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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 www.theroyalplayers.com.

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

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 theroyalplayers.com.

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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Our Town Auditions Announced

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 theroyalplayers.com.

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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South Pacific Cast Announced

South Pacific Cast List
Nellie Forbush – Kaede Wilson

Emile de Becque – Danny Troillett

Bloody Mary – Cheryl Troillett

Liat – Maddie Moore

Lieutenant Joe Cable – Drew Ellis

Luther Billis – Justin Pike

Ngana – Izzy Hammonds

Jerome – Elija Harris

Seaman Tom O’Brien – Michael Bartholmey

Seabee Richard West/Follies Dancer – Ryan Lynch

Lt. Buzz Adams/US Joe Cable – Koty Mansfield

Stewpot/Follies Dancer – Tanner Oglesby

Radio operator/SSgt. Hassinger/Follies Dancer – Jay Davies

Yeoman Quale/ Abner /Marcel – Matt Burns

Ensign Dinah Murphy – Jordan Burnett

Captain Bracket – Tony Clay

Cmdr. William Harbison – Daniel Lieblong

Ensign Connie Walewska – Paige Carpenter

Ensign Pamela Whitmore – Hillary Bell

Ensign Janet MacGregor/US Bloody Mary – Sandy Shipe

Lt. Genevieve Marshall – Charlotte Hammonds

Ensign Bessie Noonan /Follies Dancer – Reagan Hammonds

Ensign Cora MacRae /Follies Dancer – Morgan Potter

Ensign Sue Yaeger/Follies Dancer – Cassie Lovell

Professor – Matt Burnett

Ensign Lisa Minelli – Abby Jo Windsor

Sgt. Kenneth Johnson/Follies Dancer – Tye Davis

Ensign Prudence Fisher – Ashley Groves

Henry/Seabee Morton Wise – Anthony McBride

Ensign Mildred Plum/Mary’s Assistant –Baylee Crosby-Lemon
Ensign Becky Grace/Mary’s Assistant – Shaunacie Mize

South Pacific Auditions

Auditions for Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific will be held Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. and Monday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at the Royal Theatre in historic Downtown Benton (111 S. Market). The production, directed by Jeremy Clay with music direction by Jo Murry and choreography by Jenny Johnston, is scheduled for July 10-13 and 17-20.
Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a song and a one minute monologue in contrast to the song selection. Please bring sheet music for accompanist. (Because there are both serious and comedic characters in the cast, the director would like to hear a funny song and serious monologue or vice versa.) Come dressed to learn simple choreography. Although roles are for adults, not teens, characters will be cast by the age they can appear, rather than real age.
The plot centers on an American nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A secondary romance, between a U.S. lieutenant and a young Tonkinese woman, explores his fears of the social consequences should he marry his Asian sweetheart. Supporting characters, including a comic petty officer and the Tonkinese girl’s mother, help to tie the stories together. Several of its songs, including “Bali Ha’i,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There Is Nothing Like a Dame,” “Happy Talk,” “Younger Than Springtime,” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” have become popular standards.
Theater phone is 501-315-5483; website is theroyalplayers.com.

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