By popular demand, the Branson Regional Arts Council is adding a SECOND Summer Youth Theatre Institute and is now accepting student registrations for it’s June 24 – July 14 classes and production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr

When we announced our regular Summer Institute registration, we had no idea that we would completely fill our young cast show in LESS THAN A DAY! In order to give more youth in our area the opportunity to experience this exciting summer theatre camp, we are announcing this SECOND SUMMER INSTITUTE with an equally exciting production!

Register your child (ages 6-13) to experience the Branson Regional Arts Council’s exciting summer theatre camp at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson. The theme is Fun Education Continues and we are an entirely separate Summer Institute production limited to 35 students.

No auditions or previous experience required to participate!

Tuition is $225 per student for all 3 Weeks of Fun!

Tuition includes all classes, performances, personal script and logo t-shirt. 

 

NOTE: Students Should Be Age 6-13 on June 24, 2024


Students (age 6-13) will attend classes on Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 12:00pm from June 24th thru July 11th, culminating with (4) public performances of Peter Pan JR on Friday, July 12 (7pm), Saturday, July 13 (2pm & 7pm), and Sunday, July 14 (2pm).

Register for Summer Institute 2


Note: There will be an important parent/student meeting for everyone on (date to be determined) at the theatre!

CALL FOR MORE INFO: 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org

The students will learn acting, dancing, singing, and stage movement culminating in a magnificent stage production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. with public performances July 12-14, 2024. Reserved seat tickets for Peter Pan JR are on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix. (These tickets were not included in Season Passes, please purchase separately!)

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 BRAC Summer Institute Team includes:

  • Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director)
  • Kimberly Hale (BRAC Director of Education)
  • Kristine Brown (BRAC President, Producer)
  • Karie Dykeman (BRAC Executive Assistant, Producer)
  • Josh Williams (Director)
  • Sarah Williams (C0-Director)
  • Nicole Horton (Music Director)
  • Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design, Education Assistant)
  • Myles Stevens (Audio Technician)

2024 Summer Institute 2 – Class and Performance Schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday June 24 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday June 25 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday June 26 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday June 27 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday June 28 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Monday July 1 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday July 2 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday July 3 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday July 4 – NO CLASS
  • Friday June 5 – NO CLASS
  • Monday July 8 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday July 9 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday July 10 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday July 11 – 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday July 12 – Call Time 5:00 pm, Performance at 7:00pm
  • Saturday July 13 – Call Time 12:00pm, Performance at 2:00pm
  • Saturday July 13 – Call Time 5:00pm, Performance at 7:00pm
  • Sunday July 14 – Call Time 12:00pm, Performance at 2:00pm

The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Staccato Performance Troupe presents Legally Blonde The Musical JR for five exciting performances from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, 2024.

The production is Rated G | General audiences.

Showtimes are 7pm (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and 2pm (Saturday, Sunday).

Tickets for this production are $20 (Adults 18+) and $12 (Youth 4-17), with lap children admitted free of charge. Advance reserved tickets are recommended and on sale now at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box-office of the Historic Owen Theatre at 417-336-4255.

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde The Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show’s instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit and sass — leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!

Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

Director Jacob Estes leads the production in addition to being choreographer, adding one more credit to his long list of acting and directing achievements on behalf of the Branson Regional Arts Council. Jacob has also performed at Kings Castle Theatre, Silver Dollar City, The Welk Resort, Sight and Sound Theatre, and on tour nationally with Forever Young.

