Crighton Theatre Newsletter
March-May 2015

See The Trip to Bountiful
at the Crighton!

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Season Tickets - Your Best Value at the Crighton

Tired of not getting the seats you want? Need to sit downstairs but none are available? Then you need to upgrade to season tickets!

Most of the groups at the Crighton - Stage Right, Sounds of Texas, and MCPAS - all sell season tickets. You get to pick your reserved seats - generally at a discount! Why? Because your commitment to buy season tickets allows the performing groups to anticipate their cashflows. In return you get lower priced tickets and reserved seats that you pick for the duration of the season. Then sit back and enjoy a year's worth of entertainment!

For most of our patrons, that means make a conscious decision to "turn left" and head to Conroe for some of the best entertainment you can get for your dollars!

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A Night of One Acts

Come join the fun while supporting 3 local Junior High Schools! On Saturday, March 7th you will be entertained by three talented groups of teens presenting their award-winning performances! Magnolia Jr. High presents "Little Women," which takes place in Massachusetts in the 1860s. Montgomery Jr. High performs "The Diviners" set in the time of the Great Depression in Indiana, and Lynn Lucas Middle School presents "Les Miserables" set in France during the early 1800s. There will be two intermissions at which time you are invited to please enjoy the silent auction that will be held in the lobby. Proceeds go to the drama departments of the schools.

Each one act lasts 40 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. If you are unable to come but want to support the schools, called the Box Office at 936-441-7469 and indicate you wish to make a donation for UIL.

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31th 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 31th Annual YTA concert on March 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

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Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison

Married for 19 year with four children and more than 15 solo albums between them, husband and wife team Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis finally collaborated on a full-length album in 2013. Following the success of "Cheater's Game," they released "Our Year" in 2014. This collection of originals and covers goes right to the heart of what made Cheater's Game special: the pairing of these voices in a decidedly Texas take on traditional country music. John Fullbright is a singer-songwriter from Bearden, Oklahoma. In 2009 he released the album, "Live at the Blue Door" and three years later released his first studio album, "From the Ground Up". The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year's 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundation's Harold Adamson Lyric Award. "From The Ground Up" was nominated for Best Americana Album at the Grammy Awards.

Don't miss Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison at the Crighton on March 21, 2015 at 7 PM.

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One Night with Elvis

Donny Edwards was recently chosen as the first and only Elvis tribute artist to perform on the estate of Graceland. This Las Vegas Headliner will take you through the early years and Elvis' 70's concert era. This is considered the #1 Elvis show in the world. Special guest Dion Pride (son of Charley Pride) will perform. Opening the show with his oldies doo-wop will be the infamous Wayne King. Featuring the 9 member band Fever!

For Edwards, like many Elvis fans, his love of the King is a lifelong affair. "Ever since I was a kid I just remember listening to him and loving listening to him," Edwards said. "My parents said that when I was 2 years old they would play Elvis records and I would shake my leg kind of like him." Edwards spent much of his teen years and early adulthood being compared to Elvis, but it was in 2002, when he won an Elvis look-alike contest in Lake Jackson, that he began to wonder if it could be a career. He has performed around the United States and the world performing approximately 200 shows a year.

Don't miss Donny at the Crighton on March 28, 2015 at 7 PM.

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Montgomery's Got Talent

Join us as we welcome rising stars to compete in MCPAS's own talent show! The best of Montgomery County's greatest singers, dancers, actors, musicians and poets will be at the Crighton to show case their talent! Don't miss out on all the fun and a chance to see what the constestants have!

Many of the contestants have performed on this stage before with CYT or Stage Right. You should recognize some of the talent that has become familiar through the years.

The competition will be at the Crighton Theatre on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 pm. There will be cash prizes for the top 3 winners!!

