09-10 Season

Vaudeville (Finally) Comes to the Crighton

Compiled By: Glen Lambert
Performances: Sept. 11 - 27, 2009

For the 75th birthday bash of for the Crighton Theatre STAGE RIGHT will do what has never been done before at the Crighton – a vaudeville show! Singing, Comedy acts, juggling, and more!

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

By: Christopher Durang
Performances: Dec. 4 - 20, 2009

So what is Mrs. Bob about? Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge is a musical parody of the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. The premise of the parody is the question, "What if Dickens' Mrs. Cratchit wasn't so goody-goody, but instead was an angry, stressed-out modern-day American woman who wanted out of this harsh London 1840s life?"

Lend Me a Tenor

By: Ken Ludwig
Performances: Feb. 19 - Mar 7, 2010

This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company world famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the General Manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the operatic map. Morelli is late; when he finally sweeps in it is too late to rehearse with the company. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, Il Stupendo is given a double dose of tranquilizers which mix with the booze he has consumed and he passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he is dead. What to do? Max is an aspiring singer and Saunders persuades him to get into Morelli's Otello costume and try to fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are also running around, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo! A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, Lend Me a Tenor is guaranteed to leave you teary eyed with laughter.

Cole - Auditions

Stage Right now performing at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe is holding auditions for COLE devised by
Benny Green and Alan Strachan and Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. December 13&14 in the Crighton Theatre rehearsal hall.

Cast size 5M 5W.

The Orphans Visit Reliant Rehab

The orphans from Annie continue their tour of assisted living centers and hospitals with a visit to Reliant Rehabilitation Center in Shenandoah, TX. They sang "Maybe", "It's a Hard Knock Life", and "Tomorrow" for the patients and shared cookies and lemonade.

If you haven't made reservations to see the orphans in Annie, make them today! Seats are running out fast. We have had record breaking attendance during the second weekend of the run. Saturday was the first day ever to break 400 patrons at a single performance. Sunday was a sellout. We expect next Sunday to also sellout.

If you are unable to see Annie, feel free to view the orphans at the rehab center in the gallery or see the youtube videos.

Opening Night for Annie

If you missed opening night then you missed a grand party with 328 patrons and a cast/crew of 100. Siegelman's of Chicago's which is next door provided hot dogs with a delightful relish. For those who like sweets, one could find blondies or fruit.

In a cast primarily made up of small kids, the smallest orphans normally steal the show. Opening night was no exception. However, Sandy (the dog from the animal shelter) decided she needed to upstage Annie (Hope Harris). Annie was not rattled even when Sandy's leash came off. What a pro! See the newspaper articles or reviews here.

Don't forget to bring items to benefit the animal shelter. Come and see what you missed!

The Making of Daddy Warbucks

Woody - Harold E Wood, Jr. - had to know that this day would come. If he is going to play Daddy Warbucks, the hair has to go. Woody was willing to cut his hair. But let the orphans cut his hair?!

Woody was a good sport. Each orphan got a chance to cut some of his hair off. It was a hard sell (right) but someone had to cut the hair. I didn't check to see if anyone kept the hair. If you want to see the orphans in action, check out the youtube video here. Thanks to Nikie Brown of WishNik Photography for the video and the picture! And I had to miss the haircut!

Annie Orphans March in the 4th of July Parade

The cast of Annie marched in the 4th of July parade in the Woodlands. Hurricane Alex caused flooding in the Houston area on Friday. Thankfully the rains stopped for a brief time Saturday morning. While it was humid, there were many well wishers and parade watchers. The kids sang "It's a Hard Knock Life", "Maybe", and "Tomorrow" and gave out rack cards to the show. Harley got some laughs for his "Sandy understudy" sign.

Check out the pictures from the parade here. Afterwards some of the parents went back to the Crighton for set build. The orphanage is taking shape.

Finding 'Sandy' for Annie

Annie is coming to the Crighton Theatre on July 23-August 8, 2010. But where can Annie find her dog Sandy? At the Montgomery County Animal Shelter - naturally. The Animal Shelter processes hundreds of dogs and cats every month. The shelter is staffed with volunteers who seek to help these animals find a home.

How can you help? Download the list of immediate needs. Bring items on this list directly to the shelter or when you come to the show. We will have a bin to collect items for the shelter during the run of the show. Perhaps you will be smitten with Sandy and volunteer to adopt a pet...

So who is this dog? Ginger will play Sandy. She's a labrador-airedale mix. She has a nice temperment but needs a lot of TLC. Currently Ginger is working with a trainer prior to fostering with one of the Annies. Meanwhile, the orphans that are looking for Sandy are practicing their songs. Take a sneak peak at the orphans.

Dearly Beloved - Auditions

Stage right will be holding auditions for Dearly beloved Feb. 21 and 22 at 7 P.M. in the Historic Crighton Theatre's rehearsal hall.

Parts 4M, 7W