Crighton Theatre Newsletter
September-October 2011

See Mama Won't Fly!
(World Premiere Comedy)

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Mama Won't Fly

The authors of the hilarious trilogy - Christmas Belles, Southern Hospitality, and Dearly Beloved - are coming to Conroe! They have written a play called "Mama Won't Fly" that will premiere at the Crighton on September 9-25, 2011. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother's wedding. Savannah's problem: Mama won't fly.

With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive across country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt, in Mama's vintage sedan. As Savannah steels herself for this hastily conceived road trip, another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. Hayley Quinn, delighted to finally meet her future in-laws, is convinced travelling together to her wedding is the perfect way to bond. The folly of her decision quickly becomes apparent when the journey begins and comedic chaos ensues. Every conceivable - and inconceivable - mishap that can occur does, including the theft of their car and all their clothes, a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, the accidental homicide of an ancient Texas relative, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked eighteen-wheeler and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl minister. As the misadventures multiply, the beleaguered trio rapidly develops the urge to ditch each other anywhere along the way. Eventually the race to get to the church on time takes its toll and the overwhelmed bride calls off the wedding. Rising above their age-old mother-daughter issues, Norleen and Savannah work together to get the nuptials back on track. In a surprising and heartwarming resolution, they forge an exciting new path for their own relationship and welcome Hayley into their delightfully wacky family.

Performances are on September 9-25, 2011. The opening on September 9th will be a busy day:
  • 11:00 AM Radio interview (TBD)
  • 3:30 PM Question and Answer session in Conroe ISD (host: Val Prahl) on Ustream
  • 8:00 PM World Premiere at the Crighton

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The Secret Garden

MCPAS presents The Secret Garden, an original Missoula Children's Theatre rendition. It is a story of hope and a celebration of all good things in life. Mistress Mary Quite Contrary embarks on a journey from India to her uncle's home in England. Along the way she makes friends with the hilarious Canadian Geese and the colorful Giant Bugs that Rock! In time she learns to appreciate everything around her, including the Moor Animals and the helpful Fireflies. Add to that a good healthy dose of caring, and what happens? Colin, Martha, Archibald - well the whole household - begin to enjoy the return of health and happiness in a garden carefully tended until it blossoms once more.

Auditions for the Secret Garden are on Monday, September 26 with performances on October 1st, 2011.

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An Evening With Mark Twain

The Crighton Theatre Foundation presents "An Evening with Mark Twain" starring Kurt H. Sutton. He was born in Mannheim, Germany, immigrating to the United States in 1950. He grew up in Canton, Ga, graduating from the University of Georgia in 1968 and then taught for 6 years in his hometown.

He has performed as a business speaker, musician and entertainer for 30 years. In "An Evening with Mark Twain" his instruments include harmonica, guitar, and banjo. He has appeared in the movie, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" featuring Paul Winfield and "Night Shadows" featuring Wings Hauser.

As Mark Twain he has appeared in theatres nationally pleasing audiences with Twain's hilarous witticisms, wisdom and love for music.

Join us for an evening with Mark Twain on October 8, 2011 at 3 and 7 PM. Drama students get a special discount at the 3 PM performance.

Kurt Sutton's website | Youtube | Get Tickets Online!

One Night With Elvis

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 October 9th at 3 PM!

Read more about Donny | Shake, Rattle, and Roll! | Get Tickets Online!

The Music of ABBA

ABBA started in 1971 and ended as a group in 1982. Their legacy will live for ever. The music,the passion and happiness will continue through their fantastic music,from generation to generation. ABBA are and will always be loved by the whole world.

Arrival From Sweden was founded by Vicky Zetterberg in 1995 Gothenburg, Sweden. Arrival From Sweden soon became one of the world's most popular and most selling ABBA show band and since the start in 1995, the band has tourened over 35 nations and appeared in several of TV - and radio shows all over the world. Arrival From Sweden in the worlds greatest ABBA tribute show "THE MUSIC OF ABBA" tours the world together with ABBA original musicans.

