In honor of April’s Autism Acceptance Month, the Branson Regional Arts Council is proud to present a public showing of a very special digital film entitled, “Pratt The Movie.”

This free community event is on Sunday, April 24, 2022 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-six year old resident of Branson.  Dylan is a long-time Arts Council volunteer and has performed in several BRAC musicals and events at the Historic Owen Theatre including Anything Goes, Miracle On 34th Street, Beauty & The Beast, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The Wizard Of Oz, The Odd Couple, and The Sound Of Music.  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.

In 2018, the Branson Regional Arts Council hosted a premiere public showing of Dylan’s film at the Historic Owen Theatre. At that time our Board of Directors had already begun the process of developing a “Special Abilities” educational program to provide opportunities in the arts for young people in our community such as Dylan. The pandemic of 2020-2021 put the brakes on our ability to implement this new program, but we are now at a point where we can once again move forward with those plans. As April is Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month, we are excited to once again feature Dylan through this showing of his newly edited and updated film.
– Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States today.

There is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

“Today and every day, we honor autistic people and celebrate the meaningful and measureless ways they contribute to our Nation.  We applaud the millions of educators, advocates, family members, caregivers, and others who support them.  As we continue to build a better America, we reaffirm our promise to provide Americans with autism the support they need to live independently, fully participate in their communities, and lead fulfilling lives of dignity and respect.”

President Joseph R. Biden JrA Proclamation on World Autism Awareness Day 4-01-2022

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. Any donations will support the BRAC “Special Abilities” program.

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.

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council proudly presents the immensely successful rock opera, Godspell, at the Historic Owen Theatre from March 31 – April 10, 2022. Performances are at 7:00 pm with 2:00 pm Matinees on Sundays. This promises to be an inspiring and entertaining production for all ages!

Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, Godspell is the story of a small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

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The BRAC production is directed by Jeremiah Reeve with musical director Kyle Denton. Choreography is provided by Jacob Deck.

The cast features Christian Ross (Jesus) and Alex Harris (Judas), along with Heather Stolfa, Haley Moore-Haskin, Sonya Godfrey, Claire Denton, Jacob Deck, Kayleigh Dominish, Katy Kohler, Loran Polson, Abby Reeve and Taryn Huffman.

The production team also includes Karie Dykeman and Kim Hale (Producers), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director), Mac Hill (Technical Director), Cole Hill (Sound Technician), Jeremiah Reeve (Set Design), Lisa Murphy (Media Coordinator), Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator), Josh Silvy (Theatre Operations), Marshall Meadows (Photography), and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director, Marketing and Design).

There will be eight (8) performances of Godspell from March 31-April 10 2022 at the Historic Owen Theatre. Advance reserved tickets are recommended and are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council will be holding open cast auditions for Something Rotten – A Very New Musical on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

5:00pm Dance Call for all auditioners (please be ready to begin at 5pm)

Please schedule your vocal audition (takes place after dance call) by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Sign Up!

Video Audition Submissions may also be sent to edu@bransonarts.org.

Director: Jacob Estes
Music Director: Caitlin Secrest
Choreographer: Kristen Dasto

When: April 15, 2022 (Fri) & April 16, 2022 (Sat)
Where: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616
Time: 5:00-6:30 Dance Call each day of auditions. (Everyone who signs up for a singing slot must attend at least one day of the dance call. If you’d like to audition for a dancer only position please just let us know at check in.)

6:30– 9:30 pm Vocal Auditions (sign up for a time slot below. There will be 30 minute time slots for each group and 6 people will go in at a time.)

What to Bring: 60-90 second song in the style of the show. (Musical theatre rep only) Bring your own tracks (on your phone or player).

Also Bring: Printed headshot (if you have one) & Acting Resume (if you have one).

Clothing for Audition: You may wear dance attire to the auditions. Bring comfortable shoes you can dance in/character heels (ladies) if you have them, also if you have tap shoes, bring those as well.

Dance Requirements: Intense choreography including elements of Jazz, Tap, & Musical Theatre styles

Additional Notes: Rated Pg-13. Students in middle school/high school can audition with permission slip from parent/guardian. These will be “open auditions” – those who are waiting after dance call are welcome to sit in back of theatre and observe until they are called.