The Staccato Performance Troupe cast members include: Abby Wheeler (Elle Woods), Sam Baker (Emmett Forrest), Miliani Kloster (Brooke Wyndam / Delta Nu Dancer), Ember Straka (Paulette / Delta Nu Dancer), Dimitri Tsahiridis (Professor Callahan), Sophie Douglas (Vivienne Kensington / Store Manager), Cameron Donnell (Warner Huntington III), Promise Brunson (Courtney / Whitney / Chutney / Delta Ne Dancer / Law Student), Hallie Groff (Enid / Delta Nu Dancer / Law Student), Alivia Prince (Kate / Delta Nu Dancer / Law Student), Josslynn Silvy (Margot / Delta Nu Dancer / Law Student), Jack Brown (Pilar / Delta Nu Dancer / Aaron / Law Student), Kylee Chandler (Serena / Delta Nu Dancer / Law Student), Brenna Prince (Gaelen / Delta Nu Dancer / Law Student), Julien Willis (Kyle / Dewey / Law Student), Jason Prince (Winthrop / Sundeep / Grandmaster Chad / Law Student), Caleb Spurling (Lowell / Prison Guard / Law Student) and Evan Carr (Pforzhelmer / Pilot / Law Student).

Staccato Performance Troupe is an advanced show choir for area youth between the ages of 13-18 that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography, on-stage acting, and stage performance. Through the training season, members work towards a common goal while studying advanced music theory, vocal and physical warm ups, musical theatre vocal techniques (belting, mixing, telling a story), stage etiquette, hip hop, jazz and musical theatre dance. Open auditions for new Staccato members are held each Fall, and under the direction of Jacob Estes, the students focus on elevating their “triple threat” skills and applying their formal training into a lively musical theatre presentation such as this production of Legally Blonde The Musical JR.

The production team also includes Karie Dykeman, Kristine Brown (Producers), Kim Hale, Joshua Boulden (Assistant Producers), Dimitri Tsahiridis (Stage Manager),   Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Cysten Rainey (Audio Technician), Kaleigh Degarmo (Audio Assistant), Bee Rice, Juanita Wilson (Spotlight),  Kyle Blanchard (Theatre & Special Events Manager), Josh Silvy (Theatre Inventory), and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director, Marketing and Design).

Calling All Kids Ages 7-12!!! Come be a part of Crescendo /krəˈSHenˌdō/!

The Branson Regional Arts Council is gearing up for our Spring Semester and have a few openings in our exciting educational youth performance troupe for kids who love to sing, dance and act!

Members of Crescendo meet on a regular basis after school at the Historic Owen Theatre.

If you have a student that would be interested, please contact Karie at 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org for more information!

Crescendo: “Meaning growing, as in swelling of sound, or becoming louder.”

Students will have fun developing their performance skills in the areas of voice and dance, while gaining new friendships, skills and increasing their confidence.

The students will learn and perform under the direction of their talented and qualified instructors Jacob Deck and Julie Brinkman.

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council proudly presents it’s Winter Youth Theatre Production of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR, a musical adaptation of Disney-Pixar’s popular animated film Finding Nemo. This junior version of the musical is specifically designed for younger performers and audiences of all ages.

Rated G for Great Family Fun!

Performances at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson run November 30th through December 10, 2023. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, Saturday (7pm) and Saturday, Sunday (2pm). Advance ticket reservations are highly recommended and can be purchased online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Box Office at 417-336-4255. Tickets are $20 (Adults 18+) and $12 (Youth 4-17). Lap children under 4 are free.

Co-Directed by Kyle and Kellsey Bradley, the story closely follows the plot of the original movie, taking the audience on an underwater adventure with Marlin, a clownfish, and his forgetful friend Dory as they search for Marlin’s son, Nemo, who has been captured by a diver and placed in a fish tank. The musical includes many other beloved characters from the film, including Crush the Sea Turtle and Bruce the Shark, and features memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow.”

Finding Nemo JR. offers an opportunity for young area actors and actresses to showcase their talents while delivering important themes of family, friendship, and perseverance in a highly entertaining way!

