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…

The Branson Regional Arts Council is extremely proud of the hard work by the dedicated students and faculty of the BRAC Conservatory of the Performing Arts which has provided youth education opportunities in music, theatre, vocal studies, acting, and the visual arts since 2018 at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

2020 was an especially difficult year due to the pandemic, and our 2020-2021 Staccato Show Choir students had to audition and perform in extremely challenging conditions that included online video sessions from home, outdoor practices, and socially distanced rehearsal sessions while wearing face masks much of the time.

We decided to present our 2021 Spring Concert as a virtual performance by recording group and solo segments (without an audience) on the stage of the Historic Owen Theatre, then presenting it online as a digital video for all to enjoy at their leisure.

Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. Under the direction of Jacob Estes, the choir focuses on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances. Students study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage etiquette, presence and showmanship, as well as multi-part choral music with vocal director Delyla Uebel.

“What a year it has been! I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of my students for going on this journey with me. After all the challenges of the pandemic, I’m so grateful we were able to still keep the arts alive!” – Jacob Estes, Staccato Director

Branson-Springfield area youth ages 12-18 who are interested in participating in the 2021-2022 cast of Staccato Show Choir are encouraged to contact BRAC at edu@bransonarts.org or 417-336-4255.

And now… please enjoy the many talented students who are Staccato Show Choir!

SPRING SHOWCASE LINE-UP (69 minutes)

  • STACCATO (Baby One More Time)
  • JORDAN KENDRICK with accompanist DELYLA UEBEL (Think Of Me)
  • THOMAS FERGUSON (Corner Of The Sky)
  • ASHLEY RODGERS (All That Jazz – dance)
  • CARTER HENDRICKSON (Never Ever Getting Rid Of Me)
  • STACCATO (Feel It Still)
  • ABBY WHEELER (Hopelessly Devoted To You)
  • CARTER HENDRICKSON (The Moon And Me)
  • LIYA RIVERE & THOMAS FERGUSON (First Date/Last Night)
  • RENEE ELKADY (What Baking Can Do)
  • STACCATO (When The Party’s Over)
  • SEANNA BOUNDS (On My Own)
  • SOPHIE DOUGLAS & ABBY WHEELER (You Don’t Know Me)
  • LIYA REVERE & CARTER HENDRICKSON (More Than Words)
  • MEGAN ROGERS (Imagine – dance)
  • PACE GILLMAN (A Million Dreams)
  • STACCATO (Happy Days Are Here Again)
  • SOPHIE DOUGLAS (Wondering)
  • SEANNA BOUNDS (She Used To Be Mine)
  • LIYA RIVERE (My Man)
  • RENEE ELKADY (Once Upon A Time)
  • JORDAN KENDRICK (In My Dreams)
  • STACCATO w/ Delyla Uebel (Rainbow – live audience)

The Branson Regional Arts Council invites everyone, everywhere to enjoy a free online Cabaret Show featuring a wide variety of top talent.

As our community and nation begin to emerge from the devastating effects of the pandemic, the BRAC is excited to announce a special BRAC Cabaret Show designed to provide a breath of musical fresh air and positive enthusiasm to our area residents. The theme of the show is “A Celebration of Hope & New Beginnings” as conceived by Cabaret Director Jacob Deck

Miss Branson’s Outstanding Teen 2021 Megan Rodgers

The concert will be held live at the Historic Owen Theatre on Sunday, April 11th at 7pm. Families of the performers will be welcome to attend in person, but most of the audience will be watching the live simulcast video stream.

“Donations are welcome, but we are offering folks an opportunity to enjoy this exciting show at no charge, live from the comfort and safety of their own home via live-stream video technology,” said BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber. “Any proceeds we do receive for this event will go directly towards our BRAC Youth Conservatory of the Arts fund providing educational opportunities for area youth in theatre, music, dance, and the visual arts,” he added.

GET STREAMING TICKET NOW

Cast of the Cabaret Show…

The BRAC Cabaret show will be hosted by Megan Rodgers, the recently crowned, Miss Branson’s Outstanding Teen 2021! Megan’s platform is to support and create awareness for the community arts, and she will also be performing during the event.

Other performers include: Ellie Faggion (Musical Theatre Vocalist), Molly Tennison (Aerial Hoop Acrobatics), Kristen Walker (Operatic Soprano), Madilyn Irvin (Concert Clarinetist), Cat McWhirter (Musical Theatre Vocalist), Delyla Uebel (Concert Pianist), Ava Belin (Lyrical Solo Dance) and a special performance by Staccato Show Choir under the direction of Jacob Estes.

