Crighton Theatre Newsletter
November 2011-January 2012

Celebrate A Christmas Story
at the Crighton!

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Sound and Fury Present Doc Faustus

Sound and Fury has been presenting Vaudeville-nouveau genre parody hijinks since 1996 and is coming to Conroe to make you laugh. Doc Faustus is now touring the world! After a terrific month of July in Canada with the new show, Sound and Fury is unleashing Doc Faustus on the rest of the world! A parody mash-up of Western Films and Kit Marlowe's (only) famous play, it's got the trademark Sound and Fury silliness, song and innuendo!

Don't miss Sound and Fury at the Crighton on October 28th at 8:30 PM!

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Tom Sawyer

CYT presents Tom Sawyer - a musical comedy based on the novel by Mark Twain. The musical is the story of a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America. This Broadway musical version of Mark Twain's novel is set in 1840 in St. Petersburg, Missouri, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. In the course of the story, Tom matches wits with his stern Aunt Polly, falls in love with the beautiful, feisty Becky Thatcher, and goes on the adventure of his life with Becky and that irresistible renegade, Huckleberry Finn. Along the way he meets a terrifying villain named Injun Joe, Tom's bratty half-brother Sid, and all the other boys and girls in the village.

See Tom Sawyer at the Crighton from November 4-13, 2011.


A Christmas Story

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out." All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. Make this story part of your holiday traditions!

See A Christmas Story from December 2-18, 2011 at the Crighton Theatre!

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Michael Martin Murphey

Sharity Productions presents Michael Martin Murphey and his Cowboy Christmas Show. He's won numerous awards and honors from such organizations as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Academy of Country Music, "The Golden Smokey Award" for Outstanding Service in Conservation from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards and given a rare Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Quarter Horse Association. BMI has confirmed that his song "Wildfire" is one of the most played songs in the history of radio in all formats.

Michael has made over 35 albums, with hits and millions of sales. He's the first Singing Cowboy to attain a Certified Gold Album in Cowboy Music since Marty Robbins. His songs have been recorded by Lyle Lovett, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and a host of other recording artists. He's played concerts at the best of Performing Arts Centers (including Carnegie Hall and Bass Hall), Cowboy Christmas and Westfest, festivals, fairs and rodeos and on his trail rides.

See Michael Martin Murphey on December 20, 2011 at 8 PM at the Crighton Theatre!

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MCPAS Presents Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss had a revelation on stage with Garrison Keillor in 2008. Everyone loves to sing along on "Red River Valley" - except the children who somehow don't know the song. Folk songs are the scrapbook of the American experience, but as music education fades from our public schools, she worried; these beautiful melodies are in danger of being overlooked. She resolved to record these timeless songs in an updated but reverent way - so that everyone can sing along on "Red River Valley."

And who better than the golden throated Suzy? The platinum selling songstress already has a full bookshelf of Grammy and CMA awards and now with the release of American Folk Songbook she can put her own book up there too. The CD and companion songbook were be released on August 2, 2011.

See Suzy Bogguss on January 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM at the Crighton Theatre!

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Annie Jr.

CYT presents Annie Jr.: one of the most beloved musicals in history. Annie Jr. tells the story of a Depression-era orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago at a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

See Annie Jr. on January 20-29, 2012 at the Crighton Theatre!

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Barefoot in the Park

STAGE RIGHT presents this Neil Simon classic. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start...

Auditions are on Dec. 4-5 at the Crighton Theatre with performances on February 17-March 4, 2012.
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Moonlight and Magnolias

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful and the director doesn't have a clue. He has five days to replace them and restart the shoot or the production shuts down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard to Oz to direct, and he taps legendary playwright, screenwriter and "script doctor" Ben Hecht to rewrite the script. There's only one problem: Hecht hasn't read the book. Over the course of five madcap days, the three men, assisted by Selznick's assistant, Miss Poppenghul, frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays of all time, as Selznick and Fleming act out the book for Hecht and the phone rings off the hook with calls from the likes of Vivien Leigh, Louis B. Mayer and Ed Sullivan. The play is written as farce, but the characters also deal with serious questions about race and the tenuous power of Jewish executives in Hollywood.

See Moonlight and Magnolias at Theatre Southwest from Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan 21, 2012.

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Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major William L. Hendricks. Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters. Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys For Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo.

Just as we did last year, STAGE RIGHT is collecting toys to benefit this wonderful charity. Bring a toy when you come to see A Christmas Story!

Toys for Tots Montgomery County Coordinator | Buy tickets online!

Darrell's Catering

When you need someone to help you with catering for a large group, look no further than Darrel's catering. STAGE RIGHT asked Mickey (the owner) to cater a BBQ lunch for the World War II veterans that make up the Lone Star Honor Flight. Mickey went out of his way to work within our schedule and budget to give the vets a memorable lunch on stage. His brisket is incredibly moist, tender, and flavorful. His staff is enthusiastic and helpful.

Mickey was touched by STAGE RIGHT's benefit performance of No Time for Sergeants in 2010 for veterans and donated his company's services that day. Support this patriotic business and you will find many more reasons to be a repeat customer.


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