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12-13 Season

Opening Weekend for My Three Angels

The presentation of My Three Angels marks the fifth comedy in a row presented at Christmas time at the Crighton. Like Christmas Belles or A Christmas Story, My Three Angels presents a message of hope in a family friendly yet non-traditional way. It's definitely not another version of A Christmas Carol. The opening night crowd had a great time.

Take a look at the pictures from dress rehearsal or read the news articles or magazine articles to get a glimpse of the production. See the online interviews with the cast and crew. Don't forget to bring a toy for the Toys for Tots Campaign. Call the Box Office at 936-441-7469 or buy your tickets online!

Holiday Open House

Come to the Holiday Open House at the Crighton on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 and put your holiday season into high gear! Non-profits and other vendors will be participating in the area.

The schedule is as follows:
1 pm - Christmas Parade and ornament making
2 pm - pictures with Santa (Arts League and at the Crighton)
2:30 pm - ventriloquist show
3 pm - Bravo Company showcase
4 pm - ventriloquist show
4:30 pm - pictures with Santa (Arts League and at the Crighton)

Bravo Company will provide the entertainment from 3-4 pm. This Fall Showcase allows our youth acting classes to share their comedic and singing talents for the community.

Professional ventriloquists Phil and Melissa Nichols, and their pals, Bosworth the crow and Ick the germ, are the featured guests before and after the Bravo Company Showcase. “We have been doing a lot of movie special effects, puppetry and animatronics, but the puppets are always popular at live events.”

The brother and sister team got into ventriloquism at an early age. Their expertise with puppets and specialty makeup led them to a career in show business, primarily in film and live stage productions.

“We worked on Disney’s film ‘Powder’ and ‘Ace Ventura II’ as well as numerous other films,” Phil Nichols said. “We’re currently doing the special effects for ‘Toxic Avenger’ at the Alley Theatre in Houston.”

Tickets for the Open House are $5. Bring a gift for the Toys for Tots Campaign. See you at the parade and the Open House!

Santa is Coming!

The cast of My Three Angels continues to prepare for their Christmas shows. Meanwhile, members from STAGE RIGHT have been continuing their community outreach. On Friday they hosted the Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year Andy Gross for lunch and filmed his ventriloquist/magic/comic act. If you missed Andy's show then you missed a great time and some fantastic magic! His interview will be posted in the coming weeks in the One to One: Inside the Crighton series.

On Saturday members worked the 2012 iWoW Festival (International Winter on the Waterway) by giving out rack cards and talking to Crighton patrons - new and old. The kids marveled at the dog (Harley) in the posters for the Holiday Open House (Dec. 8 at the Crighton), The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Wizard of Oz. Most of the new patrons had never heard of the Crighton and were delighted to learn about all the events and the smartphone app.

See the pictures of Santa's float and video clips from the fireworks in the gallery.

The Drowsy Chaperone - Auditions

STAGE RIGHT annoucnces auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone set for Dec. 2-3, 2012 at the historic Crighton Theatre.

Auditions will consist of a short song of your choosing and cold readings from the script. Bring a CD or iPod phone with your music. No accompanist will be available.

Characters
Man in Chair- Walks the audience through the show. Alludes to some failed relationships in the past. Lives alone and has trouble paying his electricity bills on time.

Janet Van de Graaf- Star of Feldzig's Follies who wants to give it up for marriage. Sings "Show Off" and "Bride's Lament". Marries Robert at end of show.

Robert Martin- Token 1920's Leading Man character. Sings "Cold Feets" and "Accident Waiting to Happen" (skates while blindfolded).

George- Best friend of Robert and shares the 'Cold Feets' tap dance with Robert. Ultimately serves as the best man for all four weddings.

Gangsters 1 and 2- Two 'on the lam' criminals who pose as pastry chefs. Sing and dance in "Toledo Surprise"

Feldzig- Producer of Feldzig's Follies. Plans to stop the wedding between Robert and Janet. Marries Kitty at end of show.

Kitty- Token 'dumb blonde' character. Wants to take Janet's place as star of Feldzig's Follies.

Aldolpho- Token Italian heartthrob character. Sings "I Am Aldolpho" and marries the Chaperone.

