The Branson Regional Arts Council is indefinitely postponing the large cast production of Hunchback of Notre Dame that was scheduled to appear at the Historic Owen Theatre from October 14-24, 2021. There is no return date scheduled at this time but the production is in consideration for the 2022 season.

All current ticket holders for this production will be contacted and offered to have their tickets transferred to alternative productions instead.

“Concern for cast safety was the primary reason for pulling the Disney musical production from this season’s line-up. This particular musical would have been our largest cast of the year, and even has a full choir associated with the production.

Some of our talented actors and crew members had concerns regarding a huge cast on our small stage during a pandemic, and it was determined by our board of directors to be in the best interest of our patrons, actors, crew and volunteers if we hold off on this show while continuing to implement our effective safety protocols with our smaller cast shows.

We appreciate the understanding of our actors patrons as we continue to err on the side of caution during these challenging times for everyone.”
– BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber

BRAC Producers are currently considering a smaller cast replacement musical that would appear in late October at the Historic Owen Theatre.

The rest of the 2021 BRAC theatrical schedule remains on schedule as these are smaller cast productions.

Upcoming 2021 BRAC theatre performances include:

  • Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical (September 9 – 19)
  • The Tempest – Shakespeare In The Park (September 26-27)
  • The Tempest – Shakespeare In The Park (October 3-4)
  • TBA – (Late October Halloween Themed Show)
  • Ozark DynaCom’s Five Star Talent Contest Semi-Finals (November 5)
  • The Sound of Music – (December 2-12)

 

 

 

An exciting new talent competition is coming to the airwaves, internet, and a community theatre new you!

The Five Star  Talent Contest, presented by Ozarks Dynacom, is designed to encourage the region’s top talent to let their light shine and invite area residents and visitors to discover the amazing talent of the Ozarks.

OFFICIAL ENTRY INFORMATION

Our region of the Ozarks is overflowing with talent.

Amazing vocalists, dancers, comics and musicians appear regularly on stages, at events, in theaters, restaurants, bars and festivals throughout the Ozarks. There is also incredible talent that isn’t very well-known. There are up-and-comers and less experienced performers who are dedicated and working hard on their skills. They might be young, or they might have had to put their talent on the back-burner, or simply decided that their special gifts and talents were going to be a hobby, instead of a career.

Ozarks DynaCom is a family of five area radio stations that reach across Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas to an audience of over 200,000 listeners. In Branson, Missouri: 98.1 (Branson4U.com), 106.3 (KRZK), 100.1 (KOMC) and in Harrison, Arkansas: 102.9 (New Country), 94.9 (KHOZ).

These stations have all teamed up with the Branson Regional Arts Council and the Ozarks Arts Council to give striving performers, the unknown and the inexperienced their moment in the spotlight.

The Ozarks DynaCom FiveStar Talent Contest is the perfect opportunity to dust off the cobwebs, fine tune performance skills, or test new material on a real audience.

“Together with our listeners, online fans, and social media friends, we might even discover the next entertainment sensation of the Ozarks, or beyond!”
– Steve Willoughby, General Manager – Ozarks Dynacom

Video: Ozarks Dynacom General Manager – Steve Willoughby

“We are proud to be partners with the Branson Regional Arts Council and Ozark Arts Council in Harrison, Arkansas who will be lending their expertise and facilities for the semi-final competitions. Live show ticket sales will benefit these wonderful organizations who do so much to support the entertainment arts in our region.”
– Steve Willoughby, General Manager – Ozarks Dynacom

CONTEST BASICS:

Ozarks DynaCom FiveStar Talent Contest is being implemented in collaboration with the Branson Regional Arts
Council and Ozark Arts Council in Harrison, Arkansas, along with our contest sponsors Connell Insurance and North Arkansas College.

There is no cost to enter, and everyone (from anywhere in the country) is welcome to participate. Contestants less than 18-years old will need a legal guardian’s permission.

TALENT ENTRY FORMAT:

Contestants may enter once, in each category of talent: Music, Comedy, Dance/Acrobat, Magic, Variety.

