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Previous Seasons

Royal Players, Inc. (Central Arkansas Community Players) Productions
1994 to 2017 Seasons

Central Arkansas Community Players Productions
1994 -1995 Season
Season 1
Our Town
Director-Robert Deaton
October 1-2, 1994
Butler Auditorium, BHS

An American Sampler Dinner Theatre
Directors – Sam Taggart, Alma Joyce Hahn
April 22, 1995
Saline Memorial Hospital
Central Arkansas Community Players Productions
1995 -1996 Season
Season 2
The Mousetrap
Director – Jennifer Pruett
October 7-8; 14-15, 1995
Butler Auditorium, BHS
Steel Magnolias
Director – Jennifer Pruett
February 23-25; March 1-3, 1996
Gene Moss Building, Tyndall Park
On Broadway Dinner Theatre
Director – Lynda Hollenbeck
May 11, 1996
Saline Memorial Hospital
Godspell
Director – Tom Crone
August 2-4; 9-11, 1996
Butler Auditorium, BHS
Central Arkansas Community Players Productions
1996 -1997 Season
Season 3
Inherit the Wind
Director – Wade Partridge
November 1-3; 9-10, 1996
Butler Auditorium, BHS
An Evening at the Theatre Dinner Theatre
Director – Sam Taggart
February 8, 1997
Saline Memorial Hospital
Never Too Late
Director – Luke Kramer
April 11-13; 18-20, 1997
Butler Auditorium, BHS
Central Arkansas Community Players Productions
1997-1998 Season
Season 4
South Pacific
Director – Luke Kramer
October 5-7; 18-20, 1997
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Director – Tucker Steinmetz
December 6-7, 1997
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre
The Odd Couple
Director – Marc Arnold
April 19-21;26-28, 1998
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre
Return to Broadway Dinner Theatre
Director – Lynda Hollenbeck
August 1, 1998
Saline Memorial Hospital
Central Arkansas Community Players Productions
1998 -1999 Season
Season 5
Guys and Dolls
Director – Tom Crone
October 2-4; 9-11, 1998
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre
A Christmas Carol
Adapted and directed by Tom Crone
December 4-6; 11-13,1998
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre
Y2K and Away We Go Boys Dinner Theatre
Director – Clayton Bowles

March 6, 1999
Saline Memorial Hospital

Annie
Director – John Thompson

June 4-6; 11-13, 1999
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre

Barefoot in the Park
Director – Luke Kramer

September 9-12; 16-19, 1999
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre

Central Arkansas Community Players Productions
1999 -2000 Season
Season 6
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Director – Lou Garver, Music Lynda Hollenbeck

December 2-5; 9-12, 1999
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre

U.S.O. & Company Dinner Theatre
Director – Lynda Hollenbeck
March 25, 2000
Saline Memorial Hospital

Oklahoma!
Director – John Thompson
July 6-9; 13-16, 2000
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre

Steel Magnolias
Director- Marc Arnold
September 21-24; 28-30 and Oct 1, 2000
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2000-2001 Season
Season 7
Cinderella
Director – John Thompson
November 30 and December 1-3;7-10, 2000
Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre

Royal Players, Inc. acquires Royal Theatre
December 29, 2000
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Director – John Thompson, Music- Greg Taylor
March 22-April 1, 2001
Royal Theatre

The Music Man
Director – John Thompson, Music Peggy Buck Vocal – Phillip Gordon

June 21-24; 28-30 and July 1, 2001
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2001-2002 Season
Season 8
Scrooge the Musical
Director – John Thompson, Music Karen Q. Clark,
Accompanist – Greg Taylor

December 13-16; 20-23, 2001
Royal Theatre

Baby
Director – John Thompson
January 10-13; 17-20, 2002
Royal Theatre

Young Players-Broadway Medley
Director -Jenn Jackson, Hollie White
March 2002 Retirement Centers
and Summer at Royal Theatre