The Drowsy Chaperone- Perpetually drunk assistant to Janet. Sings "As We Stumble Along"

Mrs. Tottendale- Eccentric and oftentimes forgetful older lady who finances Robert and Janet's wedding. Sings "Love is Always Lovely in the End". Marries Underling.

Underling- Tottendale's butler and manservant.

Trix- Aviatrix who serves as minister for the married couples. Sings "I Do, I Do in the Sky"

Chorus parts are also available.

It's Coming!

Perhaps "it" is not accurate. Many surprises are on their way to the Crighton! New events, new places and new ways to stay in contact with the exciting news at the Crighton are coming! Look for these surprises over the next few months.

If you pass by the Crighton during the Catfish Festival this weekend you will see posters on some of the new events coming to the Crighton. Join the 30,000 that will be in the downtown Conroe this week and see what's coming.

Bravo Company - the educational arm of Stage Right - is also working on holiday entertainment. Bravo will be joined by singers, ventriloquists, food, puppet making, a visit from Santa, and more during the Crighton holiday open house after the Conroe Christmas Parade on December 8th. Keep a lookout on the website for more details.

Meanwhile, the cast and crew of My Three Angels continue to work on their Christmas comedy. They are already off book - a first for any show at the Crighton at this stage. You will see the cast at various events before Christmas (Trick or Treat in Conroe, Christmas Parade in Conroe and more). Get ready for holiday comedy today!

Meanwhile, if you are adventurous, try the following QR codes (hint: an app for the Crighton):

Final Weekend for The Miracle Worker

Over 600 patrons came to the final weekend of The Miracle Worker. "Best show I've seen in a while" and "Best show ever" were some of the superlatives used by the patrons. Over 200 kids from surrounding school districts and their acting teachers took advantage of the promotional special to the show. The kids were mesmerized by the story. Kids are so used to special effects on TV that they wanted to know if the water from the pump was real (yes, I hope so).

If you missed the show, see the production photos in the gallery, take a look at the show poster, read the magazine articles or the newspaper articles. For a more in-depth interview with the actors, take a look at the new One on One:Inside the Crighton series.

Why is the Miracle Worker 'The Doggy Show'?

"Best show ever." which is high praise from the patrons. "I know the story, but I didn't expect to be so touched." We tell them, "Wait for Act 2". The smaller guests ask, "Are the people real? Is the doggy real? I want to see the doggy show!" Another 300 patrons came and gave the cast of The Miracle Worker another 3 standing ovations. Better yet, the patrons are telling their friends and coming back again to see the show. But don't take other's opinions about the show - see it for yourself!

Get your tickets for the last weekend! You can find pictures from the show in the gallery.

Opening Weekend for The Miracle Worker

Over 300 patrons came to see the opening of The Miracle Worker. While most everyone knows the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, our patrons were surprised by how much the story and the performances touched their hearts. Both Helens - Lena Torluemke of The Woodlands and Lauren Santana of Houston - and the cast received standing ovations for their incredible performances. See the online interviews with the cast or the Dockline magazine articles for more information.

Get your tickets for The Miracle Worker today!

My Three Angels - Auditions

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, announces auditions for their upcoming production MY THREE ANGELS by Sam and Bella Spewack on September 9 & 10 at 7 pm with callbacks on Sunday, Sept. 16. This is the play on which the movie “My Three Angels” with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Ustinov was based. The show will be directed by STAGE RIGHT artistic director Carolyn Corsano Wong.

Story
The scene is French Guiana, Christmas day where the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Three amiable convicts are employed as roofers at Ducotel’s General Store. The roof winds up being the least of the Ducotel family’s trouble. On the way from France are an evil-minded cousin and his cold-blooded nephew, who jilted the Ducotel’s daughter for an heiress. The three convicts are passionate believers in true justice, and decide it’s their job to take the visitors on. Possessing every criminal art and penal grace, they set matters right in this captivating and comedic holiday treasure.

Characters
The cast consists of 3 women and 7 men of varying ages. While not expert singers, the actors playing Marie Louise, Joseph, Jules and Alfred all sing a few bars of a Christmas Carol together. These actors must be able to hold a tune.

