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The Royal Players Present “You Can’t Take it With You”


The Royal Players end their 2015-16 season with its production of the classic Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman comedy “You Can’t Take It with You” August 11-14 and 18-21, at the Royal Theater in Benton. The production is sponsored by Regions Bank of Benton. Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 adult, $8 seniors and general military, and $5 students. Tickets will be available on the website –

Directed by Frank O. Butler, the play presents the Sycamore family during the Great Depression, in all its eccentric glory – Mother Penny (Amanda Gilmore) aspires to become a writer; Father Paul (Chris Counts) makes fireworks in the basement with the help of Mr. Da Pinna (Randall Earnest); Older daughter Essie (Destiny Marchese) wants to be a dancer, with the support of her husband Ed (Mason Newberry) and dance teacher Mr. Kolenkhov (Harold Dean); and ‘Grandpa’ (Tim Sopel) wants them all to be happy. When younger daughter Alice (Hannah Hill) falls for the boss’s son Tony (Brian Christopher Roberson), matters of love escalate to impending catastrophe when Tony brings his parents, Mr. Kirby (Paul Johnston) and Mrs. Kirby (Karen Ray), on the wrong night for dinner. In a world of fact-checkers versus dream-catchers, can true love really win out?

Rounding out the cast are Jaketa McClure as Rheba, Keith Harper as Donald, Pam Vidt as Olga, Tom Wilkerson as Henderson, Hillary Bell as Gay Wellington, and Hunter Strom as an agent, with his assistant played by various “special guest stars” – having local “celebrity” actors has become a Royal tradition in Frank O. Butler plays.

“You Can’t Take it with You” originally premiered on Broadway in 1936, and played for 838 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was adapted for the screen as You Can’t Take It with You, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director (Frank Capra). There have been numerous Broadway revivals of the show, including the most recent in 2015, with James Earl Jones as ‘Grandpa’.

The Royal Theatre is in historic Downtown Benton at 111 S. Market Street. Phone is 501-315-5483(LIVE).

“Goodbye Until Tomorrow”: A College Kid Cabaret

13715971_10209603615148470_4884676833301138311_nCome out and join us as we sing some stuff from Broadway shows and maybe a pop song or two as we say “Goodbye Until Tomorrow” to some of our friends.

Tickets will be $5 and the money raised will be going towards the New York Young Players trip next summer.

Accompanist for the night:
Jo Murry

Matthew Burns
Izzy Hammonds
Morgan Potter
Tanner Oglesby
Ben Mills
Reagan Hammonds
Matt Cerino
Brooke Melton
Anthony McBride

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The Young Players Present Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.


The Young Players will present Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., July 7-10, at the Royal Theatre in historic Downtown Benton. The show is directed by D. Brent Miller with music direction by Jo Murry and choreography by Jenny Johnston. Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film.
Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is the high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston! It’s 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. Millie’s wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name – or so he tells her. What’s a small town girl to do?
The Young Players’ production will feature a double cast. The Red Cast will perform on Thursday, July 7, and Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m., and again on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. Members of the White Cast will perform on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m. Principals of the Red Cast include Annslee Clay as Millie, Luke Ferguson as Jimmy, Annie Harris as Dorothy, Will Porter as Trevor, Caroline Moore as Mrs. Meers, Zachary Glover as Bun Foo, Elijah Harris as Ching Ho, and JuliAnne Flora as Miss Flannery. Principals of the White Cast include Isabella Hammonds as Millie, Luke Ferguson as Jimmy, Olivia Hicks as Dorothy, Jack Clay as Trevor, Gretchen Bush as Mrs. Meers, Kaylei Taylor as Bun Foo, Kenzie Taylor as Ching Ho, and Madison Stolzer as Miss Flannery. Performing with both casts in supporting roles are Hannah Grace Fritz, Ryleigh Young, Alexandra Lanier, Morgan Jones, Roxie Meyer, Brooklyn Courtney-Moore, Melody Small, Reagan McCartney, Addison Lumpkins, Cadence Earles, Madalyn Anderson, Berkeley Courtney-Moore, Katie McCallister, Erin Johnston, Olivia Ward, Gretchen Bush, Annslee Clay, Isabella Hammonds, Caroline Moore, Sam Duncan, Carson Clay and Caleb Burnett.
This production is sponsored by Everett Buick GMC, Arkansas Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Paul Johnston, Broadway Bound Young Performers of America, Melissa Glover, Daphne Shoppach, and Susan Dill. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 senior, $5 student and may be purchased at Reservations may be made at 501-315-5483.

Congrats to our latest cast-“You Can’t Take It with You”


Grandpa – Tim Sopel
Penny – Amanda Gilmore
Paul – Chris Counts
Essie – Destiny Marchese
Ed – Mason Newberry
Alice – Hannah Hill
Tony – Brian Roberson
Donald – Keith Harper
Rheba – Jaketa McClure
Mr. De Pinna – Randall Earnest
Kolenkhov – Harold Dean
Henderson – Tom Windham
Gay Wellington – Hillary Bell
Mr. Kirby – Paul Johnston
Mrs. Kirby – Karen Ray
Olga – Pam Vidt

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Audition Date Change for You Can’t Take it With You!

Royal Players will hold auditions June 13 and 14 at 6:30 for You Can’t Take It with You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. There will be cold readings from the script. Auditions are at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Downtown Benton on Monday. The Tuesday auditions will be in the choir room of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market, Benton. The production, directed by Frank O. Butler, is Aug. 11-14;18-21. Theater phone is 501-315-5483

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The Royal Players present Camelot!

The Royal Players and the W.W. and Anne Jones Charitable Trust will present Camelot at the Royal Theatre June 9-12 and 16-19. Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music). It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White novel The Once and Future King. The original 1960 production, directed by Moss Hart and orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, ran on Broadway for 873 performances, winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign productions, and the 1967 film. The original cast album was America’s top-selling LP for 60 weeks. The musical has become associated with the Kennedy Administration, which is sometimes referred to as the Camelot era.
The Royal production is directed by D. Brent Miller with music direction by Valerie Couch and choreography by Reagan Hammonds. Assistant director is Matthew Burnett. Ashley Couch portrays Queen Guinevere to Harold Dean’s King Arthur. Kevin Crumpler completes the triangle as Lancelot. Matt Cerino, as Mordred, engineers their downfall. Other cast members are Greg Blacklaw as Pellinore, Hannah Blacklaw as Morgan Le Fey, Megan Bowers, Jeff Brown, Joshua M. Brown, Matthew Burnett, Matt Burns, Matt Cerino, Annslee Clay, Nathan Clay, Tony Clay, Stormy Donham, Luke Ferguson, Izzy Hammonds, Tessa Irvin, Misty Jezierski, Brandon Johnson, Koty Mansfield, Andrew McBride, Carl McBride, Matthew McCallister, Isabelle Marchese, and Makayla Shipe.
Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 senior and military, $5 students and may be bought online at Reservations may be made at 501-315-5483 in June. Theater address is 111 S. Market in Benton.