Crighton Theatre Newsletter
June-July 2014

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The Glass Menagerie

Montgomery High School under the direction of Suzanne Ray just procured the 2014 title of 1st runner up in the AAAA UIL One Act Play in Austin last week!

In the play, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Amanda Wingfield is a Southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura and so she pushes her son, Tom to find a 'gentleman caller' for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller sends shockwaves through the family and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going.

As a directorial choice, there are liberties taken to place Laura, Tom, Amanda and the Gentleman caller in the world of illusion or memory, as spelled out by the playwright through the narrator Tom. Few if any directors take this approach with this iconic piece to place the world in glass. There is magic from start to finish. It is a truly moving piece and one you will not quickly forget.

The public is invited this Friday at 7 PM at the Crighton Theatre. Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Bring a friend and come out to see this award winning presentation of The Glass Menagerie.

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Mark Chesnutt

Mark Chesnutt is one of Country's true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country music's most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment.

Mark has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit; he maintains a front-and-center presence with a hefty tour schedule year after year.

Country music critics and fans alike need look no further when it comes to Country music basics. See Mark Chesnutt at the Crighton on May 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM!

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The Dixie Swim Club Auditions

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, is pleased to announce auditions for their upcoming production of The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Previous Southern comedies by Jones, Hope, and Wooten presented at the Crighton include Christmas Belles and Mama Won't Fly. The show will be directed by Amber Babcock. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Audition dates and time: June 8 and 9 at 7 pm
Performance dates and times: September 5-21, 2014, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and two Sunday matinees September 14 and 21 at 2 pm.

Auditions will be held in the upstairs rehearsal hall. Entrance to the rehearsal hall is at 117 Simonton Street (next door to the Red Brick Tavern). Rehearsal will generally be held at the theatre Sunday-Thursday nights 7-10 pm.

Go to the website for more information about the show or the characters.

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Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell will be at the historic Crighton Theatre on June 14, 2014 at 8 PM. He is a Grammy Award-winning musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. He is considered to be part of both the alternative country and the mainstream country music camps. He was influenced by songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Crowell played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band".

In February 2013, Crowell and Emmylou Harris released Old Yellow Moon on Harris' longtime label Nonesuch Records. The album reached Number 4 on Billboard's Country albums chart. In the same year the album won the Americana Music Awards' Album of the Year award. In January 2014, Crowell won his second Grammy Award when Old Yellow Moon won the Grammy for Best Americana Album.

Crowell released his first album on New West Records, Tarpaper Sky, in April 2014. Crowell co-produced the record with his long-time collaborator, Steuart Smith. Don't miss Rodney at the Crighton!

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Remembering Motown

Sit back relax and enjoy as 50's and 60's Entertainment take you back in time in their musical tribute to some of the best music in history, the Music of Motown. You'll hear songs from what has been called the greatest female group of all time, the fabulous Supremes, as performed by The New Supremes Revue. Shantel Baker talks about replacing Diana Ross, her audition for The Supremes, the first time someone asked for her autograph and how her group is still in contact with Motown.

Derrick Hadley and his Motown Revue will perform greats from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and many more. Derrick's group has toured the nation appearing at a wide variety of venues. You might even catch his group on a cruise. All in all a fantastic night of 'Remembering Motown'.

See Remembering Motown at the Crighton on June 19, 2014 at 7 PM! Funds will go toward construction of the Mary K. Sweet Shepherd Teen Center, a facility to serve kids of all ages by providing sports activities, video games and movies, after school programs, a study center and support group, a tutoring program, a summer camp program, and other activities.

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Delbert McClinton

Delbert McClinton proudly defies classifications. His music blends his Texas roots with roadhouse rock, juke-joint blues, Memphis soul and country. During his entire recording career, record labels have consistently tried to pigeonhole Delbert's music. But if you ask the critics about Delbert's dynamic vocals and harmonica style, you'll hear descriptions ranging from 'honky-tonk,' 'blue-eyed soul,' and 'Texas stomp' to 'country rock' and 'blues.' Delbert's music rebels against traditional categorization. Ask Delbert what kind of music he plays and he'll say, "Fun music."

Delbert was a judge for the fourth annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. Delbert is also the feature of the musical documentary, Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey.

See Delbert at the Crighton on June 20, 2014 at 8 PM!

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The 1950's are out and change is in the air! Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next starlet on his show. With help from her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!

For more promos about the show click here. Performance dates for this musical are July 11-27, 2014!

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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!


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.

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Conroe Coffee

Here at Conroe Coffee, we strive to serve you top quality coffee, drinks, and food! My love for great coffee began in Europe. Once I tasted Lavazza, Italy's most popular brand, I knew there would never be another coffee brand for me.

Years later I opened a coffee shop in Michigan and sold Lavazza. Folks in the small town of Lake Orion, Michigan could not believe that Lavazza had arrived in their town. Much like Lake Orion, Conroe has that small town feel: Friendly folks and merchants genuinely interested in our town and bringing our customers the best of the best. We serve the best coffee, teas, sandwiches, pastries and desserts! Not to mention imported English goods! (I am English). We welcome you to our shop! Come on in, sit down, relax, and become family!

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Caribbean Cruise

Win a cruise to Mexico, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica! For the next three shows we will be raffling a cruise to Mexico departing from the port of Galveston! Travel to a Caribbean island perched atop a coral reef: Cozumel. Swim with the dolphins or spend the day shopping onshore!

Next is Grand Cayman - a group of three magnificent tropical islands Christopher Columbus called "Las Tortugas" (the turtles) for the sea creatures he found in the ocean water. Among other attractions, visitors to the island will enjoy learning about the turtles, exploring Seven-Mile Beach and enjoying the undersea world.

Last stop is Jamaica where beachcomers can spend time on the white sands and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Take a leasurely ride in a glass bottom boat and see underwater life without having to snorkel or scuba dive. Visit the spectacular Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios, where you can climb 600 feet up from the base of the falls or retreat to the beach where the rushing water exits into the ocean.

This eight day, seven night cruise will be awarded to one lucky couple on the last performance of the season (Hairspray - July 27, 2014). Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. You can buy tickets during intermission or purchase tickets online. Proceeds will support future Stage Right shows at the Crighton.

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