Crighton Theatre Newsletter
May-June 2013

Last chance to see the hilarious southern
comedy The Red Velvet Cake War
at the Crighton!

In This Issue:

MCPAS website | Sounds of Texas website | Stage Right website | Season tickets

The Red Velvet Cake War

If you haven't seen The Red Velvet Cake War then you are missing a great time! In this 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 this fast-paced uproarious romp barrels toward its surprising climax, you'll wish your own family reunion was this much fun!

Everyone has come out of the show laughing and smiling - all except one little girl named Haley. She wanted to see Harley - the unofficial STAGE RIGHT mascot eyeing the red velvet cake in the posters around town. If you find Haley, let her know that Harley misses her and will see her on one of his rounds at the library in Montgomery, TX!

Get yourself to The Red Velvet Cake War before May 5, 2013!

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The Red Velvet Cake Competition

If you missed the Red Velvet Cake Throwdown then you missed a great time opening night! After the show patrons were invited to taste both commercial and homemade cakes vying for the title "Best Red Velvet Cake in Montgomery County"! The Conroe Art League graviously provided their space for the competition.

Thanks to the judges - Al and Mark Hayter, Brad Meyer, Jim Bingham, and Duke Coon - who were 'forced' to decide between the best cakes in both commercial and homemade categories. Despite the extensive testing, the homemade category resulted in a tie between Susan Livingston and Anne Paul. Even more surprising is that this was Anne's first red velvet cake ever. Anne indicated she researched authentic red velvet cakes before making her first cake. The commercial category was won by Dream Cakes. They are deciding whether to take the season ticket prize or accept free advertising on their behalf.

Our thanks also go to Lyn Hawthorne Howard, Carl Howard, Sandy Martin, Kerry Conkling, and the Conroe Art League docents who helped to serve the judges and host the patrons after the show. Megan Jones helped us with registration and photography while Brooke Coon worked with her father on cake tasting. And now on to the Land of Oz! (July 12-28, 2013)

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Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo

Everybody else romances the road. Joe Ely lives it. Call him what you want - a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire - whatever he is, Ely's covered a lot of ground in his time. He really has ridden the rails (in a circus train, no less), thumbed his way across the country, hopped boats to exotic foreign lands, and ridden horses across the prairie. All part of the relentless quest for revelation that only a journey can satisfy.

Alejandro Escovedo is one with his music. He has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes - a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room.

See Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo at the Crighton on May 11 at 8 PM!

Sounds of Texas website | Buy tickets online! | youtube | Facebook

Bravo Company Presents...

Ah, Shakespeare in the...Old West?! Noble Hart, a conceited actor, arrives in the small mining town of Calamity Creek determined to bring culture to the locals. His troupe of actors is enough to make a playwright cry. The one exception is the lovely Sunny Day. She falls for Texas Ranger Johnny Lasso, who's hot on the trail of a notorious crook masquerading under the name of Gentleman Dan, whose true identity is unknown. It's almost as if he was a master of disguise, actor, perhaps? The troupe's arrival thrills the townspeople, except Abagail Pettigrew, the richest person in town. She's harboring a dark secret about her former occupation as Pogo, The Woman Who Can Walk Up and Down Stairs on Her Head. Cast some stranded dancers, a few would-be outlaws and striking gold miners, and you've just set the stage for a wild musical bonanza!

See this hilarious melodrama at the Crighton on May 17 at 7 PM and May 18 at 2 PM!

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The Hobbit

Conscribed by the great wizard, Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins, cautious, conservative hobbit of the Shire, embarks upon a quest to help Thorin, heir to the Dwarven Kingdom, reclaim his family treasure and home from the magnificent, wicked dragon Smaug.

Travel with Bilbo, Thorin, and their band of dwarves as they trek through goblin-riddled tunnels, elvish dungeons, and a forest infested with giant spiders. Rally and cheer as elves, men, dwarves, and one simple hobbit join together to battle the terrible armies of Wargs and goblins.

Will Bilbo survive this great journey? Will Thorin Oakenshield regain his lost kingdom? And what of this Gollum and his precious ring?

Join us as CYT Conroe presents: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", adapted for the stage by Jared Barnes! Performances at the Crighton are May 23-26.

CYT website | Wikipedia

Hotel California

For more than two decades, HOTEL CALIFORNIA has touched the hearts of fans all over the world by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sound of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken HOTEL CALIFORNIA to the level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold platinum recording artists.

Each concert presents an exciting showcase of Eagles mega-hits such as "Take it Easy" "Heartache Tonight" and of course "Hotel California" as well as newer releases and selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.

The magic and mystique of this truly timeless music, is as powerful as it is captivating. So join us now on a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience Grammy award winning sounds….. Relax it's time to check into the HOTEL CALIFORNIA on June 1 at the Crighton Theatre!

MCPAS website | youtube | Buy tickets online!

Summer Camp - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Follow that rabbit to a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies! The Crighton Theatre will have a theatre summer camp for kids from July 8-August 11, 2013 for 10-17 year olds. Classes will meet from Monday through Thursday from 1-5 PM. Auditions are from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on June 3-4 with performances from August 8-11. The cost is $30/actor.

All topics - from stage acting, set construction, costuming, lighting, and sound design - will be covered. At the end of the camp the students will perform Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Be a part of a world of talking animals, comic royalty and races where the contestants run in circles! Come and join us for fun this summer!

