The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce the cast list for our upcoming productions, Madagascar Jr. and Shakespear’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Congratulations to all who were selected.  Cast list subject to change if actors are unable to accept roles.

Madagascar Jr. Cast List

Alex – Carter Hendrickson

Marty –  Gianna Redding/ Jordan Kendrick

Gloria – Danielle Groff

Melman – Dakota Cooner

Mason the Monkey – Ryan Cardwell

Skipper – Jacob Foreman

Kowalski – Tobias Collins

Rico – Carlie Strong

Private –  Emrie Straka

Zookeeper Zelda– Izzy Hall

Zookeeper Zoe – Alexis Fischer

Zookeeper Zeke – Kevin Williams

Ship’s Captain – Micah Collins


Zoo Guests:

Lee Brown

Ruthana Collins

Cadence Kleeman

Electra Arndt

Charis Myers

Joel Frost



New Yorkers:

Candy Hammernose – Lucy Riley

Camera Woman  – Katie Sundahl

Police Officer #1 – Korey Brown

Police Officer #2 – Morgan Brown

Animal Control Officers –  Anna Cardwell, Sabrina Kulis

Newspaper Man  – Jacob Deeter

Old Lady – Molly McNeil

Passerby – Hallie Horn




Lead Lioness – Bo McHenry                  Olivia Fennell

Ashley Williams                                         Lauren Rantz

Anna Foreman                                            Gemma Redding

Audrey Echols                                            Jordan Kendrick



King Julien – Abigail Sundahl

Maurice – Jacob Deter

Mort – Hallie Groff

Lynn Lemur – Macy Martin

Lee Lemur – Austin Cardwell

Lew Lemur – Morgan Brown

Lars Lemur – Paige Stanford

Lee Brown

Ruthana Collins

Cadence Kleeman

Electra Arndt

Charis Myers

Joel Frost




Head Foosa – Derek Brown


Congratulations to all cast members!!!

We are very excited to have such a great group of students. Please note, the directors will be casting students in multiple (TBA) roles as we begin the rehearsal process.



Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Production Cast 

Bo McHenry                        Derek Brown

Lucie Riley                          Morgan Brown

Audrey Echols                    Olivia Fennell

Abigail Sudahl                    Jordan Kendrick

Anna Foreman                    Danielle Groff

Jacob Foreman                   Carter Hendrickson

Gianna Reding                    Jacob Deeter

Gemma Reding                   Carlie Strong

Austin Cardwell                 Dakota Cooner




The Branson Regional Arts Council, in collaboration with the Branson Convention Center will be hosting the opening reception of the current fine art exhibition featuring acclaimed artists. These artists will display their award winning artwork, ranging from oils to acrylics to photography, at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery located at 200 South Sycamore, Branson, MO.

This free, community event is this Friday, May 12th from 7pm – 9pm at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery located on the second floor concourse of the venue. Reception attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists and hear about their works and creative process. The Branson Regional Arts Council Board of Directors and staff will also be part of this fun premiere event. Refreshments including a cash bar will be available.

Convention Center General Manager Marc Mulherin is thrilled with the response he has been receiving from the thousands of visitors and convention center guests, and city officials that pass through the art exhibit every week.

We are honored to have the opportunity to share great works of art from area artists at the Branson Convention Center.  I am in awe every time I’m at an event and see these beautiful masterpieces on display for the world to view. – Karen Best, Branson Mayor

Each artist will display a variety of their work in the Concourse of the Branson convention center on a 14’x20′ wall panel. All works are for sale and will be replaced by the artist as they are sold, so it is advisable to visit the exhibition often during the exhibition dates. Click here to view and purchase artwork online.

Featured Missouri Artists:

*online gallery pieces subject to change

Please plan to attend and also invite all of your family and patrons to the public opening. We hope to see you there.

Reception attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists, hear about their works and be part of this premiere event.



The Branson Regional Arts Council and First Presbyterian Church Branson are proud to this concert event in Branson, Missouri. These Community Concerts are presented free of charge, and the public is invited and encouraged to bring friends.  Mark this on your calendars and join us for a most delightful event!

The Branson Chorale – Gregg Busch, Director
Place: First Presbyterian Church of Branson
Time: Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 7:00pm

This program entitled “Alway Something Sings – A Celebration of Choral Music,” will be presented by this Branson based Chorale of forty talented participants.

The program will feature songs by Whitacre, Forrest, and Beethoven, to name a few of the composers. This promises to be a memorable experience and an amazing concert.

The Branson Regional Arts Council and First Presbyterian Church Branson are proud to announce three more exciting concert events at the Old Stone Church in Branson, Missouri. These Community Concerts are presented free of charge, and the public is invited and encouraged to bring friends. The Old Stone Church is located at Fourth and Pacific Streets, next to First Presbyterian Church of Branson. Mark these dates on your calendars and make the most of these free community concerts!

