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.

Congratulations to the following cast members who have been selected to appear in the upcoming BRAC production of Little Women – The Musical with public performances May 12 – 23, 2022 at the Historic Owen Theatre. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix.

The show Producers and Director thank each and every person who participated in this audition, and have asked us to inform you that if you weren’t selected for this production, to PLEASE try again for a future show.  Everyone did so very well and it was a difficult casting decision. We hope to work with all of you soon.

CAST OF LITTLE WOMEN – THE MUSICAL

Jo March – Lizzy Finnerty-Esmonde 

Marmee March – Kristen Ables

Amy March – Allie Lightfoot

Beth March – Bethany Stutzman

Meg March – Cat Blanchard 

Laurie Lawrence – Andrew Faggion 

Professor Bhaer – Connor Finnerty-Esmonde 

John Brooke – Carson Burkett 

Aunt March/Mrs.Kirke – Nicole Sager 

Mr. Lawrence – TBA

The Production Team of Little Women – The Musical include:

Director – Justin Ables

Assistant Director – Josh Bouldon 

Choreography – Audrey Noll

Music Director – Nate Frank

Stage Manager – Teighlor Brewton 

Costume Designer – Anika Bryceson 

Set Design – Kyle Blanchard

Wigs – Kristen Ables 

Props – Nicole Horton 

About the Show:

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.

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

The Branson Regional Arts Council announces open auditions for Little Women – The Musical.

This production is for actors age 18 and over and will be directed by Justin Ables.

Auditions: Sunday, March 13, 2022 @ 3:00pm
Callbacks: Monday, March 14th (time TBD)
Location: Historic Owen Theatre

Please prepare a 32 bar track of your choosing, whether from the show or in the same style. No side or monologue is needed for auditions.
Please bring a track to be played via Bluetooth as there will not be an accompanist at auditions.

The first rehearsal will occur on Monday, March 28th with all following rehearsals taking place on Monday evenings from 5:00-10:00 and Tuesday-Friday mornings from 10:00-1:00.

8 Show Run Schedule:

  • May 12th (Thursday) – 7:00
  • May 15th (Sunday) – 2:00 / 7:00
  • May 16th (Monday) – 7:00
  • May 19th (Thursday) – 7:00
  • May 22nd (Sunday) – 2:00 / 7:00
  • May 23rd (Monday) – 7:00

List of Characters:

(The roles of Aunt March and Mrs. Kirk will be played by the same actress. There will be no ensemble or minor actors in this adaptation.)

Jo March – Our story’s protagonist. A Passionate and determined young author struggling to find her place in the world. She has the idea of writing Little Women and eventually becomes engaged to Professor Bhaer.

Amy March – The youngest, most energetic sister with a rather pompous air about her. She later marries Laurie. Doubles as the troll in the operatic tragedy.

Meg March – The world-weary, yet hopeful, oldest sister who yearns for a great life. She marries John and has twins with him. Doubles as Clarissa in the operatic tragedy.

Beth March – The second youngest of the sisters. Timid and musical, Beth encourages and helps her sisters selflessly. Forms an unlikely friendship with the crotchety Mr Laurence. Doubles as Rodrigo II in the operatic tragedy.

Marmee March – The March girls’ mother. She is the strong backbone of the family, who is courageous in spite of the difficult odds she faces. Doubles as the hag in the operatic tragedy.

Aunt March – A formidable, over-bearing matron and great-aunt to the March sisters. The wealthy socialite in town.

Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence – Lonely and charming boy next door who becomes firm friends with the March family. Proposes to Jo but eventually falls in love with and marries Amy. Doubles as Rodrigo in the operatic tragedy.

John Brooke – Laurie’s tutor. A reserved and hard-working young man who only shows his tender side when he falls in love with Meg. Doubles as Braxton Prendergast in the operatic tragedy.

Professor Bhaer – A sensible German professor boarding with Mrs Kirk. Persuades Jo that she is better than the “blood and guts stuff” she writes. Falls in love with, and eventually becomes engaged to Jo.

Mr. Laurence – Laurie’s grandfather. A stiff and stern elderly man who eventually shows his softer side and becomes friends with Beth.

Mrs. Kirk – The Irish owner of the boarding house in which Professor Bhaer and Jo meet.

About the Show:

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.

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.

 

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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

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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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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).