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October 2017 Newsletter

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Young Players Center Stage and Everett Buick GMC present The Lion King Jr.

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YOUNG PLAYERS CENTER STAGE and EVERETT BUICK GMC
Present

THE LION KING JR.
ON STAGE AT THE ROYAL THEATRE
October 20-29, 2017

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY
Elton John & Tim Rice

ADDITONAL MUSIC & LYRICS BY
Lebo M, Mark Mancina,
Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer

BOOK BY
Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

BASED ON THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY
Julie Taymor

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Opening night: Friday October 20, 2017 – 7pm

Additional Performances:
Saturday October 21, 2017 – 7pm
Sunday October 22, 2017 – 2pm
Friday October 27, 2017 – 7pm
Saturday October 28, 2017 – 7pm
Sunday October 29, 2017 – 2pm

TICKET INFORMATION
General Admission – $15.00
Seniors, Military, College Students – $12.00
Students (High School and below) – $6.00

Tickets available for purchase at theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com

or starting Friday, Oct 6, 2017
Reservations can be made by calling 501-315-LIVE (5483)

SUMMARY
It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love ‘till we find our place on the path, unwinding in the circle – the circle of life. Disney’s THE LION KING JR. brings the African savanna to majestic life with Simba, Rafiki, Mufasa and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey to the jungle… and back again in this dazzling adventure celebrating the inescapable circle of life. The world’s #1 musical is an awe-inspiring story of love, hope, and redemption for the entire family.

ABOUT YOUNG PLAYERS CENTER STAGE
Young Players Center Stage 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. Center Stage stresses dedication, positivity, preparedness, community, and focus as a means to success. Ages 12 to 15 are eligible to audition and participate.

PRODUCTION DETAILS

DIRECTED BY
JUSTIN A. PIKE

MUSIC DIRECTION
DAPHNE SHOPPACH

CHOREOGRAPHY BY
MAKAYLA SHIPE

STAGE MANAGED BY
IZZY HAMMONDS & ABBY MARTIN

PRODUCED BY
MELISSA GLOVER & TERI LANIER

DESIGNED AND CONCEPTUALIZED BY
JUSTIN A. PIKE

CAST of THE LION KING JR.
Rafiki
Chloe Luna

Young Simba
Maverick Burlison

Young Nala
Caitlyn Luna

Simba
Zachary Glover

Nala
Kyra Griffin

Mufasa
John Straessle

Scar
Jaelun Thomas

Bonzai
Mia Simone Parker

Shenzi
Hannnah-Grace Fritz

Ed
Adelyn Eiler

Timon
Noah Lee

Pumbaa
Carson Clay

Zazu
William Alverio

Sarabi
Morgan Jones

Sarafina
Alexandra Lanier

Ensemble:
Katharine Crowe, Kathryn Morris, Isaac Hutson, Lexie Ellis, Emily Jones, Olivia Kreulen, Keetin Kinzler, Allie Bailey, Lauren Redmond, Lauren Bond, Kaylei Taylor, Kenzie Taylor, Daisy Medders, Hillary Arnold, Kalysta White, Rylee Woodard, Tiara Moore, Katie McCallister, Dylan Moore, Madison Courage-Fleck

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The Royal Players and WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust proudly present All Shook Up the Musical

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The Royal Players and WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust proudly present All Shook Up the Musical at the historical Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market Street in downtown Benton, AR.
Show Times are August 10th-12th at 7pm, August 13th at 2pm and the following weekend August 17-19 7pm and August 20th at 2pm. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors and $5.00 for students (ages 3-college age with valid student ID) Tickets can be purchased online through TickketLeap by visiting www.theroyalplayers.com
and reservations can be made at 501- 315-5483.
“All Shook Up” is set in 1955 in a Midwestern town devoid of music and love, when a roustabout by the name of Chad (Alexander Harding Chandler) rides in on his motorcycle. His bike needs a mechanic and that’s when he meets Natalie Haller (Hannah Hill), the best female mechanic around. Natalie has been dreaming of her one true love and falls head over heels for Chad, not realizing that her best friend, Dennis (Mark A. Burbank), is in love with her. It doesn’t take long for Chad to realize that this town is in need of some excitement, but fun has been outlawed by Mayor Matilda Hyde (Sarah Clayton). She keeps her son, Dean (Jacob Jackson), in tow by sending him to military school, and absolutely forbids him from getting romantically involved with Lorraine (Kyra Griffin), a girl from the “wrong side of the tracks.” Even the town’s Sheriff, Earl (Joshua Grandon), can’t get in a word edgewise in her presence. As Chad seeks to shake things up with his bible of rock-n-roll, the citizens begin to show signs of life. Natalie’s widowed father, Jim (Johnny Jackson), falls in love with the museum caretaker, Miss Sandra (Cassandra Lovell), while the owner of the Honkey Tonk, Sylvia (Desiree Grisley), falls in love with him.
Elvis Presley tunes make up the score, including “Teddy Bear/Hound Dog”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
While a comedy, the musical also touches racial and class tensions of the 1950s. Rounding out the cast in the ensemble is Paul Johnston, Randall Earnest, Brian Christopher Roberson, Mason Newberry, Nathan Clay, Michael Allison, Kelton Ramsey, Libby A. Smith, Leslie Tate, Angela Morgan, Savannah Price, Georgeann Burbank, Katie McCallister, Abby Windsor, Vivianne Flora, Donna Jo Pelle, Isabelle Marchese, Destiny Marchese, Rylee Christen Bolls, Hayden Griffis and Christian Waldron
Director – Frank O. Butler Musical Director – Dawne Carroll Choreographer- Anna Bowman 1st Assistant Director- Angela Morgan 2nd Assistant Director- Matthew Burns Cast and crew are from Pulaski, Saline, and Grant Counties. For any questions please call Lisa Goodrich at 501-249-3169 or email at lisagoodrich1980@yahoo.com

