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February 2018 Newsletter

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Twelfth Night presented by The Royal Players In Collaboration with Saline County Shakes, sponsored by Regions Bank

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The Royal Players, Saline County Shakes and Regions Bank present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be held at the Royal Theatre in Historic Downtown Benton February 8-18. This production is sponsored by Regions Bank. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at theroyalplayers.com
, and reservations are available at 501-315-5483.

There is a special for teachers who accompany student groups; for information please contact theroyalplayers@gmail.com.

The theater is located at 111 S. Market.

This production is directed by Michael Bartholmey, who has directed with both Royal Players and Saline County Shakes, and has been adapted to last about two hours.

Critically acclaimed as one of Shakespeare’s most complex and intriguing plays, Twelfth Night is a classic romantic comedy of mistaken identities. When Viola ends up shipwrecked on the opposite side of an island as her nearly identical twin brother, she decides to disguise herself as a boy. Meanwhile, Orsino, a duke on the island, is attempting to woo the Countess Olivia. Olivia falls in love with Orsino’s messenger (Viola in disguise) who is now in love with the duke. All is set right when the twins finally meet face to face. Similar plots can be found in modern comedies, but many of the ideas originated with the Bard.

The cast for the Royal production follows:
Savannah Price – Viola
Andrew McBride – Duke Orsino
Claudia Moskova-Cremeens – Countess Olivia
Nicholas Bell – Sebastian
Joshua Grandon – Malvolio
Robert Minton – Sir Toby
Hillary Bell – Sir Andrew
Rebecca Minton – Maria
Destiny Marchese – Feste, the Fool
Delany Leslie – Antonia
Michael Bartholmey – Fabian
Cindy Bell – A Captain
Isabelle Marchese – Valentine
Donna Jo Pelle –Curio

The Royal Players and Saline County Shakes announce the cast of Twelfth Night

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Savannah Price – Viola
Andrew McBride – Duke Orsino
Claudia Moskova-Cremeens – Countess Olivia
Nicholas Bell – Sebastian
Joshua Grandon – Malvolio
Robert Minton – Sir Toby
Hillary Bell – Sir Andrew
Rebecca Minton – Maria
Destiny Marchese – Feste, the Fool
Delany Leslie – Antonia
Cindy Bell – A Captain
Isabelle Marchese – Valentine
Donna Jo Pelle -Curio

Directed by Michael Bartholmey

January 2018 Newsletter

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Young Players Second Stage and Arvest Bank Present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Young Players Second Stage and Arvest Bank Present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Dark comedy is served at the historic Royal Theatre as the Young Players Second Stage and Arvest Bank proudly present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 111 S. Market Street, in downtown Benton.

Show times are January 4 – 6 and 11-13 at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 pm on the 7th and 14th.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), college age with a valid student ID, and military, and $6 for students (ages 3 – high school).
Reservations are recommended.Tickets can be purchased online at www.theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com. You may also call 501-315-LIVE to make reservations by phone.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up!

The Young Players Second Stage production features Koty Mansfield as Sweeney Todd, Georgeann Burbank as Mrs. Lovett, Mark Burbank as Anthony, Abby Woodward as Johanna, Hannah Blacklaw as Lucy, Braxton Johnson as Adolfo Pirelli, Ethan Patterson as Tobias Ragg, Tanner Ogelsby as Judge Turpin, and Payton Justice as Beadle Bamford. The Ensemble includes: Meg Amason, Avery Bruce, Matthew Burns, Nathan Clay, Jack Clay, Skyla Conger, Luke Ferguson, Matthew Glover, Isabella Hammonds, Reagan Hammonds, Hannah Hill, Emily Johnson, Katelyn Jones, Ryan Lynch, Destiny Marchese, Andrew McBride, Christian Waldron. Adult Mentors include: Greg Blacklaw, Sarah Etters Heer, Jamie Partain, Beth Ross, and Rita Woodward.

Under the direction of Justin A. Pike, the creative team includes Daphne Shoppach and Tanner Ogelsby as music directors, and Reagan Hammonds as choreographer. Co-Produced by Melissa Glover and Charlotte Hammonds. Actors come from Garland, Saline, Pulaski, Grant, Hot Springs, Lonoke and Faulkner counties.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, 421 W. 54th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10019.

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YP2S Announces the Cast of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Coming January 2018!
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The Royal Players and The Jeff Mattingly Foundation along with First Security Bank Present Oliver! The Musical

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The Jeff Mattingly Foundation along with First Security Bank Present Oliver! The Musical
on stage at The Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Benton, AR. Show dates are November 30-December 10, 2017.

BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS by Lionel Bart

ADDITONAL MUSIC & LYRICS BY Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer

Oliver! Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International
Opening night: Thursday, November 30, 2017 7pm

Additional Performances:
Friday, December 1, 2017- 7p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 2017- 7p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2017- 2p.m.
Thursday, December 7, 2017- 7p.m.
Friday, December 8, 2017- 7p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2017- 7p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2017- 2p.m.

