The Branson Regional Arts Council announces the cast of the upcoming February 2023 production Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

The Producers and Directors wish to thank everyone who participated in the auditions. There was a very large turnout, and we encourage anyone not selected for this show to please consider auditioning for future productions. Unfortunately, there were not enough roles to allow everyone who auditioned a part, so the selection process was very challenging.

Cast note: Rehearsals for this production will begin January 2, 2023 at 6pm at the Historic Owen Theatre. Tickets will go on sale in December.

Congratulations to the following cast members of Mary Poppins

CAST OF MARY POPPINS – THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

  • Mary Poppins- Leah Johnson
  • Bert- Thomas Hayden Reasoner
  • Jane Banks- Cameryn Deibler/Hope Menard
  • Michael Banks- Lee Brown/ Emma Chandler
  • George Banks- Alex Harris
  • Winifred Banks- Sonya Godfrey
  • Mrs. Brill- Abby Reeve
  • Roberston Ay- David Hewitt*
  • Miss Andrews- Kristin Cartwright*
  • Bird Woman- Katy Kohler
  • Mrs. Corry- Liz Sambol*
  • Katie Nana- Rachel Ramberan*
  • Neleus/Valentine- Joey Blackwood*
  • Poseidon- Michael Sager*
  • Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman- Joseph Schumacher
  • Miss Lark- Maddie Hewitt*
  • Von Hussler- Jeremiah Reeve*
  • John Northrbook- Kyle Denton*
  • Miss Smythe- Claire Denton*

Ensemble

Lucas Dahlgren, Kathryn King, Charis Boulden, Somer Dean, Velvet Dougharty, Julie Brinkman, Kayleigh Dominish, Mindy Law, Molly Tennison, April Ebersol, AJ Turner, Melinda Prince, Sarah Sutherland (Mary swing)

Kids Ensemble

Brenna Prince, Luke Johnson, Sebastian Stringer, Maggie Marks, Josslynn Silvy

*also in ensemble

AUDITIONS ARE COMPLETE: See Cast Announcement Here!

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council welcomes performers of ALL AGES to attend open auditions for the February 2023 musical production of Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical, directed by Jacob Deck.

Audition Dates & Times:

  • Friday, November 18, 2022 – 6:30pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 11:00am (until 1pm), and 6:30pm

No need to register for auditions, simply show up at one of the scheduled times above.

Location: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616

Performance Dates & Times:
February 9 – 26, 2023 (15 shows – Thu 7pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm, Sun 2pm)

What to Prepare:
Looking for performers of all ages! Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 60 second cut of a musical theatre song in the style of the show that showcases their range and acting skills. You may also sing from the show. Please bring an mp3 track or youtube karaoke track cued up on your smart device. NO A CAPPELLA auditions.

There will be a dance audition as well. Please come dressed accordingly – wear appropriate clothing and footwear you’re comfortable moving in – a character or jazz or character shoe preferred.

Dance level: Strong dancers versed in musical theatre dance, jazz, ballet, and tap. (There are multiple roles that do not require dancing).

Character Breakdown

Bert: The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert has many occupations, including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the goings on in Cherry Tree Lane. He has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent and is a song-and-dance man. Gender: Male. Stage age: 30 to 35. Vocal range top: F#4/Vocal range bottom: B2.

George Banks: The father to Jane and Michael Banks, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pipe-and-slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children and believes that he had the perfect upbringing by his nanny, the cruel Miss Andrew. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary. Gender: Male. Age: 40 to 45. Vocal range top: Eb4/Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

Winifred Banks:George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, she is loving and distracted homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s desire to only associate with “the best people” as well as be the model wife and mother. She suffers from the conflicting feelings that she’s not up to the job of “being Mrs. Banks,” yet, she is, and more. She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone. Gender: Female. Stage age: 30 to 35. Vocal range top: D5/Vocal range bottom: A3

Jane: The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Gender: Female. Stage age: 11 to 12. Vocal range top: F#5/Vocal range bottom: A3.

