Local News: 13th Annual Theater District Open HousePosted by: Staffon 2006/8/15 6:30:00 2976 reads Preview the 2007 Arts Season and Check out theater deals, season subscription steals and backstage fun at the Capital One Theater District Open House
August 27, 2006
The Houston Theater District will celebrate its thirteenth annual Open House event this year on Sunday, August 27 from noon - 5 p.m. A success for the past twelve years, and an event that Houstonians look forward to at the beginning of each fall, this FREE, family-friendly event will take place in the heart of the Theater District at the...
Alley Theatre (615 Texas Ave.), Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby), Wortham Theater Center (500 Texas Ave.), Angelika Film Center (510 Texas Ave.), and Jones Hall (615 Louisiana Ave.)
The Capital One Theater District Open House is a free, fun-filled afternoon of learning more about the arts and Houston’s nine major performing arts organizations: Alley Theatre; Cadillac Broadway in Houston; Da Camera of Houston; Houston Ballet; Houston Grand Opera; Houston Symphony; Society for the Performing Arts; Theatre Under The Stars, and Uniquely Houston®.
“Houstonians have grown accustomed to coming to Open House each year to check out what the different groups have to offer for the upcoming season,” said Barry Mandel, President of the Houston Downtown Alliance. “Those who are regular theater patrons or who may be new or occasional theater-goers know that this is the best time to get great prices on a season subscription or even a special package deal only available at Open House.”
This year’s Open House allows Houstonians to do just that with interactive and informative events including: backstage tours; live performances by professional and community entertainers; sneak previews of the 2006-2007 Theater District seasons; question and answer sessions with performers; activities for the kids such as costume trunks and an instrument petting zoo; free refreshments and season ticket information booths.
The Theater District will also be offering a “Taste of Downtown,” with dozens of downtown restaurants providing generous tastes of their chefs’ best. The sampling stations will be located in each venue and will continue throughout the day.
Guests also can register to win exciting prizes by participating in the Theater District Open House Scavenger Hunt, a fun way to learn interesting facts about your Theater District. Scavenger Hunt questions pertaining to Theater District performing arts groups and organizations are in the event program available at each of the five event venues. Guests must visit each member’s information table to obtain answers. After completing the Scavenger Hunt with correctly answered questions, guests turn in their entries at a specified location in each venue to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win prizes such as free tickets to Theater District performances and complimentary stays at Theater District member hotels.
More than two million people visit Houston’s Theater District annually. Houston is one of only five cities in the U.S. that boasts permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines of opera, ballet, music and theater, and is the only city in America that has a collective Open House involving all of these groups and their and multiple venues.
Capital One Theater District Open House is sponsored by the Theater District Association, the City of Houston Convention and Entertainment Facilities Department, the Houston Chronicle, Continental Airlines, Advantage BMW Midtown and Yellow Cab.
August 27 from noon - 5 p.m
For additional event information, call 1-800-4-Houston or visit www.houstontheaterdistrict.org.