By Carolyn Corsano Wong
STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, named one of the Top 10 Theatres in the state to see live theatre performance, is proud to announce their 12th season. Named ‘A Season of Possibilities,’ all six productions have a theme of hope and the idea that anything is possible. We’ve also made some significant changes to our production schedule that makes attendance more ‘possible’ for those seeking matinee performances. We are adding a Sunday matinee to ALL of our play productions. Previously we only had a matinee on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of a production run for plays but in our Season of Possibilities we are adding the first Sunday matinee to all plays. Additionally, we are adding a Saturday matinee to all productions on the 3rd weekend. So, all six productions will now have a total of 10 performances; 3 weekends of Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2 pm on the last weekend. It is our goal to provide our more ‘seasoned’ citizens that like to attend our shows during daylight hours more possibilities! Below is our season lineup:
The Wild Women of Winedale
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by Dinah Mahlman
Performance Dates: Sept. 6-22, 2019
Audition Dates: July 7 & 8, 2019
From the authors of “The Dixie Swim Club,” “The Savannah Sipping Society” and many more STAGE RIGHT favorites comes this brand new hilarious and touching comedy that focuses on three women at crossroads in their lives – the Wild sisters of Winedale, Virginia – Fanny and Willa and their frustratingly quirky sister-in-law, Johnnie Faye. This feisty and fun-loving trio has supported and cheered one another through life’s highs and lows over the years, including the early demise of two of their husbands. And they really need each other now as Fanny experiences a hilariously inappropriate reaction to her 60th birthday while Willa is so stressed-out from her nursing job she resorts to vodka and speed-knitting to cope and Johnnie Faye, determined to put her year of fraught widowhood behind her, desperately tries to find a man – preferably a man with a house since hers is somewhere at the bottom of a Florida sinkhole. These women’s lives are further upended by the responsibility of caring for their free-spitfire, ailing aunt and the realization that they are drowning under the loads of family keepsakes and possessions nobody wants – especially them! With equal doses of hilarity and heart, these extraordinary women come up with delightful and surprisingly unorthodox ways to free themselves of what’s keeping them from moving their lives forward. They confidently set their sights on accepting nothing less than happiness while there’s still time to enjoy it. Together they prove it’s never too late to take another one of life’s paths for a grand new adventure.
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rogers
Directed by Sara Preisler
Performance Dates: Oct. 18 – Nov. 3, 2019
Audition Dates: July 14 & 15, 2019
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By Barbara Robinson
Directed by Tina Cafeo
Performance Dates: Dec. 6 – 22, 2019
Audition Dates: Sept. 8 & 9, 2019
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
This delightful comedy with a touching heart-warming finale has been brought back to the Crighton by popular demand.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film
Directed by Manny Cafeo
Performances: Feb 14-Mar 1, 2020
Auditions: Oct 27-28, 2019
The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season’s most awarded new show on Broadway! Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns,” including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.
Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name… or so he tells her. A happy ending will prevail, of course.
Adapted by Tim Kelly
From the book by Richard Hooker
Directed by Meredith Ann Gaines
Performance Dates: April 10 – 26, 2020
Audition Dates: Feb. 23 & 24, 2020
M*A*S*H stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and joining it are two unpredictable madcaps, Hawkeye and Duke. They can’t be dealt with casually, however, because they are also two of the best chest surgeons in South Korea. They decide to wage a campaign to get a young Korean to the United States and entered in a good school. The thread of this effort helps tie together the pileup of comic adventures that pyramid right before the eyes of your astonished and hysterical audience! Hawkeye has a scene with a woman psychiatrist who believes he’s been trying to lobster-trap mermaids in a rice paddy! There’s a jolly encounter with the baby-talking Bonwit sisters, the worst tap-dancing act the U.S.O. ever sent overseas. A sergeant is selling dumb GIs fishing rights in the Bay of Phum. Radar O’Reilly, a soldier with incredible hearing, anticipates things before they happen. The proprietor of a painless dental clinic is cured of dark moods by the recreation of an old monster movie—and a monster! It’s all here, including a little romance mixed in with dramatic moments and a genuine love of life. Oh, yes—the Korean boy does get his education in the United States.
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
Directed by Jeff Baldwin
Performances: July 10-26, 2020
Auditions: Apr 19-20, 2020
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.
Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.
Season Tickets can be purchased by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-7469. All 6 shows are only $125. Unfortunately, due to an increase in our rental expenses at the Crighton we have had to increase both our season ticket price and our single ticket prices for the 2019-2020 season. Your best value is to purchase season tickets which are a 20% discount over single ticket purchase. In addition to your tickets for each show, we also provide one Friends Ticket for each season package purchased. That way you can invite a friend to join you to see one show during the season for free. As a season subscriber your seats will be reserved for the next season and your name will be in every playbill and on the big screen during our preshow video. If you can’t make it to the theatre on your scheduled date, you can always change the date of attendance for free! We hope you’ll consider joining us for our 12th Season at the historic Crighton Theatre. The possibilities abound!
We have ONE show left in our current season and it is one you will not want to miss: ANNIE is coming back to the Crighton. Everyone’s favorite red headed orphan and her dog Sandy melt the heart of Daddy Warbucks and your’s too! The musical Annie will run July 5-21 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. The last time we presented Annie at the Crighton we sold out the entire final weekend so if you are planning on coming get your tickets NOW! Tickets are $15-24 and can be purchased online at www.stage-right.org or by calling the Crighton box office 936-441-7469. The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun….but we only have a limited supply of tickets!