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Auditions for “All Shook Up! The Elvis Presley Musical”


Auditions for the Benton Royal Players’ production of “All Shook Up! The Elvis Presley Musical” will be held April 22nd at 10a and April 23rd at 7p at the Royal Theater, 111 S. Market Street, Benton, AR. Production dates are August 10th-20th. Rehearsals start in July. Director is Frank O. Butler. Musical Director and Choreographer to be named later.

These are open auditions – no reservations required!

Please prepare to sing 16-32 bars of music (chorus+verse). It can be music from the show. An accompanist will be present, so please provide sheet music. There will also be movement, so please dress accordingly, including proper footwear -NO FLIP-FLOPS OR SANDALS. There will be cold readings from the script.

If you are not able to attend auditions, but wish to be considered, you may submit a video audition to the director via FB Messenger. Please include a copy of your resume. Submissions end at midnight April 23rd.

“All Shook Up” is inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

The diverse cast includes –

NATALIE HALLER (Early 20’s): a mechanic.

CHAD: a great-lookin’, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout.

JIM HALLER (mid 40’s-50’s): Natalie’s widowed father.

SYLVIA (mid 40’s): the no-nonsense, African-American owner of SYLVIA’S HONKY-TONK.

LORRAINE: Sylvia’s 16 year-old daughter.- African-American

DENNIS: a young, awkward, aspiring dentist.

MISS SANDRA: the beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum.

MAYOR MATILDA HYDE (mid 40’s-50’s): the town’s conservative mayor.

DEAN HYDE: Matilda’s 16 year-old son. He has grown up at a military boarding school.

SHERIFF EARL (mid 40’s-50’s): the law in town. A man of not many words.

MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE play an assortment of TOWNSPEOPLE – roles for African-Americans and folks ages 15-65!

For more information, you may contact the director via FB Messenger.

Auditions for the Young Players’ Production of Guys and Dolls Jr.


Auditions for the Young Players production of Guys and Dolls Jr. are set for April 9th and 10th 2017 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre’s upstairs stage. The show will be directed by Daphne Shoppach with Matthew Glover as music director and Jeremy Clay as choreographer. Please email for an audition time with the name and age of the person auditioning. This production is for the early stages group and cannot have participants who have completed the ninth grade. Production dates will bebetween July 6 and July 16, 2017. Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive instructions on how to obtain audition materials.

Audition Announcement for Disney’s Mary Poppins!


The Royal Theatre announces auditions for Disney’s Mary Poppins Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. Auditions are made BY APPOINTMENT and questions answered by emailing

Appointments on Friday are available from 6pm-10pm and Saturday from 12pm-5pm. Callbacks if needed will be held on Sunday, March 19.

Auditions will take place at Dance! Infinity, 2618 Congo Rd, Benton, AR, 72019.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 32-bar selection; prepare an uptempo or ballad which shows off your voice and range; standard Broadway music is best. You are welcome to sing from the show, but please have another appropriate selection with you. An accompanist will be provided. No tracks please, and no acapella auditions will be allowed. Head shots and resumes are not required, but are strongly encouraged. Auditionees may be asked to attend a dance callback and/or read from the script following the singing auditions.

Child Actors: The roles of Jane and Michael Banks will be cast ages 8-13. For all other roles we are accepting registrations from ages 16+.

Seeking an ethnically diverse company and a large range of ages. This is a show performed by adults with a few roles for children.

Performance dates are June 8-18, 2017. Rehearsals will begin early May. This production will be directed by Mark A. Burbank, with choreography by Jenny Johnston.

Auditions for the Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audition Form