Michael: The cute and cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and tries to be like him. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents. Gender: Male. Stage age: 9 to 10. Vocal range top: E5/Vocal range bottom: A3.

Katie Nanna: Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. Gender: Female. Stage age: 30 to 30.

Policeman: A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat. Gender: Male. Stage age: 30 to 40

Miss Lark: The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child. Gender: Female Stage age: 30 to 35

Admiral Boom: A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. A physically large man with a loud and booming voice, he speaks in Navy jargon and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark. Can be any vocal range as needed. If Admiral Bloom doubles as the Banks Chairman, he can be a baritone. Gender: Male Stage age: 50 to 50.

Mrs. Brill: The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harrassed, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. Mrs. Brill doesn’t have a high opinion of nannies in general and Mary Poppins in particular. She does not have to be a strong singer. Gender: Female. Stage age: 50 to 50. Vocal range top: D#5/Vocal range bottom: F#3.

Robertson Ay: The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. He doesn’t do a lot of singing, but his “Spoonful” solo can be a fun surprise. Gender: Male. Stage age: 20 to 20. Vocal range top: G#4/Vocal range bottom: F3.

Mary Poppins: Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. A mezzo soprano with strong top notes, she should be able to move well. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key. Gender: Female. Stage age: 20 to 20. Vocal range top: C6/Vocal range bottom: Gb3.

Park Keeper: Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood. Gender: Male Stage age: 40 to 40.

Neleus: The statue of a young boy posed with a dolphin in the park. Neleus was separated from his father, Poseidon, and misses him very much. A small and lonely being, he is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble. Gender: Male. Stage age: 16 to 16.

Queen Victoria: A statue in the park. Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40.

Bank Chairman: The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary. Gender: Male. Stage age: 50 to 60. Vocal range top: D4/Vocal range bottom: C3.

Miss Smythe: The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary. Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40.

Ensemble: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers.

Von Hussler: A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent. Gender: Male. Stage age: 30 to 30.

John Northbrook: An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England. Gender: Male. Stage age: 30 to 30.

Bird Woman: Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, and her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds.” There can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that relfelcts the hardness of her life. Gender: Female. Stage age: 50 to 50. Vocal range top: C5/Vocal range bottom: Gb3.

Mrs. Corry: Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic). Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40.

Miss Andrew: George’s overbearing and scary nanny. With her bottle of nasty-tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a bully who only knows one way of doing things – her way. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with range. Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40. Vocal range top: F5/Vocal range bottom: Gb3.

Any Questions? Call Karie at 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org.

The Branson Regional Arts Council invites the general public to attend the 2022 Annual Member Meeting and New Artist Reception at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery on the 2nd Level Concourse in Downtown Branson.

This FREE Community Event will be held THIS Sunday, September 25th from 6-8pm

Everyone is welcome! You do NOT have to be a BRAC member to attend!

The annual member meeting will run until approximately 6:30pm, and will provide an opportunity for elections of new board of directors as well as announcements regarding several new, exciting events and theatrical performances slated for 2023.

The short meeting will be followed by an evening of incredible artistry, as we introduce several new artists joining the Art Gallery Exhibition.

The fourteen artists selected for this six-month exhibition include: Mary Arneson, Meike Aton, Diana Bogardus, Jennifer Buttell, Lee Copen, Crystal Davis, Charles Herchert, Brent Holland, Jasmine Hutton, Vic Mastis, Audrey Bottrell Parks, Gary Parks, Terena Terry, and Whitney Weibel. Their creative works will be on display and available for purchase through mid-March 2023.

NEW ADDITIONS THIS YEAR include live, cabaret performances by BRAC performers as well as a special invitation to anyone who has ever participated in Tri-Lakes Community Theatre productions here in Branson. We are calling it the TLC Cast Reunion, and we plan to share some fun memories of the early days of community theatre in the Ozarks! This cast reunion also includes anyone who has ever participated in a BRAC theatre production over the past four years!

