Crighton Theatre Newsletter
September-October 2013

See the comedy Arsenic and Old Lace
at the Crighton!

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

Arsenic and Old Lace

Drama critic Mortimer Brewster is engaged to the lovely Elaine Harper... but will she fit in with his 'unusual' family? Abby and Martha Brewster are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity.

But Mortimer has just learned that his charming spinster aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and 'just a pinch' of cyanide! What else can go wrong? Their brother believes that he's Teddy Roosevelt! And Mortimer's brother Jonathan returns to his childhood home in Brooklyn where he plans to lay low for a while.

Don't miss the opening comedy of STAGE RIGHT's sixth season at the Crighton! Click on the picture to see a video preview of the show!

Performance dates are Sept. 6-22, 2013. Bring non-perishable items to benefit the Montgomery County Food Bank and have a great time! Get your tickets today!

website | Buy tickets online! | Dockline | Posters | One on One: Inside the Crighton | Gallery | Playbills | Podcasts

A Christmas Story

STAGE RIGHT of Texas announces auditions for their upcoming production of A CHRISTMAS STORY. Director Melody Montez is looking for both cast and crew for the show.

The cast requirements are for two men (ages 40 and older), two women (ages 35 and older), three boys (ages 9-12), one boy (age 5-7), and two girls (ages 9-12). Other children ages 5-12 and adults may be cast for various non-speaking roles. Actor call times will be staggered with children rehearsing first and released early on school nights. Note that the role of Ralphie Parker has been precast.

Auditions will be held at the Crighton Theatre on Sept. 8-9 at 7 pm. Callback auditions may be held at the discretion of the director. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Contact the director at for questions about the auditions, the show or to volunteer to help backstage.

Show dates are Dec. 6-22 with Friday & Saturday performances at 8 pm and three Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Performances will be held at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe.

website | Buy tickets online! | Dockline | Posters | One on One: Inside the Crighton | Gallery | Playbills | Podcasts

Youth Classes Begin on Sept. 17

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. 17 5:30 PM. Wednesday classes begins Sept. 18 ar 5:30 PM also. The first day of class includes registration, calendars, a tour of the theatre, and a meet/greet with the teachers. Come play with us!

website | Buy tickets online! | Dockline | Posters | One on One: Inside the Crighton | Gallery | Playbills | Podcasts

Around the World in ROCO Ways

Hear the awesome sound that is ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) - a professional chamber orchestra of 40 all-star musicians, distinguished guest conductors, and dynamic composers who come together from all over the world to present engaging performances of classical and original compositions. Founded in 2005 by oboist, Alecia Lawyer, ROCO was recently called 'one of the most successful entrepreneurial projects in classical music' and is the most fun you can have with serious music. This 9th season, title, 'Around the World in ROCO Ways,' features countries each concert. The opening concert in September will focus on Asia and Asian influences.

If you missed them the last time they were at the Crighton, you missed an incredible show! The performance is on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

About ROCO | Buy tickets online! | youtube


MCPAS hosts the Missoula Children's Theatre's twist on this classic tale takes you on a frivolous frolic through the French countryside. Ogres, Wood Elves, and Unicorns, along with mischievous Gremlins and playful Pixies join Rapunzel in this tale with a a braid! In short, Rapunzel and all the rest of the characters tell a silly tale of personal triumph and friendship.

Auditions are on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM with a performance on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

If you are interested in different twists on the classic tale from the Grimm brothers, see the Disney version called Tangled and its sequel Tangled Ever After.

MCPAS | Missoula Children's Theatre | Buy tickets online! | youtube

John Conlee

During the past two decades, American country music artist John Conlee has achieved great success with hits including "Lady Lay Down", "Before My Time", "I'm Only In It for the Love", "In My Eyes", "As Long as I'm Rocking With You", "Years After You", "Domestic Life", "Mama's Rockin' Chair" and many more. Overall, there have been 29 single releases throughout the years with 26 of them charting in the top 20 or better.

Eight of those 26 have reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the national country charts. Mr. Conlee has been part of 9 Farm Aid concerts, a love dear to his heart, which have raised 13 million dollars to aid the family farmer. Mr. Conlee has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981.

See John on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8 PM.

MCPAS | Conlee's website | Buy tickets online! | youtube

Enchanted April

Feeling lost in their marriages and in the rapidly shifting social currents of post-WWI London, two middle-class housewives rent a villa in Italy for an impulsive holiday away from their lives, reluctantly recruiting a pair of independent upper-class women to share the cost and experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four clash and then begin to bloom-rediscovering themselves in ways that they never could have imagined.

See Matthew Barber's play that was the 2003 TONY AWARD NOMINEE for Best Play. Performance dates for this show start October 4-26, 2013 at Playhouse 1960 on 6814 Gant Road, Houston, Texas 77066.


Heritage Museum of Montgomery County

The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, a sesquicentennial project started in 1985, features exhibits chronicling the county's roots, from the lumber and oil industries to the everyday lives of Montgomery County residents. The Museum is housed in the historic Grogan/Cochran home, built in 1924.

The Museum is composed of three permanent galleries including Glimpses of Montgomery County, Towns, People & Events, and a Hands-On Children's Room. Here children can explore a log cabin and a turn of the century general store.

The Museum also offers a research room, oral histories of county residents, traveling exhibitions, a gift shop and several outdoor exhibits depicting the history of Montgomery County. Special events include a summer program for area children focusing on the cultures and heritage of the County. Hands on activities include churning butter, candle dipping, washing on rub boards, pioneer games, and log sawing.

Visit the the Heritage Museum website for more information about Montgomery County.


Assistance League of Montgomery County

All efforts of Assistance League are directed towards its mission of providing direct social and educational services to Montgomery County's economically disadvantaged children and adults. All services are carefully coordinated with other Montgomery County organizations. Since its inception in 1985, Assistance League has raised and spent over $3 million dollars to meet the needs of the community. Your financial support helps ensure that Assistance League can continue to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people each year.

It is through the efforts of nine philanthropic programs that Assistance League reaches out to the community:
A new program called "Caring and Sharing" is being implemented. We are working diligently with other agencies to help homeless people and young people who age out of foster care and furnish residences. There are many ways to help - click here to see the many ways to participate.

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