Hamilton Southeastern High School’s Mr. Royal competition set for Jan. 26


The Mr. Royal contestants, Row 1:  Evan Hall, Max Carlson, Stephen McLeish; Row 2: Nate Branson, Sam Strunk, Will Cover, Keegan Burkhardt, Travis Welch, Trenton Schneider, Phoebus Yang; Row 3:  Kip Touseull, Riley Spilker, Trevor Sams. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

The first time Hamilton Southeastern High School senior Max Carlson saw the Mr. Royal competition as a sophomore, he was hooked.

“Last year, I was in my friend Nick Ruddell’s act,” Carlson said. “Ever since I saw it my sophomore year I wanted to take part in it myself. I’m going to try and win this year.”

The talent show is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the high school’s Leonard Auditorium. The theme of the 14th annual Mr. Royal is Happy Birthday. The 14 contestants will impersonate people 50 years old and traditional birthday icons.

“The amount of times I’ve tried to explain what my performance is ridiculous,” Carlson said. “So for now, I’m going to leave it a secret. I’m sure everyone is going to come out and be surprised. Everybody is going to be entertained by the act.”

Carlson participates in choir and drama club. Carlson performed in the fall play “The Game’s Afoot,” and will play the lead role of Curley in “Oklahoma” in March.

Carlson said he is still exploring different college options.

“Right now, I’m exploring communication studies or broadcast journalism, theater or political science,” Carlson said.

The contestant who raises the most donations for Riley Hospital for Children will earn the Mr. Riley crown.

The contestants also will compete for the titles of Mr. Talent, Mr. Dance (best in opening dance number), Mr. Entertainment, Mr. Strut (best American icon impersonate) and Mr. Spirit (contestants vote on which one has the best attitude).

Mr. Royal is the school’s National Honor Society’s main fundraiser. It benefits Adopt-A-Family program, which provides gifts to families in need in the HSE district, and other events the NHS sponsors.

Tickets are on sale for $8 in advance during lunches at the school and $10 at the door. Jill McGrath, the Mr. Royal sponsor, said the event often sells out.


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