Royal Play­ers an­nounces up­com­ing sea­son

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The Royal Play­ers are ex­cited to an­nounce planned shows for the 2019-20 sea­son.

“The Cru­cible” is sched­uled to be per­formed Oct. 17 to 27. The story fo­cuses upon a young farmer, his wife and a young ser­vant girl who ma­li­ciously causes the wife’s ar­rest for witch­craft. The farmer brings the girl to court to ad­mit the lie—and it is here that the mon­strous course of big­otry and de­ceit is ter­ri­fy­ingly de­picted. The farmer, in­stead of sav­ing his wife, finds him­self also ac­cused of witch­craft and ul­ti­mately con­demned with a host of oth­ers.

The Christ­mas clas­sic “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street: The Mu­si­cal” will be per­formed Dec. 5 to 15. Kris Kringle takes on the cyn­ics in this mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of the beloved hol­i­day clas­sic. A hol­i­day clas­sic from the writer of the mu­si­cal the­atre clas­sic, “The Mu­sic Man!,” and based on the movie of the same name, “Mir­a­cle on

34th Street” fea­tures a book and score by none other than Mered­ith Wil­son. Sin­gle mother Doris Walker doesn’t want her 6-year-old daugh­ter Su­san’s head filled with ro­man­tic notions. Their neigh­bor, Fred Gai­ley, tries to woo Doris by charm­ing Su­san and tak­ing her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not im­pressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York

City that melts even the most cyn­i­cal hearts. Filled with hu­mor, spec­ta­cle and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Holly­ber­ries,” “It’s Be­gin­ning to Look a Lot

Like Christ­mas” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joy­ous, heart­warm­ing mu­si­cal is pure fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, whole­some with­out be­ing cloy­ing.

The Royal Play­ers will be trav­el­ing to Kansas for “The Wiz­ard of Oz” sched­uled to take place

Feb. 13 to 23, 2020. This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl trav­els over the rain­bow to dis­cover the mag­i­cal power of

home, has been en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences for gen­er­a­tions. It in­cludes loved songs such as “Over the Rain­bow,” “Munchkin­land (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/a Heart/ The Nerve,” “We’re off to See the Wiz­ard (Fol­low The Yel­low Brick Road),” “The Jit­ter­bug,” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz.”

Dis­ney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be per­formed from April 16 to 26, 2020. The Academy Award­win­ning film comes to life in this ro­man­tic and beloved take on the clas­sic fairy­tale. Step into the en­chanted world of Broad­way’s mod­ern clas­sic, Dis­ney’s Beauty and the Beast, an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion that played a re­mark­able 13-year run on Broad­way and has been pro­duced in 37 coun­tries world­wide. Based on the Academy Award-win­ning an­i­mated fea­ture, the stage ver­sion in­cludes all of the won­der­ful songs writ­ten by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ash­man, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The orig­i­nal Broad­way pro­duc­tion ran for more than 13 years and was nom­i­nated for nine

Tony Awards, in­clud­ing

Best Mu­si­cal. The clas­sic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a pro­vin­cial town, and the Beast, who is re­ally a young prince trapped un­der the spell of an en­chantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be trans­formed into his for­mer self. But time is run­ning out. If the Beast does not learn his les­son soon, he and his house­hold will be doomed for all eter­nity.

“Lost in Yonkers” will be grac­ing the stage from June 4 to 14, 2020. By Amer­ica’s great comic play­wright, this mem­ory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is 35 years old, men­tally chal­lenged, and liv­ing at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kur­nitz. As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Ed­die de­posits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is fi­nan­cially strapped and tak­ing to the road as a sales­man. The boys are left to con­tend with Grandma, with Bella and her se­cret ro­mance, and with Louie, her brother, a small­time hood­lum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

The Royal Play­ers will be per­form­ing “9 to 5: The Mu­si­cal” Aug. 13 through

23, 2020.

Three un­likely friends take con­trol of their of­fice and learn there is noth­ing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. “9 to 5 The Mu­si­cal,” with mu­sic and lyrics by Dolly Par­ton and book by Pa­tri­cia Res­nick, is based on the sem­i­nal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s, this hi­lar­i­ous story of friend­ship and re­venge in the Rolodex era is out­ra­geous, thought-pro­vok­ing and even a lit­tle ro­man­tic. Pushed to the boil­ing point, three fe­male co­work­ers con­coct a plan to get even with the sex­ist, ego­tis­ti­cal, ly­ing, hyp­o­crit­i­cal bigot they call their boss. In a hi­lar­i­ous turn of events, Vi­o­let, Judy and Do­ralee live out their wildest fan­tasy – giv­ing their boss the boot! While Hart re­mains “oth­er­wise en­gaged,” the women give their work­place a dream makeover, tak­ing con­trol of the com­pany that had al­ways kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

The Royal Play­ers are cur­rently seek­ing di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers for these shows. If in­di­vid­u­als would like to ap­ply to direct, they are en­cour­aged to sub­mit a re­sume and a syn­op­sis of their di­rec­to­rial vi­sion for the show to theroy­alplay­[email protected] Those in­ter­ested in pro­duc­ing, please sub­mit a re­sume. Please ti­tle the email “di­rec­tor or pro­ducer sub­mis­sion/show name”. Dead­line for sub­mis­sion is July 20, 2019.

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