Posts Tagged ‘A Christmas Snow’


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 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

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

Bestselling Author Joins ACS Live! Team

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011


January 19, 2011

Trost Moving Pictures partners with Bestselling Author of The Ultimate Gift Jim Stovall to bring A Christmas Snow to Branson Stage at the Starlite Theatre

Tulsa, OK ~ Hot off the production of their latest partnership, Trost Moving Pictures announced they’ve reunited with best-selling author Jim Stovall to develop the stage version of their highly acclaimed film A Christmas Snow. Trost Moving Pictures’ lead visionary, Tracy J Trost felt that Stovall’s remarkable storytelling would energize the book form of A Christmas Snow and asked him to write the novel. That would cultivate a dynamic partnership. Stovall wrote the A Christmas Snow novel, released nationally in September 2010.  The A Christmas Snow movie was released nationally on DVD in October 2010 and has become one of the top Christmas movies of 2010.  Stovall has deep connections in the Branson/Springfield area. His parents and grandparents came from the area and his brother Bob Stovall runs GRS construction in Springfield, which has built several projects in Branson.

The highly anticipated stage version of A Christmas Snow goes into production in October with performances starting November 1, 2011 and running through the Christmas season at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, MO.

“We are honored once again to partner with Jim Stovall and the Narrative Television Network on ACS Live,” said Trost. “Jim is one of our generation’s most iconic authors, entrepreneurs and motivators.  He believes in the message of ACS and shares in our mission to make a difference in people’s lives through the message of ACS.”

Best-selling author, motivational speaker and founder of Narrative Television Network, Jim Stovall is sought after by heads of multi-million dollar corporations for his wisdom and keen insight.  Stovall’s words and stories have been put into print around the world in multiple millions of copies of books. His messages have been brought to theater screens everywhere in major motion pictures.  Stovall is well known for his best-selling book The Ultimate Gift.

“It is exciting for me to see the story and the message behind A Christmas Snow come to the stage in Branson,” states Stovall. “I have always believed that Branson is the center of the entertainment world as it relates to family shows that are both entertaining and contain powerful messages.  A Christmas Snow will certainly fit into that market.”

For more information on Jim Stovall visit:

About Trost Moving Pictures:

Trost Moving Pictures is an independent film production company based in Tulsa, OK. Their first two films, Find Me and A Christmas Snow, have won numerous awards at film festivals around the country, including Best Feature and Best Actor.

They are in post production on their third feature film, The Lamp with best-selling author Jim Stovall, who wrote The Ultimate Gift. The Lamp stars Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel with Muse Watson and Louis Gossett Jr. and will be released Spring 2011. You can find out more information at:

For interviews with director Tracy J Trost and cast of A Christmas Snow please contact:

Rhonda Boudreaux • Trost Moving Pictures Publicity

Satellite office: 913-780-4035 •


A Christmas Snow is Coming to Branson

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011


January 11, 2011

A Christmas Snow Stage Production Greenlighted

Award Winning Filmmaker Tracy J Trost

To Adapt His Critically Acclaimed Film To Stage

Original All Star Cast

Muse Watson & Catherine Mary Stewart

To Reprise Roles

Tulsa, OK ~  Award winning director Tracy J Trost delivers another production experience with his compelling and inspirational stage adaption of his nationally acclaimed film, A Christmas Snow. The much-talked-about stage version has been greenlighted and goes into production in October with performances starting November 1, 2011 and running through the Christmas season at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, MO.

Filmmaker Tracy J Trost earned national praise for his moving story telling in the A Christmas Snow movie. With thousands of new devoted fans, Trost is aiming high for this anticipated project. He has developed the screenplay for the stage and is enthusiastic about bringing the live theatrical performance to Branson. Original music and Christmas favorites from the movie soundtrack will be used along with original music written specifically for the stage production.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring the live production of A Christmas Snow to the Branson stage”, states director Tracy J Trost. “We at Trost Moving Pictures recognize Branson has a vibrant theater community and all of us agree that the Starlite Theatre is the perfect place to continue this extraordinary story of forgiveness and reconciliation that has already touched and changed thousands of lives around the world in book and film form.”

Muse Watson (NCIS), who has a background in theater, will reprise his role as Sam. In addition to Watson’s role, original cast member Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet, Weekend at Bernie’s) will again take on the charismatic and inspiring role of Kathleen.

Trost is currently securing other cast members that will include local talent.

Director Tracy J Trost has a full slate of projects lined up for 2011. His newest film, The Lamp, starring Jason London, Meredith Salenger, Sarah Brown, L. Scott Caldwell and Cameron ten Napel, with Muse Watson and Lou Gossett, Jr. will be released in Spring 2011.

