Crighton Theatre Newsletter
April-May 2013

See the southern comedy
The Red Velvet Cake War
at the Crighton!

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The Red Velvet Cake War

In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins - Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette - could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have set tongues wagging in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having "accidentally" crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband's girlfriend's doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, the saucy number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it's time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the roughhewn store manager of Whatley's Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum's newest widower. velvet cake. As this fast-paced uproarious romp barrels toward its surprising climax, you'll wish your own family reunion was this much fun!

Join us for the red velvet cake competition (see details below) and The Red Velvet Cake War on April 19-May 5, 2013!

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Hank Williams Remembered

In 2009, after extensively researching five biographies and countless documentaries, Jake wrote Hank Williams Remembered, a tribute to Hank in which he narrates and sings 22 classic Hank Williams songs. He is currently touring the country performing the show with his "Honky Tonk Cowboys" comprised of former members of Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys and Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. Jake says, "It's truly an honor to perform with these gentlemen, some of whom have been playing this music since it was created."

Jake has opened shows and appeared alongside many great entertainers such as Ray Price, Moe Bandy, Johnny Bush, George Hamilton IV, Frankie Miller, Miss Norma Jean, Darrell McCall, and Curtis Potter. He has been featured on such television programs as RFDTV's TruCountry, Texas County Line and currently appears weekly on RuralTV's Texas Pickin' Party as a vocalist and steel guitar player for the band.

See Hank Williams Remembered at the Crighton on April 6th at 7:30 PM.

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The Red Velvet Cake Competition

Get ready for the red velvet cake throwdown! Bring your best red velvet cake to opening night on April 19!

· Bring your homebaked cake and recipe between 5-6 PM on opening night (April 19) to the Madeley Building at 127 Simonton St (Conroe Art League building in downtown Conroe).
· Pictures will be taken of the cake and the baker when the cake is submitted
· Judging will commence at 6 PM and finish at 7 PM.
· Top selections will be announced on stage prior to The Red Velvet Cake War
· The opening night reception will be held at Madeley Building after the show with the cakes as dessert
· Any cakes on personal serving platters can be retrieved after the opening night party

Each entrant will be given a free ticket to The Red Velvet Cake War or The Wizard of Oz. The grand prize will be season tickets to STAGE RIGHT shows for 2013-2014. Limit one entrant per family.

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The Wizard of Oz Auditions

Is there anyone who doesn't know the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West? Come to auditions at 6-8 PM for kids and 8-10 PM for adults (Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22). Be prepared to dance, sing, and read from the script. Singers should bring their music on CD or on their smart phone. The roles of the good witch and the wicked witch have been precast.

Seeking to more closely recreate the 1939 film on stage, the Royal Shakespeare Company adapted the film's screenplay, used songs from the movie, and produced a new version at London's Barbican Centre in 1987. This musical has been touring the U.S. since 2008. It is this version we will be presenting in July. You can find a list of characters on the website. Auditions are being held early to provide adequate time for dance and song rehearsals.

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Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo

Everybody else romances the road. Joe Ely lives it. Call him what you want - a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire - whatever he is, Ely's covered a lot of ground in his time. He really has ridden the rails (in a circus train, no less), thumbed his way across the country, hopped boats to exotic foreign lands, and ridden horses across the prairie. All part of the relentless quest for revelation that only a journey can satisfy.

Alejandro Escovedo is one with his music. He has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes - a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room.

See Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo at the Crighton on May 11 at 8 PM!

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Bravo Company Presents...

Ah, Shakespeare in the...Old West?! Noble Hart, a conceited actor, arrives in the small mining town of Calamity Creek determined to bring culture to the locals. His troupe of actors is enough to make a playwright cry. The one exception is the lovely Sunny Day. She falls for Texas Ranger Johnny Lasso, who's hot on the trail of a notorious crook masquerading under the name of Gentleman Dan, whose true identity is unknown. It's almost as if he was a master of disguise, actor, perhaps? The troupe's arrival thrills the townspeople, except Abagail Pettigrew, the richest person in town. She's harboring a dark secret about her former occupation as Pogo, The Woman Who Can Walk Up and Down Stairs on Her Head. Cast some stranded dancers, a few would-be outlaws and striking gold miners, and you've just set the stage for a wild musical bonanza!

See this hilarious melodrama at the Crighton on May 17 at 7 PM and May 18 at 2 PM!

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The Hobbit

Conscribed by the great wizard, Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins, cautious, conservative hobbit of the Shire, embarks upon a quest to help Thorin, heir to the Dwarven Kingdom, reclaim his family treasure and home from the magnificent, wicked dragon Smaug.

Travel with Bilbo, Thorin, and their band of dwarves as they trek through goblin-riddled tunnels, elvish dungeons, and a forest infested with giant spiders. Rally and cheer as elves, men, dwarves, and one simple hobbit join together to battle the terrible armies of Wargs and goblins.

Will Bilbo survive this great journey? Will Thorin Oakenshield regain his lost kingdom? And what of this Gollum and his precious ring?

Join us as CYT Conroe presents: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", adapted for the stage by Jared Barnes! Performances at the Crighton are May 23-26.

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. It is the late 1970s, a brothel that has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, TX (subbing for real locale La Grange) for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner. While taking care of her girls, she is also on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. When crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe (based on real-life Houston news personality Marvin Zindler) decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed down.

See The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Playhouse 1960 from May 31-June 22.

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Conroe Art League

The Conroe Art League has moved to the Madeley Building - 127 Simonton St in downtown Conroe - to become a significant part of downtown Conroe’s arts district. We provide a showcase of fine artists and relevant educational and community outreach opportunities which can be enjoyed by both visitors and residents.

The opening night reception for the Red Velvet Cake War will be at the home of the Conroe Art League in the Madeley Building just around the corner from the Crighton and next door to the Red Brick Tavern.


One on One: Inside the Crighton Theatre

Tired of listening to reality TV that's fake? Watch and listen to real stories of people from One on One: Inside the Crighton Theatre.

We have started interviews with the cast of The Red Velvet Cake War. You also can find interviews for previous shows online.

Don't have time to watch a video? Download the podcast to your mp3 player or phone. Yes, we talk about theatre, but we also talk about careers outside of the theatre, transitioning to Broadway, living in New York - all the backstory about people that make their volunteer efforts even more amazing. And now that we have an app for Android, you have another way to see the interviews...

About One on One | Interviews by Actor | Interviews by Show | Podcasts by Name

Get the App!

The app is only the beginning to a lot of changes coming to the Crighton Theatre! If you have a smart phone, scan the appropriate QR code.

So why get the app? The app gives patrons the ability to buy tickets online for any Crighton show without having to enter web addresses. See youtube videos on casts and crew that have come to the Crighton. Download podcasts. Read the newsletter during intermissions. See pictures, posters, and articles from past performances. Find out what going on at other theatres! And find out what other exciting changes are coming to the Crighton.

What about iPhone and Blackberry users? The app works for you, only you can't install it - yet. When the iPhone specific app is out, we'll let you know. The iPhone app is complete. We're just waiting on Apple to approve the app (four months and counting...) Meanwhile, feel free to try the app and suggest additions or changes to make it better.

The app is free. Be the first to have one of the only theatre apps around!

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