, this original family holiday musical is presented as a fundraiser to assist future Arts Council productions at the Historic Owen Theatre!

SNOWDEER® is a Christmas story about a 7 year old buck who lives in the small town of Doe Run. His Christmas Wish is to pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to all of the children and animals in the world. It’s a story for adults and children of all ages, filled with the fun and fantasy that only Christmas brings, along with the true meaning sprinkled within.

Jim Barber, Executive Director of the Branson Regional Arts Council, said, “We are thrilled for this opportunity to present another Youth Troupe Christmas production at the Owen Theatre before we transition into the facility in January as our full-time home for community theatre, arts programs, special events and more. The current theatre residents, Diana Lynn, Keith Allyn, and Debi Wills have been terrific to work with and are big supporters of our efforts to establish more arts opportunities in the Branson area.”

Barber, also shared his excitement about working with Randy Plummer, the creator of the musical. “Randy is one of the most talented, and humble people I’ve ever met. His love for the Ozarks is evident throughout this story, and his original music score is just spectacular. We have an amazing cast of talented kids, with loving, dedicated parents. Everyone has worked very hard to present a fun, memorable show for our community.”

The SNOWDEER® Production Team Includes: Randy Plummer – Writer and Composer; Kim Hale and Lisa Murphy – Producers; Jim Barber – Director; Roz Slavik – Assistant Director; and Daniel Groff – Choreographer.

SNOWDEER® Cast Members Include: Nathanael Bond as Grandpa Deer; Brynleigh Hill as Snowdeer; Abigail Sundahl as Deerlores; Hunter Hull as Jim-Buck; Jordan Kendrick as Plum Puddin’; Emrie Straka as Pinecone; Bryan Campbell as Santa; Courtney Poe as Mrs. Santa; Kylee Sikes as Strike The Bell; Sean Campbell as Harvey Elf; Dylan Pratt as Jay The Disc Jockey Elf; Johanna Luthardt as Dee The Disc Jockey Elf; Halle Horn as Halle Elf; Landon Comer as Landon Elf; Layrie Payne as Layrie Elf and Snowdeer Understudy; Liam Hill as Liam Elf; Hannah Hamilton as Hannah Elf; Caleb Sundahl as Caleb Elf; Betsey Sundahl as Betsey Elf; Libby Sundahl as Libby Elf; Luke Sundahl as Luke Elf; Katie Sundahl as Katie Elf; Charli Gillan as Charli Elf; Aleah Oltjenbrun as Aleah Elf; Jonah Conque as Jonah Elf; Bradie Conque as Bradie Elf; Hallie Groff as Hallie Elf; Sophia Brown as Sophia Elf; Ember Straka as Purple Mouse; Cole Hill as Branson The Balladeer.


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Advance Tickets are on-sale now (see below) for the Branson Regional Arts Council Production of Randy Plummer’s SNOWDEER® CHRISTMAS STORY!

Featuring a cast of 31 talented area youngsters, this Holiday musical is a fundraiser to assist future productions of the Arts Council’s Youth Troupe! There will be two performances only, on Saturday, December 16th at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.  Show times are 2pm and 7:30pm.

SNOWDEER is a Christmas story about a 7 year old buck who lives in the small town of Doe Run. His Christmas Wish is to pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to all of the children and animals in the world. It’s a story for adults and children of all ages, filled with the fun and fantasy that only Christmas brings, along with the true meaning sprinkled within.

“We are thrilled for this opportunity to present another Youth Troupe Christmas production at the Owen Theatre, before we transition into the facility in January as our full-time home for community theatre, arts programs, special events and more,” said Jim Barber, Executive Director of the Branson Regional Arts Council. “The current theatre residents, Diana Lynn, Keith Allyn, and Debi Wills have been terrific to work with and are big supporters of our efforts to establish more arts opportunities in the Branson area.”

Barber, who is also acting as the production Director, shared his excitement about working with Randy Plummer, the creator of this fun musical. “Randy is one of the most talented, and humble people I’ve ever met. His love for the Ozarks is evident throughout this story, and his original music score is just spectacular.  We have an amazing cast of dedicated kids, with loving, dedicated parents. Everyone is working very hard to memorize their lines, music and choreography.  We want to extend special appreciation to First Presbyterian Church of Branson for providing rehearsal space over the past few weeks.

TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE VIA THE PURCHASE LINKS BELOW

Note: ARTS COUNCIL MEMBERS SAVE ALL YEAR LONG… Receive a $5 Discount on SNOWDEER General Admission Tickets. Not a member? JOIN HERE.
VIP Tickets are guaranteed seats in the front 3 rows, first come basis.  Limited Availability.

SNOWDEER Production Team Include:

  • Writer & Composer: Randy Plummer
  • Producers: Kim Hale and Lisa Murphy
  • Director: Jim Barber
  • Assistant Director: Roz Slavik
  • Choreographer: Daniel Groff

SNOWDEER Cast Members Include:

  • Nathanael Bond as Grandpa Deer
  • Brynleigh Hill as Snowdeer
  • Abigail Sundahl as Deerlores
  • Hunter Hull as Jim-Buck
  • Jordan Kendrick as Plum Puddin’
  • Emrie Straka as Pinecone
  • Bryan Campbell as Santa
  • Courtney Poe as Mrs. Santa
  • Kylee Sikes as Strike The Bell
  • Sean Campbell as Harvey Elf
  • Dylan Pratt as Jay The Disc Jockey Elf
  • Johanna Luthardt as Dee The Disc Jockey Elf
  • Halle Horn as Halle Elf
  • Landon Comer as Landon Elf
  • Laurie Payne as Laurie Elf and Snowdeer Understudy
  • Liam Hill as Liam Elf
  • Hannah Hamilton as Hannah Elf
  • Caleb Sundahl as Caleb Elf
  • Betsey Sundahl as Betsey Elf
  • Libby Sundahl as Libby Elf
  • Luke Sundahl as Luke Elf
  • Katie Sundahl as Katie Elf
  • Charli Gillan as Charli Elf
  • Aleah Oltjenbrun as Aleah Elf
  • Jonah Conque as Jonah Elf
  • Bradie Conque as Bradie Elf
  • Hallie Groff as Hallie Elf
  • Sophia Brown as Sophia Elf
  • Ember Straka as Purple Mouse
  • Olivia Fennell as Mistletoe
  • Cole Hill as Branson The Balladeer

 

Old Time Christmas Handcrafted Toys are simple and safe gifts, built to last a lifetime!

Looking for a unique Christmas gift that will not only be treasured for years to come, but will also make a difference in our community? When you order a Louis Allen original hand crafted wood toy, you are also supporting the Youth Troupe Theatre program of the Branson Regional Arts Council.

Louis Allen is an amazing area artist, whose works of art can be seen up and down the Branson strip, as well as on many of our Branson theatre stages. From the giant Rooster in front of the Great American Steak & Chicken House, to a huge, outdoor Duncan Donut, Louis has left his mark on our community in a BIG way!  He also has a heart for kids, and appreciates the work the Branson Regional Arts Council is doing for area youth.  That’s why he offered to create this series of five classic wooden toys… just like your Great Grandpa might have had as a young boy.

A limited quantity of these one-of-a-kind vintage style toys will be available, so place your order now!

Place your order below, and we will contact you as soon as your custom toys are ready!

TIP: If you wish to order a variety of toys, click “Add to Cart” then “Continue Shopping” to return to this page!


WOOD SLEIGH
$22.00

AIRPLANE
$22.00

PUZZLE BOX
$27.00

WOOD HORSE
$12.00

WOOD TOP
$12.00

 


SHIPPING: If you request to have your items shipped, we will need to invoice you for a modest shipping/packaging fee. Branson area purchasers may pick up your items when they are ready.

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

‘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.

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.

Excitement is high as we prepare to open our Youth Troupe production of DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. at the Forsyth Performing Arts Center (Forsyth High School). Performance dates are Friday, June 23rd at 7pm, Saturday, June 24th at 7pm, and Sunday, June 25th at 2pm.

General admission for adults and children is only $5.00 per person at the door. Branson Regional Arts Council Members can attend one, or all three performances at no charge. Annual individual or family memberships may be purchased in advance at BransonArts.org/membership.

