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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 steven.wong@stageright.org 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.

Honoring Our Veterans

Lone Star Honor FlightSTAGE RIGHT is preparing for the next comedy - No Time for Sergeants. For this show we are partnering with the Lone Star Honor Flight group based at the Storage 105 facility off 105 in Conroe. We met with some of the World War II veterans and joined them on their trip to the HEARTS museum in Huntsville. If you are interested in documentaries on the honor flights, Craig Duff has an excellent video that he did for Time magazine. Craig has also given us permission to publish his blog about one of the honor flights. Look for the article in September's DockLine magazine.

The WWII veterans are excited about coming to see No Time for Sergeants. They will be the guests of honor at a benefit performance on Sunday, September 12, 2010. All veterans and their spouses will be given complimentary tickets to the benefit performance provided they call the Box Office at 936-441-SHOW by Sept. 6 and they bring items to support our active duty troops.

We will be collecting items to benefit our active duty personnel through the US Troop Support Foundation. See this list of items that are most needed here. Come enjoy No Time for Sergeants, meet some veterans, thank them for their service, and bring some items to help our troops overseas! Performances are September 10-26, 2010. Call the Box Office at 936-441-7469 (SHOW).

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.