Cast members of Finding Nemo JR include: Josslynn Silvy / Zoey Viola (Nemo), Ben Stevens (Marlin), Emma Spurling (Dory), Lundyn Mitchell (Professor Ray), Katie Linn (Scuba Mask Dancer), Josh Reed (Bruce), Jack Brown (Chum), Brooklyn Giannotti (Anchor), Indy Griffith (Bubbles), Hallie Groff (Bloat), Alivia Prince (Gurgle), Jillian Reed (Peach), Caleb Spurling (Gill), Ryan Merrifield (Nigel), Jael Frost (Crush), Alton Prince (Squirt), Scarlett McManus (Kai), Brenna Prince (Breeze), Paisley Buttram (Pearl), Emma Chandler (Sheldon), Greyson Stevens (Tad), Maggie Marks (Angelfish), Grady Stevens (Damselfish), Promise Brunson (Pearl’s Parent), Emma Callaway (Sheldon’s Parent), Evan Carr (Tad’s Parent), Rylin Chick, Giovanni Verastegui, Gracie Floer (Moonfish), Kate Sutherland, Luke Johnson, Kynadee Carter, Reagan Hoagland, Royal Steelman, Gwendolyn Tsahiridis, Scout McManus, Caleb Linn, Katy Patton, Anabella Meyer, ToriAnne Lyons, Lexi Carr, Ezra Williams, Xia McElwee and Layla Gabriel (Young Sea Chorus).

Supporting the BRAC Youth Theatre Education Programs and this production of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR is important for several reasons.

Nurturing Creativity: BRAC’s Youth theatre programs provide a platform for young residents to explore their creativity, develop their artistic talents, and express themselves through acting, singing, and dancing. It encourages a love for the arts and helps participants discover their potential.

Building Confidence: Involvement in theatre, especially for youth, can boost self-confidence. It teaches public speaking, teamwork, and the ability to perform in front of an audience, which are valuable life skills.

Fostering Inclusivity: Theatre promotes diversity and inclusivity, allowing participants of various backgrounds and abilities to come together and collaborate. It’s an opportunity to celebrate differences and work towards a common goal.

Community Engagement: BRAC’s youth theatre productions involve the local community, from parents and volunteers to audiences. This strengthens our community bonds and supports a sense of togetherness.

Educational Value: Theatre can be an educational tool, teaching history, culture, and various subjects through storytelling. Finding Nemo JR can teach environmental awareness and the importance of protecting marine life.

Entertainment: Youth theatre productions like Finding Nemo JR offer enjoyable and family-friendly entertainment. They give families the chance to share in the joy of a live performance in the intimate setting of the Historic Owen Theatre.

Future Talent Development: Many successful actors, directors, and artists started their careers in youth theatre. Supporting these endeavors contributes to the development of future talent in the entertainment industry.

Supporting youth theatre and Branson Regional Arts Council productions like Finding Nemo JR has a positive impact on the personal growth of young individuals, our community, and the arts as a whole. It’s a valuable investment in creativity, education, and cultural enrichment.

Swim on over to the Historic Owen Theatre and reserve your seats now, for this fun musical holiday production!

The Branson Regional Arts Council proudly presents it’s Winter Youth Theatre Production of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR, a musical adaptation of Disney-Pixar’s popular animated film Finding Nemo. This junior version of the musical is specifically designed for younger performers and audiences of all ages.

Rated G for Great Family Fun!

Performances at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson run November 30th through December 10, 2023. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, Saturday (7pm) and Saturday, Sunday (2pm). Advance ticket reservations are highly recommended and can be purchased online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Box Office at 417-336-4255. Tickets are $20 (Adults 18+) and $12 (Youth 4-17). Lap children under 4 are free.

Co-Directed by Kyle and Kellsey Bradley, the story closely follows the plot of the original movie, taking the audience on an underwater adventure with Marlin, a clownfish, and his forgetful friend Dory as they search for Marlin’s son, Nemo, who has been captured by a diver and placed in a fish tank. The musical includes many other beloved characters from the film, including Crush the Sea Turtle and Bruce the Shark, and features memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow.”

Finding Nemo JR. offers an opportunity for young area actors and actresses to showcase their talents while delivering important themes of family, friendship, and perseverance in a highly entertaining way!