Video file or YouTube link submissions should be no more than 90 seconds in length, and uploaded via the official contest website at branson4u.com/promotions/fivestar-talent-contest.

OFFICIAL ENTRY INFORMATION

Everyone in the Ozarks is encouraged to vote online for their favorite talent and a distinguished panel of judges will be on hand at the live, semifinal shows in Branson, MO and Harrison, AR to determine the final selections to move on to the final competition.

The Arts Councils’ will receive all ticket proceeds from the live, Semi-Final Shows held at the Historic Owen Theatre [buy Branson tickets] and Historic Lyric Theatre [buy Harrison tickets] respectively, and also share in the proceeds of the Final Championship Show.

A live Finals Championship show is planned for mid-November at a time and location still to be determined.

Show details and winner prizes will be announced as those items are confirmed.

CONTEST TIMELINE:

  • Online Entries: August 16 – September 12, 2021
  • Online Voting: September 17 – October 10, 2021
  • Live Semi-Final Shows: November 5th (Branson) and 6th (Harrison), 2021
  • Live Final Championship Show: Mid November 2021

Thanks to the Ozarks Dynacom family of radio stations who are promoting this competition…

Call Backs for The Sound of Music Have Been Announced.

A huge thank you to all who auditioned!

Here are the people we will need to see on Thursday (Aug 19th).

Please note that if you are not seeing your name on the list that does not mean you weren’t cast! Make sure you check the cast list when it goes up. Thanks so much! – BRAC

Please arrive at 6:30 pm (Historic Owen Theatre):

  • Charis Boulden
  • Julie Brinkman
  • Korey Brown
  • Lee Brown
  • Trisha Bush
  • Emma Chandler
  • Kylee Chandler
  • Jacob Deck
  • Sophie Douglas
  • Renee Elkady
  • Jael Frost
  • Jen Frost
  • Pace Gillman
  • Hayden Gish
  • Liam Hill
  • Mindy Law
  • Lundyn Mitchell
  • Loran Polson
  • Emma Puerta
  • Amy Sorenson
  • Judy Starrett
  • Johanna Thornsberry
  • Talya Tinoco
  • AJ Turner
  • Savannah Turner
  • Zoey Viola
  • Esther Weicht
  • Abby Wheeler

Please arrive at 7:30 pm (Historic Owen Theatre):

  • Michelle Baker
  • Jerrod Cate
  • Michael Franklin
  • Beth Lambeth
  • Valerie Mosher
  • Dylan Pratt
  • Randy Simmon

We are excited for this amazing production!

Auditions for The Sound of Music

Auditions for The Sound of Music

The Branson Regional Arts Council is holding open auditions for all roles (adults and youth) for their upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The BRAC musical is under the direction and choreography of Jacob Deck. Music Direction by Delyla Uebel.

  • When: Monday, August 16th & Tuesday, August 17th 2021
  • Where: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616
  • Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
  • What to Bring: 60 Second Singing Audition in the musical style of the show. Bring your own tracks (on your phone or player) or sheet music as an accompanist will be on hand.
  • Also Bring: Printed headshot (if you have one) & Acting Resume (if you have one).
  • Clothing for Audition: Bring comfortable shoes you can dance in as well as a change of clothes you can move and dance in.

Auditions will be scheduled first come first served, so we recommend that young actors who need to be home early, be among the first in line. We will begin promptly at 6:30pm.

Call Backs (Aug 19th 6:30pm): If you are called back, please be prepared to do a cold read and sing material from the show in addition to a dance call.

General Rehearsal Schedule is expected to be Sundays-Thursdays 6:30pm-9:00pm, but will be optimized to respect the time of the cast as best as possible. All conflicts should be stated on the audition form.