God’s Favorite
Director – Luke Kramer
April 25-28, 2002
Royal Theatre

1776
Director – John Thompson, Music Peggy Buck
July 4-7; 11-14; 18-21, 2002
Royal Theatre

Young Players-Blue Horse
Director – Kevin Baer
August 23-27, 2002
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2002-2003 Season Dates
Season 9
Little Shop of Horrors
Director – Jason Hunt, Music – Julie Vest, Choreography – Kathryn Watts and Matthew Tatus

October 24-27; 31 and November 1-3, 2002
Royal Theatre

Nuncrackers/strong>
Director – Michael Davis, Music – Jeannie Cogbill
December 19-22, 2002
Royal Theatre

A Grand Night for Singing
Director – Charles Sanchez


February 13-16 at Royal Theatre with CTLR
February 21- March 2 at Arkansas School for the Blind with CTLR

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Director – Jerry Davis
March 22-25;27-30, 2003
Royal Theatre

The Benton Canteen Dinner Theatre
Written and directed by – Tom Crone
April 26, 2003
Saline Memorial Hospital

Oliver
Director – Tom Crone, Music – Greg Taylor
July 17-20; 24-27, 2003
Royal Theatre

Young Players-Anne of Green Gables
Director – Julie Atkins

August 15 – 16, 2003
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2003 -2004 Season
Season 10
Annie Get Your Gun
Director – Tom Crone, Music – Jo Murry
October 16-19; 23-26, 2003
Royal Theatre

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Director-Shari Williams, Music-Lynda Hollenbeck
December 4-7; 11-14, 2003
Royal Theatre

Arsenic and Old Lace
Director- Jerry Davis
March 25-27 and April 1-3, 2003
Royal Theatre

Bet a Million
Director – Larry Sullivan
May 13-15, 2004
Royal Theatre

Wizard of Oz
Director – Jason Hunt, Music – Aaron Baker
July 8-18, 2004
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2004-2005 Season
Season 11
South Pacific
Director – Jerry Davis,
Music – Greg Taylor,
Choreography – Laura Stilwell

October 14-17; 21-24, 2004
Royal Theatre
This was our RP 10th Anniversary Year

Annie
Directors – Jo Murry and Sarah Etters
December 2-5; 9-12, 2004
Royal Theatre

Harvey
Director – Robert Allen
February 3-6;10-13, 2005
Royal Theatre

Inherit the Wind
Director – Michael Nickerson
April 21-24;28-30 and May 1, 2005
Royal Theatre

Guys and Dolls
Directors – Teresa Johnson and LeAnne Womble
Music – Jeannie Smith

August 18-21; 25-28, 2005
Royal Theatre
Young Players-The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast
Directors – Bernadette Rockwell and Shari Williams,
Choreography – Sarah Etters

July 15-17, 2005
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2005-2006 Season
Season 12
Southern Fried Murder-Dinner Theatre
Director – Brian Williams
October 15, 2005
Benton Senior Adult Center

Annie Warbucks
Director – Sarah Etters, Music – Terri Lucas
December 1-4; 8-11, 2005
Royal Theatre

Cruise Royale-Dinner Theatre
Directors – Terri Lucas, Shari Williams,
Script by Mike Collins

February 10-12, 2006
Benton Senior Adult Center

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Director – Jeff Miller
May 4-7; 11-14, 2006
Royal Theatre

Li’l Abner
Director – Harold Dean, Music – Terri Lucas
August 17-20; 24-27, 2006
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2006 -2007 Season
Season 13
Royal Players and Young Players-Charlotte’s Web
Directors – Bernadette Rockwell and Shari Williams

October 12-15, 2006
Royal Theatre
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Director – Susan Dill
Music – Lynda Hollenbeck and Miriam Talbert
November 30-December 3; 7-10, 2006
Royal Theatre

