Crighton Theatre Newsletter
August 2009

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Cheaper by the Dozen

Stage Right presents Cheaper by the Dozen from July 31-August 16 at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, TX. The play is based on the true story of the Gilbreth family. It is a light tale which follows the Gilbreth family and details the amusing anecdotes and hardships experienced by large families. Frank, Sr. and Lillian Gilbreth were pioneers in the field of motion study, and they often used their family as guinea pigs - with amusing results. Frank resists popular culture and spends much time railing against his daughters' desires for bobbed hair and cosmetics.

The real life stories of the actors are just as fascinating as the true story of the Gilbreth family. Find out more about some of the actors in the June and July editions of DockLine Magazine. See them in action in our photo gallery. Then come and meet all the actors that bring the Gilbreths to life in their touching and comic portrayal of life. Call the Box Office at 936-441-SHOW (7469) to reserve your seats.

Learn About the Performing Groups at the Crighton | The Original Movie | Buy tickets


The Phantom is in the Building!

This summer the Crighton Theatre Foundation is proud to present David Gaschen, the youngest of those anointed singer/actors chosen to play the role of Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's world acclaimed masterpiece, Born in Kansas City and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Gaschen was blessed to be born into a big loving family who held traditions and family values high.

From the age of 10, David sang in choir, talent shows and school plays, and memorized every piece of music on the pop rock chart. He went to New York to sing at a cousin's wedding; while there, he decided to catch The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. And on September 19, 1989, David Gaschen's life changed forever, when he saw Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman perform. That night he told his father, "I have to do that."

David debuted on Broadway in the role of Phantom in 1999 - exactly ten years after telling his dad that he had to play that part. His father sat in exactly the same seat he sat in beside his son ten years earlier. To hear samples of David's singing, click on the following links:


Join David at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, TX on Saturday Aug 22, 2009 at 8 PM for a special benefit concert to support the Crighton Theatre Foundation. He will sing selections from various Broadway shows. Call the Box Office at 936-441-SHOW (7469) to reserve your seats for this special event!

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Historic Theatres

What do the following theatres have in common?
All these theatres were built during the Vaudeville era. You can find more of these historical gems at www.historictheatres.org. Because our mission includes treasuring our history, we are collecting stories, memories and photos of the Crighton Theatre. A living history is being prepared and proceeds will fund restorations for the theater built in the 1930s.

Stage Right endeavors to capture these priceless memories before they are forever lost to posterity. Our goal is to compile interviews, memories and photos now so that the living history set will be ready for purchase during our 2010-2011 season. To celebrate the 75th anniversary Vaudeville (Finally) Comes to the Crighton will kick off the new season. We will display in the lobby all the memories and photos we have collected to date. Coincidentally this effort aligns with the new United We Serve campaign to help in the nation's recovery and renewal by serving in our communities.

To submit photographs or request interviews please contact history@crighton-theatre.com. If you cannot provide the photos in digital form, contact us anyway and we will arrange for volunteers to work with you.

Read the full article | Upload pictures about the Crighton | Volunteer!

Bravo Company Wants You!

STAGE RIGHT will begin their second season of acting classes this fall on September 8. Bravo Company, the educational arm of STAGE RIGHT, generally meets upstairs in the rehearsal space at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe. Classes are being offered for both youth and adults. Youth classes meet once a week. The cost is $50/month, $35/mon. for each additional sibling. Youth classes will be taught by Amy Sowers and Jillian Nolan. Amy, a certified speech pathologist, created and operated a theatre school for youth for 10 years. Jillian is a Theatre graduate from Valparaiso University in Northern Indiana. While there, she established herself as a director and writer, occasionally doing work on and off stage. For more information about youth classes please contact Amy Sowers.

About Bravo Company | Theatre News


Featured Partner: ACE Theatre

ACE Theatre continues their every popular melodrama series with Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch at Puffabellys in Old Town Spring. Performances run from August 14 through the 30th. You can eat, cheer the hero, jeer the villains, eat or throw popcorn - your choice.

Our hero, Harry Heartstone, is in hot pursuit of the villain, Snipe Vermin. So how do they have a shootout between the two of them if they are twin brothers played by the same actor? Come and find out! For reservations call 281-587-1020. Space is limited!

If melodrama doesn't suit you, try the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". It's about a boy with that famous dog Snoopy who thinks he is the German ace known as The Red Baron; Linus who forever needs his security blanket; Linus's sister Lucy a battle ax in the making; and the pianist Schroeder who loves Beethoven.

Derived from Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts, this musical became one of Off Broadway's biggest successes and remains popular with theatres all of the country still today. The shows runs until the last weekend in July.

About ACE Theatre | Reservations


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