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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Tickets for Sale

Tickets are now available for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at You can make reservations starting the day after Thanksgiving at 501-315-5483. Show dates are December 4-7 and 11-14. Director is Hillary Bell, assisted by Angel Choir directors Lynda Hollenbeck and Daphne Shoppach. This is the heartwarming story of the Herdmans, “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world,” who manage to get themselves cast in the local Christmas pageant, much to the surprise and indignation of the church ladies and fear and trembling of the other children in the pageant.

November Newsletter

November Newsletter now has been posted please go to the top tab and click on newsletter. If you would like to get the newsletter emailed to you please contact Susan at

Auditions Announced

Auditions for the Royal Players production of The Music Man will be held at the Royal Theatre (111 S. Market in Downtown Benton) Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 7 p.m. Possible callbacks are Monday, December 8. 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. Show dates are March 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22. Theater phone is 501-315-5483, and the website is There are parts for adults, teens, and child

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cast Announced

The Royal Players is pleased to announce the Cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,

Father (Bob Bradley)-Tony Clay

Mother (Grace Bradley)-Jeana Hutson

Beth Bradley-Annslee Clay

Charlie Bradley-Luke Ferguson

Ralph Herdman-Matthew McCallister

Imogene Herdman-Burgess Cotham

Leroy Herdman-Cody Thomas

Claude Herdman-Carson Clay

Ollie Herdman-Noah Koch

Gladys Herdman-Kenzie Taylor

Alice Wendleken-Isabella Hammonds

Mrs. Armstrong-Candace Beard

Mrs. Slocum-Jaketa McClure

Mrs. Clark-Beverly Thomas

Mrs. Clausing-Misty Jezierski

Mrs. McCarthy-Charlotte Hammonds

Maxine-Emily Broach

Elmer Hopkins-Zac Van Cleave

Hobie-Collin Hutson

David-Zach Glover

Beverly (Angel Choir)-Erica Hutson

Fireman-Mark Andrews

Fireman-Kevin Tutton

Shirley (Angel Choir)-Libby Golleher

Juanita (Angel Choir)-Kaylei Taylor

Doris (Angel Choir)-Maurin Richey

Reverend Hopkins-Bryant Steele

Janet (Angel Choir)-Meredith Medford

Roberta (Angel Choir)-Emily Ayres

Angel Choir-Bishop Butler, Jack Clay, Emily Greenwell, Isaac Hutson, Sam Koch, Noah Lee, Aiden Tutton, Cooper Tutton, Weston Morehart

Show dates are December 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th and December 11,12,13, and 14th

Our Town Tickets Now On Sale On Line

The Royal Players and Greer’s Electric presents Our Town by Thornton Wilder at the Royal Theatre in historic Downtown Benton on October 9, 10, 11, 12 and October 16, 17, 18 and 19. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Our Town will be The Royal Players opening for its 20th Anniversary Season and a tribute to the original production in 1994 when The Royal Players began as The Central Arkansas Community Players. This production is directed by Lisa Goodrich, producer is Melissa Higginbotham, backstage manager is Alaina Serrato, set design by Hillary Bell with light and sound design by Kendra Baxter. Jasmine Greer, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Arkansas Tech University, is currently working on a documentary about the Royal Players 20th Anniversary season commencing with the production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at Reservation number is 501-315-5483.Our Town is a 1938 three-act play set in the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners; it tells the story of an average town’s citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Scenes from the town’s history between the years of 1901 and 1913 are performed. This Royal Players production features Donna Johnston in the role of Stage Manager. George Gibbs is played by Michael Bartholmey, Hillary Bell as Emily Webb, Jeff Miller as Dr. Gibbs, Melanie Allen as Mrs. Gibbs, Jim Troillett at Mr. Webb, Daphne Shoppach as Mrs. Webb, Courtney Fose as Mrs. Soames, Randall Earnest as Simon Stimson, Annslee Clay as Rebecca Gibbs, Matthew McCallister as Wally
Webb, Ryan Lynch as Howie Newsome, Dakota Leslie as Joe Crowell Jr., Zack Glover as Si Crowell, Tom Windham as Professor Willard, Paul Johnston as Constable Warren, Brain Roberson as Sam Craig, Tom Windham as Joe Stoddard and in the Ensemble are Ben Mills, Jeana Hutson, Ryan Lynch, Cassie
Lovell, and Savannah Fischer.For the convenience of our patrons, a volunteer will be at the theater on the following Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. to answer reservation calls: September 24 and October 1. At other times callers leave a message at 501-315-5483 beginning September 22 or order online at For each ticket purchased online, the patron gets $1 off a medium or large
drink at the concession stand.

September Newsletter

September Newsletter has been posted. Please click on newsletter at the top.

Young Players Second Stage Announce Auditions

*Ages 13 – 23 are eligible to audition.

*Auditions will be held September 28, 29, and 30, 2014.

*Auditions will be by appointment only.

*Appointments will be 6:30pm – 8:45pm Sunday (9/28) and Monday (9/29).

*Callbacks will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday September 30.

*Appointments have to be made with the Director (Justin A. Pike) by email:, or by text: 501.908.1099. Email or Text for availability of times. Best to make an appointment sooner than later in order to secure your ideal time.

*Those interested are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song from the early 1960s or a theatre song in the style of Hairspray, and provide sheet music.

*The appointment will also consist of light cold reading from the script. A reader will be provided.

*On September 30, those asked to return will be called back to dance and/or called back to read. The reading portion of the call backs will be CLOSED.

*The adult roles have been cast.

*Understudies will also be cast from these auditions.

*Rehearsals begin November 1, 2014, with the bulk of rehearsals happening after Thanksgiving.

*Show Dates are January 8 – 18, 201510487179_10100660095505661_3397979090715855824_n

August Newsletter

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Disney’s Aladdin Jr Tickets are now online online!

The Young Players will present Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at the Royal Theater August 7-10th. Show times are 7:00 p.m. on August 7th and 8th and on August 9th and 10th the shows will be at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can reserve tickets by calling 501-315-5483 or purchase online at

Our Town Cast Announced!!!

Our Town Cast Annouced!! Don’t miss this Show October 9-12 and October 16th- 19th

Stage Manager-Donna Johnston
George Gibbs- Michael Bartholmey
Emily Webb-Hillary Bell
Dr. Gibbs- Jeff Miller
Mrs. Gibbs-Melanie Allen
Mr.Webb- Jim Troillett
Mrs. Webb-Daphne Shoppach
Mrs. Soames- Courtney Fose
Simon Stimson-Randall Earnest
Rebecca Gibbs-Sarah Guinee
Wally Webb-Matthew McCallister
Howie Newsome-Ryan Lynch
Joe Crowell Jr. -Dakota Leslie
Si Crowell- Zack Glover
Professor Willard- Tom Windham
Constable Warren- Paul Johnston
Sam Craig- Brian Roberson
Joe Stoddard-Tom Windham
Ensemble-Tye Davis, Jeana Hutson, Ryan Lynch, Cassie Lovell
George Gibbs Understudy-Tye Davis
Emily Webb Understudy-Cassie Lovell