The Branson Regional Arts Council wants to help area residents let their talent shine in the 1st Annual BRAC Talent Show at the Historic Owen Theatre.
  • Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Time: 6pm – 9pm (email casting@bransonarts.org for audition time slot)
  • Place: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616
All types of talent are welcome! Singers, magicians, comedians, jugglers, impressionists, or even talented pets will be considered. Family friendly performances only please!
 
All acts should be no longer than 3-5 minutes in length.
 
There is no cost to audition, and anyone with talent to share is invited to participate in this exciting event. There will be prizes for the top performers as selected by our panel of celebrity judges (to be announced). The public performance will be on Friday, November 16, 2018 and proceeds benefit the BRAC Youth Education Fund.
 
To audition, send an email with contact information and description of your talent to casting@bransonarts.org. Please put “BRAC Talent Show” in the email header.

BRANSON REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL Presents MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Auditions for the Branson Regional Arts Council‘s production of Miracle on 34th St., the play, will be held Friday, October 19, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO, 65616. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, October 21, from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Requirements:
ADULTS: Prepare a comedic or dramatic monologue of your choice, 2-3 minutes in length.
KIDS: Prepare a comedic monologue of your choice, 30 seconds-1 minute in length.
Kids and adults MAY be asked to sing the melody of a carol. A track and music will be provided.
Bring audition form and one copy of your head shot and resume.
We greatly prefer a LIVE audition, but will accept video/online submissions if absolutely necessary.

Miracle on 34th St. takes audiences into a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are the rewards. 

By chance, Kris Kringle, and old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of new York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. 

The cast consists of lead character roles for 3 men, 2 women, and 1 girl. 14 roles for men and women, and MANY children comprise the ensemble. 

Character Breakdown

Please note that many roles (as listed) can be cast as either male or female. Character names may be adjusted based upon casting.

ENSEMBLE – ADULTS, TEENS and CHILDREN (ages 8-99) – The ensemble is essential to this show. They will guide the show, filling scene breaks, changing scenery, and creating a complete world (lots of possibilities. There are several speaking roles for children and teens who also appear as extras in other scenes. Adult ensemble features include Bag Lady, Rich Person, Drunk Santa, Duncan (Zookeeper), Postal Workers,

Parents who visit Santa, Pedestrians, Photographers, Courtroom Crowd, Parade Workers and Carolers. There is also a special “Elf Theatre” presentation at Macy’s (might be a short sketch, a musical production, dance, etc.), which will spotlight Elves and their talents. Singing ability is useful but not required.

KRIS KRINGLE: Male (Stage Age 40–60) – He is Santa Claus. Likeable, firm, caring. Loves children.

FRED GAYLEY: Male (Stage Age 20–40) – Friend/Neighbor to Doris and Susan; Lawyer; Kringle’s defense attorney; all around good guy.

DORIS WALKER: Female (Stage Age 20–40) – Personnel Manager at Macy’s; Susan’s mother; all work, no play.

SUSAN WALKER: Female Child (Stage Age 7-9, can be older) – Doris’ daughter. Precocious. She doesn’t believe.

SHELLHAMMER: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Assistant to Doris. Friendly, efficient.

JUDGE HARPER: Adult Male or Female (Stage Age 30+) – Presides over Kringle’s
hearing; Judicial; likeable; a bit political.

DR. PIERCE: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Physician at Maplewood Home; warm, caring.

SAWYER: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Macy’s vocational guidance counselor; character role requiring great comic timing.

MARA: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Prosecuting attorney; somewhat jaded; sticks to the letter of the law.

HALLORAN: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Judge Harper’s political campaign manager. 

FINLEY: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Bailiff in Judge Harper’s court.

MACY: Adult Male or Female (Stage Age 30+) – Owner and manager of Macy’s Department Store.

BLOOMINGDALE: Adult Male or Female (Stage Age 30+) – Owner and manager of Bloomingdale’s Department Store.

The Branson Regional Arts Council’s production of Miracle on 34th St. will be staged and musically directed by Lloyd Alexander-Holt. It will be presented at the Historic Owen Theatre December 7-9 & 14-16, for a total of 8 performances, and will feature a cast of performers 8 years old and up. Rehearsals will be held Sunday through Thursday evenings, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Miracle on 34th St. is rated G and is family friendly.

