The Branson Regional Arts Council’s 2024 Summer Youth Institute production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR has been SO SUCCESSFUL, that we are adding an additional BONUS SHOW for the general public on Monday, June 24, 20247:00pm at the Historic Owen Theatre!

Nearly every performance over this weekend has sold out (or is close to it), so we’ve added this Encore Performance featuring our younger cast performers ages 6-12.

NOTE: THERE ARE STILL SOME GREAT SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THE AGE 13-18 CAST SHOWS! 

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.

Directed by our talented and experienced Summer Youth Institute directors, 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 JR 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 age 6-12 cast members include:

Maggie Marks (Ariel / Under the Sea Ensemble), Lee Brown (Prince Eric), Hope Menard (Ursula), Adelaide Allen (Sebastian / Under the Sea Ensemble), Xia McElwee (Flounder / Under the Sea Ensemble), Alton Prince (King Triton), Gwen Tsahiridis (Scuttle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Reagan Hoagland (Flotsam), Kate Sutherland (Jetsam), Brenna Prince (Grimsby / Under the Sea Ensemble), Eva Estes (Chef Louis / Under the Sea Ensemble), Josslynn Silvy (Carlotta / Under the Sea Ensemble), Avi Martin (Aquata / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Esther Crouse (Andrina / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Lexi Carr (Arista / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Zoey Viola (Atina / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Henley Rosecrans (Adela / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Emma Chandler (Alana / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Braxton Tharp (Pilot / Chef / Under the Sea Ensemble), Kynadee Carter  (Tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Gianna Daniels (Sailor / Tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Harper Forrest (Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Layla Gabriel (Seagull / Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Mia Hatten (Seagull / Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Riley Hollmann (Chef / Under the Sea Ensemble) , Luke Johnson (Sailor / Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Lydia Loaisiga (Tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Adelaide Martin (Chef / Under the Sea Ensemble) , Danny Meenen (Sailor / Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Anabella Meyer (Seagull / Chef / Under the Sea Ensemble), Katy Patton (Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Kynley Pender (Sailor / Under the Sea Ensemble), Sophie Bell Poff (Sea Creature / Chef / Under the Sea Ensemble), Remmy Ray (Tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble) , Lyric Sassanella (Seagull / Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), and Danielle Stanley (Sailor / Under the Sea Ensemble).

Co-Directors of the 6-12 cast are Jacob Deck and Lara Menard, with Music Direction by Julie Brinkman.

 

Calling all writers and directors… aspiring and experienced alike! 

The “10-Minute Play Series” is coming back to the Historic Owen Theater on September 8, 2024 and we need your original plays and creative minds! 

This event is to help encourage local writers and directors of all skill and experience levels to practice their art in a low-stakes, low-commitment and safe environment. The evening will consist of ten plays lasting no longer than 10 minutes, in a variety of styles. 

Admission for the event will be a $10 suggested donation to benefit the education programs at the Branson Regional Arts Council.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITERS: 

  • Please submit your finished script (or at least the first draft) to Kyle Blanchard at Events@BransonArts.org by July 7th. Final selections will be made by the 14th.
  • Specify whether you would also like to direct your play or if you would like another director to stage the piece.
  • The content of the play should not exceed that of a typical PG13 rating.
  • The play must be under 10 minutes in length (usually about 10 pages).

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR DIRECTORS: 

  • Please submit your resume or any relevant experience to Kyle Blanchard at Events@BransonArts.org. (No experience necessary)
  • Directors will be selected on an as-needed basis as playwrights will be permitted to direct their own pieces.
  • Directors will be selected in the week following July 14th.
  • Auditions for actors will be on Sunday, August 4th 6-9pm at the Owen Theater
  • Final Tech/Dress Rehearsal will be on Sunday, September 8th from 1pm to 5 pm
  • The Performance will be on Sunday, September 8th at 7pm

We hope you will join us in an evening of inspiring original works!

10 Min Vectors by Vecteezy

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to present the fourth mainstage production of the 2024 season, Stephen Sondheim’s Company! From one of musical theatre’s most renowned composers, Company is a musical comedy that tackles timeless situations and themes in a funny, thought-provoking, and catchy musical.