Cast members of Finding Nemo JR include: Josslynn Silvy / Zoey Viola (Nemo), Ben Stevens (Marlin), Emma Spurling (Dory), Lundyn Mitchell (Professor Ray), Katie Linn (Scuba Mask Dancer), Josh Reed (Bruce), Jack Brown (Chum), Brooklyn Giannotti (Anchor), Indy Griffith (Bubbles), Hallie Groff (Bloat), Alivia Prince (Gurgle), Jillian Reed (Peach), Caleb Spurling (Gill), Ryan Merrifield (Nigel), Jael Frost (Crush), Alton Prince (Squirt), Scarlett McManus (Kai), Brenna Prince (Breeze), Paisley Buttram (Pearl), Emma Chandler (Sheldon), Greyson Stevens (Tad), Maggie Marks (Angelfish), Grady Stevens (Damselfish), Promise Brunson (Pearl’s Parent), Emma Callaway (Sheldon’s Parent), Evan Carr (Tad’s Parent), Rylin Chick, Giovanni Verastegui, Gracie Floer (Moonfish), Kate Sutherland, Luke Johnson, Kynadee Carter, Reagan Hoagland, Royal Steelman, Gwendolyn Tsahiridis, Scout McManus, Caleb Linn, Katy Patton, Anabella Meyer, ToriAnne Lyons, Lexi Carr, Ezra Williams, Xia McElwee and Layla Gabriel (Young Sea Chorus).

Supporting the BRAC Youth Theatre Education Programs and this production of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR is important for several reasons.

Nurturing Creativity: BRAC’s Youth theatre programs provide a platform for young residents to explore their creativity, develop their artistic talents, and express themselves through acting, singing, and dancing. It encourages a love for the arts and helps participants discover their potential.

Building Confidence: Involvement in theatre, especially for youth, can boost self-confidence. It teaches public speaking, teamwork, and the ability to perform in front of an audience, which are valuable life skills.

Fostering Inclusivity: Theatre promotes diversity and inclusivity, allowing participants of various backgrounds and abilities to come together and collaborate. It’s an opportunity to celebrate differences and work towards a common goal.

Community Engagement: BRAC’s youth theatre productions involve the local community, from parents and volunteers to audiences. This strengthens our community bonds and supports a sense of togetherness.

Educational Value: Theatre can be an educational tool, teaching history, culture, and various subjects through storytelling. Finding Nemo JR can teach environmental awareness and the importance of protecting marine life.

Entertainment: Youth theatre productions like Finding Nemo JR offer enjoyable and family-friendly entertainment. They give families the chance to share in the joy of a live performance in the intimate setting of the Historic Owen Theatre.

Future Talent Development: Many successful actors, directors, and artists started their careers in youth theatre. Supporting these endeavors contributes to the development of future talent in the entertainment industry.

Supporting youth theatre and Branson Regional Arts Council productions like Finding Nemo JR has a positive impact on the personal growth of young individuals, our community, and the arts as a whole. It’s a valuable investment in creativity, education, and cultural enrichment.

Swim on over to the Historic Owen Theatre and reserve your seats now, for this fun musical holiday production!

The public is invited to enjoy a free Holiday Community Concert at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Crescendo Youth Troupe presents their 2023 Winter Showcase on Friday, November 17th (7pm) and Saturday, November 18th (2pm).

Crescendo: “Meaning growing, as in swelling of sound, or becoming louder.”

Since early February, the Crescendo students have been developing their performance skills under the direction of their talented and qualified instructors Jacob Deck and Julie Brinkman. The Winter Showcase Concert will feature musical presentations by these talented young performers and includes several popular songs from both stage and screen.

