Crighton Theatre Newsletter
July-August 2013

Get your tickets for The Wizard of Oz
at the Crighton!

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The Wizard of Oz

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! This musical adventure is an adaptation based on the family classic film that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle's dusty Kansas farm. Dorothy yearns to travel "over the rainbow" to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz. With all the classic songs from the movie including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," "If I Were King of the Forest" and "If I Only had a Brain" you'll be singing along as the trio travels down the yellow brick road!

Performance dates are weekends July 12 - 28 Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm with three Sunday matinees on July 14, 21 & 28 at 2 pm. Come over the rainbow with us this summer! Don't miss us in the Red, Hot, and Blue parade in the Woodlands July 4th!

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Arsenic and Old Lace - Auditions

For the clan known as Brewster insanity runs in the family. Two sweet old aunts take it upon themselves to poison lonely old men with nothing to live for, as an act of charity. Their nephew Mortimer has just got married, and is trying to negotiate his way around the shenanigans of the house, while trying to keep his new bride from fleeing. Shady brother John returns from a world adventure involving using corpses to change his appearance to allude capture. The merry mayhem continues with bugle-blowing brother Teddy who is charged with burial duties. Don't miss this classic comedy originally starring Cary Grant!

Audition times are at 7 PM on July 14-15, 2013 at the Crighton. Season six performance dates are Sept. 6-22, 2013. Note that the roles of Abby, Martha, and Jonathan have been precast.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Join the Crighton Theatre for Alice's strange and exciting adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland drops curious young Alice down a rabbit hole and into an underground world that just gets "curiouser and curiouser." In Wonderland, Alice attempts to understand and impose logic on this illogical dream-world as she faces off against the White Rabbit, the Cheshire-Cat, the Blue Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, and ultimately the Queen of Hearts.

The audience becomes a part of the forest through which Alice travels; they join her at the Mad Hatter's tea party, and even take part in that memorable croquet game with the Queen of Hearts. Come on this enchanting trip to Wonderland; it's an experience you will long remember.

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Little Nell the Orphan Girl

Theatre Suburbia presents their annual summer melodrama! Will our dashing hero be able to save our innocent heroine or will the dastardly villain succeed in his quest to steal the family fortune and blame our heroine for his villainous deeds. Join Trelawney, Nell and Daryl Blessingham and see who wins out in the end. It's fun for the entire family from kiddies to grand parents. Popcorn will be available for throwing at the villain.

Performance dates for this melodrama are July 19 to August 24, 2013 at Theatre Suburbia on 4106 Way Out West Dr, Houston, TX.


Operation Pets Alive

Operation Pets Alive! believes that many in our community share our values with regard to homeless dogs and cats. Therefore, we see a need to increase community awareness and community involvement regarding the No-Kill movement and the plight of homeless dogs and cats in our community. We want to help people "do the right thing" for animals.

Operation Pets Alive! (OPA) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that depends on generous donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fund our programs, supplies, and operational expenses. We do not receive any money from the government.

OPA's Foster/Adoption program provides animals in its care with food, shelter, veterinary care and the promotion and matching necessary to find a forever family. OPA's Trap, Neuter, Return of Feral Cats and Targeted Spay and Neuter programs help to dramatically limit the number of homeless dogs and cats entering our local shelters. Both programs require funds for low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, equipment and transportation charges.

Donate to Operation Pets Alive online or when you attend The Wizard of Oz!


Children's Safe Harbor

STAGE RIGHT will be collecting donations for Children's Safe Harbor during the run of The Wizard of Oz. Harbors' mission is to protect and enhance the life of every child who has the courage to battle sexual and physical abuse. With a team of community and professional agencies united, we are committed to counsel the mind and heal the body of brave children and prosecute the offenders of the youngest and most vulnerable victims of our society.

Visit our website or see the youtube video for more information. When you come to The Wizard of Oz, please bring a journal book for donation to Children's Safe Harbor.

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New Horizons

New Caney New Horizons, Inc (NCNH) is committed to enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities through training and life experiences that build self-esteem and promote personal independence at home; at work and within the community they call home.

We provide programs with opportunities for our patrons to increase their knowledge and build new skills, promoting self-confidence and independence at home, at work and within the community. Since our inception, New Horizons has served over 175 teens and adults with developmental disabilities. NCNH operates New Horizons' Resale Shop, which serves not only as a key training sight, but generates the majority of our operational funding since its establishment in 1995.

Visit our website for more information. When you come to The Wizard of Oz, please bring a donation for New Horizons.


Bret's Bargain Barn

Stop by... you never know what special treasures you'll find at Bret's! From appliances to home decor, and furniture for every room... they have it all! They carry current styles, vintage, antique and many items for the do it yourself person.

Are you downsizing? Moving? Liquidating an estate? Bret's (Bargain Barn) buys entire estates or complete contents of homes.

Inventory changes daily! They also deliver! Stop by 511 North Frazier in Conroe from Tuesday to Friday @ 10 AM-6 PM or Saturday from 10-3.


Farmer's Market at Grogan's Mill

Offering Woodlands consumers a break from their traditional grocery shopping experience, The Grogan's Mill Farmers Market is quickly becoming one of the most distinctive ongoing events in the community. Now in its fifth year, the farmers market is held from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday at the Grogan's Mill Village Center parking lot and features dozens of local merchants selling everything from handmade soap to grass-fed beef.

The market's vendors offer items such as gourmet coffees, tamales, bakery-fresh breads and sweets, local honey and fresh fruits and vegetables grown on area farms. Denton said the fresh produce available at the market varies, depending on the season. But she said all produce is grown in Texas. The farmers market is put on each week by the Grogan's Mill Village Association. The proceeds raised from each week's markets benefit the Village Association's philanthropical endeavors, such as student scholarships.


Fairfield Inn

Enjoy friendly Texas hospitality at the new Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott! The hotel is a short drive to The Woodlands and minutes from Lake Conroe. The Fairfield Inn and Suites is located off Interstate 45 and Highway 3083 and conveniently located near Lone Star Executive Airport, Lone Star Convention and Expo Center. Whether travelling for business or leisure you will find many nearby restaurants for dining. Experience the comforts of Marriott hospitality with free wireless Internet, spacious rooms, free full hot breakfast, and outdoor pool.

Thanks to the Fairfield Inn in Conroe for their donation of lodging for the flying director of ZFX who will help us fly in the Wizard of Oz!


Salvation Army

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.

Thanks to the Salvation Army in Conroe for printing the youth playbill for the Wizard of Oz!

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Get the App!

iPhone, here we come! 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 (six months and counting...) 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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Conroe, TX 77301

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