Smoke on the Mountain
Director-Rich Pratchard, Music-Terri Lucas
February 15-18; 22-25, 2007
Royal Theatre

And Then There Were None
Director – Jerry Davis
April 12-15; 19-22, 2007
Royal Theatre

Grease
Directors – Teresa Johnson and LeAnne Womble
Music – Terri Lucas
July 12-15; 19-22, 2007
Royal Theatre
Sponsor-Regions Bank
Young Players-Just So Stories

Director-Shari Williams and various Young Players
2007
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2007 -2008 Season
Season 14
The Canterville Ghost

October 18-21; 25-28, 2007
Royal Theatre

Christmas in the Ozarks
Director – Terri Lucas
November 29-December 2; 6-9, 2007
Royal Theatre
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Director – Frank O. Butler
February 14-17; 21-24, 2008
Royal Theatre

Smokey Joe’s Café
Director– David McCoy, Keyboard – Andrea Willis
May 15-18; 22-25, 2008
Royal Theatre

Young Players-Play in a Day
Directors – Hollie White Shephard, Daphne Shoppach, Melissa Earnest


June 21, 2008
Royal Theatre

Bye Bye Birdie
Director – Harold Dean


July 24-27; 31 and August 3, 2008
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: Roller-Ballard Funeral Home

Young Players-Pirate Show
Director – Randall Earnest
August 14-16, 2008
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2008 -2009 Season
Season 15
Mandate for Murder

Director – Randall Earnest
October 2008
Sponsors: Habitat ReStore and Royal Players

Sanders Family Christmas
Directors – Daphne Shoppach and Dan Flora
December 4-7; 11-14, 2008
Royal Theatre

Nunsense
Director – Jerry Davis, music Terri Lucas
February 12-15; 19-22, 2009
Royal Theatre

Young Players-Makin Room

Directors – Susan Dill, Daphne Shoppach
March 13-14, 2009
Royal Theatre
Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
We All Hear Voices
by Sam Taggart
Director – Frank O. Butler

April 9-11; 16-19, 2009
Royal Theatre
Sponsors: Dr. Jerry Dixon, Smith Caldwell Drug,
and Birch Tree Communities
Also performed in summer at the Malco in Hot Springs

Young Players-The Cat Who Looked for a House
Book by Bella Baram adapted by Melissa Earnest, Director – Melissa Earnest
May 21, 2009

Skit for HIPPY program


Hello Dolly!
Director – Bob May, Music – Dawne Carroll
Choreography – Karissa Rushing

July 9-12; 16-19, 2009
Sponsor Jensen Young & Houston
Royal Theatre

Young Players-Law & Order Fairy Tale Unit
Director – Karen Ray
July 31-August 2, 2009
Royal Theatre

Royal Awards Gala for 2008-9 Season
Tony Witt as Elvis
October 3, 2009
Silver Springs Country Club

Royal Players Productions
2009 -2010 Season
Season 16
The Mousetrap

Director – Frank O. Butler
October 8-11;15-18, 2009
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: Dr. Sam Taggart

Miracle on 34th Street
Director – Helene Rush
December 4-6; 11-13, 2009
CTLR and RP

Young Players-Christmas Hangups
Melissa Earnest produced with Habitat Youth Build; Daphne Shoppach and Karma Herzfield
December 18, 19, 2009
Royal Theatre

The Sound of Music
Director – Bob May, Music – Lisa Hester
February 11-14; 18-21, 2010
Royal Theatre

Young Players-The Adventures of Mouse Deer
Director – Melissa Earnest
March 21, 2010

Royal Theatre


Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking
Director – Duane Jackson
This was a special fundraiser by Daphne Shoppach, Charlotte Hammonds, and Duane Jackson
First Baptist of Ivy Gap
Director – Gina Welch
April 8-11; 15-18, 2010
Royal Theatre

