25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Historic Owen Theatre

How do you spell HILARIOUS? Branson area audiences will soon find out as the Branson Regional Arts Council’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee hits the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre July 18-21.

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This version of the original Broadway musical introduces an eclectic group of six awkward spelling champions who learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. The students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives. The tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

The production is under the direction of Jacob Estes. Additional Production members include Caitlyn Secrest (Vocal Director), Kristen Dasto (Choreographer), Jacob Deck (Assistant Director), Kim Hale, Lisa Murphy and Karie Dykeman (Producers).

Cast members include: Josh Powell (William Barfee), Aryn Bohannon (Marcy Park), Brenna Kellem (Olive Ostrovsky), Janie Johnson (Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom), Ellie Maji (Logainne Schwartzandgrubennierre “Schwarzy”), Patrick Mulheron (Mitch Mahoney/Dan Dad/Olive’s Dad), Sean Myers (Douglas Panch), Conner Paulson (Leaf Coneybear/Carl Dad) and Declan Rhodes (Chip Tolentino/Jesus).

This production is rated PG-13. Ticket prices are $16.95 (Adults 18+) and $11.45 (under 18).

Shows are at 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 2pm Matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Advance reserve seat tickets are recommended and available online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre at 417-336-4255.

Download High Resolution 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Cast Photo – Sitting Version

The Branson Regional Arts Council announces a production schedule change for the 2019 Season of musicals and plays at the Historic Owen Theatre.

“Due to reasons beyond our control, we will not be presenting SOUTH PACIFIC (November) or WHITE CHRISTMAS (November) this season. The good news, however, is that we will present TWO AMAZING PRODUCTIONS that we think our audiences will love just as much (if not more!)
Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS will be presented on the following dates:
Nov 1- 7pm, Nov 2- 2pm & 7pm, Nov 3- 2pm, Nov 8- 7pm, Nov 9- 2pm & 7pm, Nov 10- 2pm
Based on the classic film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an authentic piece of Americana, a time-tested romantic comedy with a special, contemporary relevance. Bringing the raucous Oregon frontier from the screen to the stage, it is a crowd-pleasing hit that has audiences cheering from the opening scene to the curtain call. Saddle up for a joyride in this tale of stubborn men and cunning women. The men in question are Adam and his six unruly brothers, who think they know what a woman’s place is and how to keep her there. It takes Milly, Adam’s spirited new wife, and six other savvy women to show them who’s the boss.

Reserved seat tickets for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers may be purchased online now!
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MUSICAL will be presented on the following dates:
Dec 5- 7pm, Dec 6- 7pm, Dec 7- 2pm & 7pm, Dec 12- 7pm, Dec 13- 7pm, Dec 14- 7pm, Dec 15- 2pm
This is the full Broadway musical version as seen at Madison Square Garden! Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Reserved seat tickets for A Christmas Carol – The Musical may be purchased online now!
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For any questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Historic Owen Theatre at 417-336-4255 or

 

Hundreds of area residents gathered at Liberty Plaza in Downtown Branson this past Saturday (June 1st) to enjoy a fun-filled day of art, entertainment and some of the tastiest barbecue ever to be served out of a firetruck!

The purpose of the entire event, was to raise funds to assist the Branson Regional Arts Council (BRAC) to eventually obtain full ownership of the Historic Owen Theatre, built in 1936, and now the official home of the Arts Council and it’s community theatre and Youth Arts Conservatory program. In January 2018, BRAC acquired the venue through a long-term lease with an option to purchase. Since that time, they have presented over a dozen broadway musicals and plays for the community, and also founded a Youth Arts Education Program with emphasis on young students from all across the area who are between the ages of 8 and 18.

Fresh food and cold drinks served all day!

