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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
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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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.

Congratulations to the Cast of “Mary Poppins!”


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The Royal Players and Middlebrooks Electric present “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the Broadway Musical”

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The Royal Players and Middlebrooks Electric are excited to announce the upcoming production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the Broadway Musical, based on the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer written by Mark Twain. The Royal Players will present this classic story on April 20th-23rd and April 27th-30th at The Royal Theatre at 111 S. Market St. in Benton.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and older and military, and $5 for ages 3 years old to college students with a school ID. Tickets can be purchased online at For phone reservations, call (501) 315-5483 beginning March 19th, and pay at the box office. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tony Clay of Sheridan directs the two-act play written by Ken Ludwig with music and lyrics by Don Schlitz and based on the novel by Mark Twain.

The musical comedy presents the tale of a fourteen-year old boy, Tom Sawyer, growing up in 1840’s St. Petersburg, Missouri, a busy town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Clever Tom matches wits with various characters in the story, including his strict Aunt Polly, and falls in love with Becky Thatcher, the spirited, beautiful “girl next door.” He experiences the adventure of a lifetime with Becky and his friend Huckleberry Finn and meets Injun Joe, a villain to frighten the stoutest of heart. He interacts with his own half-brother, Sid, and all the other boys and girls and townspeople in the village during this superb romp of a story. Filled with foot-stomping, toe-tapping songs played by a live orchestra, this musical adventure is a tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration for the whole family.

Luke Ferguson of Benton plays Tom Sawyer and the role of Huckleberry Finn will be performed by Will Porter of Little Rock. Becky Thatcher will be played by Annslee Clay of Sheridan and Aunt Polly by Robin Eiler of Little Rock.

The cast also includes Eric McCallister as Judge Josiah Thatcher, Greg Blacklaw as the Reverend Joshua Sprague, Carl McBride as Sheriff Gideon, Josh Brown as Hartley Wood, Zachary Glover as Joe Harper, Katie McCallister as Susie Rogers, Melissa Glover as Sereny Harper, Jamie Partain as Jessica Rogers, and Debbie Wright as Sally Bellamy, Sarah Clayton as the Widow Douglas, all from Benton. Zac Hickman of Mayflower will be portraying Injun Joe, Johnny Jackson has a dual role as School Master Lemuel Dobbins and Defense Attorney Wain, Tim Huddleston is Muff Potter, William Alverio is Ben Rogers, Gretchen Bush is Lucy Harper, all from Bryant. Carson Clay is George Bellamy, Jack Clay is Lyle Peters, Carrie Clay is Naomi Hollis, all from Sheridan. Noah Lee of Haskell is Jim Hollis. David Porter is taking on a dual role as Doc Robinson and the Mayor Lanyard Bellamy, Darren Winkler is Alfred Temple, Kelton Ramsey is Samuel Clemons, Madison Stolzer is Amy Lawrence, Adelyn Eiler is Sabina Temple, all from Little Rock. Maverick Burlison of Malvern is Sidney Sawyer.

Rounding out the cast as ensemble members are JuliAnne Flora of Little Rock, Hannah-Grace Fitz, Kyra Griffin, and Daisy Medders all of Benton, with Amber Thompson and Alexandra Lanier of Bryant.

Melissa Glover and Laura Ferguson are co-producing the show, with Musical Direction by D. Brent Miller and Choreography by Moriah Patterson. Stage Manager is Phoebe Earles.

Light Design is provided by Tony Clay and Sher Speer, while Light Engineer is Sher Speer. Sound Design is provided jointly by Tim Huddleston and Johnny Jackson while Sound Engineer is Charles Johnson. Props Design and Supervision is provided by Misty Jezierski.

Also, on the Orchestral front we are pleased to have Jo Murry on Keyboard, Lynn Hoggard on Bass, and Caleb Clay on Guitar.

The show includes set design by Tony Clay and set construction by Tony Clay, Greg Blacklaw, Carl McBride, Tim Huddleston, and Hillary Bell. Costumes were designed by Tony Clay and Jeana Hutson, who is also Head Costumer, with costume coordination by LeeAnn Clay and assistance with Costuming provided by Michelle Alverio and Sharilyn McCallister. Additional publicity will be provided by Carissa Lumpkins and Phoebe Earles.

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

4th Annual Royal Film Festival!


The 4th Annual Royal Film Festival will take place March 17th at 6:30pm-10pm and March 18th at 10:0 am-8pm at the Royal Theatre 111 South Market Street, Benton, Ar. This two day event will show case films from Local, national and international filmmakers. See below for schedule. Tickets are now on sale at []
for $10.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door. This will get you in to both days of the festival. Be sure to check out our facebook page at Royal Film Festival. If you have any questions please email or Call Lisa at 501-249-3169.


Friday – Opening Night
6:30 – Righteous Indignation: A Tribute to Michael Nickerson
7:00 – With You Premiere
8:15 – Simple Little Kiss
8:30 – That Party That One Night
8:45 – Filmmakers Panel

10:00 – I am Still Here
11:45 – The Pickle
12:00 – Shoe Polish
12:08 – First Date
12:10 – Set Pickup
12:20 – Q&A/Break

12:40 – Travel Light
2:00 – Welcome to My World
2:12 – Four Pies
2:25 – Croissant
2:30 – Wannabes
2:40 – Ladies Night
2:50 – Q&A/Break

3:10 – Firmest Friend,
3:30 – By Any Name
5:00 – Shadows in the Dark
5:05 – Expecting
5:15 – Oma and Us
5:30 – Young Players Award: Kayayo
6:05 – Q&A, Break

6:30 – Closing Film: Ridge Runners

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