Public Performance Schedule is Dec 2-4 (7pm), Dec 4 (2pm), Dec 9-11 (7pm). Dec 12 (2pm). Advance tickets are on-sale now at BransonArts.org/tix.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

  • The Mother Abbess – Female – Lead – Soprano
  • Elsa Schraeder – Female – Lead – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Captain Georg von Trapp – Male – Lead – Bass-Baritone
  • Max Detweiler – Male – Lead – Tenor
  • Maria Rainer – Female – Lead – Soprano
  • Liesl von Trapp – Female – Lead – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Sister Berthe – Female – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Sister Margaretta – Female – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Louisa von Trapp – Female – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Brigitta von Trapp – Female – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Marta von Trapp – Female – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Gretl von Trapp – Female – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Friedrich von Trapp – Male – Supporting – Tenor
  • Kurt von Trapp – Male – Supporting – Countertenor
  • Rolf Gruber – Male – Supporting – Baritone
  • Sister Sophia – Female – Featured – Mezzo-Soprano
  • Franz – Male – Featured – Spoken
  • Frau Schmidt – Female – Featured – Spoken
  • Herr Zeller – Male – Featured – Spoken
  • Baron Elberfeld – Male – Featured – Spoken
  • A New Postulant – Female – Featured – Spoken
  • Admiral von Schreiber – Male – Featured – Spoken
  • Ursula – Female – Featured – Spoken
  • Ensemble – Either or Both
  • Ensemble – Variety

SYNOPSIS

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music, has become a play beloved around the world. Based on the true story of the 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 announce open auditions for The Tempest by William Shakespeare and under the Direction of Justin Ables.

  • When: Monday, August 9th 2021
  • Where: Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson, MO 65616
  • Time: 7-9 PM
  • What to Bring: 30 Second Monologue preferably Shakespeare. Actors may be asked to read for roles the same evening

If you cannot make the audition, please submit online and send your audition to Justin.Michael.Ables@gmail.com

Four  public performances will take place on September 26-27 and October 3-4, 2021 in Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park in Hollister, Missouri.

Shakespeare’s comedy about a major act of betrayal, ill treatment, the development of magic arts and a plot of revenge.

Twelve years ago, Prospero was Duke of Milan. Being of a bookish disposition, he withdrew more and more into his studies, leaving the management of his state to his brother Antonio. Eventually, with the help of Alonso, King of Naples, and the King’s brother Sebastian – inveterate enemies of Prospero – Antonio usurped the dukedom for himself. Prospero and his baby daughter Miranda were put to sea in a rotten boat and eventually landed on a distant island once ruled by the witch Sycorax but now inhabited only by her son, Caliban, and Ariel, a spirit.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce the opening of the smash Broadway musical, Mamma Mia! Reserved tickets are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson at 417-336-4255.

HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

There will be eight performances at the Historic Owen Theatre from Thursday, August 5th through August 15th. Shows are each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm as well as 2pm Matinee performances on Sundays.

Under the direction of Jacob Deck, Mamma Mia! tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. The musical includes the hit songs “I Have A Dream,” “Honey, Honey,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Thank You For The Music,” “Chiquita,” “Dancing Queen,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Super Trouper,” “The Name of the Game,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do,” and many, many more!

A large talented cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a trip down the aisle that Branson audiences will never forget!

The cast of Mamma Mia! include: Jen Frost (Donna Sheridan), Aline O’Neill (Sophie Sheridan), Katy Kohler (Tanya Cresham-Leigh), Jennifer Kersey (Rosie Mulligan), Tom Baker (Sam Carmichael), Michael Franklin (Harry Bright), Sean Neil Myers (Bill Austin), Patrick Sturm (Sky), Joey Blackwood (Pepper), Ben Polk (Eddie), Jeremiah Reeve (Father Alexandrios), Haley Moore (Lisa), Molly Tennison (Ali), and Liz Sambol, Savannah Turner, Megan Rodgers, Somer Dean, Carter Hendrickson, Abby Reeve, Sophia Wilson, Loran Polson, Joseph Bartkowiak (Ensemble).

Production crew of Mamma Mia! include: Jacob Deck (Director/Set Designer), Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale, Lisa Murphy (Producers), Caitlin Secrest (Music Director), Michelle Baker (Music Assistant), Loran Polson (Stage Manager), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Mac Hill (Technical Director), and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director, Marketing and Design).

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council is seeking new talent for the 2021-2022 Staccato Show Choir.

Do you love to sing and dance? Perform live concerts and public events? Want to travel? Then this is the place for you!

