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ACS Live! is Facebook Official

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

ACS Live! is now on Facebook! When you check-in on Facebook while you are at the Starlite Theater watching ACS Live! there will be a special deal waiting just for you! Be sure to set a reminder today!

ACS Live! Week 2 Prep

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Yes, it’s true. Our TMP Studios team has been in Branson at the Starlite Theatre for the last 2 weeks preparing for ACS Live! They have been hard at work going over lines, lighting, choreography, and stage transitions to make sure everything goes as planned.

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Practice makes perfect and that is exactly what our team has been doing. Muse Watson, Catherine Mary Stewart, and Cameron ten Napel have been going over and over their lines. The backstage crew, Stage Manager Jason Stafford, and Director Tracy J. Trost have been putting all the finishing touches on this inspirational family play. At the end of this weekend they will  come back to Tulsa for a little bit to get ready for the big move. They will be moving their family and their life momentarily. They will call Branson Mosourri home for the next 2 months. It is going to be a project of a life time. Please don’t miss out on seeing this play. Click here to get your tickets today! You won’t regret it.

Auditions for ACS Live!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011


Award winning director Tracy J Trost is holding auditions for A Christmas Snow LIVE. Adapted for the theatre stage by Tracy J Trost.

The original all-star cast of the critically acclaimed film A Christmas Snow, Muse Watson, Catherine Mary Stewart and Cameron ten Napel, are about to reunite for the theatre stage adaptation, A Christmas Snow LIVE.  This could be your chance to work with two of Hollywood and theatre’s biggest names. For more information on A Christmas Snow LIVE visit



Male, 40-45 years old. No singing required. Andrew is a well put together business man who lost his wife to Cancer a few years back. He wants a new wife and mother for his daughter, but is concerned with the push back his daughter gives him


Female, 55+ years old. No singing required. The Mother is stylish for her age. She is fit and takes very good care of herself. She has not seen her daughter (Kathleen) in about 20 years. She yearns for a relationship with her.


Male, 55+ years old. Martin is an older father type who has worked with Kathleen for about 12 years. He is the closest thing that Kathleen has to a father. He looks out for her and tries to guide her as best he can. Understudy for Muse Watson – will need to sing


Male, 35-45 years old. No singing required. Claud is a French Chef who is working his way up the ranks in the business. He and Kathleen have put the menu together and he take great pride in his work. He likes to tease Kathleen to get a rise out of her.

Auditions will be held on Sunday August 21 and Monday August 22, 2011 at the Starlite Theatre located at 3115 W Hwy 76 Branson, MO 65616 with callbacks on August 23, 2011.

When called for an audition, actors are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues no more than three minutes combined.  Singers should also prepare 16 bars to sing a capella.

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals start September 19, 2011

A Christmas Snow LIVE will run November 1st  thru December 30th, 2011. 76 shows.

Material To Prepare:

Actors interested please send email with resume and headshot to

Must be willing to work as a local in Branson.

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Pay depending on part and experience.

If you are called for an audition, please bring your newest photo/resume.

Non-Union Theatre

Synopsis: A Christmas Snow was one of the top-selling inspirational Christmas films of 2010 and has won awards and praise from audiences around the world. It’s a heartwarming story of family, faith and forgiveness that leaves audiences in tears with the powerful tale of a woman unable to celebrate Christmas because of the pain in her past. After a snowstorm traps her in her home with two unlikely guests, she is confronted with a life-changing choice: hang on to her hurt or let go and embark on the journey of hope that awaits the heart that dares to forgive…

Tracy J. Trost – XP Media “New Media Film Festival”

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The XP MEDIA film festival that is happening in Arizona in the middle of August will showcase our very own Tracy J. Trost. It is a weekend full of people who love what they do: making movies with positive messages. Don’t miss out on free admission! It is a great showcase of Directors, Media Specialists, Writers and Film Professionals who believe in the messages that can be portrayed through film.

Tracy will be hosting a session during the weekend. He will be speaking on, “Following Your Dreams Into Filmmaking!”. Tracy is a wonderful speaker who has learned through the years that following your dreams is one of the most important things you can do. Dreams are not inside of you for just any reason. They have purpose, and the greatest thing is that no one else has your dream. It was put inside of you, and only you for a reason. He is an inspiration to many and many more are soon to follow.

If you are interested in going they are offering a great deal! FREE ADMISSION! All you have to do is follow this link and enter the code: REGISTER HERE and use code NMF2011. It’s a $70 value you don’t want to miss. Come and hear not only Tracy J. Trost but from others who have the heart and believe in the positive messages films can bring! It’s going to be a weekend to remember.

- Erin Powell, Trost Moving Pictures

ACS Live! Let the Building Begin

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Hey Insiders! It’s been a while, it feels great to be back.  I was talking with our Producer, Jason Stafford about the timing of the set building for ACS Live!. Turns out, they moved into a space this week and are working on the beginning stages of the set. With all this construction, it’s hard to keep everything straight. The scenes are sketched out, it’s just time to make those drawings a reality. We have very talented guys working hard to make sure all the details are paid attention to, and all of the scenes look just right.
So many things going on at TMP, we’re bursting at the seams! But that’s ok with us! It gives us more opportunities to reach people and get our movies and projects out there. Be prepared for so much more news in the future. Want to see an exclusive pic of the building process? Click here to sign up for our INsider and view the August 4th Edition.

