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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!

Morning with Mr. Bunny

Stage Right joined Conroe residents and the City of Conroe in their pre-Easter celebration called Morning with Mr. Bunny. Hundreds of children and their parents came and collected Easter eggs filled with stickers and candy. Activities included face painting, jump houses, potato sack racing, and more. See the rest of the pictures in the gallery.

Local businesses and non-profit groups provided brochures on local events. Each group provided an Easter basket that was given to kids holding the lucky egg. The lucky winner of the Stage Right basket received Wizard of Oz magnets, soap bubble wands, glow sticks, and other fun toys.

Meanwhile, the cast of The Red Velvet Cake War continues to prepare for opening night. Don't forget to bring your favorite red velvet cake to the opening night cake contest on April 19!

Opening Weekend for The Drowsy Chaperone

"Mixups, Mahem, and a gay wedding!" And yes, "gay" wedding in 1920 meant "fun"! Over 200 patrons had a great time at the opening of The Drowsy Chaperone. Tap dance, silly songs, comedy, and even a touching moment at the end - all in a day's work for the cast The Drowsy Chaperone. But don't take our word for it - read the newspaper articles, browse some of the pictures in the gallery and come and see for yourself!

If you are interested in more about the cast and crew of The Drowsy Chaperone, check out the Dockline articles or the One on One video interviews. Avoid the lines and buy your tickets online!

Anything Goes

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse
Auditions: Nov. 3-4, 2013
Performances: Feb. 14-March 2, 2014
Cruise: end of September 2014

The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES. This Tony awarding winning show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter's magical scores. Terrific Cole Porter songs include It's De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You're The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. It's a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES!

STAGE RIGHT Announces its Sixth Season at the Historic Crighton Theatre

STAGE RIGHT is pleased to present the following shows during the 2013-2014 Season. Audition dates and performance dates are tentative and may change. Check the website for updated information.
Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring
Auditions: July 14-15, 2013
Performances: Sept. 6-22, 2013




A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

By Jean Shepherd
Auditions: Sept. 8-9, 2013
Performances: Dec. 6-22, 2013






Anything Goes

Anything Goes

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse
Auditions: Nov. 3-4, 2013
Performances: Feb. 14-March 2, 2014


Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

By Alfred Uhry
Auditions: Feb. 16-17, 2014
Performances: Apr. 18 - May 4, 2014

Hairspray

Hairspray

Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman
Book by Mark O'Donnell
and Thomas Meehan
Auditions: Apr. 20-21, 2014
Performances: July 11-27, 2014

Hairspray

Hairspray
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman
Book by Mark O'Donnell
and Thomas Meehan

Performances: July 11-27, 2014

The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!

There will be preshow trailers from the same time period as Hairspray (1962 movies) starting 1/2 hour prior to the show. Don't miss these preshow trailers!