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August 2017 Newsletter

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The Royal Players and WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust proudly present All Shook Up the Musical

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The Royal Players and WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust proudly present All Shook Up the Musical at the historical Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market Street in downtown Benton, AR.
Show Times are August 10th-12th at 7pm, August 13th at 2pm and the following weekend August 17-19 7pm and August 20th at 2pm. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors and $5.00 for students (ages 3-college age with valid student ID) Tickets can be purchased online through TickketLeap by visiting www.theroyalplayers.com
and reservations can be made at 501- 315-5483.
“All Shook Up” is set in 1955 in a Midwestern town devoid of music and love, when a roustabout by the name of Chad (Alexander Harding Chandler) rides in on his motorcycle. His bike needs a mechanic and that’s when he meets Natalie Haller (Hannah Hill), the best female mechanic around. Natalie has been dreaming of her one true love and falls head over heels for Chad, not realizing that her best friend, Dennis (Mark A. Burbank), is in love with her. It doesn’t take long for Chad to realize that this town is in need of some excitement, but fun has been outlawed by Mayor Matilda Hyde (Sarah Clayton). She keeps her son, Dean (Jacob Jackson), in tow by sending him to military school, and absolutely forbids him from getting romantically involved with Lorraine (Kyra Griffin), a girl from the “wrong side of the tracks.” Even the town’s Sheriff, Earl (Joshua Grandon), can’t get in a word edgewise in her presence. As Chad seeks to shake things up with his bible of rock-n-roll, the citizens begin to show signs of life. Natalie’s widowed father, Jim (Johnny Jackson), falls in love with the museum caretaker, Miss Sandra (Cassandra Lovell), while the owner of the Honkey Tonk, Sylvia (Desiree Grisley), falls in love with him.
Elvis Presley tunes make up the score, including “Teddy Bear/Hound Dog”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
While a comedy, the musical also touches racial and class tensions of the 1950s. Rounding out the cast in the ensemble is Paul Johnston, Randall Earnest, Brian Christopher Roberson, Mason Newberry, Nathan Clay, Michael Allison, Kelton Ramsey, Libby A. Smith, Leslie Tate, Angela Morgan, Savannah Price, Georgeann Burbank, Katie McCallister, Abby Windsor, Vivianne Flora, Donna Jo Pelle, Isabelle Marchese, Destiny Marchese, Rylee Christen Bolls, Hayden Griffis and Christian Waldron
Director – Frank O. Butler Musical Director – Dawne Carroll Choreographer- Anna Bowman 1st Assistant Director- Angela Morgan 2nd Assistant Director- Matthew Burns Cast and crew are from Pulaski, Saline, and Grant Counties. For any questions please call Lisa Goodrich at 501-249-3169 or email at lisagoodrich1980@yahoo.com

The Royal Players and Everett Buick/GMC present Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

BENTON, AR. – The Royal Players and Everett Buick GMC present MARY POPPINS June 8-11 and 15-18 at The Royal Theatre (111 S. Market St, Benton, AR). Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and military, and $5 for students (ages 3 – college with a valid student ID).

Tickets can be purchased online at theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com
Tickets may also be purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received 44 major theatre awards from around the globe. The jack-of-all trade, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it.”

MARY POPPINS is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing things happening on stage! The score features your favorite Poppins tunes including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Step in Time,” and “Chim Chiminey.”

Director, Mark A. Burbank, states, “MARY POPPINS is a wonderful fusion of various elements from the classic Disney film and the beloved series of books by P.L. Travers. Our production contains a lot of original staging and several exciting surprises never seen before in any previous production. MARY POPPINS is an enchanting, heartwarming show with an important message about love and cherishing what really matters that families in our area will definitely not want to miss!”

The cast features Angela Collier as Mary Poppins, Joshua Campbell as Bert, Brooklyn and Berkeley Courtney-Moore as Jane and Michael Banks, Jeremy Clay as George Banks, Marcia Brown as Winifred Banks, Karena Malott as Mrs. Corry/Miss Andrew, Jamie Partain as Bird Woman/Miss Lark, Cheryl Vanwinkle as Mrs. Brill, and Ryan Lynch as Robertson Ay.

Rounding out the cast are William Alverio, Jeff Brown, Rachel Brown, Khalil Brownlee, Georgeann Burbank, Hayley Coughlin, Adrian Hinojosa, Emily Johnson, Makayla McNeil, Morgan Potter, Makayla Shipe, Cory Williams, Rosalyn Williams, and Olivia Witcher.

Under the direction of Benton native, Mark A. Burbank, the creative team includes Rachel McBride, Producer; Sandra Shipe, Musical Director; Jenny Johnston, Choreographer; Carl McBride, Scenic Construction; Michelle Alverio and Sotonya Gordey, Costume Coordinators; Timothy Huddleston, Lighting Designer; Charles Johnson, Sound Designer; Emma Boone, Production Stage Manager.

Mary Poppins is produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International, 421 W. 54th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10019

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Congratulations to the Cast of “Mary Poppins!”

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Congratulations to the Cast of Aladdin Kids!

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Alden Jones-Aladdin
Ruby Reeves-Jasmine
Melody Small-Genie
Mary Grace Wells-Jafar
Berkley Courtney-Moore-Iago
Seth Nuss-Sultan
Libby Golleher-Avis the Flying Carpet
Erin Johnston-Avis the Flying Carpet
Elijah Harris-Lamp Vendor

Ensemble:

Bryana Hammock
Caylie Richardson
Harper Keith
Cadence Earles
Corley Bowman
Mackie Davis
Emily Jones
Maverick Burlison
Abby Jones
Adelyn Eiler
Adilyn Jones
John Isaac Small
Hattie Gore
Braden Lislowe
Addison Lumpkins
Olivia Kreulen
Amelia Nickols

PRODUCTION

Lisa Goodrich-Director
Tanner Oglesby-Music Director
Izzy Hammonds-Choreographer
Leah Golleher-Producer
Makayla Shipe-Student Director
Meredith Medford-Student Music Director
Sher Speer-Lights
Robbie Ballew-Set
Carissa Lumpkins-Parent Liaison

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Congratulations to the Cast of Tom Sawyer the Musical!

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Congratulations to the new cast of the Royal Players’ production of “Tom Sawyer the Musical”! There were so many talented people that came out for auditions and the final decisions were difficult. 52 people auditioned for a cast of 28-32, so if you were not cast, we hope to see you at the next set of auditions at the Royal Theatre!