Performing on stage was a key aspect of both of our childhoods, continuing throughout high school and college into the present day. So much is learned on and off stage in the theater and neither of us would be who we are without the teachers and directors that invested into us as little performers. This love for performing has also created a love for teaching and instilling a love for the arts in the performers who come after us. We have so enjoyed getting to work with this amazing group of performers – their joy for life and love for others is contagious!
– Julie Brinkman & Jacob Deck – BRAC’s Crescendo Instructors

The 2023 cast of Crescendo include: Marshall Benton, Lee Brown, Lexi Carr, Emma Chandler, Rilyn Chick, Mia Hatten, Xia McElweeKaty PattonAlton PrinceSeth RolandDanielle Stanley and Kaj Swanson.

Come enjoy these talented young performers as they sing and dance their way into your hearts! No reservations required, doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

At various times throughout it’s 58 year history, the Branson Regional Arts Council selects an individual to receive the prestigious “Art Citizen of the Year” award. The recipients are selected by the BRAC Board of Directors due to the significant contributions they have made to the field of arts and culture in our area.

CLICK Photo for High Resolution Version of Kim Hale & Jim Barber by Marshall Meadows

This year, BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber was thrilled to present the award to Kim Hale at the first annual Arts Gala at the Branson Convention Center on October 13, 2023. Kim has been involved heavily in the Arts Council for over ten years, including several years as the Board President. Kim has been working as a physical therapist at Mercy Branson Therapy Services for over 20 years and currently is the Therapy Manager for Mercy Branson Therapy Services. She is an orthopedic physical therapist with specialty in Dance and Performing Arts Medicine providing rehabilitation to dancers and performing artists working professionally in Branson. She has a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology. She also served on the board of Tri-Lakes Community Theatre (TLC ) as Vice-President before it was incorporated into the Branson Regional Arts Council.

Kim has co-produced over 35 musicals and plays over the past 10 years and has enjoyed the collaboration of BRAC with the community. She organized and collaborated with local school administrators for the induction Thespian Society chapters and serves as an outreach resource for local schools and the Arts community. She is passionate about continuing to bring awareness to the importance of arts education to the youth in the Tri-Lakes area.

“The Arts foster creativity and creative thinking and intellectual curiosity and BRAC offers a place in the community where the youth and adults can grow as an Arts community.”Kim Hale

Though Kim recently stepped away from the Board of Directors after completing her 5th 2-year term, she remains as active as ever in her volunteer role of Education Director for BRAC’s Youth Theatre Arts program.  Arts and Culture are essential components of human society, contributing to our intellectual, emotional, and social well being, while also playing a vital role in the preservation of our collective heritage advancement of society.

“We recognize Kim for her excellence in youth arts education, and celebrate her with this award as a way to acknowledge her value and impact on the lives of so many young people in our area communities.” Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

The Art Citizen of the Year award has been presented to several deserving individuals, though not necessarily every year. The following is a running list to date of past recipients:

  • 1997 – Bill Godsey
  • 1998 – John & Shirley Mizell
  • 2000 – Viola Hartman
  • 2001 – Jack & Sherry Herschend, Pete & JoDee Herschend
  • 2002 – Steve Wehr
  • 2003 – Andy & Debbie Williams
  • 2006 – Americanna Magness
  • 2007 – Marilyn Droke & Deb Corbin
  • 2009 – Kristin Weingertner & Mary Elizabeth Bradley
  • 2010 – Greg Hoffman
  • 2011 – Bob & Ruth Abbott
  • 2012 – Shanda Watts-Stringer, Bucky & AJ Heard
  • 2013 – Robert & Barbara Cohn
  • 2016 – Marc Mulherin & the Branson Convention Center
  • 2017 – Bonnie Herrmann (past Arts Council Executive Director)
  • 2023 – Kim Hale

A very special thank you to all of the past winners of this award, as well as to all of our generous donors, patrons, actors, directors, technical crew, students and hard working volunteers for helping us bring the arts to life in the Branson region! 

Auditions for the Branson Regional Arts Council’s production of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. will be held Sunday, September 10, 2023 at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson beginning at 4:45pm.

We are looking for cast members ages 8 to 18!