“ Hey Tom Sawyer”
Attention Audition Announcement: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” MTI Production
Director: Tony Clay
Music Director: D. Brent Miller
Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 15th & Monday, January 16th from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 PM by appointment. Callbacks will be held on Sunday January 22 @ 7pm. Location is Benton FUMC Choir room (let me know if you need directions). Address is 200 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015. To make your appointment please email or you can message the director Tony Clay on Facebook Messenger with your preferred date & if you need an early or late time. If available please bring resume and headshot to the audition. If you are under 18 years of age please use your parent’s email address and phone number.
Please prepare 32 bars of a song and bring your sheet music to the audition. Please use a song in the style of the show. The music has a blue grass sound. Feel free to use a song from the show. Recommendations from popular music would be songs from artist like Allyson Krauss or Randy Travis. Please no karaoke or acapella.
Production dates are April 20th -30th (Thursday- Saturday 7 PM with Sunday matinees 2PM). Read-thru Feb. 11th & Rehearsal starts March 2nd. Most rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until tech week.
Character Breakdown
Tom Sawyer is a male age is 12 to 15. Vocal range is top A4 & bottom A2.
Aunt Polly is female 35 to 50 years old (age appearance more than actual age) with a vocal range top E5 to bottom E3.
Huck Finn is a male, age 12 to 15. Vocal range top A4 and bottom C3.
Becky Thatcher is a female, age 12 to 15 with a vocal range top F5 to B3.
Judge Josiah Thatcher is age 35 to 50 (age appearance more than actual age) with a vocal range top F4 to bottom A2.
Injun Joe must be a good actor 40 to 55 years of age with a vocal range top E4 and bottom D3.
Reverend Joshua Sprague is a male age 40 to 60 with a vocal range top E4 to bottom B2.
Widow Douglas is age 45 to 70 with a vocal range top E5 and bottom A3.
Lemuel Dobbins is male age 25 to 45 with a vocal range top E4 to bottom B2.
Muff Potter is age 45 to 70 with a vocal range top E4 and bottom D3.
Doc Robinson is 40 to 55 with a vocal range top F4 and bottom E3.
Sidney Sawyer is a boy 10 to 14 with a vocal range top A5 to bottom E4.
Ben Rogers is age 12 to 15 with a vocal range top A5 to bottom B3.
Joe Harper, George Bellamy, Lyle Peters, Alfred Temple and Jim Hollis are boys with ages 12 to 15 need differing vocal ranges.
Amy Lawerence, Lucy Harper, Sabrina Temple and Susie Rogers are girls with ages 11 to 15 need differing vocal ranges.
Gideon Wain Temple is the Defense Attorney with an age between 35 to 60 years.
Lanyard Bellamy is the Mayor & Prosecutor with an age between 35 to 60 years.
Hartley Wood is the editor of the town news paper with an age between 30 to 60 years.
Sereny Harper, Jessica Rogers, Naomi Hollis and Sally Bellamy are mothers of the children and are between the ages 30 to 50 need differing vocal ranges
(Potential) 4 ensemble girls or females ages may vary with differing vocal range will be cast.

Auditions for The Miracle Worker


Auditions for “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson will be held at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Benton, on Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20, at 7 p.m. (There may be call backs after Christmas; no date set.) The production dates are February 16-19; 23-26, 2017. Theater phone is 501-315-5483; Royal Players website is
The director for this production is Kathy Bartholmey. There will be cold readings from the script. Those auditioning will be asked to list possible conflicts for the rehearsal period. Wear comfortable shoes.
Set in the 1880’s, this is the compelling story of Anne Sullivan’s first days as the hired teacher of a blind/deaf Helen Keller. It is a small cast of adults (ages 20-50ish), a few minor child roles, ages 8-16 (including a very focused, small 10-12 year-old girl to play a 6-8 year-old Hellen Keller) including an African-American woman to play the maid/cook and a young African-American boy and girl. If you have questions, please leave your information on the theater phone.

“Murder at Cafe Noir” Auditions

14088430_1200264823327406_612936672667014888_nThe Royal Players will hold auditions for Murder at Café Noir by David Landau on Friday, September 9 (7-9 p.m.) and Saturday, September 10 (10 am-noon) at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market in downtown Benton.
Directed by Frank O. Butler, this production is for the one-night Civitan Services Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre to be held October 27 at the Benton Events Center.
Described as a “fast and funny satire,” Murder at Café Noir is a comic tribute to the Bogart movies of the 1940’s with musical interludes, and uses a cast of four men and three women ages 18-65 (details below).
Please prepare 16-32 bars of music to sing (please provide sheets), and there will be cold readings from the script. If you are interested in auditioning, but cannot make these dates, please inform Susan Dill at, and we will try to make other arrangenments. Theater phone is 501-315-5483 and the website is

List of Characters –

RICK ARCHER – a private eye who’s always wanted to be Bogart or Mitchum in one of those 40s film noir movies, and has not gotten his chance.
MADAM TOREAU – a lady who’s seen it all while managing the Cafe Noir – where everything is for sale.
SHEILA WONDERLY – her real name is Sheilda Schickelmeier. Once a spoiled rich girl, she took a job at Cafe Noir and learned about life the hardest way of all, becoming hardened in the process.
ANTHONY CAIRO – a dealer in the black market working Cafe Noir to avoid the St. Vincent police. He has two scars, one on either side of his face.
MARIE LARUE – the Creole illegitimate daughter of a Voodoo priestess and a St. Vincent’s political figure. She sells spells and fortunes at Cafe Noir.
SIMON GUTTERMAN – a British barrister who lost his standing when he became implicated in a scandal of having affairs with wealthy female clients. He now caters to the clientele of Cafe Noir. Simon is always looking for a quick way to make it to the top.

THURSBY – a two bit gun runner.
VANGILDER – a Dutch blackmailer.
RIGFIELD – a British cop from St. Vincent.

THURSBY, VANGILDER and RIGFIELD are all played by the same actor.

“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

“’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

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

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

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.
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