Performances are May 16 – 26, 2024 with shows on Thursday (7pm), Friday (7pm), Saturday (7pm), and Sunday (2pm). NOTE: Sunday May 19th is at 7pm only.

Company is rated PG|13 as the production contains adult situations and some language.

Advance reserve tickets are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Box Office at 417-336-4255.  Ticket prices are: $20 (Adults 18+) and $12 (Youth 4-17).

Director Loran Polson is making her BRAC Directorial Debut with Company and says, “I’m so excited to be able to bring this show to the BRAC stage & share this story. What’s fantastic about the Branson Regional Arts Council is that there is so much talent in this town!” Loran adds, “This cast is incredible and I am so thrilled with the story they are able to tell. I hope this story makes you laugh, think, and maybe even cry a little bit. That’s the beauty of theater, you can watch art being performed & feel all the complex emotions of life.”

The talented cast of Company includes: Josiah Sims (Robert), Kellsey Bradley (Sarah), Kyle Bradley (Harry), Briana Moody (Susan / Kathy),  Jeremiah Reeve (Peter), Melinda Prince (Jenny), David Hewitt (David), Madison Hewitt (Amy), Joshua McGeough (Paul), Heather Marie Petersen (Joanne), Kyle Denton (Larry / Music Director), Madison Hatfield (Marta), and Dorothie Goode DeOrnellis (April).

The production team includes: Kristine Brown, Karie Dykeman (Producers), Josh Boulden (Assistant Producer), Loran Polson (Director / Set Designer), Abby Reeve (Assistant Director / Costume Designer), Kyle Denton (Music Director), Dimitri Tsahiridis (Stage Manager), Emily Hanner (Choreographer), Myles Stevens (Audio Engineer), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Juanita Wilson, Bella Whittington (Spotlight), Lacey Kellett (Social Media), David Hewitt, Darin Moody, Melinda Prince (Set Construction), Kyle Blanchard (Theatre Manager / Set Construction), Josh Silvy (Theatre Inventory), Marshall Meadows (Photography), and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director / Marketing and Design).

About the show…

On the night of his 35th birthday, Bobby contemplates his unmarried status. Over the course of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends share their pros and cons for being married causing Bobby to question his bachelorhood during hilarious and heartwarming interactions with all the friends he holds dear.

This Tony Award winning musical with book by George Furth and music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim gives audiences everywhere a reflection of themselves in at least one of these beloved characters. The musical was originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.

Company is presented through special licensing arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

The Branson Regional Arts Council is holding open auditions for our summer production of, Urinetown The Musical!

(Adult, pre-teen, and teen roles available)

Audition Information

Initial Auditions will be held at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson on Sunday, May 19, 2024, 1:00pm – 4:00pm on a first-come basis.

Callbacks will occur on Tuesday, May 21st, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

If you are unable to attend the auditions in person, please send a self-taped audition, including dance if possible, to Events@BransonArts.org. Also please notify us by email if you’re only available one of the two evenings.

Please prepare 16 Measures, or about 45 Seconds, of a musical theater song in the style of the show; selections from Urinetown are welcome if you are auditioning for a specific role. Be willing to play with different choices if the director asks; big and committed acting choices are a plus!

There will be no accompanist provided, so please come with a recording or Youtube link of your selection, cued to the correct timestamp. There will be an aux cord, iPhone & USB-C dongle, and bluetooth speaker available.

Bring dance attire, as you may be asked to stay for a dance call, time-permitting.

About the Show

This award winning Broadway musical is rated PG-13 and is under the direction of Kyle Blanchard with eight public performances from July 25-28 and August 1-4, 2024 at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson. Advance reserved seats are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

Holding out as our #1 Show of the Year, Urinetown the Musical is a sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, environmental collapse, privatization of natural resources, bureaucracy, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself!
Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

Urinetown Character Breakdown

→ Bobby Strong – Male, 20 to 35. The rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution. Vocal Range: Bb2 – Ab4 (B4 optional) A clear high tenor; a nimble falsetto is a plus.