Performance dates: Jul 28 (Thu – 7pm), Jul 29 (Fri – 7pm), Jul 30 (Sat – 7pm), Jul 31 (Sun – 2pm), Aug 4 (Thu- 7pm), Aug 5 (Fri – 7pm), Aug 6 (Sat – 8pm), Aug 7 (Sun – 2pm).

(Typically rehearsals will be Sunday – Thursday evenings from 6-9:30 pm with Fridays & Saturdays off)

Show Synopsis:
Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine. It’s become clear that “nothing’s as amazing as a musical,” so don’t miss your chance to be a part of this history-twisting tale on the BRAC stage!

Cast Description:

  • Shakespeare – The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego.
  • Nick Bottom – A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare. Nigel’s older brother.
  • Nigel Bottom – Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan.
  • Bea – Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor.
  • Portia – A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel.
  • Nostradamus – A soothsayer
  • Brother Jeremiah – Portia’s father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel’s plays are sinful.
  • Lord Clapham – A posh patron of the theater.
  • Shylock – An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.
  • Minstrel

Ensemble Roles include: Minstrel, Townspeople, Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, Crowd, Chorus, and more

For additional information or questions, contact Karie at edu@bransonarts.org.

Join us at the Historic Owen Theatre for an informational “Volunteer Rally” and find out how you can be an active participant in the Branson Regional Arts Council. We have a full slate of amazing events this year, and are looking for enthusiastic folks who love their community, and LOVE TO HAVE FUN!

When: Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial Street, Branson, MO 65616

BRAC Volunteers can earn special perks that include show tickets, special merchandise and more! Find out more by attending this FREE event!

What are your areas of interest? 

GUEST SERVICES
Greet our theatre patrons as they arrive for a production. Hand out our official Playbill programs, and assist with seating locations or other needs.

CONCESSION STAND VOLUNTEERS
Assist our patrons by serving up fresh popcorn, sweet treats and beverages from our historic concession stand before the show and during intermission. Duties include cashier, product display, popcorn making, cleaning, sanitization, and inventory tracking. BRAC will assist qualified food handlers in obtaining their required ServSafe Certification at our expense.

SET CONSTRUCTION, COSTUME & PROP BUILDING
Work behind the scenes to help build stage sets, props and costumes for upcoming productions. Previous experience not required, but is certainly beneficial.

CLEANING & SANITIZING
One of our most important volunteer positions… our cleaning crews sweep and vacuum the theatre after each performance, wipe down touchable surfaces in public areas with sanitized towelettes, remove all trash to the outside dumpsters.

STREET TEAM MARKETING
Help us connect to our community and spread the great news about our upcoming events and theatrical productions! We will provide the posters or flyers, and you will help us distribute them to participating locations in and around our community

… we have something for everyone!

 

FREE EVENT

Congratulations to the following cast members of Godspell, with performances from March 31 – April 10, 2022.

Jesus: Christian RossJudas: Alex HarrisEnsemble:Heather Stolfa / Haley Moore-Haskin (double cast)Sonya GodfreyClaire DentonJacob DeckKayleigh DominishKaty KohlerLoran PolsonAbby ReeveTaryn Huffman

There will be eight (8) performances of Godspell from March 31-April 10 at the Historic Owen Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

Director: Jeremiah Reeve
Musical Director: Kyle Denton
Choreographer: Jacob Deck

Godspell is the story of a small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, by 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to open the curtain on it’s 2022 Season of musical theatre this week in downtown Branson.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens Thursday evening at the Historic Owen Theatre with 17 public performances through February 27, 2022. 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.

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In addition to the stage musical, a special art exhibition entitled “Under The Sea” will be on display in the Rock Room Gallery of the Historic Owen Theatre featuring original works by local area artisans Meike Aton, Barbara Buso, Jennifer Buttell, Jessica Lowe, Terena Terry, Suzanne Torguson and Wanita Williams. All displayed pieces will be on sale in support of these talented artists.

