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The Dixie Swim Club

Dixie Swim ClubFive Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and 'perfect' life, and continues to be the group's leader. Dinah, the wise-cracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married - over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of 'teamwork', rally 'round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. 'The Dixie Swim Club' is the story of these five unforgettable women - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

Read about this smash hit here or see pictures of the show.
Sept. 5-21, 2014; $15-$20

For tickets click here or call (936)441-SHOW

A Christmas Story (2013) - Auditions

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 info@crighton-theatre.com for questions about the auditions, the show or to volunteer to help backstage.

Christmas is a time of great expectations, especially through the eyes of a child. For nine-year-old Ralphie Parker that great expectation is a genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. No self-respecting cowboy would be without one. Unfortunately, his mom, teacher and even the Santa Claus toiling away at Goldblatt's Department Store share the same reaction to his Christmas wish: "You'll shoot your eye out!" Based on the book by humorist Jean Shepherd and adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian the play has all the scenes you’ve come to love in the movie; the flagpole, the bunny suit, and the infamous lamp! A CHRISTMAS STORY will delight the whole family and fill you with the spirit of the season.

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.

Arsenic and Old Lace - the Lighter or Darker Side of Comedy?

We like to think or Arsenic and Old Lace as a comedy, but you could argue it has the elements of a thriller - as least circa 1944). So while the cast and crew of Arsenic and Old Lace are preparing diligently for opening night, you can decide which video promo of the show you like best - upbeat or thriller? Yes, it is amazing how much difference a little music can make.

It doesn't really matter. You will laugh at the antics of the Brewsters. But just as serious plays have comic relief, comedies also have their serious moments. Which fits the show better? Come to the show and decide for yourself. Get you tickets today for Arsenic and Old Lace!

Final Weekend for The Wizard of Oz

If you waited for the last moment you likely did not get to see The Wizard of Oz as we sold out our final performance. 3400 people got to experience the magic of Oz. Even more important, the three months of rehearsal turned the cast and crew into a family. This video on youtube is dedicated to the hard work of the Wizard of Oz family.

If you are like one of the patrons that came to the show and didn't want to leave, use the web links to newspaper or magazine articles on the show. Meet the actors and crew who made the magic possible. Download a copy of the playbill to remember the magic.

Some of the backstage crew will be appearing in the next comedy at the Crighton called Arsenic and Old Lace. Reserve your tickets today!

Opening Weekend in the Land of Oz

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my! Approximately 1000 people came to the opening weekend for the Wizard of Oz and had an awesome time.

Between the singing, the special effects, the flying, and the pictures with cast members and patrons after the performance - The Wizard of Oz is more than a show - it's an experience for the entire family! But don't take our word - ask your friends who have been to opening weekend.

If you are like one of the patrons that came to the show and didn't want to leave, check out the web links to newspaper or magazine articles on the show. Meet the actors and crew who make the magic possible. Download a copy of the playbill to share with a friend.

You still have two weekends to see experience the magic of the land of Oz. Get you tickets today!

Auditions for Arsenic & Old Lace

STAGE RIGHT Announces Auditions Classic Comedy ARSENIC & OLD LACE July 14 & 15. Contact the director Brenda Storseth at storseth123@gmail.com if you miss auditions. Guys are still needed.

AUDITION DATES & TIMES:
July 14 & 15 at 7 pm
The historic Crighton Theatre
234 N. Main St.
Conroe, TX 77301

REHEARSAL will begin once casting is completed with first rehearsal most likely being July 16. Rehearsal will generally be Sunday-Thursday nights 7-9:30 pm.

SHOW DATES:
September 6 - 22, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 pm and two Sunday matinees September 15 and 22 at 2 pm. Tickets available at 936-441-7469 or www.stage-right.org.

SYNOPSIS
Its 1941, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mortimer Brewster, a New York critic of both drama and marriage, is finally getting hitched to Elaine Harper, the girl next door. Before heading off for an evening at the theatre with his new bride to be, Mortimer stops in to deliver the news to his aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, two sweet little old ladies who donate toys to charity and care for their nephew Teddy, a bugle blowing nut-bag who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt. But Abby and Martha aren’t as sweet and innocent as they seem. Mortimer soon discovers, to his horror, that his dear old aunties have a dozen bodies buried in the basement. It seems the Brewster sisters have a new hobby – luring lonely old men into their home and serving them Elderberry Wine with their own special recipe, a teaspoonful of arsenic, a teaspoonful of strychnine and just a pinch of cyanide (Deee-lightful!) To make matters worse, Mortimer’s deranged and very dangerous brother Jonathan shows up. Jonathan, on the run from the law, has a dead body in the trunk of his car, a drunken plastic surgeon at his side, and a face that looks like Boris Karloff. Mortimer frantically attempts to deal with dead bodies, insane asylum directors, attempted murders, and a new bride all in one crazy Halloween night.

