Crighton Theatre Newsletter
December 2015-February 2016

Celebrate the holidays with Christmas Belles
at the Crighton!

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Christmas Belles

It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters - Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye - are not exactly in a festive mood. The celebrity guest Santa Claus - played by Frankie's long-suffering husband, Dub - is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Have a spare oven door or want to help with the decoration of the Crighton Theatre? Please contact us by Saturday, Nov. 28. We plan to start decorating the Crighton at 10 AM on Saturday, November 28, 2015.

Do you love the Crighton and want to help with ushering? Contact us to join usher training sessions.

Performances for Christmas Belles will be on Dec. 4-20, 2015 for this Jones, Hope, and Wooten favorite. Please bring a donation for the Salvation Army.

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The Producers

Auditions for this outrageous Mel Brooks comedy are on Dec. 6-7, 2015 at 7 PM at the Crighton. Be prepared to act, sing, and dance! See the website for more details on the show. Performances for The Producers will be on Feb. 12-28, 2016.

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!

The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"

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Ninja Turtles

Guardian Anti-Bullying Live Action show is for the whole family. The show is full of martial arts action and has a powerful anti-bullying message. The perfrormers are some of the top martial artists in the country and bring talent, comedy, and a postivie message to the stage. Make sure to take advantage of the limited VIP ticket package that gets you up close and personal with The Turtles. Get autographs, and take pictures with your favorite Turtle. Your ticket purchase will also help the Guardian Anti-Bullying Campaign travel to hospitals and schools to share support and the Anti-Bully message.

EXCLUSIVE VIP TICKET HOLDERS ONLY: please remember to email tshirt size to as soon as you purchase tickets. Please make sure to include town and name the tickets are under in your subject line. Limited merchandise is available before the show starts. It is cash only, no credit cards will be taken.

There are photo opportunities available for general admission after the show. The charge is $10 per picture and must be taken with your own camera.

See the Ninja Turtles in action on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 3 PM.


Donny Edwards - One Night with Elvis

The Crighton Theatre presents Donny Edwards - One Night with Elvis. Donny Edwards was recently chosen as the first and only Elvis tribute artist to perform on the estate of Graceland. This Las Vegas Headliner will take you through the early years and Elvis' 70's concert era. This is considered the #1 Elvis show in the world. Special guest Dion Pride (son of Charley Pride) will perform. Opening the show with his oldies doo-wop will be the infamous Wayne King. Featuring the 9 member band Fever!

For Edwards, like many Elvis fans, his love of the King is a lifelong affair. "Ever since I was a kid I just remember listening to him and loving listening to him," Edwards said. "My parents said that when I was 2 years old they would play Elvis records and I would shake my leg kind of like him." Edwards spent much of his teen years and early adulthood being compared to Elvis, but it was in 2002, when he won an Elvis look-alike contest in Lake Jackson, that he began to wonder if it could be a career. He has performed around the United States and the world performing approximately 200 shows a year.

Don't miss Donny at the Crighton on March 28, 2015 at 7 PM.

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Salvation Army

During the run of Christmas Belles we will be collecting personal care products for the Salvation Army. Bring a bag of donations for the Salvation Army when you come to the show.

The Salvation Army has earned worldwide respect for its integrity and effectiveness in helping the poor and disaster victims. The organization serves more than 30 million people in the U.S. each year through its various social service programs. The Salvation Army ranked as the second largest charity in the United States in 2008 with $3.2 billion in donations.

In this new century, The Salvation Army is serving more people in the USA than ever before. They are seeing large increases in the number of Americans seeking the basic necessities of life - food, shelter, and warmth. There are many ways to help - click here to see the many ways to participate.

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Downtown Window Decorating Contest

Twenty-two merchants are decorating their windows for the Downtown Conroe People's Choice Award! There has been a lot of excitement brought on by the decorating challenge. "This just makes the Downtown Conroe area come alive!"

Please take a look at the participating merchant windows. All voting must be complete by Saturday, December 12 at midnight. Vote online for Stage Right's window (shown in the newsletter) and then come to the performances on Dec. 4-20.

Winners will be announced at the Christmas Celebration at Heritage Plaza at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 12.


Build Your Own Vacation

The winnder of the 2015 Build Your Vacation Raffle is Jeff Peterson of Thermal Solutions of Texas. They thought about places within the RCI timeshare network that included Hawaii, the Napa valley, and even the Virgin Islands!

In the end they decided on a multi-room timeshare beside Disney World in Orlando. Have fun!

Need ideas for your ideal vacation? RCI is a timeshare network with wonderful, large multi-room timeshares around the world. Once you are accustomed to the space of a timeshare on vacation, you won't go back to just any hotel.

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Theatre Amsterdam

Normally we do not promote professional theatres - especially when they are overseas. Sometimes, the production values and excellent acting make it worth mentioning. Think of your best Broadway shows you have ever seen. This blows them away.

Anne is essentially the Diary of Anne Frank but based on her three edits of the diary. When you have a theatre that is built specifically for a show and can combine live stagework with live camera work and cinematography that brings out the best of all mediums, you have a hit. Don't speak Dutch? Ask for the iPad that translates in real time the show to 8 different languages including English.

This show has been extended several times. If you get the opportunity to see Anne, request the backstage tour after a performance. You will not be disappointed.

Anne continues until the end of January 2016.


Stage Right's Season of Fantasy

STAGE RIGHT is pleased to present the following shows during our ninth season. Audition dates are tentative and may change. The Christmas and musicals will have 3 matinees with a total of 9 performances. We also have added a musical around Halloween - The Addams Family. Shows may be changed due to rights restrictions.

By Noel Coward
Performances: Sept. 2-18, 2016
Auditions: July 10-11, 2016 (tentative)
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
Performances: Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2016
Auditions: Aug. 19-20, 2016 (tentative)
by Valentine Davies
Performances: Dec. 2-18, 2016
Auditions: Oct. 7-8, 2016 (tentative)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Performances: Feb 10-26, 2017
Auditions: Dec. 2-3, 2016 (tentative)
By Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
Performances: April 14-30. 2017
Auditions: Feb 10-11, 2017 (tentative)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Performances: July 7-23, 2017
Auditions: April 23-24, 2017 (tentative)

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