Please email casting director, Melissa Rivera to set an audition appointment and for any other questions. 
casting@bransonarts.org


The Branson Regional Arts Council is honored to have been nominated as a top three nominee for the 2018 Charity of the Year award.

The Branson Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards luncheon will celebrate Branson’s small businesses, charity organizations and healthcare industry by awarding the 2018 Small Business of the Year, 2018 Charity of the Year and 2018 Champion of Healthcare.

The event is sponsored by Connell Insurance and will be held at Sycamore Creek Family Ranch on Friday, October 26th from 11:30am-1:00pm Central.

To attend the event, please register on the BransonChamber.com website.

 

Forte Theatre Productions and the Branson Regional Arts Council present Villains: A Halloween Cabaret. A fun, live musical stage experience for the entire family at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

Monday, October 8th at 7:30 pm – Historic Owen Theatre

Come in costume for the “Dress like your Favorite Villain” contest. The lucky winner will get tickets to the Branson Ferris Wheel and The Track. Awesome prizes for awesome costumes! Dress to intimidate, or just make someone laugh!

The New York Cabaret style show will be filled with huge talent and fantastic performances! Hosted by “The Sanderson Sisters” (from the movie Hocus Pocus), you will see amazing songs from your favorite movies and musicals such as Sweeney Todd, Hamilton, Little Mermaid, Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked, and the upcoming BRAC production of Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few!

Adult(18+) tickets are $10 and Youth (4-17) are $5, plus small service fee. Skip the line and get your tickets at BransonArts.org/tix and just walk in with your printed receipt or mobile device!

The Branson Regional Arts Council invites the public to attend the premiere showing of a new digital film entitled, “Pratt The Movie.”

This free community event is on Saturday, October 6th at 2pm at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St. in downtown Branson.

The movie was written, produced and directed by an exceptionally talented young man, Dylan Pratt, a twenty-two year old resident of Branson.  Dylan is a frequent Arts Council volunteer and has performed in several BRAC musicals and events at the Historic Owen Theatre.  In the movie, he documents his journey from being diagnosed, at the age of two, with both Tourette’s Syndrome and high functioning Autism, to his recent desires to fulfill his dream of becoming a full-time actor.

Dylan didn’t realize he had a disability until the age of 15, when he was put in psychiatric care for the many struggles and difficulties he was having throughout his life. After receiving treatment for his condition, and through the support of a Christian school and group home, he was able to turn around his problems and is now well on his way to making his dreams come true.

Dylan wants to share his true, life story with anyone who would be interested in attending, and he will be on hand to personally welcome the audience and answer questions.

As this is a free event, no tickets are necessary to attend. Audience members are encouraged at arrive approximately 1:30pm for the 2:00pm showtime.  The movie is approximately 80 minutes in length, and features not only Dylan Pratt, but also Branson area entertainers Carrie Orlando, Dennis Pratt, Bobby Allynn, Jim Barber and Terry Wayne Sanders.

 

Lunch & Laugh with the Comedy of Jim Barber and benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council too!

The Jim Barber comedy lunch show is playing through October 27th at the indoor Pavillion Theatre at the famous Shepherd of the Hills Attraction in Branson, Missouri.

Your meal includes: Garden Salad with fresh made Ranch Dressing, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Herbed Green Beans, Rolls, Texas Fudge Cake, and a drink.

LUNCH & SHOW TICKETS (Begins at 11:15 am – Tuesday thru Saturday)

  • $37.22 Adults (17+) – tax included
  • $24.37 Youth (4-16) – tax included

[fac_icon icon=”heart”]  A PORTION OF ALL TICKETS PURCHASED HERE WILL BENEFIT THE BRANSON REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL.

GET JIM BARBER SHOW TICKETS

Enjoy a delicious lunch and be entertained by the creative comedy of internationally renowned ventriloquist Jim Barber and his wacky cast of characters!

Jim Barber is not only the Executive Director of the Branson Regional Arts Council, but has been featured on many national television shows including the Late Show with David Letterman. He’s hosted USO shows around the world entertaining our Troops, and was voted the Campus Comedy Entertainer of the Year, having performed at over 2,000 colleges and universities across the United States. As a Branson headliner, he has shared the stage with many notables such as Glen Campbell, Eddie Rabbitt, The Osmonds, Tony Orlando, and many more!

Don’t miss this special opportunity to experience a fun show and delicious meal, and help raise funds for the Branson Regional Arts Council at the same time!