110 in the Shade
Director – Frank O. Butler,
Music – Jo Murry and Donna Williams

July 8-11; 15-18, 2010

Royal Theatre


Young Players-Peter Pan and Wendy
Director Randall Earnest
July 5-8, 2010
Royal Theatre

2nd Awards Gala

Bishop Park
Royal Players Productions
2010 -2011 Season
Season 17
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Director – Randall Earnest
October 14-17; 21-24, 2010
Sponsor: Saline Courier

Once Upon a Mattress

Director – Bob May, Music – Karen Owings

December 2-5; 9-12, 2010
Sponsor: Ferguson’s Furniture
Royal Theatre

Young Players
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Director – Melissa Earnest
December 18, 2010
Royal Theatre
Young Players
World Premier of Bob May’s adaptation of
The White Cat with Crystal Blue Eyes

Director – Daphne Shoppach, Karen Owings
Original music by Karen Owings
January 20-23, 2011
Royal Theatre
Godspell
Director – Bob May, Music – Lisa Hester
Choreography – Daphne Shoppach and Justin Pike
March 10-13; 17-20, 2011
Co-sponsors: Birch Tree Communities, Inc.
and Royal Theatre
Witness for the Prosecution
Director – Frank O. Butler

May 12-15; 19-22, 2011
Sponsor: Jensen Young & Houston, PLLC
Cinderella

Director – Duane Jackson, Music – Dawn Carroll

July 7-10; 14-17, 2011
Sponsors: Floors and More and
WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust
Young Players
The Jungle Book

Director – Rachel Bland
July 22-14, 2011
Royal Theatre
3rd Awards
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2011-2012 Season
Season 18
The Red Velvet Cake War
Director – Frank O. Butler
October 13-16; 20-23, 2011
Co-sponsor: Landers.com (Saline County)
Royal Theatre

Scrooge the Musical
Director – Bob May, Music Director – Lisa Hester

December 1-4; 8-11, 2011
Royal Theatre

Young Players
Les Miserables

Director – Daphne Shoppach, Music – Jo Murry

January 13-15, 2012
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC
Royal Theatre

Celebrating Love Dinner Theatre
Director – Lynda Hollenbeck

February 11, 2012
First United Methodist Church CLC

Kiss Me Kate
Director – Duane Jackson, Music Jo Murry
Choreography – Jenny Johnston

February 23-26 and March 1-4, 2012
Royal Theatre

The Fantasticks
Director – Frank O. Butler, Music – Jo Murry
Choreography – Jenny Johnston

April 26-29 and May 3-6, 2012
Co-Sponsor: Regions
Royal Theatre

Young Players
Seussification of Romeo and Juliette

Director – Mark Burbank

June 7-9, 2012
Tyndall Park Ampitheatre

Barefoot in the Park
Director – Bob May

July 12-15; 19-22, 2012
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust

Nobody’s Business
World Premiere musical by Dr. Sam Taggart
Director – Sam Taggart, Music – Oksana Pavilionis

August 16-19; 23-26, 2012
Royal Theatre
Sponsors: Gingles Rentals, Smith-Caldwell Drug,
Birch Tree Communities, Lewis Lumber, and
Family Practice Associates

4th Annual BenTony Awards


October 6, 2012
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2012 -2013 Season
Season 19
Little Women
Director – Lisa Goodrich
October 11-14; 18-21, 2012
Royal Theatre

Young Players Madrigal Feast: The Fool Hardies
Director – Mark Burbank, Melissa Glover
November 3, 2012
Royal Theatre,
Methodist Church

Annie
Director – Justin Pike, Music Director – Jo Murry
Choreography Jenny Johnston

December 6-9; 13-16, 2012
Royal Theatre

Young Players
My Fair Lady

Director – Daphne Shoppach, Music – Jo Murry
January 2013
Royal Theatre
The Odd Couple Female Version
Director – Gina Welch
March 7-10; 14-17, 2013
Co-Sponsor: Adams Pest Control
Royal Theatre
Reel Women Film Festival at the Royal

