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A Charlie Brown Christmas

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The Young Players and Landers of Benton are proud to present A Charlie Brown Christmas on stage at The Royal Theatre, December 15-17, 2016 at 7 pm.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:

Opening Night:
Thursday, December 15, 2016-7:00 pm

Additional Performances:
Friday, December 16, 2016-7:00 pm
Saturday, December 17,2016-7:00 pm

There will be a Christmas Cabaret immediately following each performance.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Adult Tickets-$12
Senior Citizens 60 and over and Military-$10
Students from 3 to college student with i.d.-$5

Tickets are available for purchase at www.theroyalplayers.com through TicketLeap

Reservations may also be made by calling (501) 315-LIVE (5483) as early as November 1st, 2016

SUMMARY:

The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown Complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas Season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Directed by Jeremy Clay

Music Direction by Sandy Shipe

Stage Managed by Amber Threlkeld

Costuming by Melissa D Earnest

Props by Misty Jezierski

Produced by Leah Golleher

CAST OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Charlie Brown- Luke Ferguson
Snoopy- Madison Stoltzer
Lucy- Meredith Medford
Linus- Jack Clay
Pig Pen- Noah Lee
Frieda- Olivia Kreulen
Schroeder- Caleb Burnett
Violet- Alex Lanier
Sally- Libby Golleher
Patty-Tierney Earnest
Shermy- Hayden Griffis
Marcie- Hannah Grace Fritz
Woodstock- Sascha Bass
Franklin- Isaac Hutson

Angel Choir
Izzy Hammonds- Cabaret
Gretchen Bush- Cabaret
Makenzie Taylor- Cabaret
Makaylei Taylor- Cabaret
Cadence Earles- Cabaret
Annie Harris- Cabaret
Reagan McCartney- Cabaret
Alana Dunn- Cabaret
Shelby Ward- Cabaret
Adelyn Eiler- Cabaret
Morgan Jones- Cabaret
Julia Gustafson- Cabaret
Caylie Richardson- Cabaret
Mary Grace Wells- Cabaret
Sam Duncan
Hannah Kuhlmann
Rylee Kate Horn
Addison Lumpkins
Amber Thompson
Mia Simone Parker
Rylee Woodard
Addie Woodard
Ty Wunderl
Madalyn Anderson

A Charlie Brown Christmas was written by Charles M. Schulz and is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. By special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Pearson. Play is produced by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

It’s a Wonderful Life is coming to the Royal!

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The Royal Players and Mayor and Nancy Mattingly are proud to present It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Lisa Goodrich, December 1-4 and 8-11.

Show times are December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th at 7:00 p.m. and December 4th and 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices are $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors 60 and over, and members of the Military, and $5 for ages 3 years old to college student with i.d.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.theroyalplayers.com through TicketLeap or you may call 501-315-5483 for reservations and pay at the door.

Summary:

George Bailey is going to kill himself.

Or, at least, he’s toying with the idea. Fortunately, the prayers of his friends and family inspire some divine intervention: two senior angels commission one of their apprentices, Clarence, to save the despondent George. To bring him up to speed, they show Clarence (and us) some of the highlights of George’s life, with some freeze-frames for angelic editorial comments. Clarence is pumped. If he can help George, maybe he can finally get his wings. He’s been a little insecure about it.

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Cast List for “Charlie Brown Christmas”

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The Young Players and Royal Players are happy to announce the cast for Charlie Brown Christmas, showing December 15-17

Charlie Brown- Luke Ferguson
Snoopy- Madison Stoltzer
Lucy- Meredith Medford
Linus- Jack Clay
Pig Pen- Noah Lee
Frieda- Olivia Kreulen
Schroeder- Caleb Burnett
Violet- Alex Lanier
Sally- Libby Golleher
Patty-Tierney Earnest
Shermy- Hayden Griffis
Marcie- Hannah Grace Fritz
Woodstock- Sascha Bass
Franklin- Isaac Hutson

Angel Choir
Izzy Hammonds- Cabaret
Gretchen Bush- Cabaret
Makenzie Taylor- Cabaret
Makaylei Taylor- Cabaret
Cadence Earles- Cabaret
Annie Harris- Cabaret
Reagan McCartney- Cabaret
Alana Dunn- Cabaret
Shelby Ward- Cabaret
Adelyn Eiler- Cabaret
Morgan Jones- Cabaret
Julia Gustafson- Cabaret
Caylie Richardson- Cabaret
Mary Grace Wells- Cabaret
Sam Duncan
Hannah Kuhlmann
Rylee Kate Horn
Addison Lumpkins
Amber Thompson
Mia Simone Parker
Rylee Woodard
Addie Woodard
Ty Wunderl
Madalyn Anderson

The 2016 Ben-Tony Awards

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Here are the nominees for the coveted Ben-Tony Awards for the 2015-2016 season Royal Players. Of course, they are all very worthy (and so are many of their fellow actors who did not get nominated this time around). First, all directors and shows are nominated. The next list starts with non-musicals (leads, then supporting). If a name is repeated, that person was nominated in two categories. Musicals have the extra category of vocal performance. Special volunteer awards are not listed; neither are the ensemble nominations, choreographers or set and tech divisions (or Young Players). If you see a misspelled name, let me know quickly please.

