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Audition Announcement for Disney’s Mary Poppins!

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The Royal Theatre announces auditions for Disney’s Mary Poppins Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. Auditions are made BY APPOINTMENT and questions answered by emailing mallenburbank@gmail.com.

Appointments on Friday are available from 6pm-10pm and Saturday from 12pm-5pm. Callbacks if needed will be held on Sunday, March 19.

Auditions will take place at Dance! Infinity, 2618 Congo Rd, Benton, AR, 72019.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 32-bar selection; prepare an uptempo or ballad which shows off your voice and range; standard Broadway music is best. You are welcome to sing from the show, but please have another appropriate selection with you. An accompanist will be provided. No tracks please, and no acapella auditions will be allowed. Head shots and resumes are not required, but are strongly encouraged. Auditionees may be asked to attend a dance callback and/or read from the script following the singing auditions.

Child Actors: The roles of Jane and Michael Banks will be cast ages 8-13. For all other roles we are accepting registrations from ages 16+.

Seeking an ethnically diverse company and a large range of ages. This is a show performed by adults with a few roles for children.

Performance dates are June 8-18, 2017. Rehearsals will begin early May. This production will be directed by Mark A. Burbank, with choreography by Jenny Johnston.

February Newsletter

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Kelly James Memorial Scholarship Application

Kelly James Scholarship Application

The Royal Players and Young Players will award a scholarship of at least $500 to a 2017 graduate who has shown a past commitment to the theatre and plans to receive further education in theatre/film with the goal of a career in the industry. Preference will be given to those active in the Royal Players and Young Players productions.

Please click the link above to download the application form as a Microsoft Word document.

Congratulations to the Cast of Tom Sawyer the Musical!

Cast List

Congratulations to the new cast of the Royal Players’ production of “Tom Sawyer the Musical”! There were so many talented people that came out for auditions and the final decisions were difficult. 52 people auditioned for a cast of 28-32, so if you were not cast, we hope to see you at the next set of auditions at the Royal Theatre!

Royal Players Membership Form and Instructions

Royal Players Membership Form 2017

If you would like to join The Royal Players open membership, please fill out and email this form to sdill@arkansas.net or theroyalplayers@gmail.com and use the Tip Jar on the website to make your payment.

January Newsletter

January Newsletter is now posted. Please go to the top and click on newsletter tab.

Auditions for the Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audition Form

“ Hey Tom Sawyer”
Attention Audition Announcement: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” MTI Production
Director: Tony Clay
Music Director: D. Brent Miller
Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 15th & Monday, January 16th from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 PM by appointment. Callbacks will be held on Sunday January 22 @ 7pm. Location is Benton FUMC Choir room (let me know if you need directions). Address is 200 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015. To make your appointment please email tony.clay@me.com or you can message the director Tony Clay on Facebook Messenger with your preferred date & if you need an early or late time. If available please bring resume and headshot to the audition. If you are under 18 years of age please use your parent’s email address and phone number.
Please prepare 32 bars of a song and bring your sheet music to the audition. Please use a song in the style of the show. The music has a blue grass sound. Feel free to use a song from the show. Recommendations from popular music would be songs from artist like Allyson Krauss or Randy Travis. Please no karaoke or acapella.
Production dates are April 20th -30th (Thursday- Saturday 7 PM with Sunday matinees 2PM). Read-thru Feb. 11th & Rehearsal starts March 2nd. Most rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until tech week.
Character Breakdown
Tom Sawyer is a male age is 12 to 15. Vocal range is top A4 & bottom A2.
Aunt Polly is female 35 to 50 years old (age appearance more than actual age) with a vocal range top E5 to bottom E3.
Huck Finn is a male, age 12 to 15. Vocal range top A4 and bottom C3.
Becky Thatcher is a female, age 12 to 15 with a vocal range top F5 to B3.
Judge Josiah Thatcher is age 35 to 50 (age appearance more than actual age) with a vocal range top F4 to bottom A2.
Injun Joe must be a good actor 40 to 55 years of age with a vocal range top E4 and bottom D3.
Reverend Joshua Sprague is a male age 40 to 60 with a vocal range top E4 to bottom B2.
Widow Douglas is age 45 to 70 with a vocal range top E5 and bottom A3.
Lemuel Dobbins is male age 25 to 45 with a vocal range top E4 to bottom B2.
Muff Potter is age 45 to 70 with a vocal range top E4 and bottom D3.
Doc Robinson is 40 to 55 with a vocal range top F4 and bottom E3.
Sidney Sawyer is a boy 10 to 14 with a vocal range top A5 to bottom E4.
Ben Rogers is age 12 to 15 with a vocal range top A5 to bottom B3.
Joe Harper, George Bellamy, Lyle Peters, Alfred Temple and Jim Hollis are boys with ages 12 to 15 need differing vocal ranges.
Amy Lawerence, Lucy Harper, Sabrina Temple and Susie Rogers are girls with ages 11 to 15 need differing vocal ranges.
Gideon Wain Temple is the Defense Attorney with an age between 35 to 60 years.
Lanyard Bellamy is the Mayor & Prosecutor with an age between 35 to 60 years.
Hartley Wood is the editor of the town news paper with an age between 30 to 60 years.
Sereny Harper, Jessica Rogers, Naomi Hollis and Sally Bellamy are mothers of the children and are between the ages 30 to 50 need differing vocal ranges
(Potential) 4 ensemble girls or females ages may vary with differing vocal range will be cast.

