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Shows, 11-12 Season

Barefoot in the Park Opens Friday

Barefoot in the Park opens at the Crighton Theatre on Friday, February 16, 2012. The original movie starred Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. This was the first of many Neil Simon successes.

You can find production pictures in the gallery or magazine articles in the archives. For a behind the scenes discussion check out the WaymoreFM interview.

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start...

Come to the show and bring non-perishable goods to benefit the Montgomery County Food Bank. Don't miss this Neil Simon comedy!

Cinderella

The musical is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Vair, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a Princess and finds her Prince.

Matinees will be followed by a tea party with Cinderella and the Prince.

Last Weekend for A Christmas Story

Over 2800 patrons have bought tickets to see story of the boy who schemes to get a Red Ryder BB gun. The cast had a gift exchange on Saturday with Christmas Story memorabilia from Walgreens (unofficial theme). Michael (the bully) decided to make his gifts hard to open by adding duck tape, plastic ties and rocks. Everyone wanted the box with rocks except Peter (Ralphie) who wanted anything but.

The last performance is on Sunday, December 18th with 500 patrons expected to attend. Get your tickets before it's too late!

Parade on the Second Weekend of 'A Christmas Story'

Tickets continue to sell at a rapid pace. To date we will have an average of 300 patrons per performance with the matinees having the highest attendance.

To promote the show, the cast of 'A Christmas Story' dressed in costume and marched in the Kiwanis Club Parade through downtown Conroe. The leg lamp was instantly recognizable by all in the crowds. The kids in the cast gave out over 1000 candy canes to parade afficionados. Phrases like "you'll shoot your eye out", "a Bumpus hound!", and "it's Miss Shields" were blurted out by the crowd in recognition of the show.

The last performance is on Sunday, December 18th. Get your tickets now!

Opening Weekend for A Christmas Story

Over 400 patrons came opening weekend to see 'A Christmas Story'. People know the story and all the gags. Even so, they still come for that feeling from a story that is like an old, familiar friend. They come to laugh and remember a simplier time: their childhood.

I'm halfway around the world and wish I could have been there to join a holiday tradition which includes seeing a show at the Crighton. As I walked and longed for home I ran across a poet who brought a smile to my face.

I will stop to smell the roses.
I will take every day as it comes.
I will celebrate life.
I will make a difference.
I will appreciate the small things.
I will smile-even when it hurts.
I will kick up my heels.
I will explore my own backyard.
I will make time for family.
I will enjoy the journey...

Come and enjoy the journey that is A Christmas Story!

Mama Won't Fly (World Premiere)


By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.
Performances: Sept. 9-25, 2011
Auditions: June 12-13, 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.

This ferociously funny, family-friendly JONES HOPE WOOTEN COMEDY will have you laughing your way across the country and all the way down the aisle!

A Christmas Story


By Philip Grecian based on a book by Jean Shepherd
Performances: Dec. 2-18, 2011
Auditions: Oct 16-17, 2011

The story centers on Ralphie Parker, a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. All the while, Ralphie finds himself dealing with the constant taunts of a pair of bullies and trying to not get in the middle of a feud between his mother and father regarding a certain lamp.

Barefoot in the Park


By Neil Simon
Performances: Feb. 17- Mar. 4, 2012
Auditions: Dec. 4-5, 2011

This romantic comedy focuses on newlyweds, Corie and Paul, as they begin married life in a tiny 5th floor walkup apartment in a mid-Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a strait-laced attorney, Corie a far more spontaneous free spirit. The young couple must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corie's well-meaning mother. Adjusting to married life isn’t so easy! The first act of Barefoot dramatizes a making of a new life, and its second builds to a near-breakup of the marriage.

The Carol Burnett Show


By Contemporary Drama Service
Performances: Apr. 20-May 6, 2012
Auditions: By appointment

A variety show based on the sketches from the TV series "The Carol Burnett Show" with song and dance numbers reminiscent of "Vaudeville (Finally) Comes to the Crighton". Come and remember some of the famous sketches such as "As the Stomach Turns", (a parody of As the World Turns) and "Went with the Wind" (a parody of Gone with the Wind, featuring a scene with Burnett as Starlett O'Hara in the dress made from a window curtain, complete with the curtain rod), "Carol & Sis", "The Family" (which would later spin off into a show called Mama's Family), and "Stella Toddler."