Crighton Theatre Newsletter
January-March 2016


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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 positive 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 goninjagoliveactionshow@gmail.com 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.

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Jammin for Jay

Jay Ross Martin was a co-founder of the Sounds of Texas Music Series and also had a hand in the planning of the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival and a number of city of Conroe projects. On Jan. 23, an additional show has been added to the 2016 season with a tribute titled "Jammin' for Jay." The show will feature a 10-person jam in conjunction with the funding of a Jay Ross Martin Scholarship.

"If you knew Jay you knew his passion for music, especially those touring/recording artists that hailed from the state of Texas," said Craig Jones, Chairman of the Sounds of Texas Music Series in a release this week. The line up list includes Mason Langford, Kevin Black, Davin James, Tony Ramey, Richard Bowden, Lisa Morales, Shelia Marshall, Tres Womack, Kyle Hutton and Dustin Welch.

Don't miss this special event on Jan. 23, 2016 at the Crighton!

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The Producers

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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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. 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 4, 2015 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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Salvation Army

We continue to collect personal care products for the Salvation Army. Bring a bag of donations for the Salvation Army when you come to the Crighton.

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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