by Tina Holsten, Executive Director, The Royal Theatre

Talent show, ‘Lost Boy’ and more at Royal

Hello from the Royal! It’s been a bit quiet around here with the holidays and all, but things are gearing up and there’s been quite a bit of activity lately.
This Saturday, Jan. 25, we’ve got a lot of local talent taking to the stage for the Third Annual Show Us Your Talent Show. Among the many talents on display there will be singing, dancing, musical instruments, and improvisation. The show begins 7 p.m. You can call the office at 573-378-6226 to reserve your seat, or order online at www.showtix4u.com/events/royal. Don’t wait too long, because tickets are going fast!
The cast for “Lost Boy” has begun rehearsals and set construction. Wow! What a set it’s going to be!
This drama explores the life of author James M. Barrie who is dissatisfied with his work and his life despite finding success and fame as a writer. He returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, who still blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother in a skating pond. Haunted by the tragic accident and his mother’s harsh words, James slowly begins to confront his family’s tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling.
This fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan will warm the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” Tickets are on sale now for this production.
The Royal Arts Council Board of Directors have been hard at work planning the upcoming 2020-2021 season. If you like having a lot of varied offerings to see at the Royal, you are going to love this season: four plays, five concerts, the talent show, the children’s workshop and production, plus a few fun random things thrown in just to make it even more interesting. We’ll be hopping for sure and the neons will be glowing often.
If you want a sneak peek at the titles and groups that will be available next season, be sure to attend the RAC Annual Membership meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the theater. On the agenda is the election of new board members, a performance from our new improv group, “The Royal Jesters,” and a preview of the 2020-2021 season. We’ll also have cookies.
The meeting is open to the public, and all members of the Royal Arts Council are able to vote in the election of new board members. The Royal Arts Council is made up of all season ticket holders from the current year, plus anyone who has contributed materially (with time, talents, or treasure) to the theater in the current or previous fiscal year.
We have four board seats to fill. David Merriott has finished his second three-year term and is not eligible for re-election this year. Rick Davenport retired from the board in October and his seat has remained vacant. Thank you David and Rick for all of the time and energy you gave to the Royal during your tenure on the board and in the past as well. I resigned from the board when I took the Executive Director position and the board appointed TJ Richardson to fill it until the next election. Curtis Cunningham has come to the end of his first three-year term. The board has nominated Elva Clark, Curtis Cunningham, TJ Richardson, and Matthew Sharon to fill the open board seats.
See you at the Royal!