Houstonians are invited to see the best of the arts throughout downtown with the 20th Annual TransCanada Theater District Open House on Sunday, August 25 from noon to 4 p.m.
Nine major performing organizations, including the Alley Theatre, Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Society of the Performing Arts, Theatre Under the Stars and Uniquely Houston, will be available for the event.
Activities and live performances by each of the Theater District's groups, including musical theater shows, behind-the-scenes backstage tours, interactive instrument petting zoo, costume trunk, meet-and-greets with costumed performers, complimentary trolley rides between venues, a photo booth experience at the Wortham Theater Center. The Houston Symphony concert at Jones Hall will begin at 4 p.m.
Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center will offer a sneak peek of their highly anticipated 2013 – 2014 season. A special guest from WAR HORSE will make an appearance to educate, delight and amaze audiences about the innovative and imaginative drama.
Visitors to the Hobby Center can also take part in a PETER AND THE STARCATCHER-inspired community art project from recycled materials. Texas Art Asylum and the Center for Recycled Art have partnered with the production to help create the artwork, which is reminiscent of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’s Tony® Award winning set design also constructed almost entirely out of reclaimed and recycled materials. The collaborative projects will be displayed at the Hobby Center throughout the show’s run October 15 – 20.
Complete list of events is as follows:
Alley Theatre activities include backstage tours, theatre games with Play Makers, stage combat demonstrations, face painting, a costume trunk, poetry busters and more.
HOBBY CENTER: Sarofim Hall
12:20 – 12:40 p.m. Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) Musical Revue
1:00 – 1:20 p.m. Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center presenting a Special Guest from WAR HORSE
1:40 – 2:00 p.m. Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) Musical Revue
2:20 – 2:40 p.m. Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center presenting a Special Guest from WAR HORSE
3:00 – 3:20 p.m. Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) Musical Revue
3:40 – 4:00 p.m. Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center presenting a Special Guest from WAR HORSE
Zilkha Hall: Spotlight on Uniquely Houston®
12:15 –12:30 p.m. Music Doing Good
12:40 –12:55 p.m. TUTS Humphreys School
1:05 – 1:20 p.m. Noble Motion Dance
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Musiqa
1:55 – 2:10 p.m. Karen Stokes Dance
2:20 – 2:40 p.m. TUTS Underground
2:50 – 3:05 p.m. Vituosi of Houston
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Ars Lyrica
3:40 – 3:55 p.m. Houston Symphonic Band
Noon – 3:00 p.m. Backstage Tours
Noon – 3:30 p.m. Arts and Crafts and the Instrument Petting Zoo (Houston Symphony)
Education & Outreach Craft Project (Society for the Performing Arts)
12:30-12:50 p.m. Alvin Ailey's Revelations, performed by SPA’s Summer Residency Students
1:15-1:35 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Performance (Presented by SPA)
2:00-2:20 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Performance (Presented by SPA)
2:40-3:00 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Performance (Presented by SPA)
4:00-5:00 p.m. Houston Symphony Concert
12:15 – 12:40 p.m. Houston Ballet II
12:50 – 1:15 p.m. Da Camera Chamber Music
1:25 – 1:50 p.m. Houston Grand Opera
2:00 – 2:25 p.m. Houston Ballet II
2:35 – 3:00 p.m. Da Camera Jazz
3:10 – 3:35 p.m. Houston Grand Opera
For more details, go to www.downtowhouston.org.