 

The Branson Regional Arts Council Board of Directors, wish to thank the many generous donors who contributed to the Give Ozarks: Rally For Recovery effort to help Restore The Historic Owen Theatre.

Approximately 150 non-profit organizations participated in the 12 hour online fundraising event sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Bass Pro Shops. Over 9,000 donations totalling $718,728 were received by all organizations combined.

$3,074 Raised For Restore The Historic Owen Theatre

The Branson Regional Arts Council is grateful to the many donors who contributed $3,374 to the Historic Owen Capital Campaign, which will eventually allow the Arts Council to pay-off the building and make needed repairs and renovations in order to preserve the legacy of Jim Owen and the Historic Owen Theatre.

Special thanks to the following donors who generously supported this Branson Regional Arts Council fundraising event (names from the Give Ozarks campaign site):

Community Bank of the Ozarks, Sue & Rich Spoley, Mark H Peper, Rick Uebel, Robin Jackson, Karen W Roof, RL Bartley, Josh Silvy, Dorr St.Clair, Jim Robertson, Jeanine (no last name), Gussie Mustain, Nathan and Darla Howe, Judy Rockenback, Jim Barber, Michelle Rodgers, Tammy Matney, David Dykeman, Cheryl R Campbell, Mary Adcock, Patti Berg, Madeline J Allin , Mac Hill, Cece Garceau, Howard Cavner, Marshall Howden, Ruth E Urich, Kimberly Hale , Meredith Mizell, Raeanne Presley, Dana Freeman, Roger & Susan Horsman, James Myers, Rod A Phillips, Bobby McTaggart, Melissa Rivera, August Gideon, Kristine Brown, MJ Szumowski, Ronnie L Mathes, Kelly Pratt, Loran Polson, Jim Harshberger , Jeannie Moeskau, Myron J Page, Jessica Luthardt, Katy Kohler, and Sally Richardson.

The Historic Owen Theatre was constructed in 1936 as Branson’s very first theatre, and is credited as the official place that started the live entertainment tradition that Branson is now famous for.  Lovingly referred to as “Your Community Theatre,” the Historic Owen is home to the Branson Regional Arts Council and their Conservatory of the Arts Education programs for youth as well as professional level community theatre and musicals for the community.

Anyone wishing to contribute additional tax-deductible donations for the Historic Owen Theatre or Branson Regional Arts Council will find more information by visiting the BRAC Donations and Membership page on this website.

As our community and nation begin to emerge from the devastating effects of the pandemic, the Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to announce a special BRAC Cabaret Show designed to provide a breath of musical fresh air and positive enthusiasm to our area residents.

Video audition submissions are now being accepted for performers who would like to appear in this fundraising event to be held live at the Historic Owen Theatre on Sunday, April 11th at 7pm.  The theme of the show is “A Celebration of Hope & New Beginnings” and the production is is under the direction of Jacob Deck.

Jacob Deck – Director

“Singers, musicians and variety acts are all encouraged to submit an audition video. We are looking for performances that would be considered sincere, inspiring or moving in order to relate to the theme of fostering hope and the opportunity for new beginnings. Nothing silly or campy for this event please!”
– Jacob Deck, Director

AUDITION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, March 28th 11:59PM
Performers wishing to audition, have until Sunday evening, March 28th to submit a video of their intended performance.  All performance pieces should be under 5 mins in length, but multiple songs or routines may be submitted for consideration. Performers must provide their own music performance tracks, or live instrumentals.  There will not be a dedicated accompanist for this event.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION
Audition video links (YouTube, Google Drive, etc) or small attachment files (under 10 MB) should be emailed to bransonarts@gmail.com.  Please include your contact information (name, phone, email) along with your submission. This is a volunteer concert to benefit the work of the Branson Regional Arts Council. Final cast members will be selected from among the videos submitted based on how well their performance fits the theme.

EVENT TICKETS TO BE AVAILABLE SOON
Socially distanced reserved seat tickets for the BRAC Cabaret will be available online soon at BransonArts.org/tix for $10.00 per person.  The performance will also be live-streamed for those who wish to watch at home from anywhere in the country for the same price per streaming device. Proceeds for this BRAC Cabaret Concert will benefit the community arts programming of the Branson Regional Arts Council.

The Branson Regional Arts Council seeks your help in restoring an important treasure of the Ozarks of Missouri. The Historic Owen Theatre and the legacy of Jim Owen deserve to be preserved and celebrated for generations to come.

