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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant EverThe Herdmans are six scrawny children ( Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie and Gladys) who are notorious delinquents in their community. Among other things, they lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls!), and hit little kids. The kids basically raise themselves. Their father walked out when the youngest was two years old, and their mother works double shifts at the shoe factory.

The story is narrated by Beth Bradley, a girl in Imogene Herdman's class. Beth's brother, Charlie, unwisely lies to Leroy Herdman, saying that he doesn't mind Leroy stealing his dessert at school because Charlie gets all the snacks he wants at Sunday School. This leads to all six Herdmans showing up at church the next Sunday for the first time in their lives.

Beth's mother is put in charge of the Christmas pageant when the original leader, Mrs. Helen Armstrong, fells and breaks her leg. The announcement for the auditions happens to be on the day the Herdmans show up at church, and, avid movie fans that they are, the Herdman's volunteer (and threaten) their way into all six of the main parts.

In spite of the Herdmans never having heard the Christmas story before (and wanting to change the script so they can hunt down the evil King Herod) and in spite of never making it through a complete rehearsal, the show does go on and turns out to be, as everyone says, the best Christmas pageant they have ever seen. Nobody can put a finger on the precise reason, but it has to do with the fact that the Herdmans just act like real people, probably like the characters in the Bible story really were, rather than the radiant, haloed saints that are usually portrayed.

See the promo of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever or read about us in the Dockline magazine!
Dec. 5-21, 2014; $15-$20

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

A Conroe Halloween

Members of STAGE RIGHT gave away candy at the 2013 Annual Conroe Trick or Treat Trail on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Over 800 kids came to Carl Barton, Jr. Park in costume to get candies. However, the kids seemed to be in awe of the adults in costume. Both kids and adults were excited that A Christmas Story was coming to the Crighton (again) and planned to attend. While Glinda (Carolyn Wong) and Pick-A-Little Lady (Katie Kelly) were popular with the kids, the clear favorite was the "deranged bunny" (Michael Wong) from A Christmas Story.

See pictures of the Trick or Treat Trail in the Crighton gallery. Get your tickets for A Christmas Story today!

Auditions for Anything Goes

Stage Right is pleased to announce auditions for "Anything Goes" on Nov 3, 4, 2013 at 7 pm both nights. Seeking male/female experienced tap dancers (age 15 –up) who can sing well. Show dates are Feb 14- Mar 2, 2014. Auditions will be held at the historic Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main, Downtown Conroe. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, a dance audition, and singing. The choreographer will teach a short combination, no need to prepare a dance. Prepare a 1 minute song from the 1930's. Bring tap shoes with you to the audition. If you don't have tap shoes, wear a hard-soled shoe that can make tapping sounds. If cast in a tap dance role, you will be required to buy tap shoes. Bring your music in MP3 form (iPhone, iPod touch, or any phone) or CD. No rehearsal accompanist is available.All roles are available including non-dance roles. All Aboard the S.S. American!!

For more information about the show click here.

Cast for A Christmas Story

Thanks to all who auditioned for the show. If you want to help with the show please contact the director at alandmelody@yahoo.com.
 
Ralph..................Steven Binns
Ralphie................Ian Montez
Mother................Patrice Kentimenos
The Old Man.......Todd Brady
Randy..................Robben Montez
Miss Shields.........Diana Egley
Flick....................Stephen Twinney
Schwartz..............John Wallace Barton
Farkus.................Billy Cox
Esther Jane..........Delaney Johnson
Helen..................Ashley Wienecke
*Understudy for Randy....Lukas Kentimenos

Lots of Laughter for Opening Weekend

If you missed opening weekend then you missed a great time! Patrons who had seen Arsenic and Old Lace before had forgotten how funny this dark comedy can be! The cast and crew - both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the stage - proved that Arsenic and Old Lace is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

You still have two more weekends to enjoy the show. Bring your friends and have a great time!

Enjoy the podcast or see the video version of the radio interview with some of the cast and crew. Better yet, get your tickets for Arsenic and Old Lace today!

Radio Interview with Cast and Crew of Arsenic and Old Lace

Representatives from the cast and crew of Arsenic and Old Lace went on the radio program Mind Your Business with host Cassandra Roschen to promote the sixth season opener for STAGE RIGHT. The interview featured veteran director Brenda Storseth, film and stage actor Katt Gilcrease, and Carolyn Corsano Wong - Artistic Director for STAGE RIGHT.

Both Katt and Carolyn have performed Arsenic and Old Lace several times around the greater Houston area. So why revisit the play again? While Arsenic and Old Lace is billed as a dark comedy, it is still a classic, family-friendly show that has held its own over the years.

Enjoy the podcast or see the video version of the interview. Better yet, get your tickets for Arsenic and Old Lace today!

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