Royal Theatre
Young Players
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Director – Mark Burbank, Music – Daphne Shoppach
April 11-14, 2013
Sponsors: Everett Buick GMC and
Drs. Taggart and Enderlin
Dearly Beloved
Director – Frank O. Butler
May 9-12; 16-19, 2013
Co-Sponsor St. John’s Chapel by the Creek
Royal Theatre

Young Players One Acts
Happily Ever After
Director – Emily Kincaid
Check Please
Director – Karen Ray
June 13-16, 2013
Sponsors: Everett Buick GMC and
Drs. Taggart and Enderlin
Royal Theatre
The King and I
Director – Tim Sopel, Music – Greg Taylor
Choreography – Jenny Johnston
July 12-14; 19-21; 26-28, 2013
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust
Young Players
Alice in Wonderland

Director – Randall Earnest
August 2013
Royal Theatre
Royal Players Productions
2013 -2014 Season
Season 20
Frankenstein 1930
Director – Randall Earnest
October 18-20; 25-27; Halloween 31, 2013
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: Middlebrooks Electric Service
Young Players
Madrigal Feast- A Knight to Remember

Directors – Daphne Shoppach and Melissa Glover
November 9, 2013
Royal Theatre
First United Methodist Church
A Christmas Story
Director – Mark Troillett
January 16-19, 2014
Sponsors: Everett Buick GMC and
Drs. Taggart and Enderlin
Young Players Second Stage
Footloose The Musical

Director – Justin A. Pike, Music – Jo Murry
Choreography – Jenny Johnston

December 5-8;12-15, 2013
Sponsor: Mayor and Nancy Mattingly and
Jeff Mattingly Foundation
Royal Theatre

Steel Magnolias
Director – Gina Welch
March 7-9; 14-16, 2014
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC


Royal Film Festival (First with our name)




Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Director – Justin A. Pike, Music Jo Murry
Choreography – Laura Stilwell

May 2-4; 9-11, 2014
Sponsor: Floors and More

South Pacific

Director – Jeremy Clay, Music Jo Murry
Choreography Jenny Johnston

July 10-13; 17-20, 2014
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust
Digital Piano Donors:
Del and Peggy Roberson, Jim Ed and Laura Stilwell, Jenny Johnston’s CSA, and Susan Dill

Young Players Early Stages
Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.

Director – Dustin Baylan, Music – Daphne Shoppach
Choreography – Moriah Patterson

August 2014
Sponsors Everett Buick GMC and
Drs. Taggart and Enderlin
Royal Theatre

5th Annual Ben-Tony Awards


October 2014
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2014 -2015 Season
Season 21
Our Town
Director – Lisa Goodrich
DVD by Lisa Goodrich and Jasmine Greer
October 9-12; 16-19, 2014
Sponsor: Greer Electric, Jamie and Laura Greer
This was the start of our RP 20th Anniversary Season

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Director – Hillary Bell,
Music – Lynda Hollenbeck and Daphne Shoppach
December 4-7; 11-14, 2014
Sponsor: Mayor David and Nancy Mattingly, Jeff Mattingly Foundation
Young Players Second Stage
Legally Blonde The Musical

Director – Justin A. Pike, Music – Jo Murry
Choreography – Jennie Johnston


January 9-18, 2015
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC


The Music Man
Director – Mark Troillett, Choreography – Lisa Luyet
Music – Valerie Couch, Jeannie Cross


March 6-8; 13-15; 20-22, 2015
Sponsor: Curtis and Vera Ferguson,
Ferguson’s Furniture
Royal Theatre


2nd Royal Film Festival
Lisa Goodrich and Jasmine Greer
March 28, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird
Director – Frank O. Butler
April 23-26,30 and May 1-2, 2015
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC
Royal Theatre

Oklahoma!
Director – Kathy Bartholmey, Music – Valerie Couch
Choreography – Jenny Johnston