→ Hope Cladwell – Female, 20 to 30. An innocent, romantic optimist who becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father’s evil. Vocal Range: A3 – Ab5 Soprano. Needs a lovely Eb5

→ Caldwell B. Cladwell – Male, 50+. The president and owner of the Urine Good Company. A tyrant who both gleefully exploits the poor and genuinely believes he is helping the city. Vocal Range: A2 – F4. Baritone; needs crisp diction.

→ Officer Lockstock – Male, 30 to 60. A corrupt policeman and the tongue-in-cheek narrator of the story. Bold and brash, quite possibly evil. Vocal Range: A2 – G4 An authoritative voice, with rich low notes but a firm G4.

→ Officer Barrel – Male or Female 30 – 60. Lockstock’s patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman/woman. Vocal Range: Bb2 – Eb4.

→ Mr. Mcqueen – Male, 20-60. Cladwell’s sycophantic lackey. A cowardly and servile assistant. Vocal Range: A4 – B2.

→ Senator Fipp – Male (possibly female), 40+. A greedy and sleazy politician in Cladwell’s pocket. Vocal Range: F4 – C#3.

→ Penelope Pennywise – Female, 40 to 65. The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. Vocal Range: A3 – G5 (C6 optional) Needs to be clear / shrill up to a G5.

→ Little Sally – Female, 10 to 30 (to play pre-teen). A precocious and irreverent street urchin. A quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play’s logic. Vocal Range: A3-D5. Has a child’s voice – because she is a child.

→ Joseph “Old Man” Strong / Hot Blades Harry / UGC Staff / Cop – Male, 20+. Bobby’s rebellious father; his refusal to follow abusive laws ultimately launches the revolution. / One of the city’s Poor; violent and unpredictable. / Strong Dancer. Vocal Range: D3 – F4

→ Tiny Tom / UGC Exec. 1 / Cop – Male, 20-60. One of the city’s Poor; immature and confused. / Dancer. Vocal Range: Adjustable

→ Robby the Stockfish / UGC Exec. 2 / Cop – Male, 20-50. One of the city’s Poor; curious and eager, probably on drugs. / Dancer. Vocal Range: Adjustable

→ Hidalgo Jane / Dr. Billeaux / Cop – Female, 15-40. One of the city’s Poor, a literal hobo. / Head of Research and Development at Cladwell’s company UCG. / Dancer. Vocal Range: A3 – E3

→ Little Becky Two-shoes / Mrs. Millennium / Cop – Female, 20-40. One of the city’s Poor, rebellious and impulsive. / Cladwell’s greedy secretary at UCG. / Stong Dancer. Vocal Range: D4 – G5 – Soprano

→ Soupy Sue / UGC Staff / Cop – Female, 20-40. One of the city’s Poor. Kind and anxious …and very pregnant. / Dancer. Vocal Range: B4 – Bb5

→ Josephine “Old Ma” Strong / UGC Staff / Cop – Female, 50+. A strong-willed woman with fight, and a better ability than most to deal with the hard hand life has dealt her. / Proficient mover. Vocal Range: Bb3 – D5

On Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, two talented casts of 37 area residents performed in an entertaining and heart warming talent showcase at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

The Branson Regional Arts Council presented the 2nd Annual Special Abilities Showcase featuring talented performers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and other types of developmental disability who have a love of singing, acting, dancing, playing an instrument, and more.

This outstanding community event was presented in coordination with national Autism Acceptance Month! The Arts Council Board of Directors formed the Special Abilities Committee in 2018 with the intention of providing inclusive creative and performance opportunities for area youth and adults dealing with various physical or mental challenges.

“Many of these individuals would not have an opportunity to perform in a traditional theatre setting, but through this Special Abilities Program, they can build their confidence and self-esteem through creative social interaction, music, dance and theatre. BRAC’s Theatre & Special Events Director, Kyle Blanchard, along with the Arts Council, has stepped up these efforts to include productions like Special Abilities Showcase as a way to bridge the gap for these extraordinary cast members who are taking the stage, and daring to dream!” – Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director


Saturday, April 27, 2024 Cast members in order of appearance include: Ethan Powell, Will Blankenship, Camden Lampkin, Jesse Bielby, Nicky Rush, Jaime Magnusson, Dewayne Tennison, Joy Geyer, Sam Lesch, Kyle Moeskau, Emmy Schaller, Stephen & Ron Donhardt, Ethan Underwood, Logan Iseley, Kara Lewis, and Jakota & Jerrica Clemons.