To assist in this task, the BRAC is participating in Give Ozarks Day: Rally for Recovery, an online day of giving event on Wednesday, March 24, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Along with more than 150 Ozarks area nonprofit agencies, the Branson Regional Arts Council is participating as part of our region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are raising funds to combat the ongoing financial challenges we have experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and support our efforts to restore the Historic Owen Theatre. Anyone can help by making a secure donation anytime from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central on March 24th.”
– Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

DONATE HERE ON MARCH 24, 2021

This region-wide day of giving is presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

With the theme “Rally for Recovery,” this Give Ozarks event will offer nonprofits the opportunity to raise operating funds to help sustain their work after a year of fundraising cancellations, financial challenges and program disruptions, often coupled with an increased need for services during the pandemic.

For each donor to its project, the Branson Regional Arts Council will have a chance to win one of the $5,000 hourly prizes provided by event sponsors. The event is powered by CauseMomentum.org, the CFO’s crowdfunding platform.

Making a secure online donation is simple. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 24, donors can go to causemomentum.org/projects/restore-the-historic-owen-theatrehpc to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

Please mark March 24th on your calendars and follow BRAC’s Give Ozarks Day Facebook Event using the button link below to keep up to date on the Rally for Recovery and be alerted to live-stream video updates throughout the day.

GIVE OZARKS DAY FACEBOOK EVENT

This short video (below) explains why BRAC is working to preserve the Historic Owen Theatre for generations to come.

 

Support the BRAC Youth Education Fund by attending and donating to our 3rd Annual Holiday Showcase!

Enjoy this special, one-of-a-kind Christmas Concert to raise funds for the Branson Regional Arts Council’s Youth Education Fund.

UPDATE: This concert will be recorded live and available for online viewing to all registered donors!

For the safety of our patrons, students and staff, we have decided not to have an audience inside the theatre for this event. All registered guests will be sent a link for online viewing at any time during the Christmas season.

The concert will be recorded live on Thursday, December 17th at 7pm at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson, then made available for online viewing to all registered donors a couple of days later. All virtual seats are a minimum donation of $10 with proceeds benefiting the BRAC Youth Education Fund, which provides performing opportunities for area youth between the ages of 8 and 18.

GET YOUR HOLIDAY SHOWCASE SEAT

Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. Under the direction of Jacob Estes, the choir focuses on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances. This year, students met both outdoors and inside the Historic Owen Theatre to study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage etiquette, presence and showmanship, as well as multi-part choral music with vocal director Delyla Uebel.

Please reserve your seat(s) in advance online at BransonArts.org/showcase.

Enjoy this sample Staccato performance video to get you in the mood for our 3rd Annual Holiday Showcase!

The Branson Regional Arts Council is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and provides a wide variety of artistic events and theatrical programs for all residents in the Ozarks. Financial support for many of these programs is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, the City of Branson, and through the generous contributions of private donors and Arts Council members.

12 ways to support the Arts without spending a dime

The Branson Regional Arts Council is thankful for our donors, theatre patrons, students, educators, and volunteers! Without your participation and assistance we wouldn’t be able to provide the quality of community arts education and theatrical events that we have hosted each year.  2020 has been an especially difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we have managed to keep our organization running on a shoestring budget, while continuing to provide online arts education classes and a few live theatrical productions.

We look forward to a better year in 2021, but in the meantime, we must extend our hand and ask for your extra support in order to get through this unusual time. Of course, the best way to assist us financially is to become an active member of the Branson Regional Arts Council (as little as $20/year), Buy-A-Seat in the Historic Owen Theatre ($500 donation), or to make a tax deductible donation of any amount for your year-end giving.

However, we completely understand that most of you are also feeling the financial effects of the pandemic, so we wanted to share twelve ways you can truly make a difference in supporting the efforts of the Branson Regional Arts Council without having to contribute a single dime!

We hope that you will find it in your heart to do one or more of these simple, but powerful tasks that will help us spread the news of what we are providing to all residents of our area communities!