The Colliers in Concert

Place: The Old Stone Church
Time: Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 2:00pm

An amazingly talented family, the Colliers (Jenni, Eliya and Steve), will present an eclectic afternoon of music.  They will energetically present several original pieces and some cover songs in their own wonderful style.  The afternoon promises to be a concert of musical excellence and toe-tapping delight.

Clara Christian and the Clara Christian Piano Studio

Place: The Old Stone Church
Time: Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 2:00pm

Clara Christian, Piano Professor at the College of the Ozarks, and the students from her studio will perform classical piano compositions including selections by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Liszt.

Clara has given solo recitals throughout North America as well as in St. Petersburg, Russia.

She has performed at venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center and played on the “Jaani Kirik” (St. John’s Church) Recital Series in St. Petersburg and the Fourth Presbyterian Church concert series in Chicago.

She has served as  the rehearsal accompanist for the Chicago Master Singers, and performs frequently as a collaborative artist.

Come, sit back and relax in the intimate setting of the Old Stone Church and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music.

The Branson Chorale – Gregg Busch, Director

Place: Main Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church
Time: Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 7:00pm

This program entitled “Alway Something Sings – A Celebration of Choral Music,” will be presented by this Branson based Chorale of forty talented participants.

The program will feature songs by Whitacre, Forrest, and Beethoven, to name a few of the composers. This promises to be a memorable experience and an amazing concert.


Java Jived is back by popular demand, for a one-night-only concert at the beautiful Villa Vista in Lampe.

Java Jived is based out of St. Louis, MO and specializes in a cappella arrangements of jazz and pop classics from the 20’s to the 80’s. Known for its fine blend and intonation, this high-energy ensemble performs polished stylistic renditions of challenging repertoire by the best contemporary arrangers, including Deke Sharon, Kirby Shaw, Teena Chin, and Gene Puerling, who is well known for his arrangements for The Manhattan Transfer.

April 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

Performance at Villa Vista – $25 per person admission [Purchase Tickets Now]

Location: Villa Vista, 1245 Kingsgate Rd., Lampe, MO 65681 [Google Map Link]

Our members are primarily classically trained professional musicians with years of experience exploring a variety of musical periods and genres with acclaimed local groups, including the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, St. Louis Symphony Chorus, The American Kantorei, and Collegium Vocale of St. Louis.

Sponsored by Villa Vista, Stone County’s “Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake” and the Branson Arts Council, Java Jived will perform the hottest tunes and the coolest harmonies with their vocal jazz. Audience space is limited, purchase your tickets online now at All proceeds benefit local area non profit organizations.

Google Map To Villa Vista

The Branson Regional Arts Council proudly announces auditions for Youth Troupe and Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR.

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

As a member of the theatre “Youth Troupe,” area youth will also have the opportunity to audition for our Shakespeare Theatre Group (ages 11 and up) and MidSummer Night’s Dream.  Performers will be part of the productions and receive professional instruction in workshops designed to build artistic skills in musical theatre, voice, dance, and acting.

Come prepared to sing a one minute Broadway or Disney style song.

Audition Times & Locations

Saturday, April 29th – 10am to 12pm noon
Branson Community Center, 201 Compton Drive, Branson, MO 65616
Sunday, April 30th – 2pm to 4pm
Forsyth Performing Arts Center, Forsyth High School

Audition Information & Cost

Who: Students ages 8 to 18 years old
Tuition: $50.00 for the entire Summer Program (May 23-June 25)
Scholarships Available (call us for information)

Full Audition & Rehearsal Schedule Available Here

Production Dates

Public Performance Dates: June 23, 24 and 25 

 Click Here To Download the Entire Troupe Audition & Rehearsal Schedule


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Branson Regional Arts Council – 2017 Youth Troupe Audition & Rehearsal Schedule

Auditions Saturday April 29th 10 am- noon (Branson Community Center)

Auditions Sunday April 30th 2-4pm (Forsyth Performing Arts Center)

