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The Royal Players present Camelot!

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The Royal Players and the W.W. and Anne Jones Charitable Trust will present Camelot at the Royal Theatre June 9-12 and 16-19. Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music). It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White novel The Once and Future King. The original 1960 production, directed by Moss Hart and orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, ran on Broadway for 873 performances, winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign productions, and the 1967 film. The original cast album was America’s top-selling LP for 60 weeks. The musical has become associated with the Kennedy Administration, which is sometimes referred to as the Camelot era.
The Royal production is directed by D. Brent Miller with music direction by Valerie Couch and choreography by Reagan Hammonds. Assistant director is Matthew Burnett. Ashley Couch portrays Queen Guinevere to Harold Dean’s King Arthur. Kevin Crumpler completes the triangle as Lancelot. Matt Cerino, as Mordred, engineers their downfall. Other cast members are Greg Blacklaw as Pellinore, Hannah Blacklaw as Morgan Le Fey, Megan Bowers, Jeff Brown, Joshua M. Brown, Matthew Burnett, Matt Burns, Matt Cerino, Annslee Clay, Nathan Clay, Tony Clay, Stormy Donham, Luke Ferguson, Izzy Hammonds, Tessa Irvin, Misty Jezierski, Brandon Johnson, Koty Mansfield, Andrew McBride, Carl McBride, Matthew McCallister, Isabelle Marchese, and Makayla Shipe.
Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 senior and military, $5 students and may be bought online at theroyalplayers.com. Reservations may be made at 501-315-5483 in June. Theater address is 111 S. Market in Benton.

You Can’t Take it With You Auditions Announced

The Royal Players will hold auditions June 12 and 13 at 6:30 for You Can’t Take It with You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The production, directed by Frank O. Butler, is Aug. 11-14;18-21. The original production of the play premiered on Broadway in 1936, and played for 838 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was adapted for the screen as You Can’t Take It with You, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. There will be cold readings from the script. Auditions are at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Downtown Benton. Theater phone is 501-3125-5483, and the website is theroyalplayers.com.

Plot Summary –
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view.
Cast–
Martin Vanderhof (Grandpa) – Elderly Male – Penelope’s father, family patriarch
Penelope Sycamore (Penny) – Mature Adult Female – married to Paul, writer
Paul Sycamore – Mature Adult Male – married to Penny, makes fireworks
Essie Carmichael – Adult Female – eldest daughter of Penny & Paul, married to Ed, horrible ballet dancer Anyone auditioning for Essie may be asked to dance spontaneously, so be ready.
Alice Sycamore – Young Adult Female – youngest daughter of Penny & Paul, embarrassed by family
Ed Carmichael – Adult Male – married to Essie, plays the xylophone and prints flyers
Tony Kirby – Young Adult/Adult Male – Alice’s boyfriend
Mr. Anthony Kirby – Mature Adult Male – Tony’s father, Wall Street mogul
Mrs. Miriam Kirby – Mature Adult Female – Tony’s mother
Boris Kolenkov – Adult Male – Essie’s ballet teacher
Donald – African-American Adult Male – Rheba’s boyfriend
Rheba – African-American Adult Female – Donald’s girlfriend and the Sycamore’s maid
Mr. De Pinna – Mature Adult Male – family friend of the Sycamores, assists Paul
Wilbur Henderson – Adult Male – IRS worker
Gay Wellington – Adult Female – actress friend of Penny’s, reads her plays
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina – Mature Adult Female – Grand duchess of Russia before the Revolution, now a waitress
3 male extras

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Camelot the Musical Auditions Announced

The Royal Players will hold auditions for its upcoming production of Camelot on Sunday, April 3, and Monday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Sunday auditions will be at the Royal Theatre, 111 S Market in Benton. Monday’s auditions will be just down the street at the First United Methodist Church (upstairs choir room/come in door with circular drive/Conway Street side). This production will be directed by D. Brent Miller. Performance dates are June 9-12 and 16-19. There are roles for ages 18+ there is ONE speaking role for an 11-13-year-old boy. Come with 32 bars of a show tune in the likeness of Camelot ready to sing. A pianist will be provided, so please come with sheet music. Call backs will be April 5th if necessary, and casting will go up by the 8th. Theater phone is 501-315-5483; and the website is theroyalplayers.com. The Royal Players may be found on Facebook as well.

Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music). It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White novel The Once and Future King.