“The first annual BRAC BBQ FEST was a big success, especially when you consider how fast our incredible team of volunteers pulled it together,” said Branson Regional Arts Council Executive Director Jim Barber. “We were able to raise $13,000 after expenses, thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors, Dr. Tallon and Branson Dental Center (Premiere Sponsor), Dr. Munshi and the Branson Institute of Sleep (Backstage Sponsor), Mercy Hospitals (Backstage Sponsor), Chic-fil-A Branson (Iced Tea Supplier), as well as our incredible vendors and the hundreds of hungry townspeople who came downtown to enjoy a fantastic meal along with amazing live entertainment on stage.”

BRAC BBQ FEST event Chairperson Darla Howe said, “We especially thank Branson Dental Center and Dr. Richard Tallon who not only participated as our main event sponsor, but also provided the converted, antique firetruck that served up hundreds of plates of delicious pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs. Their support of what the Arts Council is doing in our community goes above and beyond our expectations. The entire Branson Dental team were 100% behind this effort, and even assisted in the preparation and serving of the food to our patrons in attendance.”

Dr. Richard Tallon prepares the BBQ meat!

Several local entertainers quickly offered their support of the Arts Council’s efforts to own and restore the Owen Theatre. “These are some of the nicest performers in our community,” said Jim Barber, “and because they graciously shared their amazing talents, we were able to offer free admission to the public, so everyone could enjoy the live music and comedy.”

Exciting performances throughout the day were provided by: Java Jived (acapella group from St. Louis), Branson Comedy Company (improv), Forte Theatre Productions (broadway cabaret music), BRAC Youth Troupe (solos and vocal selections from upcoming productions), Dylan Pratt (vocalist), Micheal Horn (guitar and vocalist), Joey Heard (songwriter and vocalist), Gary Dooms (Saxophone),  Robert Morris (Balloon Twister), and Rick McEwen (guitar and vocalist).


Forte Theatre Production’s Traven Harrington Performs at BRAC BBQ FEST

Multiple Vendors filled the plaza to the max with works of art, custom jewelry, and unique services. Participation vendors included:

James Bartley Shined with Solar Energy!

  • Peter Engler Designs – Jewelry, woodcarvings, free gifts, oil candles and more
  • Joplin Peace Frogs – T-shirts, hats, bags, jackets, purses, decals and jewelry
  • EBBboutique – Acrylic Pour Paintings, Shadow Boxes, Leather Jewelry and Accessories
  • Carolyn Cambronne-Hayes – Framed and matted digital original art prints
  • Silver Jewelry Artist – Sterling and gemstone jewely by award-winning artist Jayme Woodall
  • Sticks, Spoons & More – Handmade wooden spoons, ladles and measuring cups
  • Taneyhills Community Library – Promoting summer reading for kids and library services
  • Branson West Art Gallery Booth

    Scentsy – Scented Wax and Decorative Wax Warmers, and a variety of other home fragrance products.

  • Branson West Art Gallery – Original paintings, photography, jewelry, and wood carvings
  • Concept 24 By Design – Original Art, Crafts, and Prints
  • Salvation Army of Branson – Salvation Army services and community awareness
  • Carolyn DeJager – Young Living Essential Oils
  • Skywire Solar – Solar Energy Information

Jim Barber & Melonie Brown Enjoying The Day

In addition to all the vendor booths and entertainment offerings, the Branson Parks and Recreation Department provided a huge Bounce House for the kids to enjoy. Face painting was led by Melonie Brown with assistance from Roz Slavik and Kristen Ables. To top it off, a special bake goods tent provided tasty treats under the direction of Viola Beyer.

Mercy Hospital hosted the First Aid Booth, and even offered complimentary sunscreen to anyone who needed it. Dozens of BRAC volunteers joined the effort to assist with donation collection, food serving, event set-up and tear-down, and also promotional distribution of posters, flyers and signage all over the Branson area.

The Arts Council extends their sincere appreciation to the City of Branson, Branson Parks & Recreation, the DBBA, and everyone who assisted in this fundraising effort, and they organization looks forward to an even bigger BRAC BBQ FEST event in 2020.