CAST NOTES:
Characters: 3 Women, 11 Men
(some double casting possible)
• The roles of Abby, Martha and Jonathon Brewster have been pre-cast.
Mortimer Brewster, Male, 25 to 30, The slightly neurotic nephew to Abby and Martha Brewster, who most come face to face with his maniac brother, Jonathon.

Elaine Harper, Female, 20's, Mortimer's pretty, independent girlfriend.

Dr. Einstein, Male, 40 +, Jonathon's partner in crime, who hopes that they will be able to turn the Brewster house into an evil laboratory.

Teddy Brewster, Male, 40's, The kindhearted brother to Mortimer and Jonathon--who honestly believes that he is President Theodore Roosevelt.

Mr. Witherspoon, Male, 40 +, The caretaker of Happy Dale Sanitarium. May double with Mr. Gibbs.

Officer O'Hara, Male, 20 +, The determined police officer who is also an aspiring playwright.

Lieutenant Rooney, Male, 35 +, A police officer who aids Mortimer in his fight against Jonathon.

Mr. Gibbs, Male, 50 +, A lonely little old man who nearly falls victim to the aunts' charity. May double with Mr. Witherspoon.

Reverend Dr. Harper, Male, 50's, Father to Elaine Harper; The minister who runs the church next door to the Brewster house.

Officer Brophy and Officer Klein, Male, 18-35, Officers who make their rounds collecting Christmas toys, and aid Mortimer in his fight against Jonathon.
Actors are requested to bring headshot and resume to the auditions if they have one. For more information, go to www.stage-right.org or send email to the director: storseth123@gmail.com

STAGE RIGHT Asks for Community Help to Take a Flying Leap

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, is getting ready to take you over the rainbow with their summer production of THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg adapted from the motion picture by John Kane. In order to bring a spectacular production to the Crighton stage which will include flying performers, simulated pyrotechnics, and large screen projections STAGE RIGHT is soliciting area businesses and just plain folk to help underwrite the show. The flying costs alone are nearly $6,000. STAGE RIGHT is working with renowned flying company ZFX Flying Inc. known from Broadway to Melbourne for their flying effects. In addition to monetary donations, STAGE RIGHT is looking for the donation of a hotel room for the ZFX flight director while he is on site. We’ll need 2 nights in a local hotel (3 star or above with in-room internet connection included). In exchange for the donation of the hotel stay, STAGE RIGHT will acknowledge the donation in advertising and press releases.

All monetary donations greater than $50 will be acknowledged in the playbill. A special section in the playbill will list all those that helped STAGE RIGHT take a flying leap! We are expecting record crowds for this show and have even added an extra matinee. The playbill for the show will have the potential of reaching over 4,000 area residents. Would you like your business seen as a supporter of local arts? Consider advertising in our playbill (rates include ads for as little as $50 (1/4 pg). Donations will also be acknowledged in our bi-monthly e-newsletter that has a subscriber list of over 12,000. Donations of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged from the stage prior to each performance, in advertising, in the e-newsletter and with 10 tickets to the show. To make a donation, large or small, please send a check to STAGE RIGHT, 234 N. Main St., Conroe, TX 77301, or contact STAGE RIGHT Business Manager Steven Wong at steven.wong@stage-right.org or by calling 832-624-0730.

The Red Velvet Cake War Has Begun!

Over 500 people came to opening weekend to witness the beginning of the Red Velvet Cake War! Besides having a great time thanks to the one liners typical of Jones, Hope, and Wooten plays, opening night patrons were treated to the best red velvet cakes in Montgomery County. Patrons from as far away as Canada came to see what the fuss was all about. To read about The Red Velvet Cake War read our Dockline articles or to see production photos click here.

Thanks to the judges - Al and Mark Hayter, Brad Meyer, Jim Bingham, and Duke Coon - who were 'forced' to decide between the best cakes in both commercial and homemade categories. Despite the extensive testing, the homemade category resulted in a tie between Susan Livingston and Anne Paul. Even more surprising is that this was Anne's first red velvet cake ever. Anne indicated she researched authentic red velvet cakes before making her first cake. The commercial category was won by Dream Cakes. They are deciding whether to take the season ticket prize or accept free advertising on their behalf.

Our thanks also go to Lyn Hawthorne Howard, Carl Howard, Sandy Martin, Kerry Conkling, and the Conroe Art League docents who helped to serve the judges and host the patrons after the show. Megan Jones helped us with registration and photography while Brooke Coon worked with her father on cake tasting.

Get your tickets today for the Red Velvet Cake War!