About the actors:

Equally comfortable on the theater stage as he is in front of the camera, Muse Watson first gained notice with several strong performances on stage that helped pave the way for a feature film and television career. His diverse roles in Sommersby, Something to Talk About, Assassins, & Rosewood brought him mainstream recognition but it was the villainous “Ben Willis” in the trendy thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer films and From Dusk Till Dawn 2 that propelled him in the limelight as a chameleonic actor. He made equally impressionable appearances in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Sundance Film-Festival award-winner Songcatcher, challenging himself by playing unique characters.

Transitioning to the small screen, Watson delivered stellar performances in several made-for-television movies including Blind Vengeance and Justice in a Small Town; and the television series, American Gothic, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Matlock, The Lazarus Man, JAG, Walker Texas Ranger, Ghost Whisperer, CSI, and The Mentalist. Going on to land his most notorious TV roles as “Mike Franks” in the award winning drama NCIS and “Charles Westmoreland” in the Emmy & Golden Globes nominated & People’s Choice Awards – winner Prison Break.

Catherine Mary Stewart is excited to reprise her screen role of “Kathleen” in A Christmas Snow, the musical.  She looks forward to bringing the message of hope, love, forgiveness and redemption to a whole new audience in this entertaining format.

Catherine’s career has spanned over a period of 30 years, and over 50 different productions from film to television to theater, in England, Canada and the United States. She was living in London studying dance, acting and singing, when she was cast in her first professional acting role as the lead in the rock musical The Apple.  The Apple was chosen to open the Montreal World Film Festival in 1980 and has since developed a cult following and was recently screened at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Catherine moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and soon after landed a contract with Days of Our Lives originating the role of Kayla Brady. During Catherine’s tenure with “Days” she was cast in the lead role of “Maggie” in The Last Starfighter.  Catherine found steady employment as an actor in movies, including the cult classic Night of the Comet, the 50’s teen comedy Mischief, as well as the female lead in the very popular Weekend at Bernie’s.

A variety of television features a nd miniseries have also given Catherine the opportunity to work alongside such luminaries as Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Robert Stack and Karl Malden.  She co-starred with Charles Bronson and Christopher Reeve in the acclaimed TNT movie The Sea Wolf. She also starred alongside Candice Bergen, Rod Steiger, Anthony Hopkins and Angie Dickinson in the widely publicized Hollywood Wives, and played the Joan Collins character as a young woman aging from early teens to mid-twenties in Sins.  Stewart received accolades for her work on the mini-series Passion and Paradise with Armand Assante and Rod Steiger.

Most recently she has appeared in several TV movies for Lifetime, including My Daughter’s Secret, Dead at 17 and My Neighbor’s Secret and on the Hallmark Channel, including Sharp Shooter, Generation Gap and Class. Catherine is proud to have had the lead role in the feature film A Christmas Snow, released in October of 2010.

About the Starlite Theatre:

The 880-seat Starlite Theatre is conveniently located on Highway 76 near the Titanic and features Branson’s only five-story glass atrium with 19,560 feet of glass. Inside, Starlite’s state-of-the-art stage is the perfect venue for some of Branson’s most popular and interactive shows. For ticket information call the Starlite Theater at 866-991-1982 or visit

About Trost Moving Pictures:

Trost Moving Pictures is an independent film production company based in Tulsa, OK. Their first two films, Find Me and A Christmas Snow, have won numerous awards at film festivals around the country, including Best Feature and Best Actor.

They are in post production on their third feature film, The Lamp with best-selling author Jim Stovall, who wrote The Ultimate Gift. The Lamp stars Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel with Muse Watson and Louis Gossett Jr. and will be released Spring 2011. You can find out more information at:

For interviews with director Tracy J Trost and cast of A Christmas Snow please contact:

Rhonda Boudreaux • Trost Moving Pictures Publicity

Satellite office: 913-780-4035 •


2010 A Year in Review

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Tyler Roberds (Paul Jump) and Fiawna Forte (Jess Reagan) looking for a clue in our film FIND ME

What a Difference a Year Makes -

It’s amazing to look back as we come to the close of 2010. Just 12 short months ago our first feature film (and only one at that time) FIND ME was just beginning to show up sporadically in faith based bookstores around the country. We had shot it in November of 2008 in just 9 days and on a shoestring budget, it was an incredible experience and with it’s success at film festivals around the country it has proven to be a great first film for us.

