The Branson Regional Arts Council invites the public to attend the 2019 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 Friday, September 6th from 6-8pm

The annual member meeting will run until 6:30pm, and will provide an opportunity for elections of new board of directors as well announcements regarding several new, exciting events and theatrical performances slated for 2020. The short meeting will be followed by an evening of incredible artistry, as we introduce several new artists joining the Art Gallery Exhibition.

The Branson Convention Center Art Gallery has been visited by approximately 100,000 people annually, according to General Manager Marc Mulherin. 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.

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

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.

Photo by Marshall Meadows: ( left to right) Roz Slavik, Julie Musser, Mindy Law, Kellsey Bradley, Kristen Dasto, Amy Miller

Steel Magnolias At The Historic Owen Theatre

The Branson Regional Arts Council launches their 7th theatrical production of the year, as Steel Magnolias opens August 29th at the Historic Owen Theatre.

The Owen stage has transformed into Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee, the play moves toward tragedy when the spunky Shelby (a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.Playwright, Robert Harling, had one reason for crafting this beautiful story.  He wanted to preserve the memory of his real-life sister.  Little did he know that her life would go on to inspire one of the most beautiful, heartwarming tributes ever to grace the stage and silver screen. 

The production is under the Direction of Lloyd Alexander-Holt who said, “I hope that as you experience this story on stage, you are reminded of the Steel Magnolias in your life. Those strong, yet loving individuals who have helped you become who you are today.”

Special appreciation to Starboard Corporation, State Park Marina and The Harbor for their financial assistance as the Center Stage Co-Sponsors of this production.

Cast members of Steel Magnolias are Amy Miller (Truvy Jones), Kristen Dasto (Annelie Dupuy-Desoto), Julie Musser (Claire Belcher), Kellsey Bradley (Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie), Mindy Law (M’Lynn Eatenton) and Roz Slavik (Ouiser Boudreaux).

The production team includes Kim Hale, Lisa Murphy, Karie Dykeman (Producers), Lloyd Alexander-Holt (Director), Corey Mitchell (Technical Director), Jordan Alexander-Holt, Kyle Bradley (Stage Managers), Sean Myers (Assistant Stage Manager), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Mac Hill (Sound Technician), Roz Slavik (Prop Master), Marshall Meadows (Photography), Jim Barber (Marketing), and Corey Mitchell, Julie Musser, Mark Musser, Michael Horn, Mike Groff, Amy Miller, Josh Williams, and Kyle Bradley (Set Construction). 

HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

Steel Magnolias opens August 29th and runs for six performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 7pm, and Saturday, Sunday at 2pm.

Advance tickets are recommended at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre Box Office at 417-336-4255.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet Will Rock Hollister This Weekend

“To Be Or Not To Be” at Hollister’s Chad A Fuqua Park this weekend.  “That Is The Question!”

Forte Theatre Productions LLC, in cooperation with the Branson Regional Arts Council and the City of Hollister, present, Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

This unforgettable Shakespeare in the Park event tells the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, who finds out that is father was secretly murdered and plots to avenge his father’s death.  It is the most quoted piece of Shakespeare’s collection of plays and has impacted popular story lines such as The Lion King.

Under the direction of Justin Ables, Hamlet is set in the 1990s and uses an original rock underscore written by local musician, Chris Skillern.  Skillern also portrays King Claudius in Hamlet where he plays live rock guitar as his character.  Josh Boulden, who plays Hamlet, paints temporary murals in selected scenes to help progress the story line.  “Shakespearean grunge meets visual art destruction” says Skillern, “You have never seen Shakespeare rock like this.”

Along with original music and performance art, Hamlet incorporates dancing in this production. “The choreography is dark, mellow and edgy. Definitely in line with the twisted story,’ says choreographer, Cori Briggs, “I tried to play up the turmoil, anger and confusion in the movement.”

This is the 3rd annual Shakespeare in the Park at Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park located in Hollister Missouri.  As a city park improvement, Hollister has newly installed lighting and audio system in the park’s performance pavilion. Hamlet will be the first to fully utilize the new equipment.

Additional production members include Jonathan Crum (Costume Designer), Ian Lahlum (Set Designer), Brian Huff (Fight Choreographer), and Tina Cool-Anderson (Producer) .

Photo: Matthew Noll Photography – Josh Boulden (Hamlet) and Charis Boulden (Ophelia)

Cast members include: Josh Boulden (Hamlet), Charis Boulden (Ophelia), Chris Skillern (Claudius), Jonna Volz (Gertrude), John Paul-Fox (Horatio), Ian Lahlum (Polonius), Conor Finnerty (Laertes),  Alex Shriver, Ashley Litke, Austin Delp, Brandon Farrar, Lindsey Lee, Lizzy Hinton, Michael Sager, and Bucky Buckner.

Tickets prices are $16.95 (Adults 18+) and $11.45 (under 18).

Advance tickets are highly recommended and available online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255.

CLICK HERE FOR HAMLET TICKETS

Show times are 8pm on  Sunday July 28th and Monday July 29th, and Sunday August 4th and Monday August 5th.  The gate open at 7pm.

This is a “bring your own chair or blanket” event. Seating is not provided. Enjoy an original version of one of the world’s most popular plays, under the stars in beautiful Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park, 312 Esplanade Dr., Hollister Missouri.  In case of a rainout, the show will move to the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S Commercial St. in downtown Branson.