This production is the closest you ever will get to see ABBA! Enjoy the music of ABBA on October 21th at 7:30 PM!

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Spending Time Ending RETT

The Historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, Texas will host the 4th Annual "Spending Time Ending Rett Concert." Come join us for a one of a kind acoustic performance by Clint, Kevin, Brian and Coleton Black. This is a music lover's dream. Up close and personal, this is an opportunity like no other.

With mega-hits like Killin' Time, Put Yourself in My Shoes and A Good Run of Bad Luck, Clint Black, at The Historic Crighton Theatre, truly brings the sounds of Texas home. Clint, Kevin and Coleton Black, together, make for an evening you cannot miss. With the raw, unplugged sounds of the acoustic guitar and the blues harmonica tugging at your soul, The Black Boys create a musical experience for a lifetime.

Don't miss Clint Black at the Crighton on October 23th at 7 PM!

website | Rett's symdrome | PSA | Clint Black at the Opry | Get Tickets Online!

Buddy Jewell

Larry Martin Entertainment presents Buddy Jewell. Buddy Jewell burst onto the country music scene in 2003 when he won the coveted title of USA Network's first ever Nashville Star. A true crowd favorite from the premiere episode to the finale, TV audiences and critics alike fell in love with Buddy Jewell's gentility, enthusiasm and true musical passion.

Buddy's self-titled debut album on Columbia Records was certified gold, and garnered two back-to-back top five hits with "Sweet Southern Comfort" and "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song.)" Buddy Jewell debuted at 1 on the Top Country Album charts, and was recognized by the ACM, CMA and CMT Awards with multiple nominations.

Don't miss Buddy Jewell at the Crighton on October 29th at 7:30 PM!

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Texas Romance

Daisy Wilson lives in a small Texas town, a widow since her philadering husband was shot by his mistress an action with which she has some sympathy. In 1928 romance reenters her life when she finds Garland Steinholden in the front yard awaiting permission to call on her despite her older sister's chagrin. What follows are the inquisition, the courtship, the pecan pie and big, loud rocks on a small wooded table. Daisy must balance anger and fear with her need for intimancy and determination to have a second chance. While Daisy decides if Garland is a worthy cause and he politely, caringly, relentlessly pursues, the food chain and the big wheel of life play a part.

See Texas Romance at Theatre Suburbia from September 16 through October 15th, 2011.

Theatre Suburbia

Library Friends of Conroe

Our featured non-profit this month is the Library Friends of Conroe. They collect supplies for the library, create educational exhibits, help with summer reading programs, collect books for soldiers, raise funds for the library through book sales, and much more!

Contact your local Montgomery County librarian or email Vicki Christopher at if you are interested in helping the Library Friends of Conroe.

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Start a New School Year with Youth Acting Classes

Do you have kids that enjoy acting or want to learn how to act? Are your kids talented but need to work on their presentation skills? Then contact Bravo Company, the educational arm of Stage Right. Learn with acting teachers that have years of experience working with kids. Their experiences include both film and theatre mediums. Kids will work on more than just productions but will learn acting techniques and how to adapt various presentation settings. More importantly, your kids will learn skills that will carry over into other disciplines: how to project while speaking, work on creativity exercises, and work on life skills useful on-stage and off-stage.

Tuesday classes begin Sept. 13 5:00-6:30 PM for ages 8-11 and 5:00-6:00 PM for ages 5-7. Thursday class begins Sept. 15 for ages 12-18. The first day of class includes registration, calendars, a tour of the theatre, and a meet/greet with the teachers. Come play with us!

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Woodlands Fencing Academy

Are your kids looking for something different? Then come and learn how to fence with the Woodlands Fencing Academy! The Academy focuses on epee fencing and is committed to excellence and to promoting personal development through sport. We offer fencing for all ages and abilities from ages 6 to 40+. Classes tailored to public, private, or home school students are available.

Call us at 832-482-3138 to organize a free demonstration.

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