Everyone is invited to the Ceremony October 15, 7 p.m., at the Royal. Admission is free, concession is open, and there will be entertainment.
Shows and directors: “Love from a Stranger”—Frank O. Butler; “White Christmas”-S. Christopher Boggs; “Cheaper by the Dozen” – Lisa Goodrich; “Shrek” – Mark A. Burbank; “Camelot” – D. Brent Miller; “You Can’t Take It with You” – Frank O. Butler.

Our sponsors for the season were Middlebrooks Electric, The Jeff Mattingly Foundation/First Security Bank, Roberson and Associates Insurance, Everett Buick GMC, W.W. and Anne Jones Charitable Trust, and Regions Bank. (They don’t get a trophy, but please remember them.)

Drew Ellis, Jeremy Clay, Brian Roberson, Tim Sopel, Harold Dean; Hillary Bell, Destiny Marchese, Hannah Hill; Duane Jackson, Tim Sopel, Mason Newberry, Jim Troillett, Hunter Strom, Keith Harper, Randall Earnest; Emily Kincaid, Tracy Courage, Donna Johnston, Meredith Medford, Hillary Bell, Jaketa McClure; Jeremy Clay, Tony Clay, D. Brent Miller, Shawn O’Brien, Harold Dean; Jordan Burnett Mays, Moriah Patterson, Hannah M. Sawyer, Ashley Couch; Randall Earnest, Payton Justice, Josh Strickland, Kevin Crumpler; Ersella Hughes, Cheryl Troillett, Megan Bowers; Jeremy Clay, D. Brent Miller, Josh Strickland, Kevin Crumpler, Harold Dean; Jordan Burnett Mays, Moriah Patterson, Rachael Brown, Hannah M. Sawyer, Ashley Couch.

This year we are going to have “Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Royal Players Production.” I have no idea how much of that will fit on a little gold label or what we will do about it. Nominees are Jack Clay, Isabella Nguyen, Brooklyn Courtney-Moore.

Nominees from the Young Players are:
Annslee Clay
Isabella Hammonds
Jack Clay
Erin Johnston
Melody Small
Carson Clay
Annie Harris
Luke Ferguson
Gretchen Bush
Will Porter
Olivia Hicks
Caleb Burnett
Morgan Jones
Koty Mansfield
Georgeann Burbank
Makayla McNeil
Anthony McBride
Brooke Melton
Bodee Starr
Matthew Gonzalez
Carlee Hutchins

The Young Players present “13”

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YOUNG PLAYERS SECOND STAGE PRODUCTION OF 13
ON STAGE AT THE ROYAL THEATRE
October 21-30, 2016

BOOK BY DAN ELISH AND ROBERT HORN
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY JASON ROBERT BROWN

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Opening night:
Friday October 21, 2016 – 7pm

Additional Performances:
Saturday October 22, 2016 – 7pm
Sunday October 23, 2016 – 2pm
Friday October 28, 2016 – 7pm
Saturday October 29, 2016 – 7pm
Sunday October 30, 2016 – 2pm

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission – $13.00

Tickets available for purchase at theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com

Reservations made by calling 501-315-LIVE (5483)

SUMMARY
Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony-Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents’ divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situation himself on a comfortable link of the food chain … or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?

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

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
MATTHEW GLOVER

MUSIC DIRECTION
DAPHNE SHOPPACH

CHOREOGRAPHY BY
MORIAH PATTERSON

STAGE MANAGED BY
CARA SMITH

PRODUCED BY
MELISSA GLOVER & DAPHNE SHOPPACH

DESIGNED AND CONCEPTUALIZED BY
JUSTIN A. PIKE

CAST of 13

Evan Goldman-Will Porter

Archie-Jack Clay

Patrice-Gretchen Bush

Brett-Will Gordey

Lucy-Morgan Jones

Kendra-Makayla Shipe

Eddie-William Alverio

Malcolm-Zachary Glover

Charlotte-Annslee Clay

Cassie-Isabella Hammonds

Molly-Madison Stolzer

Richie-Noah Lee

Simon-Carson Clay

Ensemble
Hannah-Grace Fitz
JuliAnne Flora
Alex Lanier
Katie McCallister
Mia Simone Parker
Savannah Rye
MaKaylei Taylor
MaKenzie Taylor
Rylee Woodard
John Michael Murphy

ROYAL THEATRE
111 S. MARKET STREET
BENTON, ARKANSAS 72015

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Cast Announcement “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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Cast Announcement “Murder at Cafe Noir”

Congratulations to the Murder at Café Noir cast. Come see them at the Civitan event October 27:

Rick Archer – Jacob Alan Sturgeon

Madam Toureau – Charlotte Sears Hammonds

Sheila Wonderly – Angela Morgan

Anthony Cairo – Frank O. Butler

Marie Larue – Francesca Bee

Simon Gutterman – Tim Sopel

Thursby/Vangilder/Rigfield – Brian Christopher Roberson