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Harvey Comes in Time for Easter

The cast of Harvey fnished their final rehearsal today before "sneak peak" with family and friends on Thursday. See the gallery for more pictures from rehearsal.

While Harvey is a comedy, it has some subtle but interesting parallels with others that have been persecuted in the past for their beliefs. Philosophical ideas aside, I just want to know who got the part of Harvey. Does he/she really have to wear a big bunny suit? Come and find out from April 22-May 8 at the historic Crighton Theatre.

Waterway Arts Festival

This weekend was unusually busy as the cast of Harvey was asked to start building their set and work publicity at the Waterway Arts Festival. Elwood was asking patrons if they had seen Harvey. One patron had seen Harvey across the way. Meanwhile, Cinderella and her fairy godmother were entertaining the kids that came to the festival. Even vendors got into the spirit and asked the fairy godmother to bless their stalls so that they would sell everything that day.

To see more pictures from the Festival click here.

Learning About Acceptance from a Rabbit?

Even as Always...Patsy Cline was becoming the highest grossing show in Crighton Theatre history, the cast of Harvey have been working on their characters. I presume that working with an invisible character has its drawbacks.

Most of the cast have performed at the Crighton at one time or another. Our three newcomers include Steven Dowell who just completed a run of Driving Miss Daisy at Playhouse 1960, Megan Nix who is playing Nurse Kelly, and Will Radcliffe who will be Dr. Chumley in the current production.

So what can an invisible rabbit (pooka) teach us about acceptance? Come to the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main St. in Conroe, TX and find out on Apr. 22-May 8, 2011!

STAGE RIGHT Announces Fourth Season at the Historic Crighton Theatre

mama won't fly

Mama Won't Fly (World Premiere)

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.
Auditions: By appointment
Performances: Sept. 9-25, 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.
A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

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

"You’ll shoot our eye out kid", Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB Gun
Barefoot in the Park

Barefoot in the Park

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

Neil Simon’s play about newlyweds in a 5th story walk up apartment in Manhattan.
The Carol Brunett Show

The Carol Burnett Show

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

A variety show based on the skits from the TV series "The Carol Burnett Show" with song and dance numbers reminiscent of "Vaudeville (Finally) Comes to the Crighton".
Cinderella

Cinderella

By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Auditions: April 29-30, 2012
Performances: Jul. 13-29, 2012
A Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about Cinderella, a fairy Godmother, glass slippers and a handsome Prince

Looking for a Patsy Cline Tribute Artist (in the Making)

Finding one person that can sing and act like Patsy Cline (convincingly) is difficult enough. Yet we were required to find two such people. Fortunate for us, we were able to find four local singers/actors who were willing to practice and perform on short notice with the band. While all of them were awesome, we had to pick one. Check out the audition here.

Thanks to Kylee Michelle Huddleston for the audition pictures. Look for the February article on the band and our new Patsy in Dockline Magazine. Better yet, reserve your tickets online for Always...Patsy Cline today!

Preparing for Always...Patsy Cline

We'd like to say that Mary Allen-Keating has been practicing for Always...Patsy Cline in many places including the Grand 'Ole Opry, but that would not be true. Mary Allen-Keating was born in Conroe, TX and raised in Huntsville. However, her performances of Patsy Cline have taken her all over Texas and as far away as Ireland. When she's not doing Patsy Cline tributes she sings country music around the greater Houston area. She was nominated as Best Western Swing Female Singer of 2009 by the Academy of Western Artists.

Always...Patsy Cline is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Get your tickets today if you want a good seat!

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Diane Hendricks crafted a homemade doll and asked her husband - Major Bill Hendricks - to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.

Come to Christmas Belles and bring a toy that will bring some joy to needy children in our area. You'll be blessed with a hilarious show and the good feeling that comes when you help out your neighbors.

Christmas Cards as a Tradition

A form of Christmas card began in England in the 1840's when young boys practiced their writing skills by creating Christmas greetings for their parents. During the last few years we have gotten out of the habit. Too busy, too stressed. Sound familar?

Then out of the blue we received a greeting card from our favorite authors - Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The card brightened our day in two ways: for one, we just love Italy. Italy holds many fond memories for us. Secondly, it reminded us how an unexpected, small gift can change you. Many years ago we were in the habit of random acts of kindness. The card was a reminder of how powerful random acts of kindness can be and that we need to redouble our efforts to spread a little kindness during the holiday season.

Music - the Universal Language of Mankind

Even as Christmas Belles continues its successful run at the Crighton Theatre, the band that will be playing for Always...Patsy Cline is busy with rehearsals. Always...Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

See more pictures of band practice in the gallery. Thanks to Crystyl Swanson for singing with the band so that they can get used to interacting with the singer.

Woodlands Classic Car Parade

Just 24 hours after a successful opening weekend the cast of Christmas Belles walked in the 2010 Woodlands Classic Car Parade at Market Street in the Woodlands. They gave out rack cards and were surprised by yells and screams at the sight of Elvis. Even Harley was recognized from the show.

Jim and Kathy Thompson graciously offered the use of their 1952 Bel Air so that STAGE RIGHT could participate in the parade. While the parade route was short, many kids and their parents filled the sidewalks. See the gallery for more pictures from the parade.