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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

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Murder Mystery Dinner 2015


If you’re not feeling the “love,” (see below), maybe you’ll like this one:
The Murder At The Masquerade Mystery Dinner will be Civitan Services’ largest fundraiser of the year. Held at the Benton Event Center on Thursday, October 29th, it features an interactive play by The Royal Players.
Auditions will be held August 24th and 25th at 7:00 p.m. at The Royal Theater. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script only. For more information, contact our play director, Lisa Goodrich, at 501-249-3169 or email her at

The Royal Players will hold auditions for “Love from a Stranger,” a play adapted by Frank Vosper from a story by Agatha Christie, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, and 6 p.m. Sunday, August 23 at the Royal. Director is Frank O. Butler, and performance dates are October 8-18. Rehearsals start August 29. Please bring a list of any conflicts that might affect the rehearsal schedule. There will be cold readings from the script. Cast includes four men and four women of various ages (no children). Cecily Harrington’s fiance is traveling in the Sudan, when she wins a big prize in a sweepstake and decides to postpone the wedding to spend a portion of the money on a European trip. During her travels, she meets Bruce Lovell, who sweeps the romance-craving Cecily off her feet, marries her, and takes her to his out-of-the-way cottage in the country. However, Lovell is not the charming gentleman he appears to be. Instead, he is a homicidal maniac of the most eerie, repulsive type, and is resolved to murder his new wife, just as he has murdered several other women before her. When a series of circumstances leads Cecily to realize the ghastly fact, she finds herself caught like a rat in a trap, unsure of how she will escape…
The Royal Theatre is in historic Downtown Benton at 111 S. Market Street. Phone is 501-315-5483; website is

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Oklahoma! The Musical tickets now available online

The Royal Players will present Oklahoma! July 9-12 and 16-19 at the Royal Theatre in historic Downtown Benton. Directoris Kathy Bartholmey with music direction by Valerie Couch and choreography by Jenny Johnston. Oklahoma! was the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration and one of the most produced musicals in America. The story is built around Laurey, a headstrong farm girl who doesn’t want to fall willingly into the arms of the handsome cowboy, Curly. In her attempts to avoid him, she turns to the dark-hearted farm hand, Jud Fry, who wants to do more than take her to the dance. In the Royal production Hannah Blacklaw portrays Laurey, and Matthew Burnett is Curly. Other featured actors areDaphne Shoppach as Aunt Eller, Kaede Wilson as Ado Annie, Michael Bartholmey as Will Parker, Brian Roberson as Ali Hakim, Jeremy Clay as Jud Fry, Clay Burnett as Andrew Carnes, Nonia Gordey as Gertie Cummins, Jason Green as Ike Skidmore, and Matthew Burns as Cord Elam. The ensemble includes Rylee Bolls, Claire Green, Annie Harris , Morgan Potter, Eliana Scully, Madison Treat, Elizabeth Winkler, Lillian Morrison, Rachel Jones, Hannah Curry, Michael Fuhrman, Will Davis, Nathan Clay, Gabe Gordey, Max Green, Darren Winkler.Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. This production is sponsored by the W. W. and Anne Jones Charitable Trust. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 senior, $5 student and may be purchased at Reservations may be made at 501-315-5483

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Young Players Early Stages Announce Cast of Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr!

The Young Players Early Stages is proud to announce the cast of Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.
Director- Lisa Goodrich Student Director- Hannah Blacklaw
Musical Director- Jo Murry Choreographer- Stacy Hawking
Producers- Melissa Glover and Tracy Courage
Show Dates are August 6th-9th
Ariel- Annslee Clay
Mersisters- Syrah Mian, Meg Amason, Tierney Earnest, JuliAnne Flora,Makayla Shipe, Olivia Hicks
King Triton-Ryan Taneja
Prince Eric-Nathan Clay
Grimsby-Jack Clay
Pilot-Ty Jackson
Ursula- Meredith Medford
Flotsam and Jetsom- Makaylei Taylor, Mackenzie Taylor
Sebastian- Luke Ferguson
Flounder-Madison Stolzer
Scuttle- Isabella Hammonds
Gulls Chorus- Erin Johnston, Olivia Ward, Berkeley Courtney-Moore, Brooklyn Courtney-Moore
Seahorse-Zachary Glover
Carolotta-Isabelle Marchese
Chef Louis- Will Potter
Ensemble- Lucy Morgan, Ly’niya Hubbard, Sam Duncan, Elijah Harris, Jaelun Thomas, Emily Ayres, Amelia Nickols, Madison Fleck, Addison Lumpkins, Ryleigh Young, Libby Golleher, Paige Fuhrman, Hunter Thompson, Carson Clay,Lauren Long,Morgan Stolzer

Oklahoma Cast Announced

The Royal Players Announce the cast of Oklahoma! Directed by Kathy Bartholomey

Aunt Eller……………Daphne Shoppach
Laurey……………….Hannah Blacklaw
Curly…………………Matthew Burnett
Ado Annie…………Kaede Wilson
Will Parker………..Michael Bartholmey
Ali Hakim…………..Brian Roberson
Judd Frye…………..Jeremy Clay
Andrew Carnes………Clay Burnett
Gertie Cummins……..Rachel Bland
Ike Skidmore………….Jason Green

Ensemble: Rylee Bolls, Kaitlin Brooks, Matthew Burns, Nathan Clay, Hannah Curry, Jessica Elliff, Michael Fuhrman, Matthew Glover, Claire Green, Max Green, Charlotte Hammonds, Isabella Hammonds, Reagan Hammonds, Annie Harris, Charlee Morrison, Lillian Morrison, Morgan Potter, Madison Treat, Christian Waldren, Darren Winkler, Elizabeth Winkler.

Production dates are July 9-12;16-19

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