01 – CREATE A FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER FOR BRAC

You can easily start your own facebook fundraiser to support BRAC at: facebook.com/fund/BransonArts/

02 – SUBSCRIBE TO OUR ARTS NEWS E-MAIL LIST

No Spam! Just Fresh Arts News occasionally delivered to your mailbox! Sign up at: http://eepurl.com/dfSq_H

03 – SIGN UP TO BE A HELPING VOLUNTEER AT BRAC

Interested in helping us in a variety of ways as a BRAC Volunteer? Sign up at: http://eepurl.com/ddTptP

04 – LIKE AND FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

Please visit both of our official facebook pages… Branson Regional Arts Council and Historic Owen Theatre

05 – LIKE AND FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM

Please visit our official Instagram page… Branson Regional Arts Council 

06 – FOLLOW US AND SHARE ON TWITTER

Please visit our official Twitter pages… @BransonArts and @OwenTheatreArts 

07 – SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Please subscribe to our official YouTube Video Channel… Branson Regional Arts Council YouTube Channel

08 – BECOME A PROMOTIONAL POSTER PARTNER

Would you hang our theatre show posters in your business window or lobby? Let us know…BRAC Poster Partnership

09 – SHARE OUR POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Please share our website articles and social media posts to your own social network of friends!

10 – HELP US MOVE SCENE PROPS IN YOUR TRUCK

Do you own a truck or trailer? We always need assistance in moving theatrical scenery to and from our warehouse!

11 – SUBMIT A REVIEW OF OUR PRODUCTIONS

Tell the world what you thought of our musicals or plays on TripAdvisor or Google!

12 – TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING

Word of mouth is the best promotion we could ask for! Let your friends and family know of the outstanding theatre arts education programs available both online and in-person at the Historic Owen Theatre. We offer Arts Education Classes for both youth and adults in acting, voice lessons, dance, piano, watercolor painting, charcoal drawing, and much more.  We offer a Conservatory of the Arts Program with several new workshops in Musical Theatre Auditions and more! Our Staccato Show Choir is a fantastic way for young performers to learn from excellent instructors as well as have the opportunity to perform at a number of area events to appreciative audiences throughout the year. Our Summer Youth Institute provides an unforgettable three week opportunity for young actors to build their self esteem and performing abilities, culminating with standing ovations as they perform an amazing broadway style junior musical for sold out audiences. Our professional level Community Theatre Series of Musicals and Plays is keeping the tradition of Tri-Lakes Community Theatre alive and well for generations to come at the Historic Owen Theatre. Once you’ve attended one of our productions, you’ll want to purchase a full season pass! Finally, don’t forget to let your friends know about the many talented local area artists that we feature at the Branson Convention Center Art Exhibition, the Artist Wall at Chateau on the Lake Hotel, and the Rock Room Art Gallery inside the Historic Owen Theatre in Downtown Branson.

THAT’S IT FRIENDS! NOW… LET’S TELL THE WORLD!

If you could do any or all of the above twelve suggestions, you will be doing a great service by helping us continue and promote our mission of providing arts opportunities to everyone in our community. Thank you and many Blessings to you and yours this holiday season from everyone at the Branson Regional Arts Council.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is offering families everywhere a unique opportunity to watch an online presentation of a previously recorded live Holiday theatrical production called Yes Virginia – The Musical.

Yes Virginia The Musical is the heartwarming story of a little girl who taught the world to believe. Share this Holiday message of hope with your family!

On Dec 12, 2015, Tri-Lakes Community Theatre presented the musical at the Branson Star Theatre with a cast of 28 young performers. Now that the  TLC organization has merged into the Branson Regional Arts Council, it is being offered as a 2020 Holiday Season fundraising event in leu of a live stage production during this year’s pandemic at BransonArts.org/yesvirginia.

Music is by Wesley Whatley, with Book and Lyrics by William Schermerhorn. This stage production was adapted from the animated special and storybook by Chris Plehal by Macy’s Department Stores, who then, made it available to schools and community theatres across the nation, royalty-free.

Access to watch the streaming video is available for a $3.00 (or more) donation. The musical will be available for personal viewing through Dec. 31, 2020.

DONATE TO WATCH YES VIRGINIA NOW

The musical tells the story behind the story of one of the world’s most famous letters to the editor. In 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to the editors of The New York Sun, asking whether Santa Claus was real. The unsigned editorial printed in the Sept. 21 edition of the Sun has become one of the most reprinted editorials in history. Using prose-filled, positive philosophy and bold belief, the editorial writer affirmed the existence of the jolly old elf and how he can be seen in the love and generosity that exists during the holidays.