Directed by Jacob Deck, 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 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 Branson cast 0f Disney’s The Little Mermaid are:

  • Ariel – Hayden Gish / Cat McWhirter
  • Prince Eric – Chaunery Kingsford Tanguay
  • Ursula – Jen Frost / Mesa Knife Chief
  • Sebastian – Shawntez D’Nadre Bell
  • King Triton – Traven Harrington
  • Flounder – A.J Turner / Charlee Mitchell
  • Flotsam – Carlos Morales
  • Jetsam – Michael Frost
  • Scuttle – Leah Jane Johnson
  • Chef Louis – Jerrod Cate
  • Grimsby – Jennifer Kersey
  • Aquata – Julie Brinkman
  • Adella – Laurel Kemper
  • Allana – Charis Boulden
  • Andrina – Sarah Williams
  • Atina – Velvet Dougharty
  • Arista – Somer Dean

Adult Ensemble cast members are:
Joey Blackwood, Alex Harris, Kayleigh Dominish, Pace Gillman, Sophie Douglas, Abby Wheeler, Joseph Schumacher, Megan Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers, Savannah Turner, Hallie Groff and Bekkah Williams.

Kid Ensemble cast members are:
Emma Chandler, Liam Hill, Lundyn Mitchell, Jemma Braica, Luke Johnson and Jael Frost.

The Production team includes:
Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale (Producers), Jacob Deck (Director, Choreographer and Set Design), Michelle Baker (Music Director), Emma Johnson (Stage Manager), Leah Johnson (Assistant Choreographer), Mac Hill (Technical Director and Sound Technician), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director), Jim Barber (Marketing and Design), Lisa Murphy (Media Coordinator), Marshall Meadows (Photography), Josh Silvy (Theatre Operations) and Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator).

The Branson Regional Arts Council is holding open auditions for their live musical production of Godspell on February 6 and 7, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church of Branson.

When: Sunday, February 6 and Monday, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 420 W. Main St., Branson, MO 65616 (Use Sanctuary entrance)

Who: Auditions are open to adults age 18+. See below for more information.

What to bring:

  • 60-second singing audition in the musical style of the show (our production is of the 2012 revised version).
  • Bring your own tracks on your phone or player.
  • Printed headshot (if you have one)
  • Acting resume (if you have one)
  • Be prepared to list all known conflict between Feb. 13 and April 10.

Acting: Following individual singing auditions, you will be invited to perform cold readings from the script.

Choreography: The show will have staged movement and choreography but there is no dance call at auditions. Feel free to show you can move during your singing auditions.

There will be eight (8) performances of Godspell from March 31-April 10 at the Historic Owen Theatre. The rehearsal schedule will be discussed during each audition time. There is a possibility of casting for swings or double casting for health and scheduling reasons. This is a community theatre production and actors are not paid to participate, as is standard with all BRAC productions.

Director: Jeremiah Reeve
Musical Director: Kyle Denton
Choreographer: Jacob Deck

For additional information or questions, please contact Karie at edu@bransonarts.org.

Godspell is the story of a small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, by 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.

Casting
While traditionally cast as 5 males and 5 females, the majority of characters are not tied to any gender, ethnicity, or age. Actors are generally referred to by their own names – the names used below are those from the 2012 revised version.

Character Breakdown

Jesus
Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.

John The Baptist/Judas
He has attributes of both Biblical figures: He is both Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Nick
Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar.

Telly
Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings “All Good Gifts” he must be a very good singer.

George
The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.

Anna Maria
A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song “Day by Day.”

Lindsay
The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on.

Uzo
The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an “earth mother” kind of warmth to her.

Morgan
Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the “sexy” one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in fact once played this role.)

Celisse
The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar.

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council is seeking area Artists to submit works for the upcoming “Under The Sea” Art Exhibition and Sale at the Rock Room Gallery inside the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

This will be a three-week exhibit from February 10-27, 2022 coinciding with the BRAC musical stage production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, with an anticipated audience of over 2,000 patrons.

Interested artists should prepare new works or submit old works for consideration that relate to the theme in some manner.  It does not have to be Disney style animation (but it can be) or specifically relate to the musical; just present an imaginative way of showing life “under the sea.”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All submissions must be received no later than Friday, February 4th, with all selected artwork delivered to the Historic Owen Theatre no later than Saturday, February 5, 2022 to participate in this show.

