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Miller Outdoor Theatre Celebrates its 95th Anniversary Season!
News Release
Friday, October 05, 2018

November scheduled performances
All performances are always free
Fun facts and frequently asked questions at the bottom

HOUSTON ─ It’s Miller Outdoor Theatre’s 95th Anniversary Season and there will be activities marking this special occasion throughout the year!

Mayor Sylvester Turner has issued a challenge, “I invite every Houstonian to join me in attending at least one performance with a guest and setting an all-time attendance record for Miller Outdoor Theatre’s 95th Anniversary Season ─ and don’t forget to share your selfie at a performance with #CelebrateMiller!”

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. 

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, world music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value.

Horses in the Sky by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC), one of the leading dance companies in the world, is identified with the work of Artistic Director Rami Be’er whose exclusive and unique choreographic character has become the company’s trademark both in Israel and abroad.

Horses in the Sky is a high voltage journey to the center of human nature. Artistic Director and choreographer Rami Be’er invites audiences to find their own interpretations of his “reflections of the world.”

With its technically strong and physically eclectic cast of dancers and its dynamic sensibility, KCDC characterizes Israeli dance at its best and performs regularly in the most respected theaters and at leading festivals worldwide.

KCDC was founded in 1973 by the late Yehudit Arnon who laid the foundation for today’s thriving International Dance Village which was developed and continues to evolve into a first-class center for dance under the leadership of Rami Be’er and KCDC’s management and staff.

View video: https://youtu.be/lJucM0fSuXo

The dance company along with the International Dance Village are situated atop the rolling hills of the Western Galilee in northern Israel in Kibbutz Ga’aton. The Int’l Dance Village is the heart and home of the company and is comprised of a total of nearly 100 Israeli and international dancers.

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. -1p.m. If tickets remain at 1p.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

Animaniacs in Concert
Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

It’s time for Animaniacs…LIVE! The most zany, animany and totally insany Animaniacs are back!

Fans of the beloved Warner Bros. animated series, are in for a treat as they get up close and personal with their favorite characters as they perform songs from the pop-culture hit cartoon series – live on stage in the all-new Animaniacs LIVE!  – a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from Pinky & the Brain), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain!

Legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko & Pinky), who has delighted generations of animation fanatics with his signature roles in “Pinky and the Brain,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and other film and television projects, will be joined by “Animaniacs” composer Randy Rogel, Jess Harnell (Wakko), and Maurice LaMarche (the Brain) in “Animaniacs in Concert!” at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, Nov. in Houston, Texas at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the concert, the cast members and composer will share fun anecdotes and silly secrets from the many years of the making of the series. The concert will feature more than 20 of the most popular songs from Animaniacs, including ‘Yakko’s World’ and ‘I’m Mad’ —

and fans will want to hear an updated version of the globe-trotting, world-famous ‘Yakko’s World’ song, featuring newly christened countries as they have come to be.

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. -1p.m. If tickets remain at 1p.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

A Musical Salute to Veterans
Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

Join us to celebrate Veteran's Day for a free concert of musical entertainment honoring America's Veterans, presented by Houston's Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the Medical Musical Group of Washington DC. Both of these award-winning organizations are comprised primarily of doctors, nurses, medical students, and other medical professionals and volunteers. TMCO and MMG will partner with Camp Hope to reach out to veterans and bring them to Miller Outdoor Theatre for the concert. Musicians will be joined by some very special guests to make this a memorable evening.

The mission of the orchestra is to provide health care professionals with a high-quality outlet for creative expression through the world of symphonic music; perform regularly at affordable concerts that are open to the public and in an accessible venue; attract a diverse audience by commitments to select popular programming reflecting Houston’s diversity; and bring public attention to, and provide programmatic support for, medically related and/or educational charities.

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. -1p.m. If tickets remain at 1p.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 Medical Center Orchestra

Inner City Nutcracker
Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Inner City Nutcracker is a true holiday treat! In this production, children from the community audition and then train to appear alongside elite youth and professional dancers in the full-length production of the Nutcracker ballet. This is a magical event for both the audience and these special children.

CBH continues to exhibit its commitment to audience development and community educational outreach through the Inner City Nutcracker.

ICN involves docents and auditions where hundreds of inner city families are introduced to the world of ballet, and 100 children are selected to participate in the production.  The children receive full training for the performances over an eight-week period, including instruction in dance technique and etiquette, costuming and participation in full length, professional level productions.

View video: https://youtu.be/s5x8k68IX5A?t=6

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. -1p.m. If tickets remain at 1p.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 City Ballet of Houston

I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience
Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m.

I AM KING – The Michael Jackson Experience is as close as you will get to see the King of Pop live in concert!

Featuring Michael Jackson tribute artists who can sing LIVE while mastering the intense dancing that Jackson was so famous for, I AM KING takes the audience on a musical and visual journey into the world of the KING OF POP. The creators of I AM KING have put together an incredible cast of talented musicians and Broadway and Las Vegas dancers to bring Jackson to life in an explosion of unmatched energetic perfection.

 

I AM KING, starring Michael Firestone, features amazing renditions of Jackson’s biggest hits including “Bad,” ”Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Human Nature” 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. -1p.m. If tickets remain at 1p.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

The Divine Miss Bette
Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.

Fresh from her debut, sold-out tour of the U.S., stage sensation, Catherine Alcorn wows audiences all over the world in her hysterical stage show, The Divine Miss Bette!

This your chance to become intimately acquainted with one of the greatest cabaret artists of our time in Catherine's critically acclaimed role channeling The People's Diva, Bette Midler. 

Trained by Steve Ostrow, the man who discovered Midler, Alcorn will take you on a thrilling roller coaster ride back to the Palace Theatre, New York 1973 as she belts out the divas early classics including “Stay With Me Baby,” “You’re Moving Out Today,” “The Rose”, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In The Mood” and 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. -1p.m. If tickets remain at 1p.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

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 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.

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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