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows the hilarious animal stars as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo, only to find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

We are very excited that our Youth Troupe will be one of the first groups in the nation to present Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. To celebrate, we are inviting all of our supporting members to see this production at no cost.

– Lisa Murphy, BRAC Board President

Youth Troupe cast members of Madagascar are between the ages of 8 and 18 and features: Carter Hendrickson as Alex the Lion, Isabella Hall / Jordan Kendrick as Marty the Zebra, Danielle Groff as Gloria the Hippopotamus, Dakota Cooner as Melman the Giraffe, Ryan Cardwell as Mason the Monkey, Cole Hill / Micah Collins as Skipper the Penguin, Tobias Collins as Kowalski the Penguin, Carlie Strong as Rico the Penguin, Emrie Straka as Private the Penguin, Bo McHenry as Zookeeper Zelda, Audrey Echols as Zookeeper Zoe, Kevin Williams as Zookeeper Zeke, and Micah Collins / Kevin Williams as Ship’s Captain, Abigail Sundahl as King Julien, Jacob Deter as Maurice Lemur, Hallie Groff as Mort Lemur, Anna Cardwell as Lynn Lemur, Austin Cardwell as Lee Lemur, Morgan Brown as Lew Lemur, Cadence Kleeman as Lars Lemur, with the conspiracy of Lemurs played by Lee Brown, Ruthawna Collins, Charis Myers, Jael Frost, Korey Brown, Olivia Sundahl, Luke Sundahl, Caleb Sundahl and Molly McNeil.

Zoo Guests are played by Lee Brown, Ruthana Collins, Cadence Kleeman, Charis Myers, Jael Frost, Caleb Sundahl, Luke Sundahl, Olivia Sundahl, Betsy Sundahl, and Hallie Horn.

Lionesses are played by Olivia Fennell, Ashley Williams, Isabella Hall, Abigail Sundahl and Macy Martin.

The Head Foosa is played by Derek Brown with other Foosa’s Katie Sundahl, Betsy Sundahl, Audrey Echols, Bo McHenry and Hallie Horn.

Steaks are played by Macy Martin, Ashley Williams, Audrey Echols, Isabella Hall and Olivia Fennell.

Other featured actors include Cameron Hammernose and Morgan Brown as New Yorkers, Katie Sundahl as the Camerawoman, Audrey Echols as the Subway Announcer, Korey Brown as Police Officer #1, Morgan Brown as Police Officer #2, Derek Brown as Police Officer #3, Jacob Deeter as Animal Control Officer / Newspaper Man, and Molly McNeil as the Old Lady.

DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker in 1952, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

Madagascar – The Musical Adventure Begins This Weekend

Branson Regional Arts Council’s Youth Troupe presents DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. at the Forsyth Performing Arts Center (Forsyth High School) this Friday, June 23rd at 7pm, Saturday, June 24th at 7pm, and Sunday, June 25th at 2pm.

General admission for adults and children is $5.00 per person at the door. BRAC Members can attend all three performances at no charge. Annual membership may be purchased in advance at BransonArts.org/membership.

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows the hilarious animal stars as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo, only to find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

We are very excited that our Youth Troupe will be one of the first groups in the nation to present Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. To celebrate, we are inviting all of our supporting members to see this production at no cost.

– Lisa Murphy, BRAC Board President

Youth Troupe cast members of Madagascar are between the ages of 8 and 18 and features: Carter Hendrickson as Alex the Lion, Isabella Hall / Jordan Kendrick as Marty the Zebra, Danielle Groff as Gloria the Hippopotamus, Dakota Cooner as Melman the Giraffe, Ryan Cardwell as Mason the Monkey, Cole Hill / Micah Collins as Skipper the Penguin, Tobias Collins as Kowalski the Penguin, Carlie Strong as Rico the Penguin, Emrie Straka as Private the Penguin, Bo McHenry as Zookeeper Zelda, Audrey Echols as Zookeeper Zoe, Kevin Williams as Zookeeper Zeke, and Micah Collins / Kevin Williams as Ship’s Captain, Abigail Sundahl as King Julien, Jacob Deter as Maurice Lemur, Hallie Groff as Mort Lemur, Anna Cardwell as Lynn Lemur, Austin Cardwell as Lee Lemur, Morgan Brown as Lew Lemur, Cadence Kleeman as Lars Lemur, with the conspiracy of Lemurs played by Lee Brown, Ruthawna Collins, Charis Myers, Jael Frost, Korey Brown, Olivia Sundahl, Luke Sundahl, Caleb Sundahl and Molly McNeil.

