Crighton Theatre Newsletter
November/December 2010

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The legend of Pocahontas lives on inside the hearts of the Algonquin Indians and they want us to learn from her story. "Let's celebrate the legend that lives inside of us, it lives there inside of our soul. It tells where we come from, it tells where we'll go." This quote is taken from one of the new music scores written especially for this show. You will find CYT's Pocahontas to be a more historically accurate account than the animated movie version. A new script, new music and a brand new style will make this show memorable. Come, rediscover the legend of Pocahontas!

Performances are at the historic Crighton Theatre October 22-30, 2010.

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The Man I Love

This drama hears the cries of the dysfunctional families, broken homes & tattered communities; where deception has become the standard, where the young and old make careless & thoughtless choices which lead them to places they never intended to go. They find themselves wandering aimlessly on the road of temporary pleasure which is often times followed by a lifetime of sorrow.

Shawn Jackson, of Conroe, who has a major role in the production, said she has never heard of an all-black production at the Crighton and is trying to conduct research. "The Crighton has had some black performers," she said.

Jackson, 32, has done stage work before but moved to Conroe in the early 1990s because she believed it would be a better place to raise a family. She now has two children who have been involved with the Crighton Kidz, she said. When Jackson first learned of LWJ Production and the plays of Annie Johnson, "I was blown away," she said. "I've never known of any all-black productions." "The Man I Love" deals with a woman sent to prison for killing her boyfriend. "She thought it was the only way she could get out of an abusive relationship," Johnson said. "She also got infected with HIV by him. This particular play is very powerful. We want to tell women that if they're in an abusive relationship, get out. "It's very inspirational and has powerful music."

Performance is at the historic Crighton Theatre on November 6, 2010 at 4 PM.

Annie Johnson's website | Buy tickets online! | MySpace | Youtube

Sound & Fury: Spaceship Man

Sound & Fury is a vaudeville-nouveau trio, who present original comic genre-parody plays. Using frequent audience participation and utter destruction of the 'fourth-wall,' Sound & Fury makes their works light & accessible, and non-threatening to a modern audience with limited attention spans. They have entertained over 600,000 people live in the last 12 years, and have a devoted following of fans (the Furies), who range in age from 12 to 80. 'Spaceship Man' Major Cyrus 'Cy' Fie must come out of retirement to travel to Mars and stop a rogue officer who's taken the law into his own hands! A parody of 1950's Science-Fiction movies in the signature Sound & Fury style: Vaudeville-Nouveau! Full of song, silliness and sex...ual innuendo! L.A.-based Sound & Fury premiere their latest farce upon the Winnipeg, Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringes. It is the 8th in a series of world-touring shows they've written, which include the award-winning "Cyranose!" and "Sherlock Holmes & the Saline Solution!"

Performance is at the historic Crighton Theatre on November 12, 2010 at 9 PM.

Sound & Fury website | Buy tickets online!

The Flatlanders

The Flatlanders are a country band with considerable country-rock influence from Lubbock, Texas founded by singers / songwriters / guitarists Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock. They garnered little attention during their brief original incarnation (1972-73), but when the band's three core members later found success in solo careers, interest in The Flatlanders was rekindled, and the band has reformed a few times since.

The Flatlanders' new album, Hills & Valleys, was released by New West on March 31, 2009. The album features the classic vocals of the three members with the ephemeral sounds and lyrics that have made The Flatlanders popular. They appeared as musical guests on The Late Show with Dave Letterman on July 21, 2009.

See their performance is at the historic Crighton Theatre on November 19, 2010 at 8 PM.

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Juice Newton

Juice Newton known for her impact on the pop, as well as the country music scene, exhibits diversity in her music as well as her stage show. Juice keeps her performances varied with the energy of her top-notch touring band, and the intimacy of an acoustic setting. Otha Young, Juice's longtime musical partner and songwriter, said, "With the band we have now can give the audience the full spectrum of Juice's music."

That spectrum is wide but identifiable. Juice Newton, through her pop and country hits, her distinctive voice and entertaining performance skills, continues to captivate audiences from teens to grandparents, from the city to the country. As a music critic stated, "Newton remains one of the most riveting performers in music, rocking on stage and playing each emotion for what it's worth. And it's worth a lot."

The performance is on November 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM. Don't miss this Best Pop Female Vocalist!

MCPAS website | Buy tickets online! | Juice on MySpace | Youtube

Christmas Belles

It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters - Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye - are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus - played by Frankie's long-suffering husband, Dub - is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

If you missed this show two years ago then you missed a great time! The show has been called 'The Golden Girls' meet 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'. Performances are from December 3-19, 2010. Bring unwrapped gifts for the Toys for Tots Campaign and start your holidays with laughter!

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Ray Price

Sharity Productions present Ray Price the day after Christmas Belles closes. Ray (born January 12, 1926) is an American country singer, songwriter and guitarist. His more well-known recordings include "Release Me", "Crazy Arms", "Heartaches by the Number", "City Lights", "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You", "For the Good Times", "Night Life", "I Won't Mention It Again", "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me", and "Danny Boy". He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and - now in his mid 80s - continues to record and tour.

The performance is on December 21, 2010 at 8 PM. Don't miss this country legend!

Buy tickets online! | For the Good Times on Youtube | Comedy sketch

A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas

Lou's Diner is the friendliest place in the south, but this Christmas Eve, Lou and the girls are steamed. Lou's husband, Bill, and his pals Dave and Jimmy have taken off for a day of hunting in the mountains. Dave is married to one of Lou's waitresses while Jimmy is trying to avoid marriage to the other. Seems they want to avoid family issues by getting out of town for the day. With the warm-hearted women hard at work in the diner on Christmas Eve and the men staunchly avoiding the traditional holiday setting back home, we get to witness each group's perspective of the other through the eyes of a stranded truck driver named Bob. Whoever said, "Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus" must have met this crew! When Mary Sue, the pregnant and poignant stranger gets lost in the woods and ends up having her baby in a cow shed in the middle of a blizzard, the redneck boys become the most unlikely Wise Men at the Nativity you ever saw! Bob is there to witness it all and give us the narrative of their adventure. The first miracle of Christmas blesses everyone in this tender comedy, and with simplicity and grace, gently reminds the audience of the real reason for the season!

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