Pre-Show Music for both performances was performed by Ethan Powell. (Same selection shown in both videos)


Sunday, April 28, 2024 Cast members in order of appearance include: Katie & Joan Wright, Stephanie Evans, Dylan Pratt, Maria Hildreth, Jason Hoggett, Spencer Coffman, Thomas Pearson, Jen Schiavone-Whorton, Izzy Trower, Gabbie Galvin, Seth Roland, Luke Whitten, Brian Reed, Eric Pemberton, Eli Reimer, Tiffany Burgess, and Elizabeth Schopp.

Pre-Show Music for both performances was performed by Ethan Powell. (Same selection shown in both videos)


The production team includes Kyle Blanchard (Director), Delyla Uebel (Music Director), Jenn Schiavone-Whorton (Vocal Coach), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Operator), Myles Stevens (Sound Operator), Cyrsten Rainey-Felley (Music Operator), Juanita Wilson (Spotlight Operator), and M.J. Szumowski (Audition Assistant) and Jim Barber (Video Production).

The Branson Regional Arts Council would like to extend special thanks to the board and staff of Barnabas Prep who assited with the event, in addition to an extra special thank you to the families, friends, and support staff of each performer for everything they do to encourage these amazing individuals.

Thank you for supporting local arts and for encouraging these spectacular performers to excel!

The 2024 BRAC Summer Youth Theatre Institute is now accepting student registrations for it’s June production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid 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 Fun Education and this year we are expanding the program to include two performance groups limited to 35 students in each group.

No auditions or previous experience required to participate!

Tuition is $225 per student for all 3 Weeks of Fun!

Tuition includes all classes, performances, personal script and logo t-shirt. 

 

NOTE: Students Age on June 3, 2024 determines which group you enroll in.


 The younger group (age 6-12) will attend classes on Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 11:30am from June 3rd thru June 19th, culminating with (4) public performances of The Little Mermaid JR on Thursday, June 20 (7pm), Friday, June 21 (5:30pm), Saturday, June 22 (10am), and Sunday, June 23 (2pm).

SORRY THE AGE 6-12 CLASS IS SOLD OUT

Please call 417-336-4255 to be added to a wait list, and watch for additional programs this summer for your kids!


The older group (age 13-18) will attend classes on Monday thru Friday, 12:00pm – 3:30pm from June 3rd thru June 19th, culminating with (4) public performances of of The Little Mermaid JR on Friday, June 21 (8pm), Saturday, June 22 (2pm & 7pm), and Sunday, June 23 (7pm).

REGISTER FOR INSTITUTE AGE 13-18


Note: There will be an important parent/student meeting for everyone on Thursday, May 30 from 6pm-7pm at the theatre!

CALL FOR MORE INFO: 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org

The students will learn acting, dancing, singing, and stage movement culminating in a magnificent stage production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. with public performances June 20 – 23, 2024. Reserved seat tickets for The Little Mermaid JR are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix.

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

The BRAC Summer Institute Team includes:

  • Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director)
  • Kimberly Hale (BRAC Director of Education)
  • Kristine Brown (BRAC President, Producer)
  • Karie Dykeman (BRAC Executive Assistant, Producer)
  • Kyle & Kellsey Bradley (Co-Directors, 13-18 cast)
  • Danielle Hardin (Music Director, 13-18 cast)
  • Emily Hanner (Choreographer)
  • Jacob Deck (Co-Director, Co-Choreographer, 6-12 cast)
  • Lara Menard (Co-Director, Co-Choreographer, 6-12 cast)
  • Julie Brinkman (Music Director, 6-12 cast)
  • Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design, Education Assistant)
  • Myles Stevens (Audio Technician)
  • Lacey Kellett (Social Media)