We are looking for at least 20 singers and dancers between the ages of 12-18 to represent the Branson Regional Arts Council for their 2021-2022 performance and competition season.

Staccato is an advanced show choir focusing on many different styles of music (Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, Jazz..etc) under the direction of Jacob Estes and Delyla Uebel.

Please note this is an advanced level, fast paced group. During our season we will learn a full 20-30 minute competition set, as well as several other songs for concerts and events. We also have opportunities during the year for solo pieces, and small ensemble numbers. We desire committed individuals who will work hard.

Staccato Audition Information:
Video auditions are requested for the first singing round, then if you pass, you will be called to a live dance audition at the Historic Owens Theatre.

  • Submission songs must be no longer than 90 seconds.
  • Please no a cappella singing
  • Sing a song in one of the following styles (Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, Jazz)
  • In the video, please say your full name and age
  • Audition submission deadline is Friday, July 23, 2021

The easiest way to submit your video auditions is to upload it to YouTube, set the video to unlisted, then email the link to BRAC.

Please send all video submissions to edu@bransonarts.org no later than July 30, 2021.

Annual Tuition
There is an annual tuition ($405 per student) that assists BRAC in our educational instructor, sheet music, music licensing, and other expenses throughout the season. Selected students will be presented with complete details and scholarship opportunities may be available for qualified students.

Enjoy some videos of our past Staccato performances…

Additional Information
Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group intended to combine challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. The choir will focus on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances.

Students will study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage:etiquette, presence & showmanship and multi-part choral music. The directoral leadership will be both demanding & rewarding. The time at rehearsal will be run in a serious “conservatory master class” style meaning from the moment the students enter the theater until they leave the theater… training is in process.

The directors will lead incredibly intensive rehearsals that will result in mind-blowing results and outstanding performances. Students chosen to participate in this choir will gain invaluable vocal training, meaningful friendships and treasured memories for a lifetime.

Participation in the choir is at the sole discretion of the directors.

Show Choir Performances typically include: Fall Concert, Winter Showcase & Spring Concert. Additional community performances may be added throughout the year.
Formal coordinated hair/make up styles & attire will be required for performances.

Show Choir members will be invited on an optional year-end performing trip opportunity that will be an additional cost above the annual tuition. Fundraising will be available. More details will be provided in August.

Peter Pan Jr at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson

Peter Pan Jr at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce that it is finally presenting it’s BRAC Summer Youth Theatre Institute production of Peter Pan Jr., after being postponed for more than a year due to the pandemic. Fifty-six dedicated cast members between the ages of 6 and 18 are participating in the 2021 Institute and have been rehearsing since June 28th with the BRAC educational staff of directors, choreographers and instructors. The large group of actors has been divided into two casts, and will present a total of six performances at the Historic Owen Theatre from Thursday, July 15th through Sunday the 18th. Reserved seats are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young performers in this Branson Regional Arts Council production at the Historic Owen Theatre.

The BRAC production of Peter Pan Jr is directed by Jacob Deck and Jacob Estes. The production team includes: Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale and Lisa Murphy (Producers), Jacob Deck (Choreographer), Delyla Uebel (Music Director), Phyllis Pasley (Assistant Music Director),  Somer Dean (Education Specialist), Kristine Brown, Pamela Meadows, Corbin Rich, Tiffany Rich, MJ Szumowski, and Molly Zettel (Education Assistants), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director), Mac Hill (Technical Director) and BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber (Marketing and Design).

In the story, Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, the fierce Brave Girls, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan JR. is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

