Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s time to enjoy spending time outside at Miller Outdoor Theatre with the kids. Miller’s Outdoor Theatre is still offering their free entertainment at 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Houston. Seating is available for over 1,000 people, plus there are 20 wheelchair spots. In addition, there is lawn seating for those who choose it. Chairs, blankets, lunches, drinks, and snacks are all allowed, but no glass containers, please.
Current children’s shows for October include:
- Leverage Dance Theater: Moving with Science, presented by Young Audiences of Houston. Monday, October 5 at 11 a.m.
“This program is a dramatic dance performance, starring Sir Isaac Newton and his Laws of Motion as he describes the effects of forces on dancers’ bodies in a playful, relatable way. The program introduces the addition and subtraction of forces, the effects of acceleration, centripetal force, friction, and more. As Sir Isaac explains his theories, the dancers test and challenge the theories in the execution of leaps, turns, and lifts. As the students watch the dancers and Laws of Motion in action, it helps them correlate the power and value of science in impacting their everyday lives.
Who knows? Perhaps it will inspire future interest in science’s inquiries about the nature of the universe!”
- Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance, presented by METdance. Wednesday, October 14, and Wednesday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
“Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance incorporates history, fashion, music, and the arts in an interactive blast of excitement. The company dances its way through the eras — Lindy Hops through the 1930s, bops into the 1950s, grooves into the 1970s, and revs things up with the Hip Hop music of today.
Students, teachers, and audience members have the opportunity to converse with the dancers and participate in an energy-filled hour of dance while learning fun, historical tidbits of information along the way.”
- Magico Ecuador, presented by Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico. Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m.
“Showcasing the beauty and magic of Ecuador with lively music and traditional dance.”
- Behind the Mask: The Woman Who Outshone the Sun, presented by Young Audiences of Houston. Monday, October 19 at 11 a.m.
“Based out of Massachusetts, Behind the Mask combines masks, music, storytelling, dance, puppetry, martial arts, and other art forms to create dazzling theatrical productions. In their production of “The Woman Who Outshone the Sun,” a beautiful and mysterious woman with magical powers is exiled from a mountain village and she takes away its water source, a vital river. Through their suffering for what they have lost, the villagers learn important lessons of tolerance, forgiveness, and the frailty of the ecosystem. This production is performed as a bilingual story, and is based on a poem by Alejandro Cruz Martinez.”
- 75th Anniversary World Premiere of Caps For Sale: The Musical. Adapted from the original books by Esphyr Slobodkina for the stage by Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer and Michael J. Bobbitt. Music/lyrics by William Yanesh. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tuesday, October 20 at 11 a.m.
“Monkey Business! “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!” The peddler has huge stack of caps, balanced carefully on top of his head. Brown caps, blue caps, gray caps, and red caps. But no one wants to buy a cap. So he goes for a walk in the country, and takes a nap under a shady tree. When he wakes up, the caps are gone — all except his own checked one.Where could his caps have disappeared to? And how will he ever get them back? Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the beloved book, this captivating new musical will enchant the entire family!”
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: The Arabian Nights, Part I, produced by Express Theatre. Friday, October 23 at 11 a.m.
“The first in a three-part original series adapted from the literary classic, this play is about a boy who stumbles into a cave where 40 thieves store their loot. When the boy takes some gold for himself, he’s pursued by the thieves and learns a valuable lesson about the dangers of greed and the virtues of honesty. Using colorful costumes and music, this production transports the traditional story into a modern context. Written by Express Theatre’s Executive Director, Tim Fried-Fiori.”
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