2024 Summer Institute Class and Performance Schedule will be as follows:

  • Thursday May 30 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm Parent Meeting
  • Monday June 3 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Tuesday June 4 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Wednesday June 5 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Thursday June 6 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Friday June 7 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Monday June 10 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Tuesday June 11 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Wednesday June 12 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Thursday June 13 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Friday June 14 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Monday June 17 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Tuesday June 18 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Wednesday June 19 – 8:00am – 11:030am (6-12 cast), 12pm-3:30pm (13-18 cast)
  • Thursday June 20 – Call Time 5:00 pm, Performance at 7:00pm (6-12 cast)
  • Friday June 21 – Call Time 3:30 pm, Performance at 5:30pm (6-12 cast)
  • Friday June 21 – Call Time 5:00 pm, Performance at 7:00pm (13-18 cast)
  • SaturdayJune 22 – Call Time 8:00am, Performance at 10:00am (6-12 cast)
  • SaturdayJune 22 – Call Time 12:00pm, Performance at 2:00pm (13-18 cast)
  • SaturdayJune 22 – Call Time 5:00pm, Performance at 7:00pm (13-18 cast)
  • Sunday June 23 – Call Time 12:00pm, Performance at 2:00pm (6-12 cast)
  • Sunday June 23 – Call Time 5:00pm, Performance at 7:00pm (13-18 cast)

On Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th  at 7:00pm, two talented casts of 37 area residents will participate in an entertaining and heart warming talent showcase at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

The Branson Regional Arts Council presents the 2nd Annual Special Abilities Showcase featuring talented performers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and other types of developmental disability who have a love of singing, acting, dancing, playing an instrument, and more.

This outstanding community event is presented in coordination with national Autism Acceptance Month, and the public is invited to attend and cheer on the performers!

A $5 donation will be collected at the door, and open seating will begin at 6:30pm. Please arrive early for best seats. The concessions stand will be serving refreshments, fresh popcorn and other treats.

Card carrying BRAC Members admitted FREE.

The Arts Council Board of Directors formed the Special Abilities Committee in 2018 with the intention of providing inclusive creative and performance opportunities for area youth and adults dealing with various physical or mental challenges.

“Many of these individuals would not have an opportunity to perform in a traditional theatre setting, but through this Special Abilities Program, they can build their confidence and self-esteem through creative social interaction, music, dance and theatre. BRAC’s Theatre & Special Events Director, Kyle Blanchard, along with the Arts Council, has stepped up these efforts to include productions like Special Abilities Showcase as a way to bridge the gap for these extraordinary cast members who are taking the stage, and daring to dream!” – Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

Saturday, April 27, 2024 Cast members in order of appearance include: Ethan Powell, Will Blankenship, Camden Lampkin, Jesse Bielby, Nicky Rush, Jaime Magnusson, Dewayne Tennison, Joy Geyer, Sam Lesch, Kyle Moeskau, Emmy Schaller, Stephen & Ron Donhardt, Ethan Underwood, Logan Iseley, Kara Lewis, and Jakota & Jerrica Clemons.

Sunday, April 28, 2024 Cast members in order of appearance include: Katie & Joan Wright, Stephanie Evans, Dylan Pratt, Maria Hildreth, Jason Hoggett, Spencer Coffman, Thomas Pearson, Jen Schiavone-Whorton, Izzy Trower, Gabbie Galvin, Seth Roland, Luke Whitten, Brian Reed, Eric Pemberton, Eli Reimer, Tiffany Burgess, and Elizabeth Schopp.

Pre-Show Music for both performances will be performed by Ethan Powell.

The production team includes Kyle Blanchard (Director), Delyla Uebel (Music Director), Jenn Schiavone-Whorton (Vocal Coach), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Operator), Myles Stevens (Sound Operator), Cyrsten Rainey-Felley (Music Operator), Juanita Wilson (Spotlight Operator), and M.J. Szumowski (Stage Crew).

The Branson Regional Arts Council would like to extend special thanks to the board and staff of Barnabas Prep who is assisting with the event, in addition to an extra special thank you to the families, friends, and support staff of each performer for everything they do to encourage these amazing individuals.

