Crighton Theatre Newsletter
August/September 2010

See Annie at the Crighton!

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MCPAS website | Sounds of Texas website | Stage Right website | Season ticket form

Orphans Invite the Mayor to see Annie

The orphans from Annie went to the Conroe City Council meeting on July 22 and presented handmade invitations for Council members. The orphans sang "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow" and were presented with pins from the Mayor.
If you missed opening weekend then you didn't get to meet 700+ guests of the historic Crighton Theatre and eat some delicious hotdogs from Siegelman's of Chicago on opening night.

Don't forget to bring items to benefit the Animal Shelter. Come for the final weekends and revel in the unforgettable tunes such as "Easy Street" or "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile". Or just come with your friends and enjoy some popcorn and drinks! Use the links below to get your tickets or get a glimpse behind the scenes. Shows continue until August 8th.

Buy tickets online! | Website | Dockline | Youtube | Podcasts | Playbills | Gallery

Mark Germino, Tony Arata, Vince Gill

The Sounds of Texas Music Series is proud to host Mark Germino, Tony Arata, Vince Gill on Saturday, August 21.

Originally a poet, Mark Germino eventually became a folk-rock artist as a means of furthering his literary aspirations. Although he never intended to become a musician, he bought a guitar a few months later after reasoning that performing songs would be easier than reciting poetry. A trucker by day, Germino began performing in area clubs at night and signed a music publishing deal in 1981. After working as a songwriter for much of the decade, in the late '80s and early '90s Germino issued three major-label albums in a vein of heartland rock much like the work of Steve Earle, including 1990's Radartown (recorded with a backing band called the Sluggers) and London Moon and Barnyard Remedies.

Back before Darrell Scott proved that fantastic, original, and soulful writers could still get cut in the vapid age of Country, there was Tony Arata. More than anyone, he proved that a writer can write from his deepest place and still create hit songs that will stand the test of time.

In the mid to late eighties, two songwriters met up at a Douglas Corner open mic, Tony Arata and Garth Brooks. Garth loved Tony's great song "The Dance" and swore that if he ever got a deal, that he would cut it. When he did, it became the most played song in R&R and the ACM Song of the Year, and the first of eight Arata tunes that Garth eventually cut. A string of cuts and number ones followed, including Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell, Trisha Yearwood, and a host of others.

Vince Gill needs no introduction. He likes Mark and Tony and decided to join them on the intimate stage we call the historic Crighton Theatre. This should be a concert that will rock the house! To reserve you seat and avoid sold out concerts (like this one) call the Box Office at 936-441-7469 (SHOW) to buy season tickets!

Buy tickets online! | Visit the Sounds of Texas | Who is Tony Arata | Listen to Mark Germino

No Time for Sergeants

The main character is a husky and good-natured hillbilly who finally gets into the Air Force despite his father's tendency for tearing up his draft papers. His determination to be transferred to the infantry soon spells trouble among generals and sergeants, his fellow service men and, in particular, a military psychiatrist. Thus begins the desperate efforts of the Air Force to classify this highly unclassifiable mountain boy. Not miffed, our hero is soon sent off on what becomes a comic voyage in an airplane. Even though the plane does get lost and heads towards an atomic explosion in Yucca Flats, the hilarity of the play's endearing hero leaves few moments to contemplate the ensuing disaster.

During the run of No Time for Sergeants we will be partnering with the local chapter of the US Troop Support Foundation which provides care packages for our troops. Our partnership with the Texas Chapter of US Troop Support Foundation will allow our patrons to boost the morale of many who have volunteered to serve our country.

Bring donated items to the Crighton Theatre before the No Time for Sergeants performances. Performances are September 10-26, 2010. Call the Box Office at 936-441-7469 (SHOW) to buy tickets!

Buy tickets online! | US Troop Support Foundation Website | Dockline

Stage Right Announces New Season Lineup

Season tickets are your best way to save money and help us to bring quality, family friendly entertainment to Montgomery County. MCPAS will be announcing their season soon! Look for the season announcements in subsequent newsletters.

No Time for Sergeants by Ira Levin - A southern comedy about a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force originally starring Andy Griffith. Performances are Sept. 10-26, 2010.

Christmas Belles by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten - The laugh-out-loud comedy with a touch of "The Golden Girls" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Performances are Dec. 4-19, 2010 with auditions on Oct. 17-18, 2010.

Always Patsy Cline - The music of Patsy Cline with the comic story of her friendship with a Houston fan. Written and orginally directed by Ted Swindley. Based on a TRUE STORY. Licensed by the family and Estate of Pasty Cline. All Rights Reserved. Original Cast Album available on MCA/Decca Records. Performances are Feb. 18-Mar. 6, 2011 with auditions by appointment.

Harvey by Mary Chase - The story is about a man whose best friend is a six foot rabbit. James Stewart played the lead in the 1950's movie. Performances are Apr. 22-May 8, 2011 with auditions on Feb. 20-21, 2011.

The Music Man by Meredith Wilson - Robert Preston originally played a boys' band organizer and leader that sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town. Performances are July 15-31, 2011 with auditions on May 15-16, 2011.

Audition dates are subject to change. Please check the website periodically for updates.

Read More About Stage Right | Buy tickets online! | Download the rack card


Theatre Southwest is proud to present the stage version of "Laura". New York City police detective Mark McPherson is investigating the murder of beautiful and highly successful advertising executive Laura Hunt.

Through the testimony of her friends and the reading of her letters, McPherson comes to know Laura and slowly becomes obsessed with her, so much so Lydecker - newspaper columnist and personal friend - accuses him of falling in love with the dead woman. One night, the detective falls asleep under her portrait and is awakened by the sound of someone entering the apartment. He is shocked to discover it is Laura. McPherson determines the murder victim actually was Diane Redfern, a model brought there by Carpenter while Laura was away in the country. Now it becomes even more urgent to unmask the murderer.

Performances are September 3-25, 2010.

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Siegelman's of Chicago

The unique eatery features a variety of sandwiches - including some that are wildly popular in the Midwest but not common in the Texas. "Our Italian beef sandwiches are a hit with everyone who tries them. And people don't know what a hotdog is supposed to taste like until they try our Chicago dog. I figured if no one else is going to offer a really great pastrami sandwich, I will." With a primary focus on Vienna Beef products from Chicago, Siegelman's offers sandwiches, box lunches, party platters and catering as well as sells bulk freezer packs for home preparation. "If you haven't had a real Chicago dog or Italian beef, ask someone from the Midwest. The smile on their face is all you need to know."

If you came to opening night for "Annie" you would have tasted a Siegelman hotdog with their delightful relish. Come and eat a great meal or sandwich before a performance or visit them during the day on Simonton right by the Corner Pub at 302 N. Main.

What's so special about Vienna Beef?

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