July 9-19 2015
Sponsor: WW Anne Jones Charitable Trust
Royal Theatre

Young Players Early Stages
Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Director – Lisa Goodrich, Music – Jo Murry
Choreography – Stacy Hawking
August 6-9, 2015
Sponsors: Everett Buick GMC and
Beard Engineering

Royal Players Productions
2015-2016 Season
Season 22
Love from a Stranger
Director – Frank O. Butler
October 8-11; 15-18, 2015
Sponsor: Middlebrooks Electric Service
Royal Theatre
Murder’s in the Heir Dinner Theatre
Director – Lisa Goodrich

Civitan Event; Royal Players provided entertainment
October 29, 2015
Benton Event Center

Young Players One Acts
Captive Audience and Backstage

Director of Captive Audience– Tye Davis,
Director of Backstage – Michael Bartholmey

November 20-21, 2015
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC
Royal Theatre

White Christmas
Director- Chris Boggs, Music – Jo Murry
Choreography– Moriah Patterson

December 3-13, 2015
Co-Sponsors: The Jeff Mattingly Foundation
and First Security Bank
Royal Theatre

Young Players Second Stage
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Director – Justin A. Pike, Music – Daphne Shoppach
Choreography- Reagan Hammonds and
Makayla McNeil
January 7-17, 2016
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC
Royal Theatre

Cheaper by the Dozen
Director – Lisa Goodrich
February 1-7; 11-14, 2016
Sponsor: Roberson & Associates Insurance
Royal Theatre

Private Lives
Director-Hillary Bell
Cupid’s Dinner Theatre with Civitan

3rd Royal Film Festival
DIRECTOR
March 18-19
Shrek the Musical
Director – Mark Burbank
Choreography – Justin A. Pike

April 14-17; 21-24 – 2016
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC
Royal Theatre

Camelot
Director – D. Brent Miller
Choreography – Reagan Hammonds
June 8-12; 15-19 – 2016
Sponsor: WW and Anne Jones Charitable Trust
Royal Theatre

Young Players Early Stages
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.

Director – D. Brent Miller, Music – Jo Murry
Choreographer – Jenny Fullington Johnston
July 7-10, 2016
Sponsor: Everett Buick GMC
Royal Theatre
You Can’t Take It with You
Director – Frank O. Butler
August 11-21 – 2016
Sponsor: Regions
Royal Theatre

Royal Players Productions
2016 -2017 Season
Season 23
Boy Hero: The Story of David O. Dodd
Director – Randall Earnest
October 6th-9th
Royal Theatre
Café Noir
Director
DATE AND LOCATION
Private Lives
DIRECTOR
DATE AND LOCATION
It’s a Wonderful Life
Director – Lisa Goodrich
December 8-11
Royal Theatre
Young Players Early Stages
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Director – Jeremy Clay
December 15th-17th
Royal Theatre
Young Players Second Stages
Wedding Singer

Director – Justin A. Pike
January 5th-15th
Royal Theatre
Miracle Worker
Director- Kathy Bartholmey
January 5-15 – 2017
Sponsor: Everett Buick/GMC

4th Annual Royal Film Festival

Royal Theatre
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the Broadway Musical
Director – Tony Clay
April 20-30 – 2017
Sponsor: Middlebrooks Electric

Young Players Early Stages
Aladdin Kids

Director-Lisa Goodrich
May 5-7
Royal Theatre
Mary Poppins
Director-Mark A. Burbank
June 8th-18th
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: Everett Buick/GMC

Young Players Early Stages
Guys and Dolls Jr.

Director-Daphne Shoppach
July 13th-16th
Royal Theatre
Sponsor: Roller Ballard Funeral Home
All Shook Up the Musical
Director-Frank O. Butler
August 10-13;17-20
Royal Theatre
Sponsor – W.W. and anne Jones Charitable Trust