Please plan to be in attendance for the duration of the dance call audition 4:45-5:45pm. For the dance audition please come dressed accordingly. You may bring clothes to change into for your vocal audition. Wear/bring appropriate clothing and footwear you are comfortable moving in.

Vocal auditions will take place following the dance call. Auditionees will be seen in age order (beginning with younger performers). Performers will be released after they have sung. Prepare a 60 second cut of a musical theatre or Disney song that shows off your range and acting skills. An accompanist will NOT be provided. Please bring an MP3 or Youtube karaoke track. Please NO ACAPELLA auditions.

You must attend the dance call AND stay for an individual vocal audition.

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.

Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo JR. brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure.

  • Directors: Kyle & Kellsey Bradley
  • Musical Director: Julie Brinkman

Callbacks will be Tuesday, September 12th – 6:00-8:30pm (You will be notified if you are needed at the callback audition)

The cast list will be posted Wednesday, September 13th on Branson Regional Arts Council social media and you will be contacted via email.

There will be a mandatory parent meeting Thursday September 14th, 5:15-5:45pm.

(10) public performances will occur on Nov 30th, Dec 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 & 10.
Thursdays and Fridays (7pm), Saturdays (2pm & 7pm), and Sundays (2pm).
Performers must be available for ALL performance dates.

For questions please contact Karie at 417-336-4255 or edu@bransonarts.org.

Please review the proposed rehearsal schedule and make known conflicts with any and all rehearsals and tech/set days on your audition form.

Online Rehearsal Schedule: Click Here For The Current Finding Nemo JR Rehearsal Schedule

The following are mandatory dates that you can NOT have a conflict with:

  • 11/20 – Tech/Dress Rehearsal
  • 11/21 – Tech/Dress Rehearsal
  • 11/26 – Dress Rehearsal
  • 11/27 – Dress Rehearsal
  • 11/28 – Dress Rehearsal
  • 11/29 – Final Dress Rehearsal
  • 11/30 – Performance
  • 12/1 – Performance
  • 12/2 – Performance
  • 12/3 – Performance
  • 12/7 – Performance
  • 12/8 – Performance
  • 12/9 – Performance
  • 12/10 – Performance

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council is holding auditions for new students to participate in the 2023-2024 Staccato Performance Troupe on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 9am. Auditions will be held at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson. No pre-registration required, just show up prepared to audition!

We are looking for students between the ages of 13-18 who have a passion for performing and building their skills.


BRAC’s Staccato Audition Info:

  • Saturday, August 19, 2023, 9 am – 12 pm (be prepared to stay the entire time)
  • Historic Owen Theatre (205 S Commercial St, Branson, MO 65616)
  • Class Schedule: Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm (rehearsal times may be adjusted to work best with the troupe)
  • 1st Semester Dates: Saturdays, Sept 26 – November 11, 2023. 2nd Semester Dates: Saturdays, Jan 6 – March 30, 2024

Tuition & Fees (if selected):

$25.00 Registration Fee (Covers both Semesters)

[fac_icon icon=”star”] BIG NEWS: BRAC will provide a $425.00 tuition scholarship TO ALL STUDENTS this year! We want every interested student to be able to participate!

Costume and/or Dance Shoes are Required at cost to student. 

Our Staccato Performance Troupe is an ADVANCED MUSICAL GROUP that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography, ending with a MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION!

Under the direction of Jacob Estes, students will focus on elevating their “triple threat” skills while studying:

  • ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY
  • VOCAL & PHYSICAL WARM UPS
  • MUSICAL THEATRE VOCAL TECHNIQUES (belting, mixing, telling a story)
  • STAGE ETIQUETTE
  • HIP HOP – JAZZ – MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE

Staccato Audition Information:

Please have two contrasting songs, one minute in length, each in the style of a musical theatre / pop song. (You will  most likely only be asked to sing one, but have two just in case we need to hear more).