Felix Ducotel: Big hearted, trusting shopkeeper on the island. He believes there is goodness in all people; his kindness and generosity lead him to being taken advantage of and as such his business is in danger of failing, He is Emilie’s husband and father to Marie Louise. (Age: 50's)

Emilie Ducotel: Not as trusting as her husband, she is none the less a proper lady who is a devoted wife and mother. She wants the best for her family and is highly protective of them. She initially distrusts the convicts, but she eventually warms to them, and in particular to Jules. Emilie has a better business sense than her husband, however since she is not in charge of the shop, she spends a good deal of time gently trying to correct or undo some of Felix's practices. (Age: 30's-40's)

Marie Louise Ducotel: Lovely, sweet, innocent daughter of the Ducotels. She believes whole-heartedly in the power of love. She has returned from a season in Paris during which she fell madly in love with Paul. Life is exciting, almost overwhelming to her. She faints often, is dramatic but sweet, kind, and loyal. Her parents and the convicts all feel highly protective of her. (Age: 18-24)

Joseph: The unofficial leader of the convicts. He is in jail for forgery and confidence schemes. During his time at the Ducotels, he enjoys waiting on the customers for Felix. He is excellent at book-keeping and very good with numbers. The Ultimate salesman, he could easily (and probably has) sold reading glasses to a blind man. He is slick and charming. (Age: 40's – 50’s)

Jules: The soul of the convicts. Jules is rather philosophical about life and often dispenses advice. He has unexpected warmth and tenderness for being a double murderer. He helps to keep Alfred's temper in check while being amused by Joseph's antics. He forms a bond with Emilie and genuinely wants good things for the Ducotel family. (Age: 30’s - 40's)

Alfred: The hot head of the convicts. Alfred jumps into action before the others. He is a former society boy, reasonably good looking and not without charm but has an edge to him. He is in prison for murdering someone over money. He is the correct age to have been a suitor for Marie Louise, if not for his crimes. She represents the life that he lost and as such he's jealous about and very protective of Marie Louise. He is strong, implusive, charming but dangerous. (Age: 20's)

Henri Trochard: Felix's cousin and primary investor in his shop. He is cold, overbearing, and mean-spirited. He loves money and is highly impressed with his own success. He is actively grooming Paul (his ward and heir) to take over the family business. He has come to the island to inspect the store and to close it down for failing to turn a profit. His brazen arrogance and cruelty draws the anger of the convicts. (Age: 50's)

Paul: Young, handsome promising ward to Henri. He was romantically involved with Marie Louise, but he has become engaged to her wealthier friend at the insistence of Henri. He is still attracted to and cares for Marie Louise but loves status and money more than her. He has a well-hidden, underhanded, mean streak in him.
(Age: 20's)

Madame Parole: Resident of the island. She is a busy-body and a gossip. She often shops at the Ducotels' store, placing all her purchases on a line of credit and somehow never has money to pay the credit line each month. She manipulates Felix often and she becomes a target for the convicts.
(Age: Flexible)

Lieutenant: Young, handsome, straightforward soldier. He has mutual friends with Felix, who has written him a letter of introduction. The convicts instantly approve of him. He is every good thing that Paul is not. (Age: 20's)

Audition Info
Auditions will be held at the Crighton Theatre located at 234 N. Main Street in downtown Conroe on September 9 & 10 at 7 pm. Callback auditions may be held at the discretion of the director. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Copies of sides can be obtained by contacting the director at carolyn.wong@stage-right.org . Persons auditioning are asked to bring a headshot and resume if they have one and their personal calendar to note any conflicts with the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Show dates are Nov. 30 – Dec. 16 with Friday & Saturday performances at 8 pm and two Sunday matinees on Dec. 9 & 16 at 2 pm. Performances will be held at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe. Tickets for MY THREE ANGELS can be obtained by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW or online at www.stage-right.org . Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors and $12 for youth. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

The Wizard of Oz

You've seen the movie. Come and relive the wonderful songs of yesteryear! In this charming play based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.

See The Wizard of Oz on July 12-28, 2013!