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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…

David Campbell – Set Production Supervisor

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Nail by nail, staple by staple, things are beginning to come together quite nicely. I spoke with our Set Production Supervisor today and I have some updates on how things are coming along.

Dave Campbell, our Set Production Supervisor, has a lot on his plate. He is busy making sure that the set pieces are built just right. There are so many specifications that must be met in order to make the logistics run correctly. He is estimating that when things are all said and done there will be over 20 different set pieces. Some will have to be flown in and out with a make-shift fly rig. He says the thing he is looking forward to the most is the challenge of storage. During scenes where there are only 2 or 3 set pieces on stage, all the rest of the 17 – 20 pieces are in the wings. The crew and actors will have have a fun time dancing around each other. He says the circus will be in full swing, but it will be a fun challenge.

Dave has had the privilege of working with Tracy and Jason to come up with, what to keep from the movie and what isn’t needed. There are a few surprises that he is very excited about, but doesn’t want to spoil the experience. So with 2 more weeks of building in Tulsa, they are hard at work. Dave and his team will head to Branson for the final fittings and melding of the minds to make ACS Live a reality!

- Erin Powell, Trost Moving Pictures

P.S. – Get your tickets for ACS Live! here today and kids can come free with a paid adult!!!

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 Exclusive: Pic of the Week

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

With this week’s theme about the ACS Angel, you should have guessed this one :-)

This is the ROUGH prototype from the local artisans who will be hand crafting them to be sold at the Starlite Theatre during ACS Live! in Branson, MO this November – December. Did I mention that it’s a rough prototype? I say that because the gentleman making them takes great pride in his work and we only got this one because director Tracy J Trost asked to have it for his desk and that’s where it sits now. It has not been fired so it hasn’t taken it’s brilliant white porcelain color nor has it been completely shaped to how it will look at the theatre. But, because you are INsiders we wanted to share it with you.

If you’ll notice on the desk behind the angel, there is a compass that I got for Tracy after we finished filming our first movie, Find Me AND if you look real close in the reflection of the compass you can see a stained glass angel that Tracy’s mom made for him after A Christmas Snow. As you can tell Tracy is a real sentimental guy, which is why we all like him so much!

So there you have it, be an angel this week to someone and have a great weekend!

Joe Jestus – Producer of Marketing and Distribution

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.

A Christmas Snow Live!

Monday, February 14th, 2011


A Christmas Snow Live is based on the inspirational best-selling film of 2010 starring Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison Break), Catherine Mary Stewart (Weekend at Bernie’s, The Last Starfighter) and Cameron ten Napel (The Lamp, Cool Dog, Barney and Friends). A Christmas Snow Live has received rave audience reviews and brought thousands to tears with its uplifting message of hope and forgiveness.

In a performance to draw both drama and artistry, Trost Moving Pictures presents an enchanting and visually spectacular revisit to the stage adaption of the multi award winning movie. Under the helm of award-winning director Tracy J Trost, this consummately performed rendition brings a powerful, poignant and timely message of family, faith and forgiveness.  His direction is letter perfect, giving an accurate rendering of the movie’s spirit.

Trost’s design team completely transforms the stage with magnificent light design, special effects and beautifully hand crafted set pieces. A visually and technically engaging adaption with original music and sound design combined with visual and aural effects.

The performance opens with a visually stimulating scene of young Kathleen and adult Kathleen singing a beautiful duet of original music for the play. This sets the tone for the emotional events that are to come.  Kathleen depicts the Christmas Grinch impeccably as she hides in her work from her family and fiancé.  Tension fills the stage as Kathleen struggles with the torment of her past and a snow storm that traps her in her home with two unlikely guests, Lucy, is dropped off at her house, due to an unexpected cancellation of a baby sitter, while her father, Kathleen’s fiancé, is out of town on a business trip and Sam a kind older man who narrowly escapes injury is brought home in an act of gratitude. Now with these two strangers in her house, she is confronted with a life changing choice: hang on to her hurt or let go and embark on the journey of hope that waits for the heart that dares to forgive.

The national success of the inspiring movie  A Christmas Snow makes the stage version even more of a box office draw.

Length: 120 minutes – with a 15 minute intermission

For show times and ticket information visit