Royal Productions

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Royal Productions is well known for great productions and talent. Our audiences include not only families from all Hopkins schools, but also many theater-goers from the surrounding community who enjoy entertaining performances at Hopkins High School.

We produce three plays per year—our musical in the fall, a winter play, and a spring play. Over 200 students participate throughout the year, and our plays are presented to full houses of over 3,000 people per year.

Please see the News page for more information on the current production/season.

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Please consider becoming a Theater Sponsor for the Hopkins Royal Productions program. Applause, Acclaim, Encore, and Standing Ovation Sponsors are recognized in the season playbills and earn admission tickets based on the level of sponsorship. For information on becoming a sponsor, see the "Sponsorship information form" linked on the right hand side of the page. 

For more information contact: hopkinshstheatre@gmail.com
 
 

This year the spring 2019 play will be Jim Leonard's THE DIVINERS

Hopkins Royal Productions is pleased to present performances of their spring production of “The Diviners” on May 9, 10 and 11th at 7pm in the Hopkins High School Little Theater. This theatrical play is the story of a troubled young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. Over 40 Hopkins students serve in a variety of roles - as actors, stage managers, and production crew - sharing their passion and skills in an intimate theatre environment. “This moving play requires emotional maturity and focus from our students.” says Royal Productions director Natalie Foster. “Their energy and commitment really brings this production to life. The Diviners has been on my bucket list for over 15 years, and I’m excited to present this play with our talented cast and crew and share it with the Hopkins community"


Tickets are available at the door
Adults - $8
Students*/Seniors - $5
*Hopkins Students Free with ID
(Hopkins Students 8th grade or younger must be accompanied by a parent)


*Content is for mature audiences only*
Inquiries: Natalie.Foster@hopkinsschools.org

Produced by special agreement with Samuel French, Inc
For more information contact: hopkinshstheatre@gmail.com
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Synopsis: 
The play takes place in a small agrarian town called Zion, a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression. As the play begins, the audience finds themselves at the funeral of Buddy Layman. Buddy, a disturbed young man has accidentally drowned while washing in the river. Deathly afraid of water, Buddy has been encouraged to enter the river by C.C. Showers, a disillusioned former man-of-the-cloth who has befriended the boy and his family. Buddy has developed this fear of water after an earlier drowning incident where he lost his mother and narrowly escaped with his own life.

The play then flashes back to the beginning of the summer after the death of Buddy’s mother, when we first meet the disturbed boy who has become increasingly ill because of his aversion to water and his refusal to wash. The irony is that while Buddy hates water, he has developed the ability to sense water beneath the ground and can tell when a storm is about to arrive even when the sky is cloudless. Buddy has become for all intents and purposes a human divining rod. When C.C. Showers (Yes, the name is symbolic) arrives in town, he quickly develops a strong bond with the boy and his family. The town soon discovers that C.C. is an ex-preacher and they believe that he was sent to their community as a sign from God. As C.C. slowly helps the boy to feel more relaxed and safe with the stream, the townspeople believe that he has come to baptize the boy and in their misinformed jubilation, they cause such confusion that the boy accidently slips under the water and is drowned.

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