The lovable Cameron ten Napel (Lucy) and Muse Watson (Sam) on the set of "A Christmas Snow"

A Christmas Snow -

This time last year we were also in the middle of casting for our second feature film, A Christmas Snow which was going to be shot in February of 2010. We had conducted an online casting call and found many great talents, in fact the part of Claude (Rich Swingle) was cast through our online casting call, and he has proved to be a great benefit in getting the word out about the film. We were also honored to have Muse Watson (NCIS), Catherine Mary Stewart (Weekend at Bernie’s), Anthony Tyler Quinn (Boy Meets World), and Cameron ten Napel (Barney and Friends) join the picture as well.

We had 18 days to shoot A Christmas Snow and although the budget was much bigger for us, in terms of Hollywood films and other Indie features we were still shooting with a micro budget. The cast and crew were great and the film has performed well at festivals and has enjoyed exposure at more than 200 screenings around the country, as well as both national and international TV airings. Our distributor, Destiny Image Films helped make it one of the best selling Christmas movies at numerous national chains. It was exciting to hear from our more than 5,000 fans on facebook that A Christmas Snow had become their new Christmas tradition and we are eternally grateful for that as well as the numerous emails and messages we have received from those whose lives have been forever changed from this powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation. That is always our true measure of success.

The A Christmas Snow project also market award winning writer/director Tracy J Trost’s first foray into the world of authorship with his first book Restored – 11 Gifts for a Complete Life and it’s written as Sam’s Journal and follows him from a year before the star of A Christmas Snow all the way through the film. If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll want to head to your nearest bookstore and ask for it. Those who have read it after watching the film have become huge fans.

We also released a Soundtrack that contained songs from the film, songs inspired by the film, and remixed Christmas classics. Produced by Bryan Popin of Little Boy Wonder Music in Nashville and boasting such artists as Chris Kirkpatrick (NSYNC), Martha Munizzi (Top Billboard Artist), Kelly Morrison (wrote & sang the song Legacy for The Ultimate Gift) Erica Lane, and up and comers: Jason Eustice, Casii Stephan, & Alicia Larson the album is a wonderful collection that will be cherished for years to come.

Raw Talent Screenplay Contest -

After filming A Christmas Snow and while we got it ready for the retail market, we held a contest for screenwriters called the Raw Talent Screenplay Contest and we awarded a $10,000 prize to Jason Parker for his original script, Matter of Life. If you haven’t seen the video where director Tracy J Trost and myself let Jason know he won you still can at: it’s so fun to see and many have told us it brought a tear to their eye.

Writer/Director Tracy J Trost (middle) with Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr and Tony winner L Scott Caldwell on the set of "The Lamp"

The Lamp -

Then after the Raw Talent Screenplay Contest writer/director Tracy J Trost went to work on our third feature film The Lamp. Tracy started with the premise from best-selling author Jim Stovall’s book by the same name and wrote a moving tale of love and overcoming loss that is shaping up to be our best film yet. As with A Christmas Snow, Jim Stovall will be writing a novel based on the story in the film and Tracy will be writing a companion book, this time called Just Believe…

All of us at Trost Moving Pictures and the Narrative Television Network are excited at the opportunities The Lamp is bringing to affect others, touch lives, and help charities and organizations as well. Touching on the subjects of losing a child, foster care, adoption, and canine therapy and starring Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel, Muse Watson, and Louis Gossett Jr its shaping up to be a powerful story that will affect lives for years to come.

The Best is Yet to Come -

As you can see it’s been a busy year and 2011 is looking to be just as busy with many exciting projects in the works for Trost Moving Pictures and our good friends at the Narrative Television Network and Destiny Image Films. There are two projects in particular that I am extremely excited about, but that’s a story for another day. Thank you so much for your support in 2010 and we hope to continue to be your source for great family friendly stories and projects in 2011. Without the support of friends, family, and fans like you this is all possible.

With Great Hope for 2011,

Joe Jestus

TMP – Producer of Marketing & Distribution

Happy Birthday Director Tracy J Trost

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Tracy J TrostToday is Director Tracy J Trost’s Birthday, but you get the presents. Tracy has a new page on facebook and if you visit it now: Tracy J Trost, become a friend by “Liking” it, and wish him a Happy Birthday and you could win an A Christmas Snow Prize Pack.

We’ll pick one random friend on the page to win a copy of the: A Christmas Snow DVD, Novel written by best-selling author Jim Stovall, CD featuring Chris Kirkpatrick, Martha Munizzi, and Kelly Morrison, and Restored: 11 Gifts for a Complete Life written by Tracy.

Tracy J Trost is the co-writer and director of A Christmas Snow which recently won Best Feature at the XP Media Phoenix Film Festival. He is currently working on his next feature film The Lamp which is based on the book by the same title from friend and best-selling author Jim Stovall.

You can find out more about A Christmas Snow here: or