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Cast of Music Man Announced

The Royal Players will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man directed by Mark Troillett with choreography by assistant director Lisa Luyet, music direction by Valerie Couch and Jo Murry. Performances, sponsored by Curtis and Vera Ferguson, are March 6-22 on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, in Historic Downtown Benton.

The Music Man tells the story of traveling salesman, Harold Hill, and his visit to a small Iowa town in 1912 where he meets and falls in love with the willful, spinster librarian, Marian Paroo. “Professor” Harold Hill gets the town parents to buy instruments and uniforms in order to form the River City Boys Band. His plans to slip out of town are stymied by his love for Marian and her little brother Winthrop. The Royal cast includes Justin Pike as Harold Hill, Jennifer Restum as Marian, Zachary Glover as Winthrop, and Julie Vest as Mrs. Paroo. Brian Roberson plays Charlie Cowell. The school board quartet is made of Warren Walker, Danny Troillett, Michael Bartholmey, and Matthew Burns. Mayor Shinn and his family are David Weatherly, Lisa Taylor, Cassie Lovell, and Izzy Hammonds. Marcellus is Frank O. Butler. Austin Gregory plays Tommy Djilas; Amaryllis is Madison Fleck. The Pick-a-Little ladies are Charlotte Hammonds, Destiny Marchese, Amanda Gilmore, and Daphne Shoppach. Larry Sullivan doubles as Constable Locke and the conductor. River City’s townspeople complete the cast: Allison Boggs, Rylee Bolls, Bishop Butler, Kira Cadzow, Jack Clay, Nathan Clay, Emma Davis, Jacan Earnest, Randall Earnest, Tierney Earnest, Melissa Farmer, Matthew Glover, Jaden Holland, Andrea Hooten, Max Hooten, Jacob Jackson, Chris Koch, Sam Koch, Noah Lee, Alex Pavillonis, Lisa Pavillonis, Georgia Simmons, Laurine Simmons, Zac Van Cleave, Olivia Ward, Abby Jo Windsor, Darren Winkler, and Elizabeth Winkler.

Tickets are $12 adult, $10 senior, $5 student and will be available at theroyalplayers.com. Reservation number is 501-315-5483.

To Kill a Mockingbird Auditions Announced

Auditions for the Royal Players production of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. and Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Performance dates are April 23-26 and April 30-May 3. The director for this production is Frank O. Butler. Many people list Harper’s novel as their favorite book of all time. It won a Pulitzer Prize and has become an American classic. Young Scout Finch lives with her father, Atticus Finch, an attorney, and her older brother Jem in Maycomb, Alabama in 1935. When Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella, Atticus represents him, putting his own family in danger. There will be cold readings from the script. There are crowd scenes parts for ages ten and up. Specific role requirements will be outlined in the Facebook event. This will be the original version of the play, not the revised. Auditions will be at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, in Downtown Benton. Website is theroyalplayers.com. Phone is 501-315-5483

Costume Sale

The Royal Theatre is downsizing and moving its Costume Department! We will be selling lots of costumes and props to raise money for the Young Players (and to lighten our load as we move!) Come check out our merchandise! Local theatre groups are welcome to come by during set up on Friday afternoon to shop ahead of the public. Just let us know you are coming!!

Legally Blonde inclement weather policy

If you have bought an online ticket for 1/11 and the weather’s inclement and you are unable to make to the show you can still use those tickets for another Showtime just call 5013155483 to reserve.

One more round of Music Man Auditions

There will be one more round of auditions for the Royal Players production of the Music Man. Director Mark Troillett asks for older teens and adults only. This last set of auditions will be Saturday, January 10, at 9:OO a.m. at the Royal Theatre. Those auditioning should come prepared with a vocal in the style of The Music Man and sheet music for the accompanist. Come prepared to move–no flip flops please! Show dates are March 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22. Rehearsals will start mid January for music and choreography. Theater phone is 501-315-5483, and the website is theroyalplayers.com.

January Newsletter

January Newsletter is now available please click the newsletter tab at the top.

Legally Blonde Tickets are now for sale!

Young Players Second Stage will present the pop musical Legally Blonde, January 9 – 18, 2015 at The Royal Theatre in downtown Benton. Performances will be Friday through Sunday at 7pm, in addition to, 2pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. The musical is based on the 2001 MGM film starring Reese Witherspoon, and features music and lyrics by Lawrence O’Keefe and a book by Heather Hach. Legally Blonde is being directed by Justin A. Pike, music directed by Jo Murry, choreographed by Jenny C. Johnston, and produced by Melissa Glover and Daphne Shoppach. The cast of Legally Blonde is comprised of 30 young actors ages 13-23 from all over central Arkansas, 7 adult mentor actors, and features two casts. Young Players Second Stage (YP2S) is a subsidiary of the Young Players program at the Royal Theatre. You can make reservations at 501-315-5483 or buy online at www.theroyalplayers.com.

Music Man Rescheduled Auditions Announced

Rescheduled auditions for the Royal Players production of The Music Man will be held at the Royal Theatre (111 S. Market in Downtown Benton) Sunday, January 4 at 1:30 p.m. and in the choir room of First United Methodist Church (200 N. Market, across from the Courthouse) on Monday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m. Director is Mark Troillett. Those auditioning should come prepared with a vocal in the style of The Music Man and sheet music for the accompanist. Come prepared to move–no flip flops please! Show dates are March 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22. Rehearsals will start mid January for music and choreography. Theater phone is 501-315-5483, and the website is theroyalplayers.com. There are parts for adults, teens, and children.

December Newsletter

December newsletter has been posted. Please click newsletter tab above to view. Remember Music Man auditions have been postponed.

Music Man Auditions Postponed

THE AUDITIONS FOR THE MUSIC MAN, WHICH WERE SET FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (DEC.6-7) ARE BEING POSTPONED. KEEP YOUR MUSIC HANDY, AND WATCH FOR RESCHEDULED DATES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.