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Auditions Announced

Auditions for the Royal Players production of The Music Man will be held at the Royal Theatre (111 S. Market in Downtown Benton) Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 7 p.m. Possible callbacks are Monday, December 8. Director is Mark Troillett. Those auditioning should come prepared with a vocal in the style of The Music Man and sheet music for the accompanist. Come prepared to move. No flip flops. Show dates are March 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22. Theater phone is 501-315-5483, and the website is There are parts for adults, teens, and child

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cast Announced

The Royal Players is pleased to announce the Cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,

Father (Bob Bradley)-Tony Clay

Mother (Grace Bradley)-Jeana Hutson

Beth Bradley-Annslee Clay

Charlie Bradley-Luke Ferguson

Ralph Herdman-Matthew McCallister

Imogene Herdman-Burgess Cotham

Leroy Herdman-Cody Thomas

Claude Herdman-Carson Clay

Ollie Herdman-Noah Koch

Gladys Herdman-Kenzie Taylor

Alice Wendleken-Isabella Hammonds

Mrs. Armstrong-Candace Beard

Mrs. Slocum-Jaketa McClure

Mrs. Clark-Beverly Thomas

Mrs. Clausing-Misty Jezierski

Mrs. McCarthy-Charlotte Hammonds

Maxine-Emily Broach

Elmer Hopkins-Zac Van Cleave

Hobie-Collin Hutson

David-Zach Glover

Beverly (Angel Choir)-Erica Hutson

Fireman-Mark Andrews

Fireman-Kevin Tutton

Shirley (Angel Choir)-Libby Golleher

Juanita (Angel Choir)-Kaylei Taylor

Doris (Angel Choir)-Maurin Richey

Reverend Hopkins-Bryant Steele

Janet (Angel Choir)-Meredith Medford

Roberta (Angel Choir)-Emily Ayres

Angel Choir-Bishop Butler, Jack Clay, Emily Greenwell, Isaac Hutson, Sam Koch, Noah Lee, Aiden Tutton, Cooper Tutton, Weston Morehart

Show dates are December 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th and December 11,12,13, and 14th

Our Town Tickets Now On Sale On Line

The Royal Players and Greer’s Electric presents Our Town by Thornton Wilder at the Royal Theatre in historic Downtown Benton on October 9, 10, 11, 12 and October 16, 17, 18 and 19. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Our Town will be The Royal Players opening for its 20th Anniversary Season and a tribute to the original production in 1994 when The Royal Players began as The Central Arkansas Community Players. This production is directed by Lisa Goodrich, producer is Melissa Higginbotham, backstage manager is Alaina Serrato, set design by Hillary Bell with light and sound design by Kendra Baxter. Jasmine Greer, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Arkansas Tech University, is currently working on a documentary about the Royal Players 20th Anniversary season commencing with the production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at Reservation number is 501-315-5483.Our Town is a 1938 three-act play set in the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners; it tells the story of an average town’s citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Scenes from the town’s history between the years of 1901 and 1913 are performed. This Royal Players production features Donna Johnston in the role of Stage Manager. George Gibbs is played by Michael Bartholmey, Hillary Bell as Emily Webb, Jeff Miller as Dr. Gibbs, Melanie Allen as Mrs. Gibbs, Jim Troillett at Mr. Webb, Daphne Shoppach as Mrs. Webb, Courtney Fose as Mrs. Soames, Randall Earnest as Simon Stimson, Annslee Clay as Rebecca Gibbs, Matthew McCallister as Wally
Webb, Ryan Lynch as Howie Newsome, Dakota Leslie as Joe Crowell Jr., Zack Glover as Si Crowell, Tom Windham as Professor Willard, Paul Johnston as Constable Warren, Brain Roberson as Sam Craig, Tom Windham as Joe Stoddard and in the Ensemble are Ben Mills, Jeana Hutson, Ryan Lynch, Cassie
Lovell, and Savannah Fischer.For the convenience of our patrons, a volunteer will be at the theater on the following Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. to answer reservation calls: September 24 and October 1. At other times callers leave a message at 501-315-5483 beginning September 22 or order online at For each ticket purchased online, the patron gets $1 off a medium or large
drink at the concession stand.

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Young Players Second Stage Announce Auditions

*Ages 13 – 23 are eligible to audition.

*Auditions will be held September 28, 29, and 30, 2014.

*Auditions will be by appointment only.

*Appointments will be 6:30pm – 8:45pm Sunday (9/28) and Monday (9/29).

*Callbacks will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday September 30.

*Appointments have to be made with the Director (Justin A. Pike) by email:, or by text: 501.908.1099. Email or Text for availability of times. Best to make an appointment sooner than later in order to secure your ideal time.

*Those interested are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song from the early 1960s or a theatre song in the style of Hairspray, and provide sheet music.

*The appointment will also consist of light cold reading from the script. A reader will be provided.

*On September 30, those asked to return will be called back to dance and/or called back to read. The reading portion of the call backs will be CLOSED.

*The adult roles have been cast.

*Understudies will also be cast from these auditions.

*Rehearsals begin November 1, 2014, with the bulk of rehearsals happening after Thanksgiving.

*Show Dates are January 8 – 18, 201510487179_10100660095505661_3397979090715855824_n

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Disney’s Aladdin Jr Tickets are now online online!

The Young Players will present Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at the Royal Theater August 7-10th. Show times are 7:00 p.m. on August 7th and 8th and on August 9th and 10th the shows will be at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can reserve tickets by calling 501-315-5483 or purchase online at

Our Town Cast Announced!!!