The Red Velvet Cake War

Only 48 hours until the Red Velvet Cake Throwdown! The cast and crew are ready to present a hilarious Southern comedy - Jones, Hope, and Wooten style. Patrons who enjoyed the characters of Fayro, Texas will get introduced to a new set of quirky, funny characters down the road in Sweetgum, Texas. If you think Texas family reunions can be hilarious, you have got to see The Red Velvet Cake War. To read about The Red Velvet Cake War read our Dockline articles or to see pictures of rehearsal click here.

Those who bring a red velvet cake that you baked yourself will get a free ticket to opening night and get a chance to join in the best red velvet cake contest. Bring your cakes to the Conroe Arts League building around the corner from 5-6 PM. The cakes will be judged from 6-7 PM. Winners of the commercial and homemade categories will win season tickets to next year's shows. Opening night patrons will get to eat the cakes after the show.

Get your tickets for The Red Velvet Cake War today!

Waterway Arts Festival

Bravo Company and some of the cast of the Red Velvet Cake War came to the 2013 Waterway Arts Festival in the Woodlands to celebrate theatre in Montgomery County and to advertise the upcoming shows. Bravo Company did selected monologues and songs and advertised their upcoming musical melodrama - Shakespeare comes to Calamity Creek. Later in the day Peyton sang "Over the Rainbow" and met the Good and the Wicked Witch. And yes, the famed ruby slippers made their appearance.

More pictures from the Festival can be seen here. Look for more appearances of the cast of The Red Velvet Cake War and The Wizard of Oz at Kid Fest.

Don't forget about the Red Velvet Cake Throwdown on opening night. Bring your best red velvet cake and join in the competition! Get your tickets for the hilarious comedy The Red Velvet Cake today!

The Wizard of Oz - Auditions

STAGE RIGHT announces auditions for The Wizard of Oz on April 21-22, 2013. STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, announces auditions for their Summer production of THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg adapted from the motion picture by John Kane. The show will be directed by Tina Cafeo.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22, 6 -8 pm for kids and 8 – 10 pm for adults both evenings. Auditions will be held at the Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe, Texas. Those wishing to audition should prepare a song (16 bars to 2 minutes in length). Singers are asked to provide their own music either via Ipod or CD. Auditions will also consist of cold readings from the script and a brief dance audition, so please wear movement friendly clothing. If you are a tap dancer, please bring your tap shoes. The roles of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda to Good Witch have been pre-cast. All other roles are open. We are looking for a large cast to include Munchkins, Monkees, Jitterbugs, and Winkies. Children must be at least 5 yrs of age to participate.

Cast Breakdown:
DOROTHY GALE (13-18yrs)- Female strong singer who moves well. Must not be allergic to dogs. (Vocal Range: G below middle C – F, with a legit sound.)

SCARECROW/HUNK (25-35 yrs)- Male singer/strong dancer. Strong actor with an honest quality. Sympathetic and optimistic friend. Lovable and clumsy. Must be an excellent dancer. Acrobatic skills preferred. Must not be allergic to dogs. Vocal range: strong baritone to F.

TINMAN /HICKORY (25-40 yrs)- Male singer/strong dancer. Charming and thoughtful, a kind-hearted romantic. Must not be allergic to dogs. Vocal range: strong baritone to G.

COWARDLY LION/ZEKE (25-40 yrs)- Male singer who moves well. Cuddly actor with excellent comic timing. Must not be allergic to dogs. Vocal range: strong baritone to F.

AUNT EM (35-55 yrs)- Maternal figure. Non-singing.

UNCLE HENRY (40-60 yrs)- Non-singing male actor. Dorothy’s Uncle, and guardian. Good hearted, and plain-speaking. A hardworking Kansas farmer, and affectionate family-man.

WIZARD OF OZ/PROFESSOR MARVEL (50-60 yrs)- Non-singing male character actor. Older father figure with a theatrical eccentric flair. Flying required

MUNCHKINS (5- 12 yrs)- Group singing and movement required. The little people of Munchkinland. Long oppressed, and happy to be freed by Dorothy.

FEATURED MUNCHKINS- The Mayor Of Munchkin City, The Coroner, The Lollipop Guild, and The Lullaby League.

FLYING MONKEYS (10-30 yrs)- Minions of the Wicked Witch of the West. The monkeys do not speak or sing, but will most likely be double-cast as Munchkins. Acrobatics preferred.

CITIZENS OF OZ (20-60 yrs)- Strong singers and dancers.

THE WINKIES (20-60 yrs)- Palace guards to the Wicked Witch of the West, double as Citizens of Oz.

TOTO: Well behaved, house-broken small dog preferably a foster to adoption.

Performance dates are weekends July 12 – 28 Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm with two Sunday matinees on July 21 & 28 at 2 pm. If you have any questions, please contact the director at tinacafeo@gmail.com. Come over the rainbow with us this Summer!