Thank you for supporting local arts and for encouraging these spectacular performers to excel!

The Branson Regional Arts Council  is excited to have served a background role in the Forsyth High School production of The Wizard of Oz, now playing at the Forsyth High School Performing Arts Center this weekend.

There will be four public performances on Friday, April 19th (7pm), Saturday, April 20th (2pm & 7pm), and Sunday, April 21st (2pm). General admission tickets are $5 at the door.

BRAC’s Director of Education Kim Hale, and BRAC Director Jake Deck were both heavily involved in bringing this collaborative effort production to the stage of the Forysth High School PAC. Several of the student cast members are also involved with BRAC’s Staccato and Crescendo Youth Performance Troupe programs.

Leading Cast Members of The Wizard of Oz include:
  • Sophie Douglas: Dorothy 👠
  • Hallie Groff: Scarecrow 🐦‍⬛
  • Pace Gillman: Tinman 🪓
  • Emily Rivere: Lion 🦁
  • Abby Wheeler: Glinda 🫧
  • Steven Rice: Oz 💚

Come join the Branson Regional Arts Council as we applaud these hard working and talented student performers!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road down to the Forsyth High School PAC this weekend to see a magical show you will never forget!! Grab some friends to bring with you because you may see some lions or tigers or bears… oh my!!

 

Reminder: this production is at the Forsyth High School Performing Arts Center (178 Panther Road, Forsyth, MO  65653), and NOT at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

Rated G | General Audiences & School Students

The Branson Regional Arts Council presents, The Comedy of Errorsone of William Shakespeare’s early plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. It has been adapted for opera, stage, screen and musical theatre numerous times worldwide.

TWO PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

  • Sunday, April 21st at 2pm
  • Monday, April 22nd at 12:30pm

Tickets for this special Education Series production are only $10 for all patrons. Lap children under the age of four are admitted free of charge. Advance reserved seats are available now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare is a comedy about the mistaken identity of two sets of twins. Separated by a storm at sea, Antipholus of Syracuse sets out to Ephesus with his slave Dromio of Syracuse to find their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus, respectively. Their arrival to Ephesus immediately starts an unfortunate chain of events that results in beatings, seduction, and false-accusations. After several comedic events, the people of Ephesus realize the reason for the misunderstanding and the two families are able to reunite.

Cast Members (in photo above):
Carlin Campbell – Antipholus of Syracuse
Joshua Ankabrandt – Dromio of Syracuse
Nick Carrano – Antipholus of Ephesus
Jon Michael Thompson – Dromio of Ephesus

Other Cast not pictured:
Kyra Carrano – Adriana
CarlyRae Stevenson – Luciana
Jonathan Crum – Egeon
Luke Merrick – Angelo the Goldsmith
Connor Cagle – Duke Solinus
Charis Boulden – The Courtesan
Mariah Garret – Emelia the Abbess
Megan King – Second Merchant
Brandon Farrar – The Officer/Balthazar
Corrine Tabor – First Merchant/Jailer

BAND MEMBERS

  • Madi Trammell – Clarinet / Saxophone
  • Cole McKinney – Trombone / Keyboard
  • Jacob Jewell – Keyboard
  • Devin Farmer – Trumpet
  • Tori Hurley – Drums

PRODUCTION TEAM

  • Josh Boulden – Director
  • Ryan Hippe – Assistant Director / Scenic Design
  • Madi Trammell – Music Director
  • McKenzie Marks – Costume Designer
  • Daylin Paulson – Lighting Designer
  • Casey Sharp – Sound Designer
  • CJ McElhiney – Production Stage Manager
  • David Clark – Assistant Stage Manager / Props
  • Connor Finn – Lead Carpenter
  • Sarah Briggs – Spotlight Operator
  • Nathanael Frank – Music Arrangements
  • Kristen Ables – Poster / Publicity Photos / Wigs
  • Megan King – Promotional Videos
  • J im Barber – Performance Video Production

SET BUILD VOLUNTEERS

  • Dion Castro
  • Hayden Bailey
  • Nathanael Pezzo
  • Alyssa Vella
  • Parker Leroy