Bring yourself, or a group of friends and enjoy this FREE community event!

The Branson Convention Center Art Gallery has been visited in past years by approximately 100,000 people annually. Several of the featured artists will be attending the reception to discuss their work, and members of the Branson Regional Arts Council Board will be there to answer any questions. Refreshments will be available as well.

Deceased Board Member and Beloved Friend of the Arts, Robert Cohn, enjoyed an earlier Artist Reception. His dedication and hard work to initiate and develop the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery will not be forgotten.

The Branson Regional Arts Council invites the general public to attend the 2022 Annual Member Meeting and New Artist Reception at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery on the 2nd Level Concourse in Downtown Branson.

This FREE Community Event will be held on Sunday, September 25th from 6-8pm

Everyone is welcome! You do NOT have to be a BRAC member to attend!

The annual member meeting will run until approximately 6:30pm, and will provide an opportunity for elections of new board of directors as well as announcements regarding several new, exciting events and theatrical performances slated for 2023.

The short meeting will be followed by an evening of incredible artistry, as we introduce several new artists joining the Art Gallery Exhibition.

NEW ADDITIONS THIS YEAR include live, cabaret performances by BRAC performers as well as a special invitation to anyone who has ever participated in Tri-Lakes Community Theatre productions here in Branson. We are calling it the TLC Cast Reunion, and we plan to share some fun memories of the early days of community theatre in the Ozarks! This cast reunion also includes anyone who has ever participated in a BRAC theatre production over the past four years!

Bring yourself, or a group of friends and enjoy this FREE community event!

The Branson Convention Center Art Gallery has been visited in past years by approximately 100,000 people annually. Several of the featured artists will be attending the reception to discuss their work, and members of the Branson Regional Arts Council Board will be there to answer any questions. Refreshments will be available as well.

Deceased Board Member and Beloved Friend of the Arts, Robert Cohn, enjoyed an earlier Artist Reception. His dedication and hard work to initiate and develop the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery will not be forgotten.

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

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

BRAC’s Crescendo Audition Info:

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

      Click Here To Register

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

      Crescendo: “Meaning growing, as in swelling of sound, or becoming louder.”

      Students will have fun developing their performance skills in the areas of voice and dance, while gaining new friendships, skills and increasing their confidence.

      The students will learn and perform under the direction of their talented and qualified instructors Jacob Deck and Julie Brinkman.

      Additional Audition Notes:

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

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

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

      Tuition & Fees (if selected):

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

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

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

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

      We are looking for cast members ages 8 to 18!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Click to Download & Print: Frozen JR. Rehearsal Schedule

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

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

      Frozen JR Character Breakdown (subject to change)


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

      Gender: Male


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

      Gender: Female


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

      Gender: Any


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

      Gender: Any


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

      Gender: Any


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

      Gender: Any


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

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


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

      Gender: Any


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

      Gender: Any

      The Branson Regional Arts Council presents one of the most anticipated comedy musicals in years… Something Rotten!

      Producers Karie Dykeman and Kim Hale are excited to once again be working with Director Jacob Estes and the talented BRAC production team for this outrageous crowd-pleasing musical. Caitlin Secrest returns as Music Director along with Kristen Dasto who is the Choreographer for this hilarious high energy production.

      Performances are on Thursdays (7pm), Fridays (7pm), Saturdays (7pm) and Sundays (2pm) from July 28 – Aug 7, 2022.

      Seating is limited and advance reserved tickets are suggested at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre box office at 417-336-4255. Admission for everyone is locally priced at $17 (Adults 18+), $14 (Youth 4-17). The production is rated PG13| Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

      “The funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” – Time Out New York

      Something Rotten Poster Branson Missouri

      Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years”.

      Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway. They are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock superstar known as “The Bard.”

      When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. 

      Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine. It’s become clear that “nothing’s as amazing as a musical,” so don’t miss your chance to experience this history-twisting tale on the Historic Owen Theatre stage!

      “I have been so blown away by the amazing hard work and dedication from this cast and crew. This show is going to be one for the BOOKS! You don’t want to miss this hilarious show that is sure to be one of your new favorites!” – Jacob Estes – BRAC Director

      HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

      Due to cast availability, some featured roles are being shared. Contact the box office for particular cast member performance dates.

      The cast of Something Rotten include: Joey Faggion (Nick Bottom), Henry Lange (Nick Bottom), Ryan Hippe (Nigel Bottom), Kade Gaunt (Nigel Bottom), Juli Biagi (Beatrice Bottom), Grace Duncan (Beatrice Bottom / Antonio), Michael Phillips (Shakespeare), Brian Miller (Shakespeare), Blake West (Nostradamus and Minstrel), Benjamin R. K. Wegner (Nostradamus and Minstrel), Catherine Kennedy (Portia), Emily Hanner (Portia and Antonio), Jacob Deck (Brother Jeremiah), Jose DelaTorre (Brother Jeremiah), Zeke Sidwell (Shylock), Nathan Irwin (Lord Clapham), Carter Hendrickson (Peter Quince / Male Ensemble), Dylan Whatley (Tom Snout / Male Ensemble), Aaron DeOrnellis (Robin / Male Ensemble), Wyatt Munsey (Snug / Male Ensemble), Kayleigh Dominish (Francis Flute / Male Ensemble), Briton Szydloski (John / Male Ensemble), Talya Tinoco (Ensemble), Megan Rodgers (Ensemble), Emma Spurling (Ensemble), Kylie Gaunt (Ensemble) Hallie Groff (Ensemble), Delaney Whatley (Ensemble) and Ashley Rodgers (Ensemble).

      Henry Lange (Nick Bottom) and Juli Biagi (Beatrice Bottom) are excited to perform in Historic Downtown Branson.

       

      Cast and Crew of Something Rotten! Work On The Set For This Hilarious Musical

       

      Cast Members Are Excited To Present This Amazing New Musical At The Historic Owen Theatre

      Americanna Magness was a beloved Champion of the Arts in the Ozarks. On April 2, 2020, Americanna quietly passed from this life leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication to several area organizations including the Branson Regional Arts Council.

      First Presbyterian Church of Branson will will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Americanna Magness on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 2 pm.

      Americanna prepares her costume for the Gone With The Wind Gala.

      Americanna May (Awbrey) Magness was born in Springfield, Missouri on May 27, 1942 passed away peacefully in Branson, Missouri. As an active Board Member for the Branson Arts Council and many other organizations, she brought a extra special spark of magic and creativity to every project and every person she was associated with. She is greatly missed, and the Branson Regional Arts Council encourages everyone who knew and loved Americanna to be sure and attend this special event in her honor.

      A musical prelude will begin at 1:30pm with the Celebration of Life service beginning at 2pm. A reception for all family and friends will follow at the Church at approximately 3pm.

      If anyone is interested in joining with the “Community” Choir for this special event, they should contact Kyle Denton at fpcbransonmusic@yahoo.com for rehearsal information.

      Americanna was a Branson native; she attended Branson schools all her life and graduated from Branson High School in 1960.  She attended Southwest Missouri State (SMSU) for one year, majoring in music performance.  In 1964, she and her family moved to Wichita, KS, where they lived for 33 years.  In 1979, Americanna began to clerk for the USD 259 school district and worked at Wichita High School South for 18 years.  After her retirement in 1997, Tom and Americanna moved back to the Branson area, and spent 22 years living in a cabin on Table Rock Lake in Blue Eye.