The 56 young cast members of Peter Pan Jr. include: Abby Wheeler (Peter Pan ),  Sophie Douglas (Wendy),  Jack Brown (John – Cast 1), Indy Griffith (John – Cast 2), Zoey Viola (Michael – Cast 1), Lee Brown  (Michael – Cast 2), Molly McNeill (Liza – Cast 1), Georgia Griffith (Liza – Cast 2), Roxas Pace (Nana – Cast 1), Emma Chandler (Nana – Cast 2), Maddison Moore (Mrs. Darling), Pace Gillman (Mr. Darling), Renee Elkady (Captain Hook), Olivia Buttram (Smee – Cast 1), Emily Rivere (Smee – Cast 2), Ava Belin (Tiger Lily), Tayton Boyd (Crocodile – Cast 1), Korey Brown (Crocodile – Cast 2), Jael Frost (Nibs – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Mercy Griffith (Nibs – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Caleb Spurling (Slightly – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Duncan Brown (Slightly – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Millie Stauffer (Curley – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Sylvie Barbour (Curley – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Judson Coffman (Twin #1 – Lost Boys), James Coffman (Twin #2 – Lost Boys), Elizabeth Bohner (Tootles – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Piper Brown (Tootles – Lost Boys – Cast 2), Roman Serfaty (Ensemble – Lost Boys), Seth Bounds (Ensemble – Lost Boys – Cast 1), Henry Osban (Noodler – Pirates), Mcartney Young (Jukes – Pirates), Brennan Bilberry (Starkey – Pirates), Selah Osban (Cecco – Pirates), Truly Rich (Ensemble – Pirates), Lexi Keaton (Ensemble – Pirates), Spencer Coffman (Ensemble – Pirates), Owen Harsh (Ensemble – Pirates), Remy Ziegelbauer (Ensemble – Pirates – Cast 1), Myles Mitchell (Ensemble – Pirates – Cast 2), Lindan Seaman (Ensemble – Pirates – Cast 2), Kate Sutherland (Small Brave Girl – Cast 1), Charlee Mitchell (Small Brave Girl – Cast 2), Ashley Rodgers (Brave Girl #1 – Cast 1- Ensemble – Cast 2), Kylee Chandler (Brave Girl #1 – Cast 2- Ensemble – Cast 1), Bekah Williams (Brave Girl #2 – Cast 1 – Ensemble – Cast 2), Vivian Redington (Brave Girl #2 – Cast 2- Ensemble – Cast 1), Hallie Groff (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys), Gianna Daniels (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Lundyn Mitchell (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 2), Lexi Spinning (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Addy Williams (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 2), Jemma Braica (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Abigail Ray (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 2), Shamarah Bounds (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1), Sofe Bounds (Ensemble – Brave Girls/Boys – Cast 1).

The Branson Regional Arts Council is holding open auditions for it’s first musical of the fall; Dolly Parton’s beloved classic 9 to 5 The Musical.

9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

Set in the late 1970s. This hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

This high-energy show is sure to be a blast for those on the stage and in the audience! With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 to 5 is the perfect show to bring to our community.

AUDITION DATES

  • Friday, July 9th: 6:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, July 10th: 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Callbacks: Sunday, July 11th: 2:00-6:00pm

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

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Casting strong singers, actors, and dancers ages 16 and up!
  • An up to date headshot and resume.
  • A conflicts list from first cast meeting through performance dates.
  • A 1 minute cut of a musical theatre song. Preferably in the style of the show. Bring tracked accompaniment/karaoke. Accompanist will NOT be provided.
  • Clothes and shoes you can move and dance in. Tennis shoes, jazz shoes, character shoes, etc. for a group Dance Call.
  • Auditioners may be asked to cold read upon request.
  • If you are unable to attend scheduled auditions please contact Director, Kyle Bradley: kylebradley8913@gmail.com

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Rehearsal schedule will be determined after casting.
  • First rehearsal and cast meeting/rehearsal; Sunday July 18th at 2:00pm.
  • Non-negotiable dates: Tech Week- Sept 5-8 and Performance Dates.
  • Performance dates are Sept 9-12 & 16-19, 2021 (8 performances)

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

Violet Newstead
The company’s Head Secretary and Mr. Hart’s Administrative Assistant, she is a single mother and typically stands up for what she believes in. Attractive, strong, ambitious. Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: D5-F3

Doralee Rhodes
A young, sexy spitfire who works at Mr. Hart’s office. She is proof that there is more to a woman than just her looks. Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: E5-G3

Judy Bernly
The “new” girl at the firm, she has been burned by her husband’s affair and is searching for personal empowerment. Insecure, determined, and hopeful. Age: 30 to 35 Vocal range top: F5-Ab3