MUSIC CREDITS

  • Jubilee Stomp – based on Duke Ellignton and his Cotton Club Orchestra Ca. 1928, transcribed and arranged by Scott Sproxton, further arrangement by Nathanael Frank.
  • Tiger Rag – based on Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra Ca. 1929, arrangement by Nathanael Frank.
  • Bobcat (”He Left Me”), by David Bruce, arrangement by Nathaniel Frank, lyrics by Bucky T. B.
  • Afterburner by Christian Morris Additional original piano music by Cole McKinney and Jacob Jewell

There will be two public performances of this production on Sunday, April 21st at 2pm,and Monday, April 22nd at 12:30pm. Interested school groups who would like to bring their students  should contact BRAC at 417-336-4255.

POST PERFORMANCE UPDATE: Watch this entire production below!

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to offer a series of beginning and advanced Acting Classes for area Youth as part of our Spring Theatre Conservatory program.

Registrations are now open, and class size is limited. Please call 417-336-4255 with any questions or for additional information.

Class Title: Acting with Mind and Body

Students will explore the link between the emotional and physical life of a character. Through games and activities they will gain a functional understanding of how the imagination plays its part in acting, and how it can then inform physical, observable action.

For students ages 8-12 years old.

Class Schedule: Mondays (April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27)
Time: 4:30-5:30pm

Registration Fee: $75.00 for all six classes (limit of 15 students per class)

Class Criteria: Students should have prior performance experience and/or have attended BRAC conservatory.

REGISTER FOR THESE CLASSES

Meet the Instructors: Ashlind and Ryan Hippe

Ashlind and Ryan met while studying theatre at Liberty University. Since graduating and getting married, they both have found work at Sight and Sound Theatres for several seasons: Ryan as an actor and Ashlind as the Children’s Coordinator.

They are passionate about teaching and directing the next generation of performers, and are excited to see their students shine!


Class Title: Musical Theatre Audition Prep and Song Analysis

Students will workshop two audition musical cuts in a masterclass-type setting, receiving audition feedback and vocal technique aid. Styles covered include Golden Age and Contemporary, reflecting the varying needs in Musical Theater auditions. Students will receive feedback on their headshots and resumes as well as other audition standards. My desire is that students will walk away with two fantastic cuts to set themselves up for success in auditions!

For students ages 13-18 years old.

Class Schedule: Mondays (April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27)
Time: 6:00-7:30pm 

Registration Fee: $100.00 for all six classes (limit of 10 students per class)

Class Criteria: Students should have prior performance experience, and/or have taken voice lessons. Juniors or Seniors in high school should sign up for this class unless they have never performed before/are beginners.

 

REGISTER FOR THESE CLASSES

Meet the Instructor: Lizzy Hinton

Lizzy holds a Master in Music in Vocal Performance for Musical Theatre and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU, and BFA from Belmont University in MT. Lizzy has taught at NYU and College of the Ozarks and maintains a private voice studio. As a Singing Voice Specialist, she works closely with voice clinics, such as the NYU Langone Voice Center in New York, as a part of the rehabilitation team of injured voices. In addition to teaching, she has enjoyed performing regionally across the nation for nearly a decade. Currently, she is performing at Sight and Sound Theatres in Queen Esther. Favorite roles include, Jo in Little Women (BRAC), Girl in Once, and Olive in Spelling Bee.


 

The Branson Regional Arts Council is holding auditions for it’s 2024 Special Abilities Showcase talent event on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 5:30pm at the Historic Owen Theatre.

Audition Date: Sunday, March 24, 2024 – 5:30pm

Historic Owen Theatre – Downtown Branson

This audition is open to performers of any age with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, or other types of developmental disability who have a love of singing, acting, dancing, playing an instrument, etc.  The production will be under the direction of Kyle Blanchard, with two public performances scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2024 and Sunday, April 28, 2024 at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

Interested parties are encouraged to RSVP to attend the audition with Karie at the Branson Regional Arts Council in advance by calling 417-336-4255 or via email at events@bransonarts.org.

For auditions please prepare 30 seconds of a song, monologue or whatever performance piece you might like to perform at the event.

