Crighton Theatre Newsletter
June-July 2011

See The Music Man!

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Willy Wonka Jr.

The storyline has been through many renovations since Roald Dahl first created his hilarious and enchanting novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In 1971, the book was adapted into a popular musical film, starring Gene Wilder as the incomparable candy-making genius, Willy Wonka.

The stage adaptation draws its material from the original film. Charlie and his poverty stricken family comprise the first half of this play. Willy Wonka's tour with the bratty kids and their ill-mannered parents takes up the remaining half. The best part of the show is watching each obnoxious child get their comeuppance. The show also makes audience members incredibly hungry for chocolate - unless you're choco-phobic.

Performances are on May 20-27, 2011 at the Crighton - where else?

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Andrea Marcovicci: Love Songs of World War II

MCPAS presents Andrea's most requested show. Andrea takes the audience on a journey through America's most dramatic era when every song became irrevocably entwined in each precious moment. The music represents many of America's most prolific songwriters including Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, and the many others responsible for hits like Sentimental Journey, We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and Skylark.

An actress and singer, Andrea began on the daytime television series "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". She debuted on Broadway in "Ambassador", the musical adaptation of the novel by Henry James, starring Howard Keel and last appeared on the Great White Way in Frank D. Gilroy's play "Any Given Day" with Sada Thompson. Her numerous appearances off-Broadway include "The Wedding of Iphigenia", "Variety Obit", "The Seagull", and as Ophelia to Sam Waterston's "Hamlet" for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park.

Performances are on May 28, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

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Summer Camps for Kids

CYT Summer Camp days are filled with Broadway themed musical theater workshops focusing on voice, dance and drama. Campers will enjoy making new friends as they build self confidence and vital performance skills that are useful in all areas of life. Worship, scripture memorization challenges, team-building time, wacky themed days, an action packed water day, and high-energy competitive games will also be incorporated, promising you the best experience of your summer! And to close out the week, all campers will showcase what they've rehearsed at an exciting Friday night performance for family and friends.

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Guy Clark

Guy Clark remains a national treasure and folk icon, crafting masterful, poignant melodies and insightful lyrics. Tough, bare-boned and dryly sentimental, his beautiful songs reflect the man himself and display an old-fashioned masculinity that emphasizes honesty, integrity and carefully chosen words. Masterful and charismatic in live performance, Clark has built a devout U.S. and international following through years of touring prestigious clubs and concert halls. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation's Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004, Clark was honored with the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2005.

Performances are on June 18, 2011 at 8 PM.

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Roy and Sundance Head

Head achieved fame as a member of a musical group out from San Marcos, Texas known as The Traits. Head is best known for the 1965 blue-eyed soul international hit, "Treat Her Right" released by Roy Head and the Traits. After going solo Head landed several hits on the Country and Western charts between 1975 and 1985. During his career of some 50 years, he has performed in several different musical genres. One of the most gifted performers of his era, Head's extraordinary dancing and acrobatic showmanship are legendary, often compared to the likes of Elvis Presley or James Brown.

Sundance Head has been singing for as long as he can remember. The son of singer Roy Head, Sundance attributes his love for music to the many times he shared the stage with his father as a child. Sundance is now making his mark on the music industry, determined to hang a gold record of his own on the wall of his Porter, Texas home.

Performances are on June 24, 2011 at 7 PM.

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The Magic of Sinatra

Rick Honeycutt writes, "Is it Frank Sinatra or is it Memorex? Neither. It's Paul Salos. Paul just may be the best Sinatra singer around. He is the most complete copy from the voice to the uncanny mannerisms, this reporter has seen. The show I saw has Paul receiving three encores and a standing ovation after his medley that included "New York, New York," "Chicago," and "My Way." Paul does excellent impressions of Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, Liberace, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis just to name a few."

Performances are on June 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

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Where in the World is River City?

A fast-talking con man Harold Hill - The Music Man - goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch.

Looking for new suckers in Iowa, Hill arrives in River City, where he declares that the only way to save the youth of River City from the lure of the poolroom is to organize a boy's band. He charms the mayor's wife Eulalie into forming a "ladies' dance committee" and sets his sights on winning over local music teacher Marian Paroo. Marian rightly considers Hill a fraud, especially when he espouses the "Think System" of learning music: if you think a tune, he claims, you can play it. But Marian becomes Hill's staunchest ally when her young brother Winthrop, withdrawn since the death of his father, exuberantly comes out of his shell at the prospect of joining Hill's band; and Marian's budding romance with the charming but unreliable Hill ultimately brings her out of her own shell as well.

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The Wiz

This seven time Tony Award winning musical is a lively,updated and soulful urban re-telling of L. Frank Baum's timeless classic, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". This exciting show will feature a large, multi-generational and multi-cultural cast of amazing local talent. The Wiz will be presented in the newest and largest theater venue in the Northwest Houston area-the beautiful, 850 seat Cy-Ranch High School Theater. With a catchy musical score, great staging, a fabulous cast of home grown talent, and lots of high energy dance, HCST brings a "Brand New Day" to our patrons.

This show will blow you away (and we don't mean back to Kansas, Toto)! Plan now to "Ease on Down the Road" this summer.

Houston Center Stage

"Christmas Belles" Authors Come to the Crighton

The authors of the hilarious trilogy - Christmas Belles, Southern Hospitality, and Dearly Beloved - are coming to Conroe! They have written a play called "Mama Won't Fly" that will premiere at the Crighton on September 9-25, 2011. An overwhelmed bride places her older sister in charge of getting their mother from Alabama to her wedding on the West Coast. There's only one problem: Mama won't fly.

With only three days to make it to the big event, the determined daughter and her equally willful mother hastily set out on a cross-country drive, experiencing hilarious misadventures, wildly eccentric Texas relatives and a rapidly growing urge to ditch each other anywhere along the way. But the race to get Mama to the church on time proves to be more than just a road trip. It becomes a journey of two women embracing their differences and discovering a delightfully wacky side of the country, their family and themselves they never knew existed.

Besides the opening of a new play, there will be festivities during the week. Stay tuned!

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