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A Charlie Brown Christmas

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The Young Players and Landers of Benton are proud to present A Charlie Brown Christmas on stage at The Royal Theatre, December 15-17, 2016 at 7 pm.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:

Opening Night:
Thursday, December 15, 2016-7:00 pm

Additional Performances:
Friday, December 16, 2016-7:00 pm
Saturday, December 17,2016-7:00 pm

There will be a Christmas Cabaret immediately following each performance.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Adult Tickets-$12
Senior Citizens 60 and over and Military-$10
Students from 3 to college student with i.d.-$5

Tickets are available for purchase at www.theroyalplayers.com through TicketLeap

Reservations may also be made by calling (501) 315-LIVE (5483) as early as November 1st, 2016

SUMMARY:

The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown Complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas Season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Directed by Jeremy Clay

Music Direction by Sandy Shipe

Stage Managed by Amber Threlkeld

Costuming by Melissa D Earnest

Props by Misty Jezierski

Produced by Leah Golleher

CAST OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Charlie Brown- Luke Ferguson
Snoopy- Madison Stoltzer
Lucy- Meredith Medford
Linus- Jack Clay
Pig Pen- Noah Lee
Frieda- Olivia Kreulen
Schroeder- Caleb Burnett
Violet- Alex Lanier
Sally- Libby Golleher
Patty-Tierney Earnest
Shermy- Hayden Griffis
Marcie- Hannah Grace Fritz
Woodstock- Sascha Bass
Franklin- Isaac Hutson

Angel Choir
Izzy Hammonds- Cabaret
Gretchen Bush- Cabaret
Makenzie Taylor- Cabaret
Makaylei Taylor- Cabaret
Cadence Earles- Cabaret
Annie Harris- Cabaret
Reagan McCartney- Cabaret
Alana Dunn- Cabaret
Shelby Ward- Cabaret
Adelyn Eiler- Cabaret
Morgan Jones- Cabaret
Julia Gustafson- Cabaret
Caylie Richardson- Cabaret
Mary Grace Wells- Cabaret
Sam Duncan
Hannah Kuhlmann
Rylee Kate Horn
Addison Lumpkins
Amber Thompson
Mia Simone Parker
Rylee Woodard
Addie Woodard
Ty Wunderl
Madalyn Anderson

A Charlie Brown Christmas was written by Charles M. Schulz and is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. By special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Pearson. Play is produced by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

It’s a Wonderful Life is coming to the Royal!

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The Royal Players and Mayor and Nancy Mattingly are proud to present It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Lisa Goodrich, December 1-4 and 8-11.

Show times are December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th at 7:00 p.m. and December 4th and 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices are $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors 60 and over, and members of the Military, and $5 for ages 3 years old to college student with i.d.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.theroyalplayers.com through TicketLeap or you may call 501-315-5483 for reservations and pay at the door.

Summary:

George Bailey is going to kill himself.

Or, at least, he’s toying with the idea. Fortunately, the prayers of his friends and family inspire some divine intervention: two senior angels commission one of their apprentices, Clarence, to save the despondent George. To bring him up to speed, they show Clarence (and us) some of the highlights of George’s life, with some freeze-frames for angelic editorial comments. Clarence is pumped. If he can help George, maybe he can finally get his wings. He’s been a little insecure about it.

Cast List for “Charlie Brown Christmas”

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The Young Players and Royal Players are happy to announce the cast for Charlie Brown Christmas, showing December 15-17

Charlie Brown- Luke Ferguson
Snoopy- Madison Stoltzer
Lucy- Meredith Medford
Linus- Jack Clay
Pig Pen- Noah Lee
Frieda- Olivia Kreulen
Schroeder- Caleb Burnett
Violet- Alex Lanier
Sally- Libby Golleher
Patty-Tierney Earnest
Shermy- Hayden Griffis
Marcie- Hannah Grace Fritz
Woodstock- Sascha Bass
Franklin- Isaac Hutson

Angel Choir
Izzy Hammonds- Cabaret
Gretchen Bush- Cabaret
Makenzie Taylor- Cabaret
Makaylei Taylor- Cabaret
Cadence Earles- Cabaret
Annie Harris- Cabaret
Reagan McCartney- Cabaret
Alana Dunn- Cabaret
Shelby Ward- Cabaret
Adelyn Eiler- Cabaret
Morgan Jones- Cabaret
Julia Gustafson- Cabaret
Caylie Richardson- Cabaret
Mary Grace Wells- Cabaret
Sam Duncan
Hannah Kuhlmann
Rylee Kate Horn
Addison Lumpkins
Amber Thompson
Mia Simone Parker
Rylee Woodard
Addie Woodard
Ty Wunderl
Madalyn Anderson

Cast Announcement “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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Cast Announcement “Murder at Cafe Noir”

Congratulations to the Murder at Café Noir cast. Come see them at the Civitan event October 27:

Rick Archer – Jacob Alan Sturgeon

Madam Toureau – Charlotte Sears Hammonds

Sheila Wonderly – Angela Morgan

Anthony Cairo – Frank O. Butler

Marie Larue – Francesca Bee

Simon Gutterman – Tim Sopel

Thursby/Vangilder/Rigfield – Brian Christopher Roberson

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Auditions

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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.

ABOUT THE CAST:
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 lisagoodrich1980@yahoo.com.

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

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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 – theroyalplayers.com.

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

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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

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

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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