Yes Virginia cast members include: Jordan Kendrick (Virginia), Savannah Jewsbury (Miriam the Librarian), Brynleigh Hill (Ollie), Hayley Jewsbury (Scraggly Santa), Clara Gaut (Ms. Church), Jessica Barber (Charlotte), Anna Cardwell (Miss Whiskers), Alexis Fischer (Mary), Sophie McAdara (Gary), Danilyn Fox (Newsie/Chorus), Chaselyn Evans (Newsie/Chorus), Makenzie Evans (Newsie/Chorus), Courtney Poe (Newsie/Chorus), Derek Brown (Jolly Gentleman/Chorus), Kyleigh Evans (Russian Santa/Chorus), Morgan Brown (Swedish Santa/Chorus), Jamie Sill-Enno (Talin Santa/Chorus), Abigail A Skeen (French Santa/Chorus), Rachel Essary (Hawaiian Santa/Chorus), Ryan Cardwell (English Santa/Chorus), MacKenzie Evans (Dutch Santa/Chorus), Kayleigh Boss (Santa’s Kid/Chorus), Madelyn Middleton (Santa’s Kid/Chorus), Emrie Straka (Santa’s Kid/Chorus), Abbaney Holmes (Santa’s Kid/Chorus), Eden Burgess (Santa’s Kid/Chorus), Makayla Rich (Mother/Chorus), Caitlyn Holmes (Nanny/Chorus).

Yes Virginia production crew include: Kyle Bradley & Kellsey Bradley (Directors), Kimberly Hale & Lisa Murphy (Producers), Lindsey Howerton (Stage Manager), Dillion Mincey (Lighting Designer), Buster Prine (Sound Designer), Silas Engstrom (Graphic Designer), Lisa Murphy (Marketing), Kimberly Hale, Stephanie Groff, Karissa Fox (Costumes), Devan Spady, Lukus Dement, Nathaniel Finck, Melanie Block (Stage Crew), Louis Allen, Master Set Designer (Set Design), Marshall Meadows (Photography), Charyl E. Philipian, Lorie Best, Georgina Holiday, Mike Groff, Arthur Hale, KJ Soyland, Lisa Murphy, Melanie Block, Cory Block, Lori Best, Hayden Head, Sue Head, Lance Wallace, Becky Enno (Workshop Elves), Jim Barber (Video Production/Editing).

Special thanks to: Josh & Amy Hill, Josh Clark, New Beginnings Fellowship, Ronnie Page, Buster Prine, Jim & Jessica Barber, Louis Allen, Multiprinting, KOLR-10 TV, Hometown Radio.

TLC dedicated this production and the 2015 season to the loving memory of two of our beloved TLC family members… Clay Cantwell and Diane W. Barber.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is presenting a free, online Virtual Talent Show on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 6:30pm Central Standard Time. Everyone is invited to reserve their “seat” in advance by registering at BransonArts.org/talentshow.  There is no charge to be part of the fun, but space is limited to no more than 100 viewers.

GET YOUR FREE SEAT VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW

The Virtual Talent Show will be hosted by BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber and streamed live via the zoom video platform. Featured performances from previous talent shows at the Historic Owen Theatre will be presented as well as a recent recorded Holiday performance by the 2020 cast of Staccato Show Choir under the direction of Jacob Estes and Delyla Uebel. Some of the solo performers to appear in the virtual program include Alex Knudsen, Ashley Rodgers, Brenna Kellem, Dani Groff, Dylan Pratt, Ember Straka, Jacob Deeter, Jessica Barber, Rebecca White, Sophie Douglas and many more.

“I’m inviting all of my friends in the Ozarks and across the country to join us online in celebrating some truly outstanding young performers! Each November, the Branson Regional Arts Council hosts this exciting talent show for a full-house audience. This year would have been our 3rd annual event, however, the pandemic is our inspiration to bring the show directly into your home, via the internet!”

– Jim Barber, BRAC Executive Director

Register early to win this!

In addition to the line-up of featured talent, several exciting announcements regarding the 2021 Branson Regional Arts Council season of entertainment and educational activities will be publicly announced for the first time!

BONUS: Everyone who registers before November 12th will be included in a live drawing for a chance to win a cool metal Polar Camel Tumbler engraved with the official BRAC logo, courtesy of our friends at Branson Cerakote. This is a $20 value!

Remember to register in advance at BransonArts.org/talentshow.  Then on the night of the show, make yourself a bag of popcorn, settle down in front of your computer or favorite streaming device and enjoy some amazing performances as recorded live at the Historic Owen Theatre. Don’t miss this “LIVE” virtual event on Friday, November 13th at 6:30pm.