There is no submission fee, but all selected Artists must have an active, annual BRAC Membership (starting at $20/year). Displayed artwork will be available for purchase by the general public with a small percentage of any sold items going to benefit the Arts Council. More details will be provided upon selection.

Digital submission photos or specific questions may be emailed to submit@bransonarts.com or through the Art Submission form on this website at https://bransonarts.org/call-for-artists/.

The Branson Regional Arts Council presents an exciting and informative speaker, Raine Clotfelter, also known as America’s Muralist. On Friday, January 28th at 6pm in the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson,

A $5 donation at the door will benefit the Arts Council. While this event is particularly geared towards working artists,  everyone is invited to attend.

Card carrying BRAC Members will be admitted free of charge (show card at the box office). Annual BRAC Memberships may be purchased online at BransonArts.org/membership.

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Raine will be speaking on topics such as: building an art business, how to price your artwork, working as a team, Art business etiquette, what products to use, as well as tips and tricks of the trade.

There will also be a digital presentation of Raines murals followed by a question and answer period.

Timelapse: Creation of Branson’s Downtown Mural from Digital Lunchbox on Vimeo.

Raine is a professional Artist/Illustrator seeking to revitalize and enrich our nation’s most valued resources; its citizens and communities, by capturing in his artwork and murals, the unique individuals and historical events that made this country what it is today. Raine’s artwork has been published in several military publications such as Link, Surface Warfare, and Navy News. He has historical pieces displayed on Naval ships, various military commands, recruiting and reserve centers across the country, including the White House in Washington, DC. He has been classified as a Naval Historian for his works on Naval history.

Raine joined the Navy in 1983. He was first stationed in Norfolk, VA where he served on board the USS Newport LST-1179, the USS Shenandoah AD-44, and on SURFLANT’s Admiral Staff. In 1988 Raine continued his career in the Navy by joining the Navy Reserves.

The Navy was very careful in selecting DMs. In 1984 only 15 DM billets were available to fill out of 21 qualified applicants in the entire Navy. Raine was selected first across the board. In the 1980’s there were over 400 DMs in the Navy and upon his retirement in 2004 there were only 46. Historically; Raine was the Navy’s last reservist DM when he retired in April 2004.

In January 2003, Raine was recalled to active duty, where he served on the front lines in Iraq for Naval Security in the Middle East. Even though his main line of duty was physical security to protect the Middle East U.S. Central Command and the airstrip in Bahrain, he was the only Navy DM there. Therefore, during this time Raine created artwork and technical illustrations to support the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) and other attached command’s.

In regard to Raine’s professional illustrations, he was chosen to serve on three separate admiral staffs during his Naval career. He served as ISO for Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom in Iraq. Before retiring from his Naval career he received four US Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation medal (among other service awards for his intelligence work (technical illustrations) he produced in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks), two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation medal, four Armed Forces Service medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, three Battle “E”s, and was awarded nine other medals. REDCOM photographed Raine’s artwork at the Broken Arrow Naval Reserve Center to classify his art as preserved Naval history and designated Raine as a “Navy Historian Artist”.

As a staff artist for Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Raine also illustrated artwork for Walt Disney Productions, Gulf Western, TIME, Warner Bros., Tri-Star Entertainment, Branson Teleproductions, and Percussion Entertainment. In the music publishing realm he designed many folio’s and sheet music covers for entertainers such as Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Clint Black, as well as others. Beyond the entertainment industry, he has produced artwork for corporations such as JC Penney, Radio Shack, Comp USA, Boeing, McDonald Douglas, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Bass Pro and others. Most recently he has done several large historic murals for businesses, cities and towns across the US and at various museums such as the

World’s Largest Toy Museum, The Harold Bell Wright Museum, the American Presidential Museum, the Branson Auto & Farm Museum, Celebrity Car Museum in Branson, MO, as well as O’Fallon Historical Museum in Baker, MT, and the VanHorn Historical Museum in ND.

To present date, Raine has worked on over 170 detailed, hand-painted murals and gallery pieces. Some of his murals of American history are as large as sixty-feet high and with lengths of three hundred-feet long.

