Crighton Theatre Newsletter
October-December 2015


Celebrate the holidays with Christmas Belles
at the Crighton!

In This Issue:

  • Little Red Riding Hood: MCPAS and Missoula Children's Theatre present their version at the Crighton on Oct. 3, 2015
  • Christmas Belles: Auditions for this Christmas comedy are at the Crighton - Oct. 11-12, 2015
  • The Spinners: see the greatest soul group of the early '70s that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul on Oct. 17, 2015
  • My Son Pinocchio, Jr.: see the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto's little wooden puppet on Oct. 23-25, 2015
  • Centennial Sinatra: see a tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring Steve Lippia on Nov. 7, 2015
  • The Producers: Come to auditions for this hilarious musical on Nov. 15-16, 2015
  • Featured Non-Profit: Houston SPCA
MCPAS website | Sounds of Texas website | Stage Right website


LIttle Red Riding Hood

The popular Missoula Children's Theatre comes to the Crighton to present an imaginative musical retelling of Red Riding Hood.

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house she goes... Red Riding Hood and her pre-teen pals try to stay on the straight and narrow as they encounter a variety of colorful characters. The Big Bad Wolf (who isn't so bad after all) and a friendly forest ranger urge our heroes to stay true to the path and away from the sinister surprises of the shadows. Add a pack of nasty little wolves, a handsome woodsman who's too good to be true, the Three Little Pigs, a bunch of rascally raccoons who steal Red's picnic basket, and of course the boy who cried... you guessed it... and you have quite an adventure! With help from her family and a loyal young locksmith, Red finds her grandmother (and a whole lot more) as she discovers that life is no picnic when you stray from the trail.

Performance is on Oct 3, 2015 with auditions on Sept. 28, 2015 at 4:30 PM.

MCPAS | Missoula Children's Theatre



Christmas Belles

Auditions for this Christmas comedy are on Oct 11-12, 2015 at 7 PM at the Crighton. The roles available are Twink, Gina-Jo, Patsy Price, Justin, and Raynerd. See the website for more details on the show. Performances for Christmas Belles will be on Dec. 4-20, 2015 for this Jones, Hope, and Wooten favorite.

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. 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!

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The Spinners

The Spinners were the soul group of the early '70s, creating a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul. Ironically, the band's roots lay in Detroit, where they formed as a doo wop group during the late '50s. Throughout the '60s, the Spinners tried to land a hit by adapting to the shifting fashions of R&B and pop. The Spinners developed a distinctive sound, one that relied on Wynne's breathtaking falsetto and the group's intricate vocal harmonies. Bell provided the group with an appropriately detailed production, creating a detailed web of horns, strings, backing vocals, and lightly funky rhythms. Between 1972 and 1977, the Spinners and Bell recorded a number of soul classics, including "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "Mighty Love," "Ghetto Child," "Games People Play," and "The Rubberband Man."

Join us for a great performance on Oct 17, 2015!

MCPAS | The Spinners | Facebook



My Son Pinocchio, Jr.

In Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr., the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto's little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto's perspective, features the beloved classic songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings," alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be "the perfect child" - and what it means to be "a real father."

Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. He struggles to make his son "the perfect boy" only to lose him to a gang of Roustabouts. It is only when faced the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving your child unconditionally.

Performances for My Son Pinocchio, Jr are on Oct 23-25, 2015!

CYT Houston



Centennial Sinatra

Steve Lippia has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of standards and traditional pop music in the nation. Steve's youthful, energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of classic with today. His show introduces a new generation to this timeless music of Sinatra while appealing to long-time listeners.

Steve has headlined in highly successful, extended engagements at the RIO SUITES HOTEL AND CASINO in Las Vegas and RESORTS HOTEL AND CASINO in Atlantic City, where standing room only audiences lined up more than two hours before show time to vie for seating. He has performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor, among others.

In testimonials, directors write: "...the best POPS concert they had ever seen anywhere in the country." "Almost a year before the date, a fan called to purchase tickets." "...extremely well run show that brought the audience to its feet for two sold-out performances." "...Steve was a knockout. His show was everything advertised and much more."

Join us for an incredible tribute to Sinatra on Nov. 7, 2015!

MCPAS | Steve Lippia | Twitter



The Producers

Auditions for this outrageous Mel Brooks comedy are on Nov 15-16, 2015 at 7 PM at the Crighton. Be prepared to act, sing, and dance! See the website for more details on the show. Performances for The Producers will be on Feb. 12-28, 2016.

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!

The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"

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Houston SPCA

Our spotlight non-profit for On Golden Pond was the Houston SPCA. We raised over $1200 to help these horses!

The Houston SPCA intervenes on behalf of more than 50,000 animals each year, including dogs and cats; small mammals such as guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits; horses and farm animals like cows, goats, sheep and pigs; Texas native wildlife; and exotic species such as lions, tigers and bears.

The Houston SPCA provides the most comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation and other programs and services in the Gulf Coast area. In fact, the Houston SPCA serves two times the number of animals and provides a wider scope of services than any other animal care organization in the region. Founded in 1924, our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.

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