Crighton Theatre Newsletter June 2009

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MCPAS | Sounds of Texas | STAGE RIGHT | Gallery | Theatre News | Season Ticket Info


So who is this dog? Harley is a rescue dog who will be in the summer production of "Cheaper By the Dozen" based on the book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey and dramatized by Christopher Sergel. This wonderful comedy focuses on the father's need to organize his family and his teenage daughter's need to be treated as an adult. Their struggle leads to a maturity and mutual respect that give meaning and emotion in this delightful comedy romp!

* Auditions are on June 7-8, 2009 (7 PM) at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, TX
* Performance dates are July 31-August 16, 2009 at 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays.

Kids range in age from 17 on down. Additional extras may be added to fill out the dozen. Adult parts vary (ages 40-50's with some in 20's).

Go to STAGE RIGHT's website to get more information about auditions. For information on local and national theatre events check out STAGE RIGHT Resources .

Check out pictures of events at the Crighton Theatre. Please forward any pictures you have of Crighton events to

What about Harley's story? See the June 2009 issue of Dock Line. When the article is available electronically we will provide you a link to his incredible story of survival against all odds.

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A Shakespeare Summer for Kids

This summer Bravo Company - the educational arm of STAGE RIGHT - will conduct a Shakespeare workshop for kids. Be a part of the team process while producing a show from auditions to casting procedures to costume and set design. The kids will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which is a romantic comedy. The workshop will be repeated later in the summer in cooperation with ACE Theatre . Classes will meet from Monday to Friday on June 8-26 culminating in performances on June 27 and 28, 2009 at the historic Crighton Theatre. Tuition is $199 for the three week period with discounts for Bravo Company students. Call 936-441-SHOW for more information.

Rob Landes Trio Returns to the Crighton

MCPAS originally invited Rob in September 2008 but "Ike" interfered. Rob is returning to the Crighton on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8 PM.

Rob Landes began studying the piano at the age of three and made his 'debut' on the Art Linkletter House Party program at the age of four. This appearance was greeted with great applause and kudos from Mr. Linkletter as well as Tommy Dorsey who was on the same broadcast. A native Houstonian, his playing has taken him from the United States and Canada, to Norway and many parts of Europe. Landes is widely known as a pianist, organist, arranger, conductor and published composer. He is associated with six national publishers, including Hinshaw Publishers, Sacred Music Press, Alliance Music and Fred Bock Music. Visit Rob's website for his concert schedule and for information about ordering his CDs.

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The Flatlanders in Concert

The Sounds of Texas present The Flatlanders on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 8 PM.

The Flatlanders formed in 1972 in Lubbock, Texas, small West Texas city with a prominent artistic community, due in part to the atmosphere at Texas Tech University. Gilmore, Ely and Hancock formed the group, with Gilmore as the main songwriter and singer, with several other collaborators: their friends Steve Wesson, previously a non-musician, on autoharp and musical saw and Tony Pearson on mandolin and backup harmony, as well as Butch's brother Tommy Hancock on fiddle and string bassist Syl Rice.

The Flatlanders' new album, Hills & Valleys, was released by New West on March 31st and the band hit the ground running to get the word out about their newest collection of songs. Come see them live!

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Steve Earle in Concert

The Sounds of Texas present a special evening with Steve Earle on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 8 PM.

Steve has just released his tribute album to Townes Van Zandt, called simply "Townes". Steve is an amazing artist and rarely performs in Texas, so plan on this being an outstanding event.

When speaking about Townes, Earle stated, "This may be one of the best records I've ever made." The album features such guests as Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman, Steve's wife and acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, Dennis Crouch, Tim O'Brien, Darrel Scott, Shad Cobb and Steve's son, Justin Townes Earle. Steve will be touring in support of Townes with tour dates now being announced. Townes is available as a deluxe two-CD set, as well as double limited edition 180 gram vinyl.

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Crighton Theatre History Project

In honor of her 75th birthday, STAGE RIGHT is working with the Crighton Theatre Foundation to prepare a living history of the Crighton Theatre. We are in the process of collecting stories, pictures and memories of the Crown Jewel of Montgomery County to be recorded on a commemorative DVD and booklet. Profits from the sale of the living history set will be placed in an endowment fund for much needed renovation expenses. It's been awhile since the Grand Dame has had a facelift and she needs attention. Do you have pictures of the Crighton during her construction, during her heyday as a movie house, during memorable stage shows? If so, please consider scanning them and sending them to STAGE RIGHT. Do you have special memories of the Crighton? Do you remember the first show you saw there? Did you see any memorable performers? Please share your memories either by interview or written record. Were you part of the massive effort to restore the Crighton to her glory in 1979? Do you have before and after pictures? We need to hear your story. We endeavor to capture these memories before they are lost. Our goal is to begin this project this year and have the living history set on sale at the start of our 2010-2011 Season. Beginning with Vaudeville (Finally) Comes to the Crighton, which kicks off our 2009-2010 Season, we will have on display at all our shows photos and memories we have collected thus far.

Since this is an all volunteer community effort, we also need help with donations of video services, editing, printing and DVD duplication expenses. If your company can offer or underwrite any part of these services, please let us know.

To submit your photos please send your name, your story, and the scanned images with full descriptions to If you have photos but don't have the capacity to scan them, please contact us at the same e-mail or call 281-363-1567 and will figure a way to get it done or perhaps have them on display at the theatre. If you or a relative are unable to send information and would like to be interviewed please contact us.

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