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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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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


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


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

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.

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Kelly James Memorial Scholarship Application

Kelly James Scholarship Application

The Royal Players and Young Players will award a scholarship of at least $500 to a 2017 graduate who has shown a past commitment to the theatre and plans to receive further education in theatre/film with the goal of a career in the industry. Preference will be given to those active in the Royal Players and Young Players productions.

Please click the link above to download the application form as a Microsoft Word document.