Crighton Theatre Newsletter
August-September 2011

See The Music Man!

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Welcome to River City!

This is the last weekend to join fast-talking con man Harold Hill in The Music Man! He goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch.

Looking for new suckers in Iowa, Hill arrives in River City, where he declares that the only way to save the youth of River City from the lure of the poolroom is to organize a boy's band. He charms the mayor's wife Eulalie into forming a "ladies' dance committee" and sets his sights on winning over local music teacher Marian Paroo. Marian rightly considers Hill a fraud, especially when he espouses the "Think System" of learning music: if you think a tune, he claims, you can play it. But Marian becomes Hill's staunchest ally when her young brother Winthrop, withdrawn since the death of his father, exuberantly comes out of his shell at the prospect of joining Hill's band; and Marian's budding romance with the charming but unreliable Hill ultimately brings her out of her own shell as well.

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Delbert McClinton

Delbert McClinton proudly defies classifications. His music blends his Texas roots with roadhouse rock, juke-joint blues, Memphis soul and country. During his entire recording career, record labels have consistently tried to pigeonhole Delbert's music. But if you ask the critics about Delbert's dynamic vocals and harmonica style, you'll hear descriptions ranging from 'honky-tonk,' 'blue-eyed soul,' and 'Texas stomp' to 'country rock' and 'blues.' Delbert's music rebels against traditional categorization. Ask Delbert what kind of music he plays and he'll say, "Fun music."

Delbert was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1940 and moved to Ft. Worth at the age of 12. His mother was a beautician and his father a switchman for the Rock Island Railroad, the same famous "Rock Island Line" that was the subject of so many songs by Texas bluesmen. But Delbert was growing up as a normal Texas teenager, unaware of the blues, until (as he recalled in MUSICIAN magazine) one fateful day. "I was coming back from squirrel hunting and there was this old black barbecue place, and I heard Joe Turner's "Honey Hush." The closer I got, the more excited I got. My heart went to pounding, and I said, 'Who is that, and what is it?' I'll never forget that. There's no way I can explain it. I just went nuts. That stuff still does it to me. Boy, I wish I could hear more music that could do that to me now." Delbert began to immerse himself in the local rhythm and blues scene, staying up into the early morning, listening to KNOK, Ft. Worth's rhythm and blues station. He formed his first band, The Mellow Fellows, with a bunch of eager, though not very talented, teenagers. They played anywhere, anytime just for the experience.

See Delbert in concert on August 6, 2011 at 8 PM.

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The Highwaymen

Michael Moore (Willie Nelson) was born and raised in McKinney, Texas. His passion for Willie's music came at an early age. "I can remember hearing his music coming out of my grandmother's old AM radio," and even then Michael knew that there was something unique about Willie Nelson. Nelson's voice and unusual style of phrasing are hard to match. Through many years of study and about a million "Whiskey Rivers" later, Moore's ability to capture the country music legend's voice and style are considered by many to be the best in the world.

Bob Gill (Waylon Jennings) has been singing since his early pre school years and has performed in a varied phases from a one man band show incorporating the use of floor bass, guitar and beat box to a six piece cover country band. He has performed in Nashville and other venues across North America attracting growing audiences along the way. During his travels, he increasingly became compared to Waylon in both appearance and vocal style.

Alan Dryman (Johnny Cash) exudes a style only Cash could have. Through immense respect, dignity and love for Johnny Cash, the man, Dryman sings the melodies and music of his American legend. As an accomplished musician and singer, Dryman brings Johnny Cash back to perform songs such as "Walk the Line" and Daddy Sang Bass." The Legend of Johnny Cash lives on through the melodic voice of Alan Dryman.

Come and see this tribute to the Highwaymen on August 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

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The Statesmen Chorus

Come and see the next chapter in the continuing adventures of The Statesmen accompanied by Stage Right in a make-believe cruise titled "Let's Get Away From It All". The Statemen will host a special guest quartet called "Sterling", the 2002 Southwestern District Champions.

Sterling released its second album in 2008. It is an all gospels album called "Sunday Morning". Sterling is committed to performing music that will move you spiritually. The important thing is that you listen and are moved in the same way that Sterling was in the making of this CD. Sterling has also released the CD "Saturday Night".

Come to this special Statesmen Chorus show on August 20, 2011 at 2 and 7:30 PM.

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Agnes of God

Agnes of God is a play by John Pielmeier which tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the dead child was the result of a virgin conception. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation. The play was adapted for a movie in 1985, starring Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly.

The stage play contains a great deal more dialogue than the film and relies solely on the three main characters: Martha, the Psychiatrist; the Mother Superior; and Agnes, the Novice. The Mother Superior must expound the possibilities of miracles while recognizing the realities of today's world, of which she is painfully aware. Agnes is a beautiful but tormented soul whose abusive upbringing has affected her ability to think rationally.

See Agnes of God at Country Playhouse from August 5 through the 20th, 2011.

Country Playhouse

Three Murders, And It's Only Monday

Join private eye Harry Monday as he investigates three murders at the Peaceful Pines Sanitarium. Even the police are getting tired of coming out and ask Doctor Morrissey if he could just phone in the details. Then when Tara, a sultry soon-to-be-heiress, shows up, Harry puts his best foot forward... right in his mouth. Harry finds it tough going when he tries to determine who killed an old sea captain, a ventriloquist and a tramp. Throw in an Indian, a Swedish gardener and a disgruntled nurse and the confusion multiplies. This lightning-paced comedy/mystery comes complete with its own lightning as a storm blows out all the fuses...and the murders keep coming! In this spoof on the old-style private-eye movies, the laughs are fast and furious... and the ending will simply kill you!

See Three Murders, And It's Only Monday at Playhouse 1960 on Gant Rd. from August 5 through the 20th, 2011.

Playhouse 1960

Goodbye Charlie

The story line centers on Charlie Sorel, a screenwriter for whom wine, women and song are everything -- and not necessarily in that order. Unfortunately for Charlie, he dies at the business end of a husband's pistol when he's caught in bed with the man's wife.

But God obviously has a sense of humor as well as a sense of justice, because Charlie doesn't immediately go his just reward in the hereafter. Instead, he returns to Earth in a woman's body, and spends the rest of the play learning the error of his ways.

See Goodbye Charlie at Theatre Southwest on Clarkcrest from September 2-24, 2011.

Theatre Southwest

Mama Won't Fly

The authors of the hilarious trilogy - Christmas Belles, Southern Hospitality, and Dearly Beloved - are coming to Conroe! They have written a play called "Mama Won't Fly" that will premiere at the Crighton on September 9-25, 2011. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother's wedding. Savannah's problem: Mama won't fly.

With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive across country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt, in Mama's vintage sedan. As Savannah steels herself for this hastily conceived road trip, another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. Hayley Quinn, delighted to finally meet her future in-laws, is convinced travelling together to her wedding is the perfect way to bond. The folly of her decision quickly becomes apparent when the journey begins and comedic chaos ensues. Every conceivable and inconceivable mishap that can occur does, including the theft of their car and all their clothes, a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, the accidental homicide of an ancient Texas relative, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked eighteen-wheeler and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl minister. As the misadventures multiply, the beleaguered trio rapidly develops the urge to ditch each other anywhere along the way. Eventually the race to get to the church on time takes its toll and the overwhelmed bride calls off the wedding. Rising above their age-old mother-daughter issues, Norleen and Savannah work together to get the nuptials back on track. In a surprising and heartwarming resolution, they forge an exciting new path for their own relationship and welcome Hayley into their delightfully wacky family.

Performances are on September 9-25, 2011 with an opening night party with the authors on September 9th at the Crighton.

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