Our Town Cast Annouced!! Don’t miss this Show October 9-12 and October 16th- 19th

Stage Manager-Donna Johnston
George Gibbs- Michael Bartholmey
Emily Webb-Hillary Bell
Dr. Gibbs- Jeff Miller
Mrs. Gibbs-Melanie Allen
Mr.Webb- Jim Troillett
Mrs. Webb-Daphne Shoppach
Mrs. Soames- Courtney Fose
Simon Stimson-Randall Earnest
Rebecca Gibbs-Sarah Guinee
Wally Webb-Matthew McCallister
Howie Newsome-Ryan Lynch
Joe Crowell Jr. -Dakota Leslie
Si Crowell- Zack Glover
Professor Willard- Tom Windham
Constable Warren- Paul Johnston
Sam Craig- Brian Roberson
Joe Stoddard-Tom Windham
Ensemble-Tye Davis, Jeana Hutson, Ryan Lynch, Cassie Lovell
George Gibbs Understudy-Tye Davis
Emily Webb Understudy-Cassie Lovell


Auditions for the Royal Players production of Our Town will be July 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market in Downtown Benton. Director is Lisa Goodrich. Production dates are October 9-12 and 16-19. Rehearsals begin September 1. There will be cold readings from the script. This will be the first production of our 20th anniversary season. Theater phone is 501-315-5483; website

This timeless drama of life in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, has become an American classic with universal appeal. Thornton Wilder’s most frequently performed play, Our Town appeared on Broadway in 1938 to wide acclaim, and won the Pulitzer Prize.

Synopsis: “The Gibbs and the Webbs are living in the fictitious town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century. From the characters, to the diction, to the props, and to the set design, Wilder simplifies everything. He uses typical country vernacular and has the ‘Stage Manager’ speaking directly to the audience to tell the story of these two common families. The story follows these small town characters through three acts: ‘Daily Life,’ ‘Love and Marriage,’ and ‘Death and Eternity.’”

Stage Manager:( Male or Female 25 and over ) appealing, steady, even-handed, benevolent host of the play and the dramatic equivalent of an omniscient narrator. Exercises control over the action of the play, cueing the other characters, interrupting their scenes with their own interjections, and informing the audience of events and objects that we cannot see. Although referred to as Stage Manager, and not by a person’s name, he occasionally assumes other roles, such as an old woman, a druggist, and a minister. Interacting with both the world of the audience and the world of the play’s characters, he/she occupies a god-like position of authority.

George Gibbs: (Male 16-28) Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’s son. All-American boy, sincere, agreeable, polite, respectful, decent, and upstanding young man, but not very good at book and school learning. A loving person – but not very good at expressing those emotions – and perfectly happy to stay on the farm.

Emily Webb: (Female 16-28) Mr. and Mrs. Webb’s daughter, George’s neighbor, love interest, fiancée and then wife. Bright, articulate, conscientious and vivacious person who shares some of her mother’s anxious nature.

Dr. Gibbs: (Male 45-60) George’s father and the town doctor. Loving father, kind husband, content, server, well liked, knowledgeable, mindful. Civil War expert, knows just about everything about everybody in town.

Mrs. Gibbs: (Female 40-50) enduring, justly and appropriate, calm, appreciative and caring mother to her children and wife to Dr. Gibbs. Although content in Grover’s Corner she still desires to see Paris. Suggests the importance of seizing the opportunities life presents, rather than waiting for things to happen.

Mr. Webb: (Male 45-55) Emily’s loving father and a caring husband, the publisher and editor of the local paper, the Grover’s Corners Sentinel. Good sense of humor. Kindly, demonstrative and sympathetic. Reports to the audience in Act I which is both informative and interactive. Has a well-informed interest in Napoleon.

Mrs. Webb: (Female 35-50) Emily’s mother and Mr. Webb’s wife. No nonsense kind of person – innocent, caring, a little coarse-around-the-edges, somewhat anxious, hardworking and tolerant.

Mrs. Soames: (Female 30-50) one of the few townspeople we meet outside of the Webb and Gibbs families. Offers a sense of the interrelated nature of the lives of the citizens of Grover’s Corners. Gossipy, a chatterbox, a bit small-minded but a curious woman who sings in the choir, along with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Gibbs.

Simon Stimson: (Male 40-65) choirmaster/organist of the church whose alcoholism and undisclosed “troubles” have been the subject of gossip in Grover’s Corners for quite some time. Unhappy, down trodden, embittered and oftentimes disparaging

Rebecca Gibbs: (Female 14-21) George’s younger sister. Contrary, competitive, daring, immature and a motivated dreamer

Wally Webb: (Male 10-18) Emily’s younger brother. Turns up in Act III among the group of dead souls, his untimely death underscores the brief and fleeting nature of life. Stubborn, self-interested, and a lovable young boy.

Howie Newsome: (Male 30-50) local milkman, good-natured, chatty, friendly and divulges the local gossip. Reappearance during every morning scene highlights the continuity of life in Grover’s Corners and in the general human experience

Joe Crowell, Jr.: (Male 12-18) the paperboy, sharp-witted, opinionated, and upbeat.

Si Crowell: (Male 12-18) Joe’s younger brother, also a paperboy

Professor Willard: (Male 35-65) professor at the State University who gives the audience a statistical report on Grover’s Corners. Animated, enthusiastic, jovial and gregarious.

Constable Warren: (Male 30-65) policeman with little crime to fight or right, parental, protective, watchful, and favored.

Sam Craig: (Male 20-30) Emily Webb’s cousin, left Grover’s Corners to travel west, but returns for her funeral in Act III. An outsider, experienced and worldly.

Joe Stoddard: (Male 30-80) town undertaker, reclusive watcher and town chronicler.

Ensemble: (Chorus / Ensemble, males and females 16 and above) roles including; Woman in Balcony; Man in Auditorium; Lady in Box and Three Baseball Players

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