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Mickey Gilley

Sharity Productions in Association with John Wiesner Automotive Presents the Stars Over Texas Concerts with Country Music Legend, Recording Super Star, Actor and the Original "Urban Cowboy", Mickey Gilley, and the Grammy Award Winning "Urban Cowboy Band", and the outstanding backup vocals of the "Urbanettes". Gilley's charm, wonderful music, and singers offer you an evening you will long remember. Experience the legendary entertainer Live on Stage. Enjoy his greatest hits like "Room Full of Roses", "Talk to Me", "Put Your Dreams Away", "True Love Ways", "You Don't Know Me", "That's All That Matters" and more, which made the famed Mickey Gilley's Houston (Pasadena) Nightclub, and the well-known and popular Urban Cowboy Movie, with John Travolta, a Texas Legend combination.

Don't miss Mickey Gilley at the Crighton on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 7 PM.

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The Trip to Bountiful

The Trip to Bountiful tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts, who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law and an overprotective son who will not let her travel alone.

Old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains do not go to Bountiful anymore. She eventually boards a bus to a town near her childhood home. On the journey, she befriends a girl traveling alone and reminisces about her younger years and grieves for her lost relatives. Her son and daughter-in-law eventually track her down, with the help of the local police force. However, Mrs. Watts is determined. The local sheriff, moved by her yearning to visit her girlhood home, offers to drive her out to what remains of Bountiful. The village is deserted, and the few remaining houses are derelict. Mrs. Watts is moved to tears as she surveys her father's land and the remains of the family home. Despite her disappointment, her spirit is renewed and she returns to Houston.

See the Trip to Bountiful from April 17 to May 3rd!

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Shrek the Musical

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, announces auditions for Shrek the Musical on April 19 and 20th. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, a singing and a dance audition.

Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you've got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I'm a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure!

Performances for Shrek the Musical are July 10-26, 2015!

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An Evening with Flying Monkey

Flying Monkey is a Black Sabbath Tribute and Classic Rock Band from Houston, Texas. The band takes great pride in the ability to accurately achieve the unique sound of Black Sabbath and the music that "changed the world forever."

From riveting riffs, thundering drums, dropped power chords and wailing vocals, the band has achieved major success in the Houston, Texas area with their tribute performances of the No. 1 Heavy Metal Band of All Time - Black Sabbath.

But, the band's ability to crank out classic tunes doesn't stop there. The band performs rare and often un-heard classic rock from the 70's and 80's. Nazareth, Mountain, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Montrose, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Humble Pie, Sammy Hagar, Judas Priest and the list goes on and on.

The Washington Junior High School choir will join the Monkey's onstage for a special performance of the Pink Floyd classic, "Another Brick in the Wall." Also appearing, the all-girl alternative rock band, "The Scars Heal In Time" promoting their new CD, "Double Exposure." Tickets are $20.00.

See Flying Monkey on May 8th at 7 PM!

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Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster, and Paul Thorn

Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster, and Paul Thorn Song Swap - 3 Great artists, one fantastic evening!

Three distinctly different artists share the stage for an evening of song swapping. Joe Ely, a founding member of The Flatlanders (who played at the Lucas Theatre during SMF 2011) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. Those who have followed Ruthie Foster know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie's astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride, one that has included two SMF performances and house concerts over the past five years. Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music--bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster, and Paul Thorn share their great music and song writing talent on stage at the Crighton Theatre on May 9th at 8 PM!

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American English

AMERICAN ENGLISH - The Complete Beatles Tribute! - The fantasy lives on with these remarkable musicians who take the music to the highest level possible. American English is the closest you will ever get to reliving The Beatles. Whether you grew up with the Fab Four or not, this show will be your window to the past.

Witness "The Complete Beatles Tribute" with American English! From classic Beatle favorites such as She Loves You, Twist and Shout,and I Want To Hold Your Hand, to selections from Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, and finally the years of The White Album, Let It Be, and Abbey Road. Every musical and visual detail is magically shaped in a colorful journey back in time!

Don't miss this opportunity to hear American English at the Crighton Theatre on May 30th at 7:30 PM!

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