The original 1960 production, directed by Moss Hart and orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, ran on Broadway for 873 performances, winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign productions, and the 1967 film Camelot. The original cast album was America’s top-selling LP for 60 weeks. The musical has become associated with the Kennedy Administration, which is sometimes referred to as the Camelot era.

Shrek! The Musical

Tickets are now onsale at www.theroyalplayers.com or you can make reservations at 501-315-5483. Below is all information you need on the show

The Royal Players will present the Shrek the Musical on April 14-17 and April 21-24 at The Royal Theatre in Benton, 111 S. Market St., in Benton.
Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $5 for students. Tickets can be reserved online at http://theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com. For phone reservations, call (501) 315-5483. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mark A. Burbank directs this a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film. Justin A. Pike and Jenny Johnston are choreographing.
The Royal Players will re-create the fantasy Kingdom of Far Far Away—where things get turned upside down. Instead of a knight riding a noble steed, the hero is Shrek, a swamp-dwelling ogre teamed up with a chatterbox donkey. And the princess? She’s the slightly temperamental Fiona. After Shrek rescues Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower, the two fall in love before she reveals there’s more to her than meets the eye. Other fairytale misfits add surprises: from a Gingerbread Man with an attitude to Three Blind Mice channeling their inner Dreamgirls.
This family-friendly show features a terrific score, with 19 songs including “What’s Up, Duloc,” “Who I’d Be,” and “Freak Flag.”
After Shrek the Musical premiered in 2008, as the most expensive show ever produced on Broadway, it played for more than a year and earned numerous Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations.
The musical draws from a 1990 children’s book by famed New Yorker cartoonist William Steig. Like the first 2001 Shrek film, the musical stays true to Steig’s fractured fairytale vision where dragons are friendly, swamps are better than castles, and the true hero isn’t handsome or noble but a grouchy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside ogre who is more or less content with himself and his life in a swamp.
“On the outside, Shrek the Musical is a show where kids can enjoy the colorful characters and the broad surface humor, while adults will enjoy the more sophisticated cultural references,” said Mark A. Burbank, the director. “Theatre lovers will love the sly Broadway bits from Fosse to Chicago to Wicked with a good-natured poke at Disney theme park cuteness. This is a funny show. It’s a family show. And it has a beautiful message about accepting people for who they are, not who you want them to be.”
The 39-member cast features actors of all ages from the central Arkansas area: Shawn O’Brien as Shrek; Hannah M. Sawyer as Fiona; Payton Justice as Donkey; and John Strickland as the villain, Lord Farquaad.
Other cast members include Cheryl Troillett (dragon), Laura Carlton (Gingy), Ethan Patterson (Pinocchio), Clint Cameron (Big Bad Wolf), Ryan Lynch, Darren Winkler and Khalil Brownlee (3 Little Pigs), Chris Counts (King Harold/White Rabbit), Gabe Gordey (Peter Pan), Jo Murry (Wicked Witch), Kaede Wilson (Sugar Plum Fairy), Isabelle Nguyen (Ugly Duckling), Rachel Brown (Mama Bear), Danny Troillett (Papa Bear/Papa Ogre), John Michael Murphy (Baby Bear), Anna Newman (Mad Hatter), Tamara Boggs (Humpty Dumpty), Morgan Potter (Elf), Jenny Moses, Sandra Shipe, and Karena Malott (3 Blind Mice), Grayson Gribble (Little Shrek/Dwarf), Chris Counts (King Harold), Jennifer Medford (Queen Lillian/Bluebird/Walter), Brooklyn Courtney-Moore (Young Fiona), Makayla Shipe (Teen Fiona), Brian Roberson (Captain of the Guard/Bishop), and McKayla McNeil (Pied Piper).
The ensemble includes Brooke Melton, Isabella Hammonds, Meredith Medford, Madeline Martin, Emily Johnson, Scarlett Castleberry and Madison Tate.
The show runs about 2 hours with one intermission. Shrek the Musical is generously sponsored by Everett Buick GMC.

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3rd Annual Film Festival

The 3rd Annual Royal Film Festival will take Place March 18th at 7p-10pm and March 19th at 10:00am – 5pm at the Royal Theatre 111 South Market Street. This two day event will show case films from Local, national and international filmmakers. Tickets are now on sale at www.theroyalplayers.com for $10.00 in advance or 15.00 at the door this is for both days. Be sure to check out our facebook page at Royal Film Festival. If you have any questions please email royalfilmfest@gmail.com or Call Lisa at 501-249-3169.

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.

Auditions:
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

Performances:
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

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