Zoo Guests are played by Lee Brown, Ruthana Collins, Cadence Kleeman, Charis Myers, Jael Frost, Caleb Sundahl, Luke Sundahl, Olivia Sundahl, Betsy Sundahl, and Hallie Horn.

Lionesses are played by Olivia Fennell, Ashley Williams, Isabella Hall, Abigail Sundahl and Macy Martin.

The Head Foosa is played by Derek Brown with other Foosa’s Katie Sundahl, Betsy Sundahl, Audrey Echols, Bo McHenry and Hallie Horn.

Steaks are played by Macy Martin, Ashley Williams, Audrey Echols, Isabella Hall and Olivia Fennell.

Other featured actors include Cameron Hammernose and Morgan Brown as New Yorkers, Katie Sundahl as the Camerawoman, Audrey Echols as the Subway Announcer, Korey Brown as Police Officer #1, Morgan Brown as Police Officer #2, Derek Brown as Police Officer #3, Jacob Deeter as Animal Control Officer / Newspaper Man, and Molly McNeil as the Old Lady.

DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker in 1952, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

 

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Branson Regional Arts Council presents Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR.

Place: Forsyth Performing Arts Center, 178 Panther Road, Forsyth, MO 65653

  • Friday, June 23rd at 7pm

  • Saturday, June 24th at 7pm

  • Sunday, June 25th at 2pm

BRAC Youth Troupe Actors RUN WILD with their production of DREAMWORKS MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR.


The Branson Regional Arts Council (BRAC) invites area residents to escape the “zoo” of life and join them on a transatlantic musical adventure when its Youth Troupe actors perform DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. beginning Friday, June 23rd.  Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, the show follows a group of Central Park Zoo animals who are unexpectedly shipped to Africa.

Drew Cohen – President of Music Theatre International

DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows four friends who are thrust into an exciting, high-stakes, international adventure at the very moment in which they start to imagine the possibilities beyond the safe environment in which they live. The BRAC Youth Troupe actors are on a similar journey, they are experimenting with new skill sets as they venture into new territory personally and creatively, and they are forming new friendships through the shared experience of collaborating on this show.  MTI, through its Broadway Junior™ division, works with the authors of classic musicals to create special editions suitable for students to perform.

Drew Cohen – Music Theatre International

Branson Reginal Arts Council presents DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR.  at the Forsyth Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 23rd at 7pm, Saturday, June 24th at 7pm, and Sunday, June 25th at 2pm.

General admission for adults and children is $5.00 per person at the door.
BRAC Members can attend all three performances at no charge.

Lisa Murphy – President of Branson Regional Arts Council

We are very excited to announce that our Youth Troupe will be one of the first groups in the nation to present Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. Families will really enjoy experiencing this production together, and we have a great cast of talented young actors who will sing and dance their way into your hearts.

To celebrate our first show of the year, we are inviting all of our supporting members to see this production at NO COST! If you aren’t a member yet, we encourage you to join us today!

 – Lisa Murphy, BRAC President

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DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. features original music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan and a book by Kevin Del Aguila.  As the show opens we learn that Marty the zebra may be celebrating his tenth birthday at the Central Park Zoo with his friends Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo, and Melman the giraffe, yet he longs to experience life outside of the zoo’s walls. When Marty eventually escapes, his animal friends from the zoo pursue him into New York City. After reuniting, the animals are chased by the police, and ultimately felled by tranquilizer darts. They awake, trapped in crates, on a ship, which – through a series of events – is thrown off course.  Upon reaching land the animals discover they have been shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar.  Ultimately, it is only in being so lost that they can begin to discover where they really belong. 

DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker in 1952, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theaters in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30 and 60-minute musicals for elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.