Congratulations to the cast members listed below who have been selected to appear in the upcoming Branson Regional Arts Council production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Historic Owen Theatre, February 10 – 27, 2022.

Rehearsals will begin January 3, 2022. Full rehearsal schedule will be announced to all cast members soon.

Advance reserved tickets are now on-sale for all performances at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

“We had an outstanding turnout for these auditions. There were many more actors auditioning for parts than there were available roles, so the producers and the Director had a difficult choice to make in casting this production. We thank everyone who participated in the auditions, and request that anyone not selected for this production, to please audition again for a future show.” – Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

The cast 0f Disney’s The Little Mermaid are:

  • Ariel – Hayden Gish / Cat McWhirter
  • Prince Eric – Chaunery Kingsford Tanguay
  • Ursula – Jen Frost / Mesa Knife Chief
  • Sebastian – Shawntez D’Nadre Bell
  • King Triton – Traven Harrington
  • Flounder – A.J Turner / Charlee Mitchell
  • Flotsam – Carlos Morales
  • Jetsam – Michael Frost
  • Scuttle – Leah Jane Johnson
  • Chef Louis – Jerrod Cate
  • Grimsby – Jennifer Kersey
  • Aquata – Julie Brinkman
  • Adella – Laurel Kemper
  • Allana – Charis Boulden
  • Andrina – Sarah Williams
  • Atina – Velvet Dougharty
  • Arista – Somer Dean

Adult Ensemble cast members are:
Joey Blackwood, Alex Harris, Kayleigh Dominish, Pace Gillman, Sophie Douglas, Abby Wheeler, Joseph Schumacher, Megan Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers, Savannah Turner, Hallie Groff and Bekkah Williams.

Kid Ensemble cast members are:
Emma Chandler, Liam Hill, Lundyn Mitchell, Jemma Braica, Luke Johnson and Jael Frost.

About the musical…
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid 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.
There will be seventeen (17) public performances of The Little Mermaid over a three-week period of time in February. This will be the first of eight (8) mainstage productions at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson in the 2022 season.
For Full Season Pass information visit bransonarts.org/event-tickets/theatre-season-passes.
2022 Branson Theatre Season Schedule

2022 Branson Theatre Season Schedule

The Branson Regional Arts Council proudly announces it’s 2022 Season of sensational community theatre for the Branson area.

ADVANCE RESERVE TICKETS for all shows are on sale now. Ticket prices are: $17.00 Adults (18+), $14.00 Youth (4-17). Lap children are admitted at no charge with parent or legal guardian. Individual show tickets may be purchased online at BransonArts.org/tix or via the button link below or by calling the box office for assistance at 417-336-4255.

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FULL 2022 SEASON PASS TICKETS are available for anyone wishing to SAVE 15% on their seats for all eight productions. Season Pass holders will also have the ability to reserve the same seats for each production. Seating choices may differ as more season passes are sold. (Season Passes must be purchased before February 27, 2022.) Click below to purchase your season pass now, or call the box office for assistance at 417-336-4255.

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Dates: Feb 10 – 27, 2022 (17 shows)

Rated G | General Audiences

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid 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.


Godspell

Dates: March 31 – April 10, 2022 (8 shows)

Rated PG | Parental Guidance Suggested

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.


Little Women – The Musical

Dates: May 12 – 23, 2022 (8 shows)

Rated PG | Parental Guidance Suggested

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. The original production starred the unparalleled Sutton Foster, who received Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her performance.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.


Beauty and the Beast Jr (BRAC’s Summer Youth Institute)

Dates: June 23 – 26, 2022 (6 shows)

Rated G | General AudiencesThe Award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. *note: title subject to change due to script availability


Something Rotten – A Very New Musical

Dates: July 28 – Aug 7, 2022 (8 shows)

PG13 | Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.

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

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.


Hello Dolly!

Dates: Sept 8 – 25, 2022 (12 shows)

Rated G | General Audiences

This musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s hit play The Matchmaker bursts with humor, romance, energetic dance and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history.

The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again.

A Broadway Classic that will no doubt be a huge hit with Branson audiences!

