By Carolyn Corsano Wong
STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre (named one of the top 10 theatres in the state to see live theatre performance by BestThingsTX.com) has two shows left in our current season- Here’s to the Ladies! We hoped you laughed along with the ladies of the Savannah Sipping Society, went Into the Woods with Cinderella, Jack, the Witch and Little Red Riding Hood, got the glitter bug from the ladies in Glitz-the Little Miss Christmas Pageant and wanted to take up tap dancing after seeing Peggy Sawyer tap away in 42nd Street. To close our season we have two very different shows coming up: The Diary of Anne Frank in April and the musical Annie in July. They are two shows you will not want to miss!
The Diary of Anne Frank
Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Performance Dates: April 12-28, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and two Sunday matinees April 21 and 28 at 2 pm
Directed by Bonnie Hewett & Meredith Gaines
“In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.”- from Dramatists Play Service.
Patrons need to be aware that this version of the script is not the movie or the original 1950s version they may have grown up with. This new version, while only slightly different from the original (90% of the original is intact), is very powerful in that it uses actual radio broadcasts to take us back to 1942 and includes portions of Anne’s diary that were not available to the public back in the 1950s. Anne’s candid and eloquent description of her developing body and the feelings she is beginning to have are lovely yet those of a more sensitive nature and young children may be offended or confused. This version also includes the Nazis coming to take the inhabitants of the annex away and a powerful epilogue presented by Otto Frank, Anne’s father and only survivor, in which he tells the fate of each person in hiding. Parents are young children are urged to use discretion when buying tickets for this show.
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on Little Orphan Annie by permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc
Audition Dates: April 22 & 23, 2019 (Monday and Tuesday since Sunday is Easter)
Performance Dates: July 5-21, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm
Directed by Brenda Storseth
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and the rousing “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Our 12th Season has been confirmed and season tickets will be on sale during The Diary of Anne Frank.
To give you a sneak peak, the shows in our 12th season are:
The Wild Women of Winedale – by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
Cinderella (Original version) – by Rogers & Hammerstein
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – by Barbara Robinson
Thoroughly Modern Millie – Music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Scanlan
M*A*S*H – by Tim Kelly
Peter Pan (Original 1954 Broadway version)- Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap, Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Additional Music by Jule Styne, Based on the play by Sir J. M. Barrie
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-7469 or online at www.stage-right.org. Performances are at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main Street in downtown Conroe. Our shows are partially funded by the City of Conroe, visitconroe.com. To find out more information about shows, auditions, and other fun stuff, please visit our website.