Let’s Jam – The Music of the Hills

A Free Community Event at the Historic Owen Theatre

Place: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 7pm – Concessions will be available

This fun and informative concert traces the 350 year odyssey of Ozark fiddle music from Scotland (1650) to the fiddle jams of today at McClurg, Taney County, Missouri. Learn about the heritage of Ozark Fiddle Music.

Come and enjoy this historical presentation on the rich and varied nature of this music that is still prevalent in the Ozarks today.

Presented by the Possum Holler Fiddlers and sponsored by Ozark Mountain Music with additional support from the Missouri Arts Council and parents and friends of Ozark Mountain Music.

This program is supported by the Missouri Humanities Council, and hosted by the Branson Regional Arts Council at the Historic Owen Theatre.

This is a free community concert, though donations to benefit both the Possum Holler Fiddlers and the Branson Regional Arts Council would be appreciated.

A Tara-ific Event Is Blowing Into Branson!

The Branson Regional Arts Council and the Taneyhills Community Library are co-sponsoring an incredible Gala Film and Art Fundraising Event.

“We are so excited to present this award winning film that received 8 Academy Awards in 1939, including Best Picture as well as an Oscar for Vivian Leigh’s portrayal of Scarlett.”
– Adele Groote, Taneyhills Community Library Liaison

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the American classic film, Gone With The Wind, returns to the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson, 78 years after it was first released in 1940. Written by Margaret Mitchell, this famous film stars Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh and is one of the most recognized films of all time.

“The Branson Regional Arts Council has been seeking a means to collaborate more often with our community library, and this opportunity has worked out beautifully. The Historic Owen Theatre opened in 1936 and uniquely brings a sense of nostalgia to the film. We want to thank Marc Mulherin, Clint Cross, and the entire team at the Branson Convention Center for their enthusiasm and contribution in making this after-movie artist reception possible.”
– Jim Barber – Executive Director of BRAC

GONE WITH THE WIND EVENT TICKETS

A Tara-themed gala at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery will immediately follow the movie. The reception includes a large assortment of hor d’oeuvres, cash bar, music and visual art exhibition with an opportunity to meet the amazing local area artists on display. Participants are encouraged to dress in period costume.

“This event came about through The Great American Read project with PBS. The library is a co-sponsor of this 7-part television series exploring and celebrating the power of reading, and told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. The television series, beginning September 11th at 7:00pm on Ozark Public Television, is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. Our local PBS station is very excited that the library and the Branson Regional Arts Council is hosting this Gala to celebrate Margaret Mitchell’s iconic Pulitzer prize novel through the showing of the epic film.”
– Marcia Schemper-Carlock – Taneyhills Community Library Director

The event kicks off with the showing of Gone With The Wind at 1:00 pm, followed by the Tara-ific Gala Reception at 5:45 pm. Cost to attend is $29.95 per person which includes a reserved theatre seat to the film, and the Gala Art Reception, just one block away at the Branson Convention Center. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible as this event is a fundraiser for both organizations.

With only 200 seats available, advance reserved tickets are recommended by visiting BransonArts.org/gonewiththewind.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to have been selected to perform at the 21st Annual Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street in Springfield, MO!

BRAC Cast members will present a delicious assortment of tasty tunes from our upcoming musical “Little Shop of Horrors” on the Show Wagon Stage on Sunday, September 16th beginning at 3:15pm. The public performance of the full musical runs from October 25 – November 4th at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson. Advance reserved tickets available at BransonArts.org/tix. The show is directed by Jordan Alexander-Holt and has a PG-13 Rating.

The 21st annual Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street will be held on September 15 and 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. This two-day fall festival will feature regional artists and crafters, three performance stages, fall-themed activities for kids, and, of course, delicious apple cider!

Artists and crafters from across the region exhibit at Cider Days, selling a variety of handmade products including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, furniture and much more.

Admission is $4 per person; children 10 and under are free.

Come experience the first days of fall among the historic Victorian homes on picturesque, tree-lined Historic Walnut Street! Cider Days is presented by CoxHealth, managed by the Downtown Springfield Association and hosted by Historic Walnut Street Association. For more information on Cider Days, visit itsalldowntown.com.