 


Blithe Spirit 

Dates: Oct 27-30, 2022 (5 shows)

Rated PG-13 | for spiked drinks and saucy dialogue

The Branson Regional Arts Council presents a hilarious Halloween weekend production!

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.


Frozen Jr (BRAC’s Winter Youth Institute)

Dates: Dec 1 – 11, 2022 (8 shows)

Rated G | General Audiences

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

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

The Ozark Hills are alive with The Sound Of Music as the Rogers and Hammerstein classic comes to the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson for ten performances from December 2-12, 2021.

Show schedule and ticket information can be found at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255. Admission is $17 (Adults 18+) and $14 (Youth 4-17). Proceeds benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a wide variety of artistic events, youth arts education and theatrical programs for all residents in the Ozarks.

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“After having to postpone this show last season, we are thrilled to finally bring this incredible family production to the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre,” says BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber. “We appreciate the support of our fantastic patrons for their patience, and we know you and your entire family will have a great time together at this holiday production,” he added.

Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this play captures a personal tale of growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. The Sound of Music tells the tale of young postulant Maria Rainer, whose free spirit has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, with laughter, and with music. In the process, Maria wins the hearts of all seven children–and their widower father, Captain Von Trapp.

With the Mother Abbess’ blessing, and to the children’s delight, Maria follows her heart, and Maria and the Captain marry. Upon returning home from their honeymoon, Maria and the Captain learn that their beloved Austria has been taken over by the Nazis, and the retired Captain is asked to report for immediate service in the Nazi Navy.

When the Nazis show up at their door to take Captain Von Trapp away, it is a family singing engagement (wily navigated by their friend Max) that buys the family time to make their narrow escape. Their Austrian convictions compel Maria, the Captain, and the children to flee over the mountains of Switzerland to safety, taking the words of the Mother Abbess to heart: “Climb Every Mountain… till you find your dream.”

The Branson Regional Arts Council production of The Sound of Music is under the direction of Jacob Deck who also serves as choreographer and set designer for the musical.

The production team includes: Delyla Uebel (Music Director), Karie Dykeman and Kim Hale (Producers), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Mac Hill (Sound and Technical Director), Melody Snyder (Costumes), Jennifer Vaugh (Costumes), Jordan Alexander-Holt (Costumes and Wig Design), Loran Polson (Stage Manager), Lisa Murphy (Media Coordinator), Marshall Meadows (Photography), Jim Barber (Marketing and Design), and set construction by Jeremiah Reeve, Art Hale, Jacob Deck, Mac Hill, Loran Polson and Jennifer Kersey.

The large cast includes: Hayden Gish (Maria Rainer), Loran Polson (The Mother Abbess), Esther Weicht (Sister Berthe), Mindy Law (Sister Margaretta), Julie Brinkman (Sister Sophia), Tom Baker (Captain Georg von Trapp), Dylan Pratt (Franz / Herr Zeller), Jennifer Kersey (Frau Schmidt), Talya Tinoco (Liesl von Trapp, A & B), Pace Gillman (Friedrich von Trapp, A & B), AJ Turner (Friedrich von Trapp, B), Abby Wheeler (Louisa von Trapp, A), Sophie Douglas (Louisa von Trapp, B), Liam Hill (Kurt von Trapp, A), Lee Brown (Kurt von Trapp, B), Savannah Turner (Brigitta von Trapp, A & B), Kylee Chandler (Brigitta von Trapp, A & B), Johanna Thornsberry (Brigitta von Trapp, A & B), Lundyn Mitchell (Marta von Trapp, A), Jael Frost (Marta von Trapp, B), Zoey Viola (Gretl von Trapp, A), Emma Chandler (Gretl von Trapp, B,) Cole Hill (Rolf Gruber / Baron Elberfeld), Charis Boulden (Elsa Schraeder), Amy Sorenson (Ursula / Nun / Ensemble), Randy Simmon (Max Detweiler), Beth Lambeth (Baroness Elberfeld / Nun / Ensemble), Anna Weicht (A New Postulant / Nun / Ensemble), Jim Barber (Admiral Von Schreiber) and Melody Snyder (Nun / Ensemble).