TICKET INFORMATION
General Admission – $15.00
Seniors, Military, College Students – $12.00
Students (High School and below) – $6.00

Tickets available for purchase at theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com

or starting November 20, Reservations can be made by calling 501-315-LIVE (5483)

SUMMARY

The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens’ novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and song ever to hit the stage.

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.

PRODUCTION DETAILS

DIRECTED BY
MICHAEL BARTHOLMEY

MUSIC DIRECTION
MATTHEW GLOVER

CHOREOGRAPHY BY
ANNA BOWMAN

STAGE MANAGED BY
MICHELLE GRIFFIS

PRODUCED BY
CHARLOTTE HAMMNDS & CARISSA A. LUMPKINS

CAST FOR OLIVER! THE MUSICAL
Oliver – Hayden Woods
The Artful Dodger – Melody Small
Fagin – Mark Troillett
Nancy – Paige Carpenter
Bill Sikes – Tim Huddleston
Bet – Rylee Bolls
Mr. Bumble – Robert Minton
Widow Corney – Susan Thomey
Mr. Brownlow – Eric McCallister
Mr. Sowerberry – Joshua Grandon
Mrs. Sowerberry – Mollie Richey
Charlotte – Izzy Hammonds
Noah Claypoole – Will Porter
Mrs. Bedwin – Jamie Partain
Charley Bates – Zachary Glover
Sally – Debbie Wright
Ensemble:
David Burlison
Amber Threlkeld
April Bartholmey
Katrina Lilly
DJ Pelle
Kadyn White
Lauren Redmond
Katie McCallister
Tapp Langley
Noah Lee
Hayden Griffis
Grace Moody
Fagin’s Gang:
John Isaac Small
Maverick Burlison
Seth Nuss
Addison Lumpkins
Harper Keith
Abby Jones
Berkeley Courtney-Moore
Boston Davis
Braden Lisowe
Madison Coldiron

Kid Friendly

October 2017 Newsletter

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Young Players Center Stage and Everett Buick GMC present The Lion King Jr.

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YOUNG PLAYERS CENTER STAGE and EVERETT BUICK GMC
Present

THE LION KING JR.
ON STAGE AT THE ROYAL THEATRE
October 20-29, 2017

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY
Elton John & Tim Rice

ADDITONAL MUSIC & LYRICS BY
Lebo M, Mark Mancina,
Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer

BOOK BY
Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

BASED ON THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY
Julie Taymor

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Opening night: Friday October 20, 2017 – 7pm

Additional Performances:
Saturday October 21, 2017 – 7pm
Sunday October 22, 2017 – 2pm
Friday October 27, 2017 – 7pm
Saturday October 28, 2017 – 7pm
Sunday October 29, 2017 – 2pm

TICKET INFORMATION
General Admission – $15.00
Seniors, Military, College Students – $12.00
Students (High School and below) – $6.00

Tickets available for purchase at theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com

or starting Friday, Oct 6, 2017
Reservations can be made by calling 501-315-LIVE (5483)

SUMMARY
It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love ‘till we find our place on the path, unwinding in the circle – the circle of life. Disney’s THE LION KING JR. brings the African savanna to majestic life with Simba, Rafiki, Mufasa and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey to the jungle… and back again in this dazzling adventure celebrating the inescapable circle of life. The world’s #1 musical is an awe-inspiring story of love, hope, and redemption for the entire family.

ABOUT YOUNG PLAYERS CENTER STAGE
Young Players Center Stage is a branch of the Young Players program at the Royal Theatre. It exists to provide advanced theatrical opportunities to likeminded, creative young people in the greater Central Arkansas area. Center Stage stresses dedication, positivity, preparedness, community, and focus as a means to success. Ages 12 to 15 are eligible to audition and participate.

PRODUCTION DETAILS

DIRECTED BY
JUSTIN A. PIKE

MUSIC DIRECTION
DAPHNE SHOPPACH

CHOREOGRAPHY BY
MAKAYLA SHIPE

STAGE MANAGED BY
IZZY HAMMONDS & ABBY MARTIN

PRODUCED BY
MELISSA GLOVER & TERI LANIER

DESIGNED AND CONCEPTUALIZED BY
JUSTIN A. PIKE

CAST of THE LION KING JR.
Rafiki
Chloe Luna

Young Simba
Maverick Burlison

Young Nala
Caitlyn Luna

Simba
Zachary Glover

Nala
Kyra Griffin

Mufasa
John Straessle

Scar
Jaelun Thomas

Bonzai
Mia Simone Parker

Shenzi
Hannnah-Grace Fritz

Ed
Adelyn Eiler

Timon
Noah Lee

Pumbaa
Carson Clay

Zazu
William Alverio

Sarabi
Morgan Jones

Sarafina
Alexandra Lanier

Ensemble:
Katharine Crowe, Kathryn Morris, Isaac Hutson, Lexie Ellis, Emily Jones, Olivia Kreulen, Keetin Kinzler, Allie Bailey, Lauren Redmond, Lauren Bond, Kaylei Taylor, Kenzie Taylor, Daisy Medders, Hillary Arnold, Kalysta White, Rylee Woodard, Tiara Moore, Katie McCallister, Dylan Moore, Madison Courage-Fleck