Madagascar/Shakespeare Troupe Rehearsal Schedule

Location: Forsyth Performing Arts Center

  • Tuesday May 23: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Wednesday May 24: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Thursday May 25: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Friday May 26: 3:00 -6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Tuesday May 30: 3:00- 6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Wednesday May 31: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Thursday June 1: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Friday June 2: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Monday June 5: 3:00 -6:00  (Shakespeare Troupe) Rehearsal
  • Tuesday June 6: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Wednesday June 7: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr.  Rehearsal
  • Thursday June 8: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Friday June 9: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Monday June 12: 3:00-6:00 (Shakespeare Troupe) Rehearsal
  • Tuesday June 13: 3:00-6:00 Madagascar Jr. Rehearsal
  • Wednesday June 14: 3:00-7:00 (Headshots will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm) Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and King Julian at 2:00 for Make up.
  • Thursday June 15: 3:00-7:00 Madagascar Jr. Dress Rehearsal and Tech with lighting
  • Friday June 16:3:00-7:00  Madagascar Jr. Dress Rehearsal and Tech with lighting
  • Monday June 19: 3:00-6:00 (Shakespeare Troupe) Rehearsal
  • Tuesday June 20 3:00-8:00  Madagascar Jr. Dress Rehearsal and Tech
  • Wednesday June 21 3:00-8:00  Madagascar Jr. Final Dress Rehearsal
  • Thursday June 22: Madagascar Jr. School Performance 1:00 pm Call Time 11:30 am  Brush up Rehearsal 2:30-5:00
  • Friday June 23  Madagascar Jr. Show at 7:00 pm  Call Time 4:30
  • Saturday June 24 Madagascar Jr. Show at 7:00 pm Call Time 4:30
  • Sunday June 25  Madagascar Jr. Show at 2:00 pm Call Time 12:00

Shakespeare Rehearsals & Performance Schedule

  • Monday June 5th    3:00-6:00 Shakespeare Rehearsal
  • Monday June 19th 3:00-6:00 Shakespeare Rehearsal
  • Monday July 17th Shakespeare Rehearsal  (Hollister park) Time TBA
  • Monday July 24th Shakespeare Rehearsal (Hollister park) Time TBA
  • Sunday July 30 Shakespeare Show 7 :00 pm  Call time 5:30 (Hollister Park)
  • Monday July 31 Shakespeare Show  7 :00 pm  Call Time 5:30 (Hollister park)
  • Sunday August 6th Shakespeare Show 7:00pm Call Time 5:30 pm (Hollister Park)
  • Monday August 7th Shakespeare Show  7 :00 pm Call Time 5:30  (Hollister park)

The Branson Arts Council is excited to launch it’s 2017 Community Concert Series to be held at the Old Stone Church in Branson. Co-organized by Americanna Magness, this year’s slate of free concerts promises to include a nice variety of incredible musical performances.

The first concert to kick-off the 2017 season features two extremely talented musicians; Kirsten Weingartner-Weiss (on Viola) and Pamela Davis (on Violin).


Featured performances will include:

Duo in G major – W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

  • Allegro
  • Adagio
  • Rondo

Three Madrigals – Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959

  • Poco Allegro
  • Poco Andante
  • Allegro

Duo in C major – Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Duo Concertant, opus 15, no.3 – Allesandro Rolla (1757-1841)

  • Allegro
  • Andante-Tema di Caraffa, Andantino
  • Rondo-Presto

About the Artists…

A graduate of Indiana University, Pamela Davis is Assistant Concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony, and Concertmaster of the Springfield Regional Opera and Taneycomo Festival Orchestras. After years of teaching public school music and private violin lessons, Pam recently retired from nine years as an administrator, having earned her Masters and Specialist degrees from MSU. Before moving to Missouri, she performed in the Florida Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, the Midland Symphony, the Traverse Symphony, the Las Vegas Symphony, the Nevada Chamber Orchestra, and the Serenata Trio. Pam spent 14 years playing and touring with various entertainers in Las Vegas, such as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, and Henry Mancini, but her favorite musical moments are with Kirsten.

Kirsten Weingartner-Weiss holds music degrees from Illinois Wesleyan and DePaul Universities. She had performed as a member of  several orchestras throughout the Midwest, prior to landing in Branson,  where she made many of her fondest memories and friends in the 11 years she spent with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra.  Currently, Kirsten serves as a the principal violist for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster for the Springfield Drury Civic Orchestra and is an active chamber musician.

Most recently, she has been busy taking Suzuki teacher training and has started her own private studio, where she teaches approximately 30 violinists and violists from ages 2-62.  Aside from her musical endeavors, Kirsten most enjoys spending time with her beautiful family,  running (slowly),  and making music and mischief with her dear friend, Pam.

Support Arts In The Branson Tri-Lakes Area All Season Long!

Click here to become a valued member of the Branson Arts Council.  It’s easy, and extremely affordable for individuals, students, families, and even businesses who appreciate the importance of the arts in our community and understand the positive impact they have on our future generations.