  • Submission songs must be no longer than 60 seconds.
  • Please, NO a cappella singing
  • Bring an MP3 instrument track (on Bluetooth phone or ipad type device, we provide speaker)
  • Please be prepared to dance (arrive in dance-wear for the entirety of the audition)

  We prefer you audition in person, but if you absolutely cannot make it, video submissions or other questions can be sent to edu@bransonarts.org no later than August 19, 2023.  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.

Calling All Kids Ages 7-12!!! Come audition to be a part of Crescendo /krəˈSHenˌdō/!

The Branson Regional Arts Council is gearing up for the return of an exciting educational youth performance troupe featuring children who love to sing, dance and act!

BRAC’s Crescendo Audition Info:

  • AUDITION: Monday, August 14, 2023 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Historic Owen Theatre (205 S Commercial St, Branson, MO 65616)
  • Class Schedule: Mondays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Class Dates: August 21 – November 13, 2023

     

    Members of Crescendo will meet on a regular basis (see class schedule below) and will be presenting two public showcase performances at the Historic Owen Theatre, November 17-18, 2023.

    Crescendo: “Meaning growing, as in swelling of sound, or becoming louder.”

    Students will have fun developing their performance skills in the areas of voice and dance, while gaining new friendships, skills and increasing their confidence.

    The students will learn and perform under the direction of their talented and qualified instructors Jacob Deck and Julie Brinkman.

    Additional Audition Notes:

    Those auditioning will be asked to sing a cut from a song of their choice, no longer than a minute. Karaoke or mp3 track preferred, but a cappella is also welcome.
    There will also be a short movement call at the end of the singing portion of the audition. Everyone is encouraged to wear clothes that they can move in. Jazz shoes or tennis shoes preferred.

    Crescendo Class Schedule (Mondays 4:30 – 6:00pm)

    • Aug 21, 28
    • Sept 11, 18, 25 (no class on Labor Day)
    • Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    • Nov 6, 13
    • Public Showcase Performances – Nov 17, 2023 (7pm), Nov 18, 2023 (2pm)

    Tuition & Fees (if selected):

    • $150 Registration Fee* (covers entire semester class schedule).  *Scholarships available to qualified candidates

    [fac_icon icon=”star”] We prefer you audition in person, but if you absolutely cannot make it, video submissions or other questions can be sent to edu@bransonarts.org no later than January 25, 2023.  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.

    Rated G | Family Favorites
    The 2023 BRAC Summer Youth Theatre Institute offers TWO DIFFERENT SHOWS during the SAME WEEKEND that will be summer favorites for kids and adults alike. Under the direction and supervision of the educational staff of the Branson Regional Arts Council, Sixty-three talented young actors from across the Ozarks have been rehearsing for three-weeks to bring these exciting musicals to the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre.

    [fac_icon icon=”star”]  Ticket Proceeds benefit the Youth Arts Education Programing developed by the Branson Regional Arts Council.

    High School Musical JR | June 22 – 25, 2023 on Thur (7pm), Sat (7pm), Sun (2pm)

    Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR | June 22 – 25, 2023 on Fri (7pm), Sat (2pm), Sun (7pm)

    [fac_icon icon=”star”]  Tickets are available online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre box office at 417-336-4255.

    Disney’s High School Musical JR features a cast between the ages of 13-18.

    Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life at the Historic Owen Theatre in Disney’s High School Musical JR. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

    The production team for High School Musical JR includes: Kyle Bradley (Director), Kellsey Bradley (Assistant Director), Danielle Hardin (Music Director), Emily Hanner (Choreographer), Dimitri Tsahiridis (Stage Manager) and Lacey Kellett (Education Assistant).

