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.

Help Us Decorate the Crighton!

treeOn Sunday, November 21, 2010 from noon to 6 PM we will be decorating the Crighton Theatre for the holidays and working on the set for Christmas Belles! If you enjoy placing garland, decorating trees, or just want to get into the holiday spirit, join us! No more bah, humbug! We'll have music playing and great fellowship to get you into the holiday mood.

If you like holiday parades, come and see us in the Woodlands on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 PM in the Classic Car Parade or in downtown Conroe at 1 PM on Dec. 11, 2010. See you then!

If you can't help with decorations but would like to usher or work concessions, send a email to giving your name and what days you can help.

Outlets at Conroe Discover Christmas Belles

Katt Gilcrease and Tom LockhartThe cast and crew of Christmas Belles went to the Outlets at Conroe on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at 5 PM. The cast performed a few scenes from the show, passed out rack cards for upcoming shows, and pushed the shows coming to the historic Crighton Theatre before the tree lighting ceremony. In this picture Tom Lockhart as the interim pastor Justin Waverly is trying to find away to ask Katt Gilcrease playing Dub Dubberly for his daughter's hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Dub is experiencing pain due to kidney stones.

After the scenes the cast went to Mama Juanita's across the street for some TexMex food.

Packing Party for our Troops

support our troopsTwo weeks after the set of No Time for Sergeants was disassembled and the cast dispersed the impact of what we have done as a community goes on. Thanks to our collaboration with the US Troop Support Foundation, STAGE RIGHT was able to collect over $1500 worth of donations to benefit our active duty troops. One of the local NCL (National Charity Leagues) in the Woodlands helped with a packing party to send the donations to our troops. Thanks once again to all who donated to lift the spirits of those who protect us!

In a separate effort, the cast and crew of No Time for Sergeants donated $200 to the Commemorative Air Force in San Marcos for the loan of their equipment for the show. Keeping history alive by maintaining aircraft such as the B-17 takes lots of money and time. Visit their website and donate your time or money to one of the local wings.

Which "Attaboy" Do You Prefer?

Department of Defense, United States of AmericaNo Time for Sergeants had a incredible opening weekend. The cast and crew received two honors: one from a reviewer (David Dow Bentley III) and one from Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Holland.

"It was Saturday night on Sept. 11, a somber date in American history to say the least. So it was most appropriate that before the Crighton Theatre curtain rose on Ira Levin’s hilarious comedy, No Time for Sergeants, director, Carolyn Corsano Wong, came on stage to welcome the audience, and asked that everyone first rise for a moment of silence in memory of the lives lost on that unforgettably tragic day. It was also very appropriate that in this time of continuing war abroad, Stage Right has decided that every performance of this new production will offer free admission to service veterans and their spouses. But perhaps the best thing being offered would be hilarity plain and simple. This may very well be the best comedy performance I have ever seen in the great state of Texas!" - David Dow Bentley III. Read the entire review here.

CSM Holland gave the cast and crew a commemorative coin for the benefit performance of No Time for Sergeants and for working with the US Troop Support Foundation to collect items for active duty troops. While we believe it is important both as individuals and as an organization to do the right thing whether or not the effort is acknowledged, it is always nice to get a "pat on the back" once in a while. Thanks once again to Darrel's Catering who donated the BBQ dinner for the Lone Star Honor Flight (WWII veterans). See the pictures from the benefit event here. To remember the service of these brave men and women we are highlighting a little seen documentary on World War II.

No Time for Sergeants performances continue until Sept. 26.

Honoring Our Veterans - Part II

The opening weekend for No Time for Sergeants began with a "bang". After two successful evening shows the cast and crew made it to the benefit performance. All veterans and their spouses were invited to attend free of charge. The special guests of honor were the men and women of the Lone Star Honor Flight. This group is composed of World War II veterans who have visited Washington D.C. (all expenses paid) as a small token of the community's appreciation for their service.