      Americanna Magness poses with Victor and Megan Jantz portraying Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara at the BRAC Branson Convention Center Art Exhibition

      In retirement, Americanna served on various boards for the Taneyhills Community Library; Deacon for the First Presbyterian Church; Board of Directors for the Branson Arts Council and received Art Citizen of the Year (2006); Coordinator of Old Stone Church Concerts; officer of PEO Chapter IB; and helped found the Branson Chamber singers, known today as the Branson Chorale.

      Americanna’s loving and selfless spirit will be deeply missed by all.

      Also, please visit this special memorial website, OneAmericanna.com, created by her family. You’ll be able to hear Americanna sing one of her favorite songs, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” and read an extraordinary letter that she wrote to her friends and family expressing her love of music.

      The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce the cast of their upcoming production of Hello Dolly! with twelves (12) public performances Sept 8 – 25, 2022 at the Historic Owen Theatre. Reserved seat tickets are on-sale now at BransonArts.org/tix.

      The director and producers would like to thank everyone who participated in the auditions, and they want you to know that it was a very difficult show to cast as there were so many excellent candidates for the number of roles available. They encourage anyone who wasn’t cast to please continue to audition for future productions.

      Congratulations to the following actors for their selection:

      • Dolly Levi – Sarah Williams
      • Irene Molloy – Sarah Sutherland
      • Cornelius Hackl – David Hewitt
      • Barnaby Tucker – Joey Blackwood
      • Minnie Fay – Molly Tennison
      • Horace Vandergelder – Lamont Wade
      • Ermengarde – Savannah Turner*
      • Ambrose Kemper – Dylan Whatley*
      • Mrs. Rose – Loran Polson*

      *also in ensemble

      Ensemble actors:
      Melinda Prince, Megan Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers, Somer Dean, Pace Gillman, Sariah Lee Wertman, Joseph Schumacher, A.J Turner, Hallie Groff

      Again, thank you to everyone who took the time to audition! You were all fantastic, and we hope to work with you in an upcoming production.

      REHEARSAL BEGINS with the full cast on Monday, August 1st at 6pm at the Historic Owen Theatre.

      (12) public performances will occur on September 8 – 25th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (7pm), and Sundays (2pm).

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

      Wahzhazhe is a contemporary ballet that mesmerizes audiences from the first beat of the rhythmic drums to the final curtain close. Audiences are surprised by the powerful storytelling, and even those who are not ballet lovers return to the show repeatedly to be moved by the story that unfolds in front of them.

      On August 5th and 6th, the Osage Ballet will be performing at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts in Branson, MO and the ballet is immediately seeking three actors to participate in this production.

      Here are the details:

      • Two military guys to bring in the treaties. They will need to move well, but not necessarily dance.
      • One bad guy who was in his 40’s, short, medium build, light complexion. Needs to be able to move well.
      • Rehearsals begin August 3rd at The Mansion Theater. Shows are August 5 and 6.

      Interested actors should contact: Randy Tinker SmithWahzhazhe Ballet Director, 918-955-1119, osageballet@gmail.com

      This is a non-paid performance, however the production will be recorded for a television special and the performers will have an excellent credit with high exposure nationally. The Branson Regional Arts Council is not associated with this production and is providing this audition information as a public service to assist this exciting concert event coming to Branson.

      Since its humble beginnings, Wahzhazhe has garnered national and international attention. In 2013, the ballet was invited to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC to perform. In September of 2015, the Festival of Families in Philadelphia gave Wahzhazhe a global stage with more than half a million people in attendance during the Papal visit of Pope Francis.

      Wahzhazhe touches audiences in a way that even they cannot anticipate. At sold-out performances in Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, even grown men wept. An audience member who watched the performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in 2013 lauded that although she did not usually enjoy ballet, she would watch this ballet every time it was performed. At a performance at the Coleman Theatre in 2014, a woman embraced a young dancer after the show and explained through tears that she had no words for the depth of emotion that she felt after watching the ballet.