Franklin Hart, Jr.
One of the firm’s executives and a notorious chauvinist. He is capable of faking charm but usually shows his true colors as an arrogant, self-absorbed boss. Age: 45 to 50 Vocal range top: Gb4-C3

Roz Keith
The attentive office gossip queen and snitch. She has an unrequited love for Mr. Hart and will do anything she can to win his approval. Age: 35 to 45 Vocal range top: C5-G3

Joe
A handsome, young office accountant. Genuine and nice, and smitten with Violet. Age: 25 to 35 Vocal range top: G4-B2

Dwayne
Doralee’s attractive husband. He is very supportive of her professional pursuits. Age: 25 to 30 Vocal range top: G4-E2

Josh Newstead
Violet’s awkward teenage son. Age: 15 to 18 Missy Franklin Hart’s wife, clueless to her husband’s true nature. Age: 20 to 35

Maria
A young and vibrant secretary in Hart’s office. Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: D5-F4

Dick
Judy’s soon-to-be ex-husband. An average guy, he is sporting a little less hair and a little more paunch than he did ten years ago. Age: 35 to 45

Kathy
A secretary in Hart’s office with a tendency to gossip. Age: 30 to 40 Vocal range top: D5-G4

Margaret
A secretary in Hart’s office with a tendency to drink. Age: 30 to 40 Tinsworthy Franklin Hart’s boss and Chairman of the Board. A good man, who may be wiser to Hart’s ways than he lets on. Age: 50 to 65

ENSEMBLE
Office employees, police officers, hospital employees, etc. The ensemble plays a wide variety of roles. We are seeking a full range of male and female voices including excellent low-reaching Altos, experienced Mezzo and Sopranos, Basses, Baritones and Tenors.

Here is the official musical soundtrack to help get you in the groove for the audition!

9 to 5: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council presents it’s 3rd production of the 2021 season with the Tennessee Williams classic drama, The Glass Menagerie. Four performances will take place at the Historic Owen Theatre on Thursday, June 3rd (7pm), Sunday, June 6th (2pm & 7pm), and Monday, June 7th (7pm).

No Rating – All Audiences

Advance socially distanced seats are available now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.

The play, under the direction of Justin Ables, stars Josh Bouldon (Tom Wingfield), Nicole Horton (Amanda Wingfield), Charis Bouldon (Laura Wingfield), and Joey Faggion (Jim O’Connor).

Justin Ables – Play Director

The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams’ first successful play. After an initial Chicago premier in 1944, the production moved to Broadway and won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award in 1945, catapulting Williams from obscurity to fame. He went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights.

The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller.

Amanda Wingfield is a faded remnant of Southern gentility who now lives in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura, who has a physical handicap and debilitating shyness. The father has left home; Tom supports his mother and sister with a shoe-factory job he finds unbearable. When Amanda convinces Tom to bring home from his workplace a “gentleman caller” for Laura, the illusions that Tom, Amanda, and Laura have each created in order to make life bearable collapse about them.

 

HISTORIC OWEN THEATRE TICKETS

PERFORMANCE DATES

  • Thursday, June 3th: 7:00pm
  • Sunday, June 6th: 2:00pm
  • Sunday, June 6th: 7:00pm
  • Monday, June 7th: 7:00pm

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

The Branson Regional Arts Council is holding open auditions for it’s big summer musical Mamma Mia! directed by Jacob Deck.

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for Branson audiences. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

AUDITION DATES

Thursday, May 13th: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Saturday, May 15th: 10:00am-12:00pm & 6:30pm-9:00pm

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

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Casting strong singers, actors, and dancers ages 15 and up!