CTF website | Buy tickets online!

Elvis Returns!

This international award winning performer returns to the Crighton! But don't take our word. Come and see him live and judge for yourself! He has performed all over the world in casinos, theaters, fairs, and production shows. He performs each era of the king's inspiring career from the early rock 'n roll years of the 1950's to the legendary Vegas years of the 1970's. Travel back through time with Donny!

Donny says, "First and foremost I'm a huge Elvis fan. So everytime I take the stage, I do my ultimate best to honor the legacy of Elvis Presley. It's a privilege to perform for the fans all over the world like myself." Beisdes his live shows, Donny has entertained on TV including appearances on ABC's Monday Night Football and CBS's "The Young and the Restless".

Don't miss Donny at the Crighton on June 7!

Donnie Edwards' website | youtube | Facebook | Buy tickets online!

Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones

Known for forming The Blasters with his brother Dave in the 1980's, Dave Alvin makes his first appearance in the series. The Blasters did as much as, say, REM, The Replacements and Husker Du to revitalize American music in the early '80s. They split, though, in 1985, after just four albums. In recent years Dave Alvin has done more acoustic work, but when he arrives with his band, The Guilty Ones get ready to rock!

Dave says, "Starting in May 2011, my great band, The Guilty Ones and I hit the highways blasting and rocking our blues in every bar, theatre and joint that we could get into across America. Some of 'em we even hit twice! As you might guess, I love playing with this band and I think it shows in the live performance that was recorded last summer (2011) at The Ark in Ann Arbor. We were in Cincinnati the night before we taped this show, and we were in Chicago the night after, so this is a document of one night (mistakes, sweat and all) traveling down the endless interstate. I'm happy to be able to release this to you on DVD in a new swanky package of Eleven Eleven (expanded edition), complete with three previously unreleased songs from that album's sessions. I hope you enjoy the music and I look forward to seeing you soon somewhere down the road."

Don't miss Dave and The Guilty Ones at the Crighton on June 15!

Sounds of Texas website | youtube | Facebook | Buy tickets online!

Larry Gatlin

Sharity Productions present Larry Gatlin who is best-known for his '80s hits with the Gatlin Brothers. Prior to forming and leading that family trio, he enjoyed a successful solo career with occasional support from his brothers. Gatlin was born in Seminole, TX, in 1948 and raised on country gospel music. He and his brothers, Steve and Rudy, often sang together in church, as well as on local radio and television every once in a while; they also recorded an album for the small gospel label Sword and Shield.

After high school, Gatlin enrolled at the University of Houston, where he joined a gospel group called the Imperials. The Imperials went on to perform in Jimmy Dean's Las Vegas revue, where Gatlin met Dottie West. Impressed by his songwriting, West recorded two of his compositions, "You're the Other Half of Me" and "Once You Were Mine"; not only that, she passed his demo tape around Nashville, and even paid for him to relocate there. Gatlin quickly found work as a backup singer for Kris Kristofferson, and not long after, he landed a solo deal with Monument in 1973.

Don't miss Larry Gatlin at the Crighton on June 22!

Larry Gatlin's website | youtube | Facebook | Buy tickets online!


HARVEY is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American comedy, which was originally produced on Broadway in 1944 where it ran for four years. Immediately following its first successful Broadway run, HARVEY was made into a film starring Jimmy Stewart, and it has continued to be a favorite of many theatre-goers ever since.

Many people, especially children, have imaginary friends. In fact, it is considered to be a sign of intelligence and creativity in children. But an adult with an imaginary friend or at least a friend that no one else can see is perhaps a bit unusual. Elwood P. Dowd has an imaginary friend named Harvey who happens to be a 6 foot three and half inch tall white rabbit. Elwood believes earnestly in the existence of his friend Harvey. Unfortunately, Harvey is creating quite a few problems for Elwood’s social climbing sister, Veta, and his niece, the unmarried Myrtle Mae. Veta attempts to have Elwood committed to the local sanitarium, but hilarity reigns as Elwood and Harvey disappear and Veta mistakenly becomes a patient!

See Harvey at Island ETC in Galveston from May 10 through Saturday, June 1st.


China Inn Cafe

At the China Inn Cafe we make every effort to ensure our guests have the most enjoyable dining experience. We only pick the freshest and the best quality ingredients for all dishes. All entrees will be cooked with vegetable oil because we are dedicated to serve you healthy Chinese food.

You can expect the most attentive service, an impeccably clean environment and skillful, progressive Chinese chefs to prepare your dishes. If you're not in the mood for Chinese you can get incredible sushi at reasonable prices. Join us in our new location on 1488 near 2978 (north of the Home Depot) in Magnolia, TX.

website | Menu

The Wizard of Oz

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, is getting ready to take you over the rainbow with their Summer production of THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg adapted from the motion picture by John Kane.

This musical adventure is an adaptation based on the family classic film that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle's dusty Kansas farm. Dorothy yearns to travel "over the rainbow" to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz. With all the classic songs from the movie including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," "If I Were King of the Forest" and "If I Only had a Brain" you'll be singing along as the trio travels down the yellow brick road!

Performance dates are weekends July 12 - 28 Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm with three Sunday matinees on July 14, 21 & 28 at 2 pm. Come over the rainbow with us this summer!

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Get the App!

iPhone, here we come! 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 (five months and counting...) 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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