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Miller Outdoor Theatre
News Release
Friday, May 05, 2017

Miller Outdoor Theatre June 2017 schedule
All performances are always free
Fun facts and frequently asked questions at the bottom

HOUSTON ─ Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances.  That’s nearly 95 years of memories.

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight month season of professional, artistically-excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season. 

From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value.

For more information go to www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance

June 1, at 11 a.m.

METdance's “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.

Seating for daytime performances is on a "first come, first served" basis for the covered seating area. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. NO RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE. As always, open seating on the hill. The show will go on rain or shine. More information for school groups can be found here.

Produced by METdance

Sizzling Summer Dance

June 2 at 8:30 p.m.

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Kick off your summer with the conclusion to METdance's 21st Season!

The concert will feature two world premieres: a new work by New York choreographer Emily Schoen and METdance’s 2017 Emerging Choreographer commission awardee.

The evening will also include a vast variety of works that show the cultural backgrounds, movement styles, and inspirations from this season's choreographers. The MET too Youth Company will also perform as a part of the evening. This diverse program is bursting with energy, music and spirit!

Catch METdance in a show perfect for all ages.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

Produced by METdance

Accordion Kings & Queens

June 3 at 7 p.m.

Texas Folklife is proud to present the 28th annual Accordion Kings & Queens! Come out for an evening of dancing and roots music, featuring the best of Texas accordion music genres, including conjunto, polka, country western, zydeco, and Cajun.

Texas Tornados, with Flaco Jimenez
Santiago Jimenez Jr.
Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws
Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds
The Moravians

The show will also feature the 2017 winners of Texas Folklife’s acclaimed Big Squeeze statewide youth accordion contest.

Celebrate the very best of Texas Squeezebox — join Texas Folklife for Accordion Kings & Queens!

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

Produced by Texas Folklife Resources

Once On This Island

June 7, 8, 9 at 11 a.m.

Celebrate storytelling with this rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. This is a one-hour junior version of the musical.

Seating for daytime performances is on a "first come, first served" basis for the covered seating area. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. NO RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE. As always, open seating on the hill. The show will go on rain or shine. More information for school groups can be found here.

Presented by Theatre Under The Stars: TUTS Humphreys School

Once On This Island

June 9, 10 at 8:15 p.m.

Captioned June 9; Audio described June 10

This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular Hans Christen Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid tests whether love or death is stronger and conveys themes of love, acceptance and unity.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

Produced by Theatre Under The Stars: TUTS Humphreys School

Heart By Heart

June 16 at 8:30 p.m.

TAB_Heart_small.jpgHeart By Heart honors the magic & power of the music of HEART starring Original Members and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Mike Derosier & Steve Fossen, along with an incredible lineup of musicians including Lizzy Daymont, Randy Hansen, & powerhouse lead vocalist Somar Macek.

Heart By Heart video https://youtu.be/QTR_mWlY4OE

This exciting concert offers fans authenticity that only those who were in the original band could offer, plus all of the hits like Magic Man, Crazy On You, Dreamboat Annie, Barracuda, Kick It Out, Heartless, Straight On, Dog & Butterfly, Alone, and many more!

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre

H-Town Get Down

June 17 at 8:30 p.m.

anceHouston_Htown_small.jpgThe biggest hip hop dance festival in H-Town is going down at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Bring your crew to this incredible evening featuring Houston's favorite dancers, DJs, and visual artists including rapper K Rino, spoken word artist Outspoken Bean, Inertia Dance Company, and more. This one-night only event is for all entertainment fans to love!

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

Produced by Texas Folklife Resources

A Gulf Coast Juneteenth

June 19 at 7 p.m.

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This revival of Miller’s beloved blues and creole music festival features iconic American rhythm and blues singer, actress, and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, plus legendary musicians Milton Hopkins & the Hit City Blues Band and J Paul Jr & the Zydeco NuBreedz.

Audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjw2A3QU8Qg

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Arts Alliance, The Ensemble Theatre, and Houston Museum of African American Culture

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights

June 23, 24 and 30, July 1 at 8:30 p.m.

ymphony_Summer_small.jpgBringing the sights and sounds of Houston's symphony, these family-friendly concerts introduce rising guest artists to Houston audiences while delighting with classic compositions.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

Produced by Houston Symphony

Hear the Artists of Tomorrow!

June 26, 27 at 11 a.m.

YAC_Concert_small.jpgHouston’s youngest and most brilliant musicians bring a touch of class and culture to their audiences as they perform masterpieces by the great composers. This concert will inspire everyone to pick up an instrument and begin nurturing his or her own innate talent. The Houston Young Artists' Concert welcomes young and old alike. Day-care centers, senior living facilities, families, and all who have a penchant for classical music are invited to experience these uplifting performances.

Seating for daytime performances is on a "first come, first served" basis for the covered seating area. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. NO RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE. As always, open seating on the hill. The show will go on rain or shine. More information for school groups can be found here.

Produced by Houston Young Artist’s Concert

Fun Facts and Frequently Asked Questions about Miller Outdoor Theatre

Where is everyone going?

Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances.  That’s over 90 years of memories!

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight month season of professional, artistically-excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season.  From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value.

What to expect at Miller Outdoor Theatre?

Leave the neckties and high heels at home. Expect quality entertainment from around the world without the daunting dress code of a traditional theater. Miller Outdoor Theatre offers audiences a relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy one another’s company as well as a great performance.

The price is right. All performances are always free!

To the Right, or to the Left on the hill?

Take a family vote on where you’d like to sit to enjoy the performance. Tickets are not necessary for hillside seating. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Please note that lawn chairs must be placed on the left side of the hill. Sit on the right side of the hill if you prefer to sit on a blanket.

How do you get a seat in the covered seating area for evening performances?

Approximately 1,700 new seats were installed under the canopy in 2009. Admission is free for all performances. All evening shows (except movies) require tickets for admission for seats under the canopy. For those performances, assigned seat tickets are available, on a first-come basis and while supplies last, on the day of performance only between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the box office behind the theatre.  A maximum of four tickets per person over age 16 is allowed.  Any remaining tickets are released one hour before curtain. TICKETS MAY NOT BE RESERVED BY PHONE.

Can I lose my seat even though I had a ticket?

All unclaimed seats are released 5 minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. We encourage all patrons to be in their seats 15 minutes before show time to insure that their seat will not be released. Again, there is NO charge for tickets.

Please note: At management’s discretion, all unoccupied seats may be released at any time for any reason.

How do you get a seat in the covered seating area for daytime performances?

The Daytime Children’s Series offers teachers and parents alike an excellent opportunity to expose youngsters to the delights of the performing arts with a series of productions designed especially for children.  Performances begin at 11 a.m. and last approximately 1 hour. No tickets are necessary for covered seating area. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paper or Plastic?

You choose. But, definitely NO glass containers of any kind are allowed.

You’ll never go hungry here

Miller Theatre’s concession stand offers refreshments and other supplies for picnics. Purchasing concessions at Miller Theatre supports the free performances.

No Smoking

Miller Theatre is a NO SMOKING zone.  Smoking is not allowed in any City of Houston Park, including Hermann Park. No smoking at the theatre, on the plaza or on the hill. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

What to pack

Decisions, decisions…there are so many choices. Pack a picnic basket with fried chicken or caviar. It’s up to you. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Definitely bring the whole family.  Yes, you may even pack alcohol.  But please, leave the glass containers at home.




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