  • An up to date headshot and resume.
  • A cut of a song no longer than a minute. Preferably in the style of the show. Auditioners are welcome to sing from the show.
  • Clothes and shoes you can move and dance in. Tennis shoes, jazz shoes, character shoes, etc.
  • Auditioners may be asked to cold read upon request.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Callback date, if needed, will be determined.
  • Rehearsal schedule will be determined after casting.
  • First rehearsal and cast meeting June 17th at 6:00pm.
  • Performance dates are Aug 5-8 & 12-15, 2021 (8 performances)

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

DONNA SHERIDAN
Attractive and free-spirited. A former lead singer in a group called “Donna and the Dynamos” who now owns and runs a hotel/casino on a Greek island. A strong feminist who also has a zany and vulnerable side.
Gender: Female; Age: late 30s-early 40s
Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, Alto, Belter

SOPHIE SHERIDAN
A very special young woman who is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother. Has a wild, zany spirit even though she pursues a conventional marriage.
Gender: Female; Age: 18-25
Vocal Range: Pop Soprano; Mezzo Soprano

SKY
Sophie’s fiancé’. Athletic, attractive – has given up his life as a successful young businessman in order to make over Donna’s tavern and marry Sophie.
Gender: Male; Age: late 20’s
Vocal Range: Tenor, Baritone

TANYA CRESHAM-LEIGH
Rich, sophisticated, acerbic, funny, and witty. One of Donna’s best friends and former member of Donna and the Dynamos. She is recently divorced from her third husband and preparing for her fourth plastic surgery.
Gender: Female; Age: late 30s-early 40s
Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, Alto, Strong Belter

ROSIE MULLIGAN
Also a former singer in the “Dynamos” who now writes for and runs a feminist press. She’s confident, strong, and funny on the outside but shy underneath. Kooky and fun, good comic actress, bit of a clown.
Gender: Female; Age: late 30s-early 40s
Vocal Range: Alto

SAM CARMICHAEL
May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect.
Gender: Male; Age: 35-45
Vocal Range: Baritone

HARRY BRIGHT
May be Sophie’s father. British financier, wealthy, buttoned-up, and conservative but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Formerly known as a Head Banger, he is now a banker. Plays the guitar. Must do a very convincing English accent.
Gender: Male; Age: 35-45
Vocal Range: High Baritone, Tenor

BILL AUSTIN
May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with no possessions or strings. Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, preferably a big or imposing man.
Gender: Male; Age: 35-45
Vocal Range: Baritone

LISA
Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and kooky. Should be African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native American or any non-Caucasian young woman. Must be able to dance well.
Gender: Female; Age: 18-25
Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano

ALI
Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie.
Gender: Female; Age: 18-25
Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano

PEPPER
Sky’s friend. Helps run the hotel. Charming, loves women, always flirting. Must be a good dancer. Acrobatic skills a plus.
Gender: Male; Age: 20s
Vocal Range: Tenor, Baritone

EDDIE
Another friend of Sky and hotel worker. Laid-back, easygoing. Must be a good dancer.
Gender: Male; Age: 20s
Vocal Range: Tenor, Baritone

FATHER ALEXANDRIOS
Gender: Male; Age: 50ish
Vocal Range: Tenor, Baritone, Bass

ENSEMBLE
Actors must be exceptionally strong actors/singers who move extraordinarily well and are confident and adept at creating fully realized, strong, textured characters. The ensemble plays a wide variety of roles. We are seeking full range of male and female voices including excellent low-reaching Altos, experienced Mezzo and Sopranos, Basses, Baritones and Tenors.

 

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Laughter returns to the Historic Owen Theatre next week with the Branson Regional Arts Council production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

Abby Reeve (as Jess), Amber Gathright (as Adam) and Somer Dean (as Daniel) star in this hilarious comedy play that presents all 37 plays in only 97 minutes! Under the direction of Sean Neil Myers, the three madcap players weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave the audience breathless and helpless with laughter.

There will be six performances on Thursday, April 29 (7pm), Friday, April 30 (7pm), Saturday, May 1 (2pm & 7pm) and Sunday, May 2 (2pm & 7pm).

Socially distanced reserved seats are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix, and live-stream tickets will also be available at BransonArts.org/stream for those who wish to watch the performances from home. Please contact the box office at 417-336-4255 with any questions or ticketing needs.

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This show is best suited for most audiences ages 13 and up as there are some instances of bawdy and/or suggestive language or action.

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material from the numerous amateur and professional productions that have been performed throughout the world. The cultural touchstone that is The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London’s longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre.

Fast paced, witty, and physical, this BRAC production is full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.