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The Young Players Present Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.

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The Young Players will present Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., July 7-10, at the Royal Theatre in historic Downtown Benton. The show is directed by D. Brent Miller with music direction by Jo Murry and choreography by Jenny Johnston. Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film.
Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is the high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston! It’s 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. Millie’s wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name – or so he tells her. What’s a small town girl to do?
The Young Players’ production will feature a double cast. The Red Cast will perform on Thursday, July 7, and Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m., and again on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. Members of the White Cast will perform on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m. Principals of the Red Cast include Annslee Clay as Millie, Luke Ferguson as Jimmy, Annie Harris as Dorothy, Will Porter as Trevor, Caroline Moore as Mrs. Meers, Zachary Glover as Bun Foo, Elijah Harris as Ching Ho, and JuliAnne Flora as Miss Flannery. Principals of the White Cast include Isabella Hammonds as Millie, Luke Ferguson as Jimmy, Olivia Hicks as Dorothy, Jack Clay as Trevor, Gretchen Bush as Mrs. Meers, Kaylei Taylor as Bun Foo, Kenzie Taylor as Ching Ho, and Madison Stolzer as Miss Flannery. Performing with both casts in supporting roles are Hannah Grace Fritz, Ryleigh Young, Alexandra Lanier, Morgan Jones, Roxie Meyer, Brooklyn Courtney-Moore, Melody Small, Reagan McCartney, Addison Lumpkins, Cadence Earles, Madalyn Anderson, Berkeley Courtney-Moore, Katie McCallister, Erin Johnston, Olivia Ward, Gretchen Bush, Annslee Clay, Isabella Hammonds, Caroline Moore, Sam Duncan, Carson Clay and Caleb Burnett.
This production is sponsored by Everett Buick GMC, Arkansas Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Paul Johnston, Broadway Bound Young Performers of America, Melissa Glover, Daphne Shoppach, and Susan Dill. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 senior, $5 student and may be purchased at theroyalplayers.com. Reservations may be made at 501-315-5483.

Congrats to our latest cast-“You Can’t Take It with You”

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Grandpa – Tim Sopel
Penny – Amanda Gilmore
Paul – Chris Counts
Essie – Destiny Marchese
Ed – Mason Newberry
Alice – Hannah Hill
Tony – Brian Roberson
Donald – Keith Harper
Rheba – Jaketa McClure
Mr. De Pinna – Randall Earnest
Kolenkhov – Harold Dean
Henderson – Tom Windham
Gay Wellington – Hillary Bell
Mr. Kirby – Paul Johnston
Mrs. Kirby – Karen Ray
Olga – Pam Vidt

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Audition Date Change for You Can’t Take it With You!

Royal Players will hold auditions June 13 and 14 at 6:30 for You Can’t Take It with You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. There will be cold readings from the script. Auditions are at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Downtown Benton on Monday. The Tuesday auditions will be in the choir room of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market, Benton. The production, directed by Frank O. Butler, is Aug. 11-14;18-21. Theater phone is 501-315-5483

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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 13th and 14th 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. Auditions are at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Downtown Benton on Monday. The Tuesday auditions will be in the choir room of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market, Benton. Theater phone is 501-3125-5483.

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.