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Oklahoma Auditions Announced

The Royal Players will hold auditions for Oklahoma! May 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal, 111 S. Market in downtown Benton. Rehearsals will start mid May. Director is Kathy Bartholmey with music direction by Valerie Couch and choreography by Jenny Johnston. Those auditioning should prepare a song in the style of the show and bring music for the accompanist; there will also be some simple choreography and cold readings from the script. Ages 16 and up will comprise major/minor roles and main ensemble. A few children may be cast for the 2 or 3 ensemble scenes as well (ages 10-15). However, children must be focused, musically inclined, and preferably have some stage experience. Production dates are July 9-12;16-19. Oklahoma! was the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration and one of the most produced musicals in America. The story is built around Laurey, a headstrong farm girl who doesn’t want to fall willingly into the arms of the handsome cowboy, Curly. In her attempts to avoid him, she turns to the dark-hearted farm hand, Jud Fry, who wants to do more than take her to the dance. Royal Players website is; phone 501-315-5483.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird tickets are now onsale online.

Young Players Announces Informational Meeting

Saturday March 4th at 10am there will be a meet and greet informational meeting at The Royal Theatre for the Young Players Early Stages ages 5-14

April Newsletter Posted

Please go to the top of the page for April Newsletter and click on the tab for newsletter!

To Kill a Mockingbird Cast Announced

The Royal Players and Everett Buick GMC present Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, dramatized by Christopher Sergel, April 23-26 and April 30-May 3. The Royal production is directed by Frank O. Butler. Many people list Lee’s novel as their favorite book of all time. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and has become an American literary classic. The 1962 film adaptation was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including a Best Actor Oscar for Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Best Adapted Screenplay for Horton Foote. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Atticus Finch as the greatest movie hero of the 20th Century.
Young Scout Finch lives with her father, Atticus, an attorney, and her older brother Jem in Maycomb, Alabama in 1935. When Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, Atticus represents him, putting his own family in danger.
Scout is played by local actor Emily Broach, Jem is Benton’s Matthew Glover, and their father Atticus is Harold Dean, a well-known Central Arkansas actor. Dill, a childhood friend of Scout and Jem, is Jack Clay of Sheridan. The show is truly a family affair, as Melissa Glover, mother of Matthew, is playing Jean Louise, the adult Scout and the play’s narrator; and Jeremy Clay, father of Jack, is the despicable Bob Ewell.
Mayella, Bob’s daughter, is Cassie Lovell, who recently appeared as Zenetta in the Royal Players’ production of The Music Man. Paul Johnston plays the dual role of Nathan and Boo Radley. Other characters are Heck Tate, played by Tim Sopel; Calpurnia – Y. Machelle Smith-Flint; Tom Robinson – Terry Terrell Jr. Goins; Maudie Atkinson – Donna Johnston; Stephanie Crawford – Tracy Courage; Mrs. Dubose – Susan Dill; Reverend Sykes – Aaron Calvin; Judge Taylor – Jim Troillett; Mr. Gilmer – Randall Earnest; Helen Robinson – Jaketa A. McClure, and Walter Cunningham – Daniel Lieblong.
Performances are Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 10 adults, $8 seniors, students $5 and are available online at Reservation number is 501-315-5483.

Actors needed

We are in immediate need of a Tom Robinson (age 20s-30s) and Reverend Sykes (age 30+) for the Benton Royal Players production of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which I am directing. This is an important production for the Royal Players, and we won’t be able to do it without casting these important roles. Rehearsals start next Monday (March 23rd) and production dates are April 23rd-26th & April 30th-May 3rd. Carpools will be available to any Little Rock actor cast. These are non-paying roles, but will look great on your acting resumes.Contact Susan Dill at

Music Man Postponed

THE MUSIC MAN WILL OPEN SATURDAY NIGHT, a one night delay because we have been iced out of so many rehearsals–including tonight’s. We will honor all prepaid tickets for Fridays performance on any of the other performance nights.

Performances, which are sponsored by Curtis and Vera Ferguson of Benton, are scheduled Saturday and at 2 p.m. March 8. Additional performances will be March 13-15 and 20-22, with nightly performances at 7 on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays

March Newsletter

March Newsletter is now posted go to the newsletter tab at the top to see the current and past newsletters. Don’t forget Music Man Opens 3/6 and tickets are onsale online!

The Music Man Online Tickets

Online Tickets are now available!! If you want to make reservation the reservation line will open March 1st phone number 501-315-5483.