Featured performers include (left to right starting at the top): Megan Rodgers, Carter Hendrickson, Sophie Gregoroski, Cole Hill, Pace Gillman, Thomas Ferguson, Jordan Kendrick, Travis Harper, Renee Elkady, Hallie Groff, Seanna Bounds, Liya Revere, Ashley Rodgers, Brenna Kellem, Ashley Rodgers, Ember Straka, Jacob Deeter, Rebecca White, Sophie Douglas, Dylan Pratt, Dani Groff, Alex Knudsen and Jessica Barber.

 

Missouri artist Jessica Lowe demonstrates how to paint Halloween pumpkins!

This is a recorded LIVE paint along online class for all ages… a perfect way for families to gather around the computer and create a fun keepsake together!

For as little as a $2.00 donation, you can have access to our incredible PUMPKIN PAINTING CLASS online! (Unlock code will be sent after registration)

GET LINK FOR PUMPKIN PAINTING VIDEO
or click here to register for the video!

Materials You Will Need In Advance: (Can be purchased at WalMart, Hobby Lobby, etc)
  • Acrylic Paint ( you can use washable but it won’t be waterproof)
  • Soft bristled paintbrushes, different sizes
  • Pumpkin (real or fake—if you want it to last forever!)
  • Paper towels
  • Water basin of any sort
  • Toothpicks, toothbrush or a thin stick (for stars)
  • Optional: waterproof acrylic sealer

Proceeds benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Jessica Lowe – BRAC Art Instructor

Meet the instructor Jessica Lowe…

Jessica works with a variety of media and creates artworks that focus on nature and portraiture.

Jessica was born in Wichita, KS and moved to Missouri at the age of 10. At age 13 she began her formal training as an artist, working under local veteran artist Sam Hull for 2.5 years.

Graduating from Branson High School, she went on to continue her education at Missouri State University, gaining her BSED in Fine Art in 2015.

She taught High School Art for 4 years at Forsyth High School before deciding to pursue life as an artist-full-time. She is currently working as a free lance commissioned artist creating pieces for patrons, as well as developing her own work.

Quarantine Cat Film Fest Benefits Branson Regional Arts Council’s Historic Owen Theatre

A new online cat video movie made its virtual world premiere on June 19, and proceeds will help keep the Historic Owen Theatre afloat amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Filmmakers sifted through more than 1,100 submissions from across the world to create Quarantine Cat Video Film Festival— a 70-minute compilation cat feature that is now available to watch at home through virtual cinema.

The film brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest, and most loving cat videos exclusively filmed during the 2020 quarantine. Its release is through virtual cinema – a new tool used by cinemas nationwide to sell tickets for newly released films that customers can watch at home.

The response has been better than we could have ever hoped and we have so much great content to work with. It’s going to be a really fun feature with hilarious and adventurous cats and, of course, some adorable kittens too. – Brian Mendelssohn, Film Director

Quarantine Cat Film Fest was developed to help bring digital revenue to independent theaters during the COVID-19 closures. More than 60 independent theatre houses, most of which were closed this spring, signed on to show the movie through virtual cinema. Half of the $12 ticket will go directly back to the theater screening it through its virtual cinema portal.

The pandemic forced the Branson Regional Arts Council to close the Historic Owen Theatre last March, yet our expenses to lease and maintain the facility have continued without any productions to help support our efforts. Until we are able to safely welcome audiences back into this 200 seat venue, we are relying on virtual education classes in the arts and outdoor events to entertain our area residents. This online film fest is a fun and unique way to assist in our ongoing fundraising activities. – Jim Barber, Executive Director of the Arts Council


Unlike most virtual cinema films, Quarantine Cat Film Festival was created and distributed through Row House Cinema, an 84-seat independently owned theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mendelssohn, who also owns Row House Cinema, and his wife came up with the idea at the beginning of the quarantine when they were watching their own cats, Oliver and Isabella, play at home.

“We thought, if everyone is stuck inside with our cats anyway we might as well start filming the hilarious things they do and make a cat movie” said Mendelssohn.

Virtual cinema ticket sales for Quarantine Cat Film Festival in support of the Historic Owen Theatre can be purchased securely online now at BransonArts.org/meow.

GET QUARANTINE CAT TICKETS HERE

Just The Facts:

  • Quarantine Cat Film Festival invites viewers watch adorable cat videos at home while supporting their local theatre venue.
  • More than 1,100 cat videos were submitted for the compilation film Quarantine Cat Film Festival.
  • Ticket sales will help support more than 60 small, independently owned and historic venues across the country, including the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson, MO.
  • Purchase your virtual film ticket at BransonArts.org/meow