- Erin Powell, Trost Moving Pictures

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INsider Interview- Tracy J. Trost

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Hey Guys! check out what Tracy has to say about adapting the A Christmas Snow film script to ACS LIVE! There is some interesting information in the following interview. I even learned a few new things from this interview, if I did I know you will :)

Tracy J Trost

Q. How will you develop the characters back stories for stage as opposed to film?
A. There is a considerable difference between Stage and Screen. Screen has a “Show it, don’t say it” foundation. In a movie if I have to have my characters say how they feel it comes across cheesy and cheap.  As a writer you have to develop situations that allow the actor to express visually what they are thinking and/or feeling. In a play it is a little different because you do not have the ability to take the viewer in close to see what is happening in the scene.  In the case of A Christmas Snow, when shooting the film, I was able to take the audience in close on the characters and let them show the audience their facial expressions to convey a sense of sadness or happiness depending on the scene. In the play, I am forced to add dialog that will let the viewing audience know what my character’s are feeling.  Again, if done wrong, it can come across cheesy, you have to pick and choose where to add this dialog so you don’t insult your audience’s intelligence.

Q. When does the script begin to take form visually, when will sets be created?
A. The process of converting the film script to the stage script is one that covers all departments. I have to work with the set designer to make sure what I am wanting to do will fit within the working space of the stage that we have. Nathan, the production manager at the Starlite Theatre, has to be involved in making sure the rigging needed to move the set pieces and props in and out can be done with the equipment at the theater. After I consulted with all departments and have taken into consideration all of the available resources, then the final polishing is put on the script.

Q. What will the main settings of ACS Live! be? Will there be anything that wasn’t in the film?
A. Most of the sets in the film will be incorporated into the stage play, but some of the story line will change to fit the stage adaptation. Because of some of the limitations that the stage allows, we will have to cut some parts of the film, but we will also be adding other more transitional scenes. The movie is more of a voyeuristic experience where we as the audience are seeing this whole story unfold without any interaction between the characters and the audience. The stage play will be from Sam’s perspective. He will be leading us through the story, so the audience will have more of a sense of involvement in the story.

Q. Are you just writing the script or will you also be directing?
A. I have written the stage adaptation and I will will be directing the play. It is kind of like a family reunion for me. Having Muse, Cathy, and Cameron come back to reprise their roles is a huge plus because they are the heart and sole of the production. They know these characters inside and out so I would say that I will be doing more technical directing than directing the actors. We are also very fortunate to be working with Jim Stovall on this production. Jim has a sense of excellence that helps me keep the production standards high.

I hope this tid-bit gets you as excited for the future as I do! Keep up with your INsider for more updates, and special previews.

It’s A Great Day,

Erin Powell

Trost Moving Pictures.

Insider Interview- Jason Stafford

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

This Week’s interview is a good picture of who Jason Stafford, our Producer is like. I have known him for more than 15 years. He has a great outlook on life and loves what he does. Check out these next few questions to delve a little deeper into his thought processes.

Jason Stafford of Trost Moving Pictures

Q. What is 1 thing you have learned, that you didn’t already know, working at TMP?

A: A greater understanding of the marketing and distribution relationships for a film. Having always been involved in the creative realm of production, I haven’t had a lot of exposure to that side of filmmaking. There is just as much effort that goes into marketing a project and developing relationships for distribution of that project as there is in the collective participation in creating a film.

Q. What is your idea of a great focus group?

A.  As a filmmaker, I’m looking for people that can provide feedback in areas where things can actually be tweaked/changed for the better. I want to know how the story resonated with that person watching. I also want to know if there was anything that caused a disconnect with the characters/story or anything that was even a distraction. I don’t mind negative criticism, it is part of the craft when you are putting your work on display for others to see, but when those comments are in areas where we can look to make adjustment, they are welcomed.

Q. What is 1 of your most memorable moments with TMP Thus far?

A. I have three that jumped out at me, so you’ll have to choose which one works for you:

1) Shooting nights in the February chill on “A Christmas Snow”…it was brutally cold, but the entire crew and cast was fully present in what we were capturing. It really showed me the caliber and heart of our entire team.

2) Jimmy Hollingshead (Best Boy Electric) made a guest appearance at the end of one of our shots while shooting nights on “The Lamp”. I’m pretty sure he knew the camera was rolling, but I guess he really wanted to be in the scene. Unfortunately, he landed on the “cutting room floor”.

3) Watching “A Christmas Snow” with its first live-audience at a film festival last summer. It was a great moment.

Q. How much snow was in your yard from the blizzard?

A. I had snow drifts that were every bit of 28″ high in my backyard although I think the weather folks said we had 8″-12″ of snowfall.

Thanks For Reading,

Erin Powell

Special Events Manager