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Shrek the Musical Auditions Announced

The Royal Theatre will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of Shrek: The Musical on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st begining at 6:00pm (Open Call). If necessary, callbacks will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd. This production will be directed by Mark A. Burbank, with choreography by Justin A. Pike. Rehearsals will begin March 3rd.

Saturday, January 30th from 6:00-9:00pm
Sunday, January 31st from 6:00-9:00pm

Invited callbacks will be:
Tuesday, February 2nd from 6:00-9:00pm

April 14-17 and 21-24, 2016

All auditionees should be at least 7 years of age and should prepare a song that best features their vocal ability and personality. Performers are required to bring 32 bars of music either from, or in the same style of, the show for the initial audition. An accompanist will be provided. Everyone will be asked to attend a dance call following the singing portion of the audition, and some may be asked to do a cold read from the script. Headshot and resume are strongly encouraged, but not required.

Seeking an ethnically diverse company and a large range of ages. This is a show performed by adults with a few roles for children.

Cheaper by the Dozen Tickets are now onsale


Cupid’s Dinner Theatre

Cupid’s Dinner Theater features a romantic comedy play, Private Lives, by The Royal Players.

The event will also feature food by Dinner’s Ready. This dinner and a show is an exciting opportunity for a date night. There will be an art auction of original client pieces during intermission.

20% of the event proceeds will benefit The Royal Players.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Tickets Now Available online

Young Players Second Stage Production of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS on stage at the Royal Theatre at 111 South Market Street in Benton, Ar JANUARY 7-17, 2016.Thursday January 7, 2016 – 7pm,Friday January 8, 2016 – 7pm,Saturday January 9, 2016 – 7pm,Sunday January 10, 2016 – 2pm,Thursday January 14, 2016 – 7pm,Friday January 15, 2016 – 7pm,Saturday January 16, 2016 – 7pm,Sunday January 17, 2016 – 2pm. General Admission – $12.00,Seniors 60+ – $10.00,Students – $5.00,Tickets available for purchase at or reservations can be made by calling 501-315-LIVE (5483).

*Based on the 1954 Stanley Donen film of the same name which is, itself, an adaption of the short story “The Sobbin’ Women,” by Stephen Vincent Benét, based on the Ancient Roman legend of The Rape of the Sabine Women. The show flopped both on Broadway and in London, however, in its revised version have experienced wild success regionally in the United States and abroad. The Songs “One Man”, “Love Never Goes Away”, “The Townsfolk’s Lament”, ” A Woman Ought To Know Her Place”, “We Gotta Make It Through The Winter”, “Spring Dance”, and “Glad That You Were Born” were written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn for the musical. The songs “Bless Your Beautiful Hide”, “Wonderful Wonderful Day”, “Goin’ Courtin'”, and “Sobbin’ Women” are from the 1954 film and written by Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer.

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Cheaper by the Dozen cast announced

Mr. Gilbreth – Jeremy Clay
Mrs. Gilbreth-Tracy Courage
Anne-Destiny Marchese
Younger Ernestine: Meredith Medford
Older Ernestine:Donna Johnston
Martha-Ashley Cornwall
Younger Frank-Nathan Clay
Older Frank-Jim Troillett
Bill- Jack Clay
Lillian- Berkeley Courtney-Moore
Fred, Collin Hutson
Dan-Luke Ferguson
Jackie: Zachary Glover
Mrs. Fitzgerald: Jaketa McClure
Dr. Burton: Paul Johston
Joe Scales: Hunter Strom
Miss Brill: Jeanna Hutson
Larry: Josh Brown
Performance Dates are Feb 4-7 and 11-14th

Tickets on sale online for Young Players One Acts!

The Young Players of The Royal Theatre will present 2 one act plays- “Captive Audience” and “Backstage” on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 at 7p.m. at the Royal Theatre 111 S. Market Street, Benton, AR. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60 and older) and $5 for students (college and younger) and are available the day of the shows on a first come first served basis.

Captive Audience is a cautionary fable that tells how Rob and Laura face a menace in their living room: a television that talks back to them and threatens to swallow them whole. Cast includes Tye Davis, Abby Windsor, Ben Mills, and Reagan Hammonds with direction by Tye Davis.

We all know that the real drama in a theatre takes place backstage lines and plot twists fly as fast as

Cheaper By the Dozen Auditions Announced

Audition Notice: Cheaper by the Dozen – Royal Players
Adapted by Sherman Sergel
From the Book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing
Directed by Lisa Goodrich
Produced by: TBD
Audition Dates & Times:
Saturday December 5th at 1pm and Sunday December 6th at 7pm
Audition Location:
Royal Theatre at 111 South Market Street Benton, Ar 501-315-5483
Performance Dates:
February 4-7; 11-14
Audition Requirements:
Cold Reads from Scripts
Plot Summary:
Based on a true story, Cheaper by the Dozen tells the story of the Gilbreth family. Their inventor father, who is well-known for bringing better efficiency to factories, keeps his family of twelve children running just as efficiently. This play is told from the point of view of two of his children reflecting on the last few months before his death. He was preparing the family for his imminent departure, but most of his children, like most of the young children in the audience, were unaware of the fact. It is an extremely funny, heart-warming, and family-friendly tale, and the tragic catharsis of the father’s death is beautiful to the adults in the audience, who can understand the euphemisms.
For More Information:
If you need additional information, please contact Lisa Goodrich at 501-249-3169 or
Character Breakdown:
Mr. Gilbreth (Dad): Late 40’s to mid 50’s. Carries himself with the self-assurance of a successful man who is proud of his wife and family as well as his business accomplishments. Though a disciplinarian, he loves nothing so much as a good joke, preferably one on himself.
Mrs. Gilbreth (Mother): Late 40’s to mid 50’s. A gracious, attractive women. She is also a psychologist. In her own way she is often able to get better results with her large family more so than her disciplinarian husband.

Anne: the oldest, about 17. Attractive, sweet natured, but stands up to her father.

Ernestine: about 15. Also the Co-Narrator.

Martha: about 14. Speaks some German.

Frank: about 16. Also the Co-Narrator.

Bill, Lillian, Fred, Dan, Jackie: The younger children (ages variable from 13 – 5).

Mrs. Fitzgerald: The housekeeper – a kind woman who is completely devoted to the family. Sometimes her patience is tried by the ongoing chaos of the large family (age 50 – 70).

Dr. Burton: The family doctor – a plain spoken man (age 40 – 60).

Joe Scales: Anne’s age (about 17) – a very short, cocky cheerleader.
Miss Brill: A teacher who has no love for the children and they have none for her (age 35 – 50).
Larry: Anne’s age (about 17), nice-looking, clean cut boy. Anne’s “special friend”.

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