    High School Musical JR cast includes: Erika Robles-Pesqueira (Gabrielle Montez), Ben Stevens (Troy Bolton), Georgia Griffith (Sharpay Evans), Jason Prince (Ryan Evans), Bekah Williams (Kelsi Nielson), Morgan Carlson (Chad Danforth), Caleb Spurling (Zeke Baylor), Macy Everett (Taylor McKessie), Renee Elkady (Martha Cox), Bee Rice (Ms Darbus), Josh Reed (Coach Bolton), Mercy Griffith (Cathy/Thespian), Juanita Wilson (Cyndra/Thespian), Jack Brown (James/Thespian), Millie Stauffer (Susan/Thespian), Emma Spurling (Jack Scott), Brooklyn Giannotti (Kratnoff/Brainiac), Kelsi Stokes (Moderator/Brainiac), Willow Rice (Ms Tenny), Kylee Chandler (Cheerleader Captain), Alivia Prince (Cheerleader), Lyndyn Mitchell (Cheerleader), Ashlei Rivera (Cheerleader), Brennan Bilberry (Cheerleader), Hallie Groff (Cheerleader), Harper Farley (Jock), Ember Straka (Jock), Mattie Cox (Brainiac), Alex Rivera (Brainiac), Sophia Terhardt (Brainiac) and Emma Callaway (Thespian).


    School House Rock JR features our cast between the ages of 6-12.

    Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR is based on the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon! This energetic musical follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

    The production team for Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR includes: Jacob Deck (Director), Lara Menard (Assistant Director), Ellie Faggion (Music Director), Dimitri Tsahiridis (Stage Manager), Pamela Meadows (Education Assistant), Somer Dean (Education Assistant), Bee Rice (Student Helper) and Emily Rivere (Student Helper).

    Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR cast: Evan Wolfe (Tom Mizer), Indy Griffith (George), Zoey Viola (Dina), Hope Menard (Schulie), Josslynn Silvy (Dori), Lee Brown (Joe), Scarlett McManus (Janet), Evan Carr (Bill), Royal Steelman (Elvis), Adelaide Allen (Ensemble), Eliza Allen (Ensemble), Sterling Brockhouse (Ensemble), Lexi Carr (Ensemble), Kynadee Carter (Ensemble), Emma Chandler (Ensemble), Zack Cole (Ensemble), Layla Gabriel (Ensemble), Mia Hatten (Ensemble), Luke Johnson (Ensemble), Xia McElwee (Ensemble), Scout McManus (Ensemble), Sully McManus (Ensemble), Anabella Meyer (Ensemble), Louise Morlang (Ensemble), Katy Patton (Ensemble), Alton Prince (Ensemble), Brenna Prince (Ensemble), Austen Rivera (Ensemble), Emery Shafer (Ensemble), Benni Lynn Stein (Ensemble), Berkley Tatum (Ensemble) and Gwen Tsahiridis (Ensemble).

    The public is invited to enjoy a free community event this week at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson. The Branson Regional Arts Council’s Crescendo Youth Troupe presents their Spring Concert this Friday, April 28th (7pm) and Saturday, April 29th (2pm).

    Crescendo: “Meaning growing, as in swelling of sound, or becoming louder.”

    Since early February, the Crescendo students have been developing their performance skills under the direction of their talented and qualified instructors Jacob Deck and Julie Brinkman. The Spring Concert will feature musical presentations by these talented young performers and includes several popular songs from both stage and screen.

    Performing on stage was a key aspect of both of our childhoods, continuing throughout high school and college into the present day. So much is learned on and off stage in the theater and neither of us would be who we are without the teachers and directors that invested into us as little performers. This love for performing has also created a love for teaching and instilling a love for the arts in the performers who come after us. We have so enjoyed getting to work with this amazing group of performers – their joy for life and love for others is contagious!
    – Julie Brinkman & Jacob Deck – BRAC’s Crescendo Instructors

    The 2023 cast of Crescendo include: Lee Brown, Promise Brunson, Paisley Cizek, Sydney Henson, Sydney Johnson, Tori Parks, Katy Patton, Brenna Prince, Seth Roland, Kate Sutherland, Royal Steelman, Benni Stein and Emmie Wilks.

    Come enjoy these talented young performers as they sing and dance their way into your hearts! No reservations required, doors open 30 minutes before showtime.