BRAC is excited to celebrate the extraordinary talents of this special cast of performers who will be taking the stage, and daring to dream!

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council announces open auditions for our third stage production of the 2024 season, Stephen Sondheim’s Company! From one of musical theatre’s most renowned composers, Company is a musical comedy that tackles timeless situations and themes in a funny, thought-provoking, and catchy musical.

On the night of his 35th birthday, Bobby contemplates his unmarried status. Over the course of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends share their pros and cons for being married causing Bobby to question his bachelorhood during hilarious and heartwarming interactions with all the friends he holds dear.

This Tony Award winning musical with book by George Furth and music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim gives audiences everywhere a reflection of themselves in at least one of these beloved characters.

Audition Information:

Directed by Loran Polson with music direction by Kyle Denton and choreography by Emily Hanner, auditions will be held at the Historic Owen Theater (205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616) on Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 6:00pm-9:00pm with callbacks held on Monday, March 18th from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The first rehearsal is scheduled for March 25th at 6:30pm.

2024 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • Thursday, May 16th @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, May 17th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 18th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 19th @ 2:00pm
  • Thursday, May 23rd @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, May 24th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 25th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 26th @ 2:00pm

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Auditions are open to performers ages 18 and up

What to bring:
Those auditioning are asked to bring: a music cut no longer than a minute in the style of the show. Songs from the show are acceptable and even preferred if you are wanting a specific role. Bring your own music track available on your phone (no accompanist provided).

If you are auditioning for the role of Robert (Bobby), you must sing from the 2:40 mark to the end of the song of the following youtube track: “Being Alive” from Company (Male Verson) 

Have comfortable clothing available. Those who audition will be asked to complete a dance combination.

CALLBACK INFORMATION:
Callbacks will also take place at the Historic Owen Theater on March 18th from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Those called back will be reading and singing for specific characters from the show (you will be contacted individually if you are needed at callbacks)

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS:
We will be accepting video submissions until Sunday, March 17th at 6pm. Those unable to attend auditions can send in a video submission (One minute cut of a music theatre song or song from the show- “Being Alive” if you are auditioning for Bobby) with head shot and resume. Please also list any conflicts you have with performance dates/times and conflicts you have in the evenings from March 25th through May 26th.

Email video submissions to director Loran Polson at loran.polson@gmail.com.

ROLE BREAKDOWN:

Robert (Bobby):

The story’s protagonist, he is a keen observer who appears happy but holds pain in his heart. He is the only one of his friends still single. Terrified of marriage and fears lifelong loneliness.

Gender: Male
Age: 30-35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Sarah:

Harry’s hyper critical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat. Open, accepting, and full of love.

Gender: Female
Age: 30-40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Harry:

Sarah’s husband. He is a recovering alcoholic continually falling off the wagon. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages.

Gender: Male
Age: 35-45
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Susan:

A delicate southern belle. Peter’s wife and ex-wife. Motherly in her affections toward Robert.

Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Peter:

Susan’s husband. The perfect husband and ex-husband. He is very liberal in his view of relationships.

Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Jenny:

Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time.

Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

David:

Jenny’s husband, he is relaxed and always in control. Believes a man should be married and that the sacrifice of freedom is worth what you get in return.

Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Amy:

A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate.

Gender: Female
Age: 25-35
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Paul:

Amy’s fiancé. Mildly clingy, but patient to her neurotic nature. He is fully committed to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same.

Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Joanne:

Acerbic, demanding, and blunt. Too old to be part of the young crowd, but not old enough to be part of the older crowd. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband.

Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Larry:

Joanne’s husband. He is stoic and centered, but has moments of goofiness. Indulges his wife’s behavior but knows when to put his foot down.

Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Marta:

A girlfriend of Robert’s. Intensely modern, who is seeking adventure and excitement in the City.

Gender: Female
Age: 20-30
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Kathy:

An old girlfriend of Robert’s, who is now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving.

Gender: Female
Age: 25-35
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

April:

A girlfriend of Robert’s. She is a flight attendant who came to New York to live in Radio City. Ditzy and adorable.

Gender: Female
Age: 25-35
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3