Crighton Theatre Newsletter
February-March 2013

See the musical comedy
The Drowsy Chaperone
at the Crighton!

In This Issue:

The Drowsy Chaperone

"To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre afficionado known simply as 'Man in Chair' drops the needle on his favorite record (yes, records!) - the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny and Tony award winning musical magically bursts to life on stage, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy dame, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs. Man in Chair's infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theatre."

Performances for The Drowsy Chaperone will be on Feb. 15-Mar. 3, 2013.

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Sweet Soul Sounds

Silkie Soul Entertainment invites you to enjoy a soulful evening celebrating the music of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. This musical night features the talents of Andrey SeVille, Cecil Shaw, Tony Mac, Robert Allen Berry, and Travis Hearne. Smooth voices, live band, heartfelt music--a night you don't want to miss.

In the late seventies, Andrey started singing with Otis My Man and the Animal House Band. They toured the southern states from college campuses to private functions. Later, Andrey began singing in local bands before putting together his own ensemble, Silkie Soul. Silkie Soul performed all over Texas and Louisiana. Andrey also worked for Club Nouveau on tour during their glory days. Andrey SeVille is noted for his immaculate vocals as he sings music from Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Beverly and many more.

Performances are on Feb. 2, 2013 at the Crighton Theatre.

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The Red Velvet Cake War - Auditions

Auditions for The Red Velvet Cake War are on Feb. 17-18, 2013 at 7 PM at the historic Crighton Theatre. The Red Velvet Cake War will be the fifth Jones, Hope, and Wooten southern play done by Stage Right.

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!

See The Red Velvet Cake War on April 19-May 5, 2013!

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29th Young Texas Artists Music Competition

This is the original "American Idol" before such an event came to TV. The Young Texas Artists Music Competition was created by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Socety in 1983 as an effort to encourage excellence in young musicians and to further artistic growth throughout the state of Texas. The musicians compete in their choice of four divisions: Voice; Piano; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar. A panel of distinguished judges - all esteemed leaders in their respective disciplines - choose the winner. Over 60 contestants from around the state come to compete for the coveted Entergy Grand Prize.

See the 29th Annual YTA concert on March 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

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Almost Elton John and the Rocket Band

Craig A Meyer has traversed all four corners of the entertainment industry, making strong impressions in theatre, film, television and music. Meyer worked with Alan Menken on Disney's Aladdin, and with Tim Rice and Elton John on The Lion King. Throughout Meyer's busy career, he was repeatedly approached about his striking resemblance to Elton John and his uncanny ability to sound like the rock and roll legend. Meyer was eventually persuaded to expand his repertoire and began his tribute work on Sir Elton John.

Today, he is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market today whose strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. This spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart topping hits by Sir Elton John, including: "Benny and the Jets", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Crocodile Rock," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle in the Wind".

See Almost Elton John and the Rocket Band on March 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

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Guy Clark

Songwriting legend Guy Clark doesn't merely compose songs; he projects images and characters with the kind of hands-on care and respect of a literary master. Clark works slowly and with strict attention to detail, and has produced an impressive collection of timeless gems, leaving very little waste behind. The emotional level of his work, as well as the admiration and esteem of his peers, consistently transcends sales figures and musical genres. Using everyday language to construct extraordinary songs for more than 35 years, Clark continues to be the type of songwriter whom young artists study and seasoned writers, as well discriminating listeners, revere.

See Guy Clark in concert at the Crighton on March 23, 2013 at 8 PM.

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I'm Not Rappaport

Playghouse 1960 presents I'm Not Rappaport! The author of A Thousand Clowns brings us another set of peculiar creatures that are New Yorkers. The play takes place under a bridge in Central Park, where two octogenarians - one white, one black - meet regularly, determined to fight off all attempts to put them out to pasture. Nat is a cantankerous Communist whose daughter is urging him into the old folk's home. Midge, an apartment superintendent spends his days in the park hiding in the past and from his disgruntled tenants. Don't miss this "rambunctiously funny" play!

See I'm Not Rappaport at Playhouse 1960 from from Jan. 25-Feb. 9, 2013.

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Montgomery County Women's Shelter

During the run of The Drowsy Chaperone we encourage gift card donations to benefit the Montgomery County Women's Shelter. The emergency shelter for women and children has operated for more than 20 years providing a safe, emergency refuge for women and children. Shelter has the capacity to house up to 60 women and children per night, and we shelter more than 800 women and children every year.

The agency also offers: a 24-hour hotline, non residential counseling, support groups, legal services, educational scholarships, advocacy, re-housing assistance and counseling, and community and school-based education programs. Feel free to contribute directly to the Women's Shelter or bring your donation when you come to the show.


One on One: Inside the Crighton Theatre

Tired of made-up or fake stories about celebrities? Watch and listen to real stories of people from One on One: Inside the Crighton Theatre.

We have interviews with the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone. The interviews for Ray Price, Larry Gatlin, and the rest of the opening acts for Ray Price's Christmas show are also 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 (which will take a long time). 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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