      While the Osage Ballet, Wahzhazhe is a professional production, it is also a non-profit production that requires financial support from generous donors for its success.
      We invite you to join us in bringing the Osage Ballet and our story to new audiences by making a tax-deductible gift. Your gift will enable us to cover the cost for a traveling production and make every performance successful.

      The Branson Regional Arts Council presents the first annual 10-Minute Play Series at the Historic Owen Theatre this Sunday, July 10th at 7pm. The 10-10-10 will encourage local writers and directors of all skill and experience levels to practice their art in a low-stakes, low-commitment, safe environment.

      The evening will consist of ten plays lasting no longer than 10 minutes each, with a variety of styles presented. Plays include a contemporary comedy and drama, a fantasy, a surrealist piece, a silent film-style play, 2 classical plays—one being a George Bernard Shaw excerpt and the other, a play written by Benjamin Franklin, and more.

      Kyle Blanchard is the inspiration behind this new event, and is also participating as one of the directors.

      “This year, the directors and plays were chosen ahead-of-time from locals that displayed interest, but in the future anyone will be able to submit their play and/or submit to direct.

      Writers and Directors will be chosen on a first-come basis with no regard to experience!”

      – Kyle Blanchard – BRAC Board Member & 10-10-10 Director

      Admission is free, but a $10 donation at the door would be appreciated to benefit BRAC’s Arts Education Program providing training and arts opportunities in theatre, music, vocal, dance, technical production and the visual arts for area residents of all ages.

      Seating is limited, so come when the doors open at 6:30 to ensure you have a seat!

      There will be a ten-minute intermission and concessions will be available for purchase. A Talkback session will follow the play presentations for audience reaction and questions.

      All plays are rated PG or PG-13. There is some mild adult language and violence.

      This year the directors include: Kyle Blanchard, Ellie Faggion, Michael Phillips, Ryan Hippe, Joey Faggion, Megan King, Cole Litwiller, Jonah Outhouse, and Josh Boulden (directing 2 plays).

      The technical team include: Pamela Meadows, Mac Hill, Sarah Briggs and Tori Hurley.

      The selected plays include:

      PEARL’S BIG DAY – Written and Directed by Michael Phillips. Featuring Deanna Bruce, Cat Faggion, Ian lahlum, Michael Sager, Addison Montgumrey, Aaron Munn, Chris Skillern,Kahrie Stegman and Michael Phillips.

      GASLIGHT – Written and Directed by Kyle Blanchard. Starring Josiah Mayer, Jonathan Crum, Megan King and Mariah Garrett

      MAN AND SUPERMAN by George Bernard Shaw – Directed by Josh Boulden. Starring Ashlind Hippie, Natalie Hensarling, and Jameson Clanton.

      UNSPOKEN – Written and Directed by Jonah Outhouse. Starring Jason Lightfoot and Andy Brown.

      WHILE THE AUTO WAITS – Adapted and Directed by Megan King. Starring Jonathan Crum, Ashlind Hippe, Andy Brown and Nicole Horton

      WHAT IF… THE PRINCE FOLLOWED by Ellie Faggion. Directed by Cole Litwiller.
      Starring Mariah Garrett and Aaron Munn.

      THE LEAST OF THESE – Written and Directed by Ryan Hippe. Starring Nick Carrano and Kyra Carrano.

      DIALOGUE BETWEEN FRANKLIN AND THE GOUT by Benjamin Franklin. Directed by Josh Boulden. Starring Cat Blanchard and Michael Sager

      HEART OF HEARING by Joseph Zeccola. Directed by Ellie Faggion. Starring Brandon Farrar and Rosalie Burr.

      SPOOŃ – Written & Directed by Joey Faggion. Starring Shekinah Davis, Judah Fox, Audrey Noll, and Adam Hood.

      Put your business “CENTER STAGE” in front of our supportive audience at the Historic Owen Theatre!

      Your featured ad in our officially licensed Playbill of our hilarious musical production of Something Rotten! will cover 8 performances and 1000 printed copies for distribution!

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