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“It’s a Wonderful Life” Auditions


Royal Players will be holding auditions for It’s a Wonderful Life by Doug Rand, produced by special arrangement with Playcripts, Inc. Auditions will be held at the Royal Theatre, 111 South Market Street, Benton, AR 72015 on September 10 at 2pm and September 12 at 7pm with possible call back September 15 at 7pm. Please bring a list of your conflicts with you. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin in October and show dates are December 1-4 and December 8-11.

This faithful, fast-moving stage adaptation of the classic film features fluid scene changes, reasonable set requirements, and scores of beefy roles, particularly for women. It’s not only a joyful Christmas tale — it’s the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life.

George Bailey – The everyman of Bedford Falls – a good man whose patience is tried – obviously a major acting role — approximately aged 25 +
Mrs. Bailey – A very kind and understanding woman who should be old enough to be George’s mother as an adult – approximately aged 50 or above
Uncle Billy – George’s uncle and business partner – An older male approximately the same age as Cousin Tilly and Mrs. Bailey
Cousin Tilly – George’s Cousin – works at The Building and Loan
Cousin Eustace – George’s Cousin – works at The Building and Loan
Mary Hatch (later Mary Bailey) –George’s Loving Wife – female approximately the same age as George
Pete/Young George – George and Mary’s Oldest – may double for young George
Janie-George and Mary’s Oldest Daughter
Zuzu – George and Mary’s Younger Daughter
Tommy – George and Mary’s Youngest Child
Clarence Odbody – An AS-2 (Angel Second Class) – male of indeterminate age
Annie – The maid for Ma and Pa Bailey
Harry Bailey – George’s younger brother – male approximately 18-25
Mr. Gower – Proprietor of the corner drug store – older male aged 50 or above
Violet Bick – Friend of George – age will match George and Mary
Bert – a patrolman – male of indeterminate age
Ernie – a cabby – same age as George
Henry F. Potter owns practically the entire town – the villain of the story – older and domineering male aged 50 or above
Mr. Martini – a proprietor of a bar – male aged 35 or above
Mr. Carter – The Bank Examiner
And Townspeople
For more information please contact Director Lisa Goodrich at 501-249-3169 or email at

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“’Boy Hero: The Story of David O. Dodd,” Auditions

The Royal Players will hold auditions for “’Boy Hero: The Story of David O. Dodd,” a historical drama written by Dr. Nancy Hendricks of Hot Springs and set in Central Arkansas during the Civil War. Audition Dates are Sunday, August 14th at 6 pm and Monday, August 15th at 6 pm at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market in Benton. There will be dry reads from the script. The play is directed by Randall Earnest. Author Nancy Hendricks is best known for her research and portrayal of Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, the first woman elected to the United States Senate. Show dates are October 6-9, 2016, to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the birth of David O. Dodd. This is a fundraiser for the Bryant Historical Society, as well as the Royal Players, since the Dodd family lived in that area, and the members of the society do a tremendous job of keeping that legacy alive. Director requests that those who audition be 16 years of age and up please. Theater phone is 501-315-5483; website
David O. Dodd: Male, 17
Frank Tomlinson: Male, 17
Pvt Daniel Olderburg; Male, Young (Union)
Cpl Clausen: Male, Any (Union)
Senhora Dodd: Female, 18 (David’s Sister)
Minerva Cogburn: Female, 17
Lydia Dodd: Female, Middle-Age (David’s Mother)
Lydia Dodd: Female, Older (David’s Mother) will be played by Dr. Hendricks
Mary Dodge: Female, 17
3-5 ensemble

The Royal Players Present “You Can’t Take it With You”


The Royal Players end their 2015-16 season with its production of the classic Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman comedy “You Can’t Take It with You” August 11-14 and 18-21, at the Royal Theater in Benton. The production is sponsored by Regions Bank of Benton. Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 adult, $8 seniors and general military, and $5 students. Tickets will be available on the website –

Directed by Frank O. Butler, the play presents the Sycamore family during the Great Depression, in all its eccentric glory – Mother Penny (Amanda Gilmore) aspires to become a writer; Father Paul (Chris Counts) makes fireworks in the basement with the help of Mr. Da Pinna (Randall Earnest); Older daughter Essie (Destiny Marchese) wants to be a dancer, with the support of her husband Ed (Mason Newberry) and dance teacher Mr. Kolenkhov (Harold Dean); and ‘Grandpa’ (Tim Sopel) wants them all to be happy. When younger daughter Alice (Hannah Hill) falls for the boss’s son Tony (Brian Christopher Roberson), matters of love escalate to impending catastrophe when Tony brings his parents, Mr. Kirby (Paul Johnston) and Mrs. Kirby (Karen Ray), on the wrong night for dinner. In a world of fact-checkers versus dream-catchers, can true love really win out?

Rounding out the cast are Jaketa McClure as Rheba, Keith Harper as Donald, Pam Vidt as Olga, Tom Wilkerson as Henderson, Hillary Bell as Gay Wellington, and Hunter Strom as an agent, with his assistant played by various “special guest stars” – having local “celebrity” actors has become a Royal tradition in Frank O. Butler plays.

“You Can’t Take it with You” originally 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 (Frank Capra). There have been numerous Broadway revivals of the show, including the most recent in 2015, with James Earl Jones as ‘Grandpa’.

The Royal Theatre is in historic Downtown Benton at 111 S. Market Street. Phone is 501-315-5483(LIVE).

“Goodbye Until Tomorrow”: A College Kid Cabaret

13715971_10209603615148470_4884676833301138311_nCome out and join us as we sing some stuff from Broadway shows and maybe a pop song or two as we say “Goodbye Until Tomorrow” to some of our friends.

Tickets will be $5 and the money raised will be going towards the New York Young Players trip next summer.

Accompanist for the night:
Jo Murry

Matthew Burns
Izzy Hammonds
Morgan Potter
Tanner Oglesby
Ben Mills
Reagan Hammonds
Matt Cerino
Brooke Melton
Anthony McBride

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The Young Players Present Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.


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 Reservations may be made at 501-315-5483.

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


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