The Branson Regional Arts Council and the Taneyhills Community Library are co-sponsoring an incredible Gala Event. Join us Saturday, September 29, 2018 for a special reserved showing of the 1939 American classic film, “Gone With The Wind” at the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

A Tara-themed reception will follow at the Branson (Hilton) Convention Center Promenade Art Gallery. The reception includes a large assortment of hor d’oeuvres, cash bar, music and opportunities to meet the amazing artists on display. Participants are encouraged to dress in period costume.

Gone With The Wind Film & Gala

WHEN
Saturday, September 29, 2018
1:00pm – Gone With The Wind Film (Historic Owen Theatre)
5:45pm – Tara-ific Gala Reception (Branson Convention Center)

WHERE
Historic Owen Theater, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616
Branson Convention Center – 2nd Level Art Gallery

COST TO ATTEND
$29.95 per person – includes reserved seat theatre ticket to Gone With The Wind film, followed immediately by the Gala Reception just one-block away at the Branson Convention Center. A portion of your donation is tax deductible. ONLY 200 SEATS ARE AVAILABLE – RESERVE YOURS EARLY!

GONE WITH THE WIND EVENT TICKETS

[fac_icon icon=”credit-card-alt”] Advance Reserved Seats Available At: BransonArts.org/gonewiththewind

This is a special fundraising event for the Branson Regional Arts Council and the Taneyhills Community Library. All profits will be split by the two organizations. The wearing of period costume will be enjoyed by all, but not required attire.

The Great American Read

The Great American Read is a 7-part series exploring and celebrating the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series, beginning September 11th at 7:00pm on Ozark Public Television, is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

The Taneyhills Community Library is a sponsor of the Great American Read and is excited to join with the Branson Regional Arts Council in celebrating the reading and the art of storytelling through the showing of Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel, “Gone With The Wind.” She received a Pulitzer prize for the book in 1937. The iconic novel became an international phenomenon that has sustained the public’s interest for over 75 years.

Audition to join the cast of Little Shop of Horrors, with public performances Oct 25-28 and Oct 31-Nov 4th at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Public performances will be October 25-28, 31, November 1-4, 2018, with rehearsals beginning September 4, 2018.

The show is Directed and Choreographed by Jordan Alexander-Holt. Music is under the Direction of Lloyd Alexander-Holt.

[fac_icon icon=”file”] [download & print audition information & character breakdowns packet]

General Audition Information:
Tuesday, August 28 & Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm – No appointment required!

Call backs: Thursday, August 30 starting at 6pm (Possible extension into Friday, August 31 starting at 8:30pm)

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

Requirements:

  Bring audition form and one copy of your head shot and resume.

  We greatly prefer a LIVE audition, but will accept video/online submissions through August 29th at midnight if absolutely necessary.

Singing:

  Prepare TWO contrasting songs, one up-tempo and one ballad, 16-32 bars of each only.

  An accompanist WILL be provided. We greatly prefer that you utilize the accompanist, but will allow the use of tracks if absolutely necessary.

  Please bring a clean copy of your music in the correct key, preferably in a binder. Lead sheets will not be accepted. (If using a track: the music must be in a digital format. No CDs or tapes.)

  Those interested in being considered for Audrey MUST prepare a selection that shows off their belt voice.

Dance Call:

  All auditioning MUST attend the dance call AND have a singing audition, unless otherwise specifically stated.
  Bring proper dance attire and dance shoes.
  A combination will be taught in groups.

Please contact the casting coordinator, Melissa Rivera, with any questions regarding auditions. casting@bransonarts.org

Why do some actors get cast in a stage production, while others don’t? Would you like to improve your audition abilities with one, fun afternoon workshop?

Preparation is crucial, and to help make the audition process easier, the Branson Regional Arts Council is presenting an Audition Workshop on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 12pm – 4pm at the Historic Owen Theatre, 2015 S. Commercial Street, Branson, MO 65616. Registration fee to participate is $25, payable by credit or debit card, or check.

NOTICE: Actors must be at least 16 years old to participate.

Directors Jordan Alexander-Holt and Lloyd Alexander-Holt will teach you how to maximize your chances of landing that important role at your next audition for the hilarious Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors, coming to the Historic Owen Theatre in October. Class size is limited to the first 50 students who register.

The attendees will get a chance to workshop their vocal audition selection and receive vocal critique and feedback. All attendees will learn the audition choreography combination in advance as well.

This workshop is especially recommended for anyone Interested in auditioning for the Little Shop of Horrors musical (Performances Oct 25 – 28 and Oct 31 – Nov 4).

Click here to register in advance online.