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The Royal Players and Everett Buick/GMC present Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

BENTON, AR. – The Royal Players and Everett Buick GMC present MARY POPPINS June 8-11 and 15-18 at The Royal Theatre (111 S. Market St, Benton, AR). Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and military, and $5 for students (ages 3 – college with a valid student ID).

Tickets can be purchased online at theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com
Tickets may also be purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received 44 major theatre awards from around the globe. The jack-of-all trade, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it.”

MARY POPPINS is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing things happening on stage! The score features your favorite Poppins tunes including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Step in Time,” and “Chim Chiminey.”

Director, Mark A. Burbank, states, “MARY POPPINS is a wonderful fusion of various elements from the classic Disney film and the beloved series of books by P.L. Travers. Our production contains a lot of original staging and several exciting surprises never seen before in any previous production. MARY POPPINS is an enchanting, heartwarming show with an important message about love and cherishing what really matters that families in our area will definitely not want to miss!”

The cast features Angela Collier as Mary Poppins, Joshua Campbell as Bert, Brooklyn and Berkeley Courtney-Moore as Jane and Michael Banks, Jeremy Clay as George Banks, Marcia Brown as Winifred Banks, Karena Malott as Mrs. Corry/Miss Andrew, Jamie Partain as Bird Woman/Miss Lark, Cheryl Vanwinkle as Mrs. Brill, and Ryan Lynch as Robertson Ay.

Rounding out the cast are William Alverio, Jeff Brown, Rachel Brown, Khalil Brownlee, Georgeann Burbank, Hayley Coughlin, Adrian Hinojosa, Emily Johnson, Makayla McNeil, Morgan Potter, Makayla Shipe, Cory Williams, Rosalyn Williams, and Olivia Witcher.

Under the direction of Benton native, Mark A. Burbank, the creative team includes Rachel McBride, Producer; Sandra Shipe, Musical Director; Jenny Johnston, Choreographer; Carl McBride, Scenic Construction; Michelle Alverio and Sotonya Gordey, Costume Coordinators; Timothy Huddleston, Lighting Designer; Charles Johnson, Sound Designer; Emma Boone, Production Stage Manager.

Mary Poppins is produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International, 421 W. 54th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10019

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Auditions for “All Shook Up! The Elvis Presley Musical”

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Auditions for the Benton Royal Players’ production of “All Shook Up! The Elvis Presley Musical” will be held April 22nd at 10a and April 23rd at 7p at the Royal Theater, 111 S. Market Street, Benton, AR. Production dates are August 10th-20th. Rehearsals start in July. Director is Frank O. Butler. Musical Director and Choreographer to be named later.

These are open auditions – no reservations required!

Please prepare to sing 16-32 bars of music (chorus+verse). It can be music from the show. An accompanist will be present, so please provide sheet music. There will also be movement, so please dress accordingly, including proper footwear -NO FLIP-FLOPS OR SANDALS. There will be cold readings from the script.

If you are not able to attend auditions, but wish to be considered, you may submit a video audition to the director via FB Messenger. Please include a copy of your resume. Submissions end at midnight April 23rd.

“All Shook Up” is inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

The diverse cast includes –

NATALIE HALLER (Early 20’s): a mechanic.

CHAD: a great-lookin’, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout.

JIM HALLER (mid 40’s-50’s): Natalie’s widowed father.

SYLVIA (mid 40’s): the no-nonsense, African-American owner of SYLVIA’S HONKY-TONK.

LORRAINE: Sylvia’s 16 year-old daughter.- African-American

DENNIS: a young, awkward, aspiring dentist.

MISS SANDRA: the beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum.

MAYOR MATILDA HYDE (mid 40’s-50’s): the town’s conservative mayor.

DEAN HYDE: Matilda’s 16 year-old son. He has grown up at a military boarding school.

SHERIFF EARL (mid 40’s-50’s): the law in town. A man of not many words.

MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE play an assortment of TOWNSPEOPLE – roles for African-Americans and folks ages 15-65!

For more information, you may contact the director via FB Messenger.