Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun February 7, 2016
PHOTO BY: Kelvin Green

Cupid’s Dinner Theater will feature dinner and a show, as well as an auction of original artwork created by clients at Civitan Services in Benton. Kevin Edwards, left, is working on this mosaic of an Arkansas Razorback, and Brittany Wynes, right, has created this painting featuring Disney princesses.

Struck by Cupid

Civitan Services, Royal Players to present dinner theater

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Civitan Services and The Royal Players have teamed up to present Cupid’s Dinner Theater at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Benton Event Center, 17333 Interstate 30. “We have previously presented murder-mystery dinner theaters as fundraisers, but this is the first time we have done something like this,” said Ashley Copple, special-events coordinator for Civitan Services. “We have created this especially for the community for Valentine’s Day.” The... READ MORE


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