The All-State Show Me Drama and Music Team is sponsored each year by the Mineral Creek Historical Society and Leeton Museum in Leeton, Mo. The purpose of the team is to provide a dozen Missouri youth the opportunity to get additional training and experience in the fine arts. Included are performances in Branson and locations in Europe.
Past members of the team from this area have been from Vandalia, Cuba, Conway, Phillipsburg, Forsyth, Hollister, Branson, Grovespring, Koshkonong, Willow Springs, Paris, Eldon, Butler, Willard, Nixa, etc.
Most years the dozen Missouri youth are combined with a European teenage group in a special theater production. In 2008 it was “Animal Farm” in Leicester, England; 2009 “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in Branson, Mo. when a British group came to the USA; 2010 “Leeton in World War II” in Leicester, England; 2011 “West Side Story in Barcelona, Spain; 2012 “Taming the Shrew” in Ireland; and 2013 “American Music Thru the Years” in West Plains, Mo., and Cozumel, Mexico. The team usually attends a half day of school in the foreign country, participates in a church service, attends a sports and social event, and dines in the home of one of the members of the teenage group hosting. The intention is to provide a closer look at what it is like to live in the foreign country as well as demonstrate what Missouri youth are really like as opposed to the television and movie version the Europeans see in the mass media. The team for 2012 (six boys and six girls) is being assembled with final auditions in the Leeton Museum this Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are required to be 15 to 19 years in age and interested in the fine arts. The audition performances should be five to ten minutes long and provide a good example of their talent. They are to provide a prepared solo (vocal or instrumental), dance or recitation (drama/comedy). While at the museum the students will complete an application listing their activities and achievements in and outside school. A brief interview will follow the performance. At the end of the auditions the official list of students making the 2014 team will be released. Individually, team members will begin preparing a show with scrips provided by January 1. At the end of May, after schools are dismissed, the group will come together for three days of intense rehearsals in Branson followed by a performance as a preshow for one of the major shows.
Following their performance they will go to the airport to fly to Europe for 10 days touring and performing in the countries of the North Sea. They will climax the trip with a tour of St. Petersburg, Russia. The trip begins May 30 and ends June 10. The trip does require team members to pay $950 each which is to insure that they will remain members of the team and go on the trip.
The project cannot have individuals changing their minds at the last minute after corporate sponsors pay an additional $2,500 for each student. The team members also depend on each person learning their parts for the show and being ready when the rehearsals start in Branson May 30.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 660-238-6156 or check the museum website at email@example.com and click on the index where it says “current museum project”.