Crighton Theatre Newsletter
March-April 2013

See the musical comedy
The Drowsy Chaperone
at the Crighton!

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The Drowsy Chaperone

See this hilarious musical comedy before it leaves the Crighton! "To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre afficionado known simply as 'Man in Chair' drops the needle on his favorite record (yes, records!) - the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. See pictures from the show your neighbors are talking about!

From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny and Tony award winning musical magically bursts to life on stage, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy dame, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs. Man in Chair's infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theatre."

Performances for The Drowsy Chaperone will be on Feb. 15-Mar. 3, 2013.

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29th Young Texas Artists Music Competition

This is the original "American Idol" before such an event came to TV. The Young Texas Artists Music Competition was created by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society in 1983 as an effort to encourage excellence in young musicians and to further artistic growth throughout the state of Texas. The musicians compete in their choice of four divisions: Voice; Piano; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar. A panel of distinguished judges - all esteemed leaders in their respective disciplines - choose the winner. Over 60 contestants from around the state come to compete for the coveted Entergy Grand Prize.

See the 29th Annual YTA concert on March 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

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Almost Elton John and the Rocket Band

Craig A Meyer has traversed all four corners of the entertainment industry, making strong impressions in theatre, film, television and music. Meyer worked with Alan Menken on Disney's Aladdin, and with Tim Rice and Elton John on The Lion King. Throughout Meyer's busy career, he was repeatedly approached about his striking resemblance to Elton John and his uncanny ability to sound like the rock and roll legend. Meyer was eventually persuaded to expand his repertoire and began his tribute work on Sir Elton John.

Today, he is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market today whose strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. This spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart topping hits by Sir Elton John, including: "Benny and the Jets", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Crocodile Rock," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle in the Wind".

See Almost Elton John and the Rocket Band on March 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

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Guy Clark

Songwriting legend Guy Clark doesn't merely compose songs; he projects images and characters with the kind of hands-on care and respect of a literary master. Clark works slowly and with strict attention to detail, and has produced an impressive collection of timeless gems, leaving very little waste behind. The emotional level of his work, as well as the admiration and esteem of his peers, consistently transcends sales figures and musical genres. Using everyday language to construct extraordinary songs for more than 35 years, Clark continues to be the type of songwriter whom young artists study and seasoned writers, as well discriminating listeners, revere.

See Guy Clark in concert at the Crighton on March 23, 2013 at 8 PM.

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Hank Williams Remembered

In 2009, after extensively researching five biographies and countless documentaries, Jake wrote Hank Williams Remembered, a tribute to Hank in which he narrates and sings 22 classic Hank Williams songs. He is currently touring the country performing the show with his "Honky Tonk Cowboys" comprised of former members of Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys and Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. Jake says, "It's truly an honor to perform with these gentlemen, some of whom have been playing this music since it was created."

Jake has opened shows and appeared alongside many great entertainers such as Ray Price, Moe Bandy, Johnny Bush, George Hamilton IV, Frankie Miller, Miss Norma Jean, Darrell McCall, and Curtis Potter. He has been featured on such television programs as RFDTV's TruCountry, Texas County Line and currently appears weekly on RuralTV's Texas Pickin' Party as a vocalist and steel guitar player for the band.

See hank Williams Remembered at the Crighton on April 6th at 7:30 PM.

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The Red Velvet Cake War

In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins - Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette - could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have set tongues wagging in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having "accidentally" crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband's girlfriend's doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, the saucy number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it's time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the roughhewn store manager of Whatley's Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum's newest widower. velvet cake. As this fast-paced uproarious romp barrels toward its surprising climax, you'll wish your own family reunion was this much fun!

Join us for the red velvet cake competition (see details below) and The Red Velvet Cake War on April 19-May 5, 2013!

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The Red Velvet Cake Competition

Get ready for the red velvet cake throwdown! Bring your best red velvet cake to opening night on April 19!

· Bring your homebaked cake and recipe between 5-6 PM on opening night (April 19) to the Madeley Building at 127 Simonton St (Conroe Art League building in downtown Conroe).
· Pictures will be taken of the cake and the baker when the cake is submitted
· Judging will commence at 6 PM and finish at 7 PM.
· Top selections will be announced on stage prior to The Red Velvet Cake War
· The opening night reception will be held at Madeley Building after the show with the cakes as dessert
· Any cakes on personal serving platters can be retrieved after the opening night party

Each entrant will be given a free ticket to The Red Velvet Cake War or The Wizard of Oz. The grand prize will be season tickets to STAGE RIGHT shows for 2013-2014. Limit one entrant per family.

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The Wizard of Oz - Auditions

Is there anyone who doesn't know the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West? Come to auditions at 7 PM (Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22). Be prepared to dance, sing, and read from the script. Singers should bring their music on CD or on their smart phone.

Seeking to more closely recreate the 1939 film on stage, the Royal Shakespeare Company adapted the film's screenplay, used songs from the movie, and produced a new version at London's Barbican Centre in 1987. This musical has been touring the U.S. since 2008. It is this version we will be presenting in July. You can find a list of characters on the website. Auditions are being held early to provide adequate time for dance and song rehearsals.

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A Touch of Danger

While on business in Munich, best-selling author Max Telligan is reported dead. His secretary, Liz, and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Harriet, are stunned and dismayed. However, nothing could have matched their shock when Max walked in the door very much alive. The murdered man is his Munich business associate who had made a very generous offer for his current book based on his personal journal.

The murder triggers a sequence of events involving the Police, Scotland Yard, the CIA, security services, and other groups all seeking something Max has unwittingly brought back from Munich. Max is now embroiled in a dangerous situation with sinister characters and finds he can't trust anyone, even those closest to him.

See the Whodunnit A Touch of Danger at Theatre Suburbia from until March 23, 2013.

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Conroe Art League

The Conroe Art League has moved to the Madeley Building - 127 Simonton St in downtown Conroe - to become a significant part of downtown Conroe’s arts district. We provide a showcase of fine artists and relevant educational and community outreach opportunities which can be enjoyed by both visitors and residents.

The opening night reception for the Red Velvet Cake War will be at the home of the Conroe Art League in the Madeley Building just around the corner from the Crighton and next door to the Red Brick Tavern.


One on One: Inside the Crighton Theatre

Had enough of the bad news on the television? Watch and listen to real stories of people from One on One: Inside the Crighton Theatre.

We have interviews with the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone. The interviews for Ray Price, Larry Gatlin, and the rest of the opening acts for Ray Price's Christmas show are also online.

Don't have time to watch a video? Download the podcast to your mp3 player or phone. Yes, we talk about theatre, but we also talk about careers outside of the theatre, transitioning to Broadway, living in New York - all the backstory about people that make their volunteer efforts even more amazing. And now that we have an app for Android, you have another way to see the interviews...

About One on One | Interviews by Actor | Interviews by Show | Podcasts by Name

Get the App!

The app is only the beginning to a lot of changes coming to the Crighton Theatre! 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 (which will take a long time). 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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