Crighton Theatre Newsletter
February-April 2016


Join us for The Producers
at the Crighton!

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The Producers

Bialystock and Bloom! Our patrons picked The Producers as their choice for the February musical. 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!" Be prepared for naughty (PG-13)!

During the run of the show we will be collecting donations (gift cards, cash) for Meals on Wheels of Montgomery County. They are indicating a shortage in funds to acquire meals for our neighbors in need. You can also donate online.

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Rumors

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, announces auditions for Neil Simon's comedy Rumors on Feb. 14-15 at 7 pm.

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Audition Dates & Times: Sunday & Monday Feb. 14-15 at 7:00 PM
Audition Location: Crighton Theatre 234 N. Main St. Conroe, TX 77301
Performance Dates: April 15-May 1, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM with the exception of April 17 (no performance).

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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. 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 4, 2016 at 7 PM.

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A Night of One Acts

Come join the fun while supporting 3 local Junior High Schools! On Saturday, March 5th you will be entertained by three talented groups of teens presenting their award-winning performances!

Magnolia Jr. High - "Anne of Green Gables"
Lynn Lucas Middle School - "No Time for Sergeants"
Montgomery Jr. High - "The Outsiders"

There will be two intermissions at which time you are invited to please enjoy the silent auction that will be held in the lobby. Proceeds go to the drama departments of the schools.

Each one act lasts 40 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. If you are unable to come but want to support the schools, called the Box Office at 936-441-7469 and indicate you wish to make a donation for UIL.

Experience a night of One Acts at the Crighton on March 5, 2016 at 7 PM.

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Dust Bowl Motel

Caitlin Cary's song lyrics were just part of the inspiration for "Dust Bowl Motel," a new play by SHSU alumnus Scott McCarley and writing partner Jim Roth that debuted in Huntsville Aug. 15-17, 2014. Centered on the struggles, heartbreak and dreams of one woman's journey to find happiness, the production combines acting and storytelling with live music and video to capture a unique theatre experience.

Set in a rundown motel in western Oklahoma where "bad just got worse," the play focuses on Katie, who has little to do but clean old motel rooms and watch the heat waves rise from the highway out front. To escape this mundane reality, she dreams of a new life in sunny California and develops a plan to get there.

Although the play's title and theme of moving west for a better life seems straight out of a Steinbeck novel, the production isn't about the depression era, but rather a modern-day story with a timeless message. "Escaping the motel is a metaphor for people's desire for something better, something more. It's that place they don't want to be," he said. "The story invites us to reflect on what we really value and includes a few surprises along the way."

See the Dust Bowl Motel on March 18-20, 2016.

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Todd Snyder

Todd Snider is on the happy back end of happy hour at a favorite East Nashville bar, talking about his new album Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables. "This record doesn't come from good times," Snider says. "I wanted to sound the way I feel, which sometimes means sounding like a broken soul."

These aren't protest songs and they're not meant to incite class warfare (though he knows they might anyway). At album's outset ("In The Beginning"), Snider credits the church with sustaining peace. From there, it's on to the certainty of warped karma ("Good things happen to bad people," he sings in "New York Banker."), to a remarkable reworking of "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown".

Todd will be at the Crighton on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

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Montgomery County's Got Talent

Join us as we welcome rising stars to compete in MCPAS's own talent show! The best of Montgomery County's greatest singers, dancers, actors, musicians and poets will be at the Crighton to show case their talent! Don't miss out on all the fun and a chance to see what the constestants have!

Attracting local singers, dancers, actors, musicians and poets, the top three winners will receive cash prizes. Performers are ages 15 and up. Auditions are on Friday, February 26, 2016 frpm 5-8 PM at the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce at 505 W. Davis in Conroe.

The competition will be at the Crighton Theatre on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

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Meals on Wheels

Most of the elderly find themselves at some point unable to meet their basic needs for health and wellness. As the senior adult population continues to grow around the country, including in Montgomery County, services to support this vulnerable cohort are critical. The mission of Meals on Wheels Montgomery County is to provide home delivered meals and transportation services to the homebound elderly in Montgomery County.

As an organization, we seek to provide strategically placed services to support elderly preventative health initiatives, benefiting the individual, their family, and the county at large. Our Meals on Wheels program provides both consistent nutrition services and a safety check by a friendly volunteer. We partner with our County Commissioners to provide daily group dining opportunities at the Commissioner's local centers, so that qualifying seniors can have a hot nutritious meal in a social environment, transportation included. These services ensure the seniors we serve the independence they seek to age in place. Our Senior Rides program offers transportation services to seniors and disabled community members. Our passenger buses have curbside services that transport our clients to the places they need to be, including doctor's offices, grocery stores, and activity centers.

At Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, we believe that well-nourished and valued seniors are a big part of a well-nourished valuable community. It's what we're all about. You can donate online

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