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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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Oklahoma Auditions Announced

The Royal Players will hold auditions for Oklahoma! May 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal, 111 S. Market in downtown Benton. Rehearsals will start mid May. Director is Kathy Bartholmey with music direction by Valerie Couch and choreography by Jenny Johnston. Those auditioning should prepare a song in the style of the show and bring music for the accompanist; there will also be some simple choreography and cold readings from the script. Ages 16 and up will comprise major/minor roles and main ensemble. A few children may be cast for the 2 or 3 ensemble scenes as well (ages 10-15). However, children must be focused, musically inclined, and preferably have some stage experience. Production dates are July 9-12;16-19. 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. Royal Players website is; phone 501-315-5483.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird tickets are now onsale online.

Young Players Announces Informational Meeting

Saturday March 4th at 10am there will be a meet and greet informational meeting at The Royal Theatre for the Young Players Early Stages ages 5-14

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To Kill a Mockingbird Cast Announced

The Royal Players and Everett Buick GMC present Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, dramatized by Christopher Sergel, April 23-26 and April 30-May 3. The Royal production is directed by Frank O. Butler. Many people list Lee’s novel as their favorite book of all time. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and has become an American literary classic. The 1962 film adaptation was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including a Best Actor Oscar for Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Best Adapted Screenplay for Horton Foote. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Atticus Finch as the greatest movie hero of the 20th Century.
Young Scout Finch lives with her father, Atticus, an attorney, and her older brother Jem in Maycomb, Alabama in 1935. When Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, Atticus represents him, putting his own family in danger.
Scout is played by local actor Emily Broach, Jem is Benton’s Matthew Glover, and their father Atticus is Harold Dean, a well-known Central Arkansas actor. Dill, a childhood friend of Scout and Jem, is Jack Clay of Sheridan. The show is truly a family affair, as Melissa Glover, mother of Matthew, is playing Jean Louise, the adult Scout and the play’s narrator; and Jeremy Clay, father of Jack, is the despicable Bob Ewell.
Mayella, Bob’s daughter, is Cassie Lovell, who recently appeared as Zenetta in the Royal Players’ production of The Music Man. Paul Johnston plays the dual role of Nathan and Boo Radley. Other characters are Heck Tate, played by Tim Sopel; Calpurnia – Y. Machelle Smith-Flint; Tom Robinson – Terry Terrell Jr. Goins; Maudie Atkinson – Donna Johnston; Stephanie Crawford – Tracy Courage; Mrs. Dubose – Susan Dill; Reverend Sykes – Aaron Calvin; Judge Taylor – Jim Troillett; Mr. Gilmer – Randall Earnest; Helen Robinson – Jaketa A. McClure, and Walter Cunningham – Daniel Lieblong.
Performances are Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 10 adults, $8 seniors, students $5 and are available online at Reservation number is 501-315-5483.

Actors needed

We are in immediate need of a Tom Robinson (age 20s-30s) and Reverend Sykes (age 30+) for the Benton Royal Players production of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which I am directing. This is an important production for the Royal Players, and we won’t be able to do it without casting these important roles. Rehearsals start next Monday (March 23rd) and production dates are April 23rd-26th & April 30th-May 3rd. Carpools will be available to any Little Rock actor cast. These are non-paying roles, but will look great on your acting resumes.Contact Susan Dill at