The Wedding Singer

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THE YOUNG PLAYERS SECOND STAGE AND EVERETT BUICK/GMC ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR PRODUCTION OF
THE WEDDING SINGER
ON STAGE AT THE ROYAL THEATRE
January 5-15, 2017

BOOK BY CHAD BEGUELIN AND TIM HERLIHY
MUSIC BY MATTHEW SKLAR
LYRICS BY CHAD BEGUELIN

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Opening night: Thursday January 5, 2017 – 7pm

Additional Performances:
Friday January 6, 2017 – 7 pm
Saturday January 7, 2017 – 7pm
Sunday January 8, 2017 – 2pm
Thursday January 12, 2017 – 7 pm
Friday January 13, 2017 – 7pm
Saturday January 14, 2017 – 7pm
Sunday January 15, 2017 – 2pm

TICKET INFORMATION

Adults – $15.00
College students, seniors and military — $10.00
Students through 12th grade — $6.00

Tickets available for purchase at https://theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com/

Reservations made beginning January 2nd, 2017 by calling 501-315-LIVE (5483)

SUMMARY
The year is 1985. The place is New Jersey. A wannabe rock star (aka a professional wedding singer) is left at the altar and finally changes his tune. The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer’s sparkling new score does for the “80s what Hairspray did for the ‘60s. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in twenty years.

ABOUT YOUNG PLAYERS SECOND STAGE

Young Players Second Stage (YP2S) is a branch of the Young Players program at the Royal Theatre. It exists to provide advanced theatrical opportunities to likeminded, creative young people in the greater central Arkansas area. YP2S stresses dedication, positivity, preparedness, community, and focus as a means to success. This program provides a unique youth theatre experience in that it combines the talents of young theatre enthusiasts with the talents of experienced adult mentors. YP2S was conceived in 2013 by Justin A. Pike and Daphne Shoppach and produced its first production in January 2014. Ages 13 to 23 are eligible to audition and participate.

PRODUCTION DETAILS

DIRECTED BY
JUSTIN A. PIKE

MUSIC DIRECTION
SANDRA SHIPE

CHOREOGRAPHY BY
JENNY JOHNSTON

STAGE MANAGED BY
ABBY SUDBURY

PRODUCED BY
MELISSA GLOVER & DAPHNE SHOPPACH

DESIGNED AND CONCEPTUALIZED BY
JUSTIN A. PIKE

CAST of THE WEDDING SINGER

Robbie Hart
Koty Mansfield

Sammy
Michael Pere

George
Ben Mills

Julia Sullivan
Brooke Melton

Holly
Bridget Davis

Glen Guglia
Payton Justice

Linda
Hannah Blacklaw

Male Ensemble Female Ensemble
Christian Waldron Abby Jo Windsor
Will Alverio Reagan Hammonds
Tye Davis Parker Mancino
Matthew Glover Emily Johnson
Andrew McBride Hannah Hill
Ryan Lynch Annslee Clay
Gretchen Bush
Annie Harris
Makayla Shipe

2017 Adult Mentors
Jane Morgan Balgavy (Rosie)
Cheryl Troillett (Angie)
Beth Ross
Angela Morgan
Greg Blacklaw
Danny Troillett
Michael Goodbar
Tony Clay

Congratulations to the new cast of Miracle Worker

The Royal Players is pleased to announce the cast list for Miracle Worker as follows:

Doctor…………….Jordan Sanchez
Kate……………..Ersella Hughes
Keller……………..Joshua Grandon
Helen……………..Berkley Courtney-Moore/Hannah Dickinson
Martha…………….Melody Small
Percy………………James Smith
Aunt Ev…………..Debbie Wright
James……………..Johnny Jackson
Anagnos……………Robert Ballew
Anne Sullivan……..April Bartholmey
Viney………………..Jaketa McClure
Blind Girls (and various flashback roles)……Kate Benham/Brooklyn Courtney-Moore/Madison
Courage Fleck/Julianne Flora/Isabelle Marchese/Katie McCallister/Makenzie Taylor/Amber Thompson

Assistant Director/Stage Manager……Destiny Marchese

Auditions for The Miracle Worker

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Auditions for “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson will be held at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Benton, on Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20, at 7 p.m. (There may be call backs after Christmas; no date set.) The production dates are February 16-19; 23-26, 2017. Theater phone is 501-315-5483; Royal Players website is theroyalplayers.com.
The director for this production is Kathy Bartholmey. There will be cold readings from the script. Those auditioning will be asked to list possible conflicts for the rehearsal period. Wear comfortable shoes.
Set in the 1880’s, this is the compelling story of Anne Sullivan’s first days as the hired teacher of a blind/deaf Helen Keller. It is a small cast of adults (ages 20-50ish), a few minor child roles, ages 8-16 (including a very focused, small 10-12 year-old girl to play a 6-8 year-old Hellen Keller) including an African-American woman to play the maid/cook and a young African-American boy and girl. If you have questions, please leave your information on the theater phone.