Classic to Pops Musical Concert

Saturday, Sept. 24th 7:00 pm

at the Dee and Rick Uebel Home—see facebook Delyla and Friends

Fundraiser for the Branson Arts Council.  $25 for the evening of music and refreshments at the beautiful home of Dee

Don’t miss this great opportunity.  Tickets are limited, call for tickets today—336-4255

Will include world famous accordionist who has played for Pavarotti



BAC’s 2nd Annual Art Walk in Historic Branson and Hollister is Saturday, June 18, from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Join us in a festive evening enjoying the visual arts. Area artists and local businesses in historic Branson and Hollister are participating by, hosting new art exhibits and featuring artists demonstrating their skills in various media. Musicians will be performing in locations around town for your listening pleasure. Food trucks will be serving up goodies in Hollister in addition to other fine eating establishments in both Branson and Hollister.

Enjoy this opportunity to meet local artists and experience the wonderful variety of fine art that is being created in our community! Artists working in oil, watercolor, acrylic, digital media, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, and more, will be exhibiting and demonstrating at Art Walk. It promises to be a memorable summer evening for art and music lovers!

PLUS- don’t miss “Music Man, Jr” presented by Branson Arts Council’s Youth Theatre Troupe will be performing at the Historic Owen Theatre- June 18 at 4pm and 7pm during Art Walk and again on Sunday, June 19 at 2pm.

Add this event to your summer calendar of “must do” activities. Branson Arts Council’s Art Walk is FREE!!! It will transform Historic Branson and Hollister into a lively, friendly and varied art gallery for the evening. Most art will be available for purchase and will remain on display until 9:00 PM.

Join Us For a Planning Meeting!

Are you an artist interested in participating in this year’s Art Walk?

Do you wish to support the Arts in our communities?

Would your downtown Branson or Hollister business benefit from more patrons?

Branson Arts Council invites you to attend our planning meeting of the 2nd Annual Art Walk in the downtown districts of Branson and Hollister. We are looking for local artists, businesses, event sponsors and volunteers to participate with us in this exciting cultural event! Opportunities await- come see how you can help in what is becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year in this area!

Planning Meeting 2016

Thursday, April 14 at 6:30pm

Branson Community Center, 201 Compton Dr, Branson, MO

For more information call 417-336-4255

Branson Arts Council presents: 


8/14/2015 and 8/15/2015

Join us at the Historic Owen Theatre (205 South Commercial St, Branson, MO) for a celebration of the magic and artistic vision of acclaimed Japanese animator/writer/director Hayao Miyazaki. We will be showing 3 of Miyazaki’s wonderful films over one weekend. Do not miss out on the rare opportunity to see the anime art form on the big screen in Branson, MO.


Whisper of the Heart
August 14th @ 7:00PM
Cost: $4.00 for kids under 18, $6.00 for adults
Rated G

From the creators of the Academy Award(R)-winning SPIRITED AWAY (Best Animated Feature Film, 2002) comes a tale based on the screenplay from the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki. During summer vacation, a schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, observes an ordinary-looking cat riding by himself on the train. Intrigued, she decides to follow him. This chance encounter leads her to the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart. Soon, Shizuku’s exciting adventures carry her far beyond the boundaries of her imagination. Featuring extraordinary storytelling, enchanting animation, and an all-star voice cast, this movie will inspire dreams and warm hearts of all ages. ~~(c) 1995 Aoi Hiiragi/Shueisha Nibariki GNH


My Neighbor Tortoro

August 15th @ 1:00PM
Cost: $4.00 for kids 18 and under, $6.00 for adults
Rated G

Visionary and Academy Award(R)-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, SPIRITED AWAY) has created a heartwarming, music-filled and wonderful world in MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, a delightfully animated family adventure. Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro — who can be seen only through the eyes of a child. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters — including a cat that doubles as a bus! — and takes them on an incredible journey.


Princess Mononoke 

August 15th @ 7:00PM
Cost: $4.00 for kids 18 and under, $6.00 for adults
Rated PG-13 (some violence)

Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, and Billy Bob Thornton head a cast of hot Hollywood stars who lend their talents to this exquisitely animated, overwhelmingly acclaimed adventure epic! Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka sets out for the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi and a proud clan of humans against the forest’s animal gods…who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves! Also starring Gillian Anderson and Jada Pinkett Smith, this monumental struggle between man and nature will have you transfixed with amazement as stunning artistry blends with epic storytelling to create a uniquely entertaining motion picture!

August Anime After Party and Social Gathering:

August 15th @ 9:15 PM

RockBottom Studios
112 East Atlantic Street
Branson, MO 65616
Walk or drive over to RockBottom Studios after the Anime August showing of Princess Mononoke for an after party and film discussion. Please bring a drink and appetizer of your choice to share with everyone. This is an excellent chance to meet other artists and anime appreciators in a relaxed and creative setting. 
Join us for the FUN!
The BAC Artists’ Link is a group of local visual artists that meet every other month to network, socialize and share ideas. All artists and art enthusiasts are welcome to attend.