Theater District Sets the Stage for the 2016-2017 Season

Before Houston’s 2016-2017 arts and culture season cannonballs into a local theater, concert hall or art museum near you, Theater District Houston takes its opening plunge during the 23rd annual TransCanada Theater District Open House.

“This year’s Theater District Open House is much more interactive than ever before,” says Kathryn McNiel, chief executive officer of Theater District Houston. “Guests can learn how to conduct with the Houston Symphony, attend an introductory ballet class, try a tango with Susana Tango or practice stage combat with the Alley Theatre.”

And it’s all free.

In total, nine resident performing arts organizations will offer programs, tours and workshops that range from pop-up street performances to Houston Ballet’s onstage rehearsal of The Sleeping Beauty. Participating venues include The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby), Jones Hall for the Performing Arts (615 Louisiana), Revention Music Center (520 Texas) and Wortham Theater Center (501 Texas).
The event acts as a teaser for the anticipated season for the Theater District, a collection of heavy-hitting arts organizations that also includes Theatre Under the Stars, Broadway at the Hobby Center and the Society for the Performing Arts, which celebrates its 50th-anniversary season. “Theater District Open House is a chance for anyone to spend an hour or an afternoon experiencing the magic of performance art,” says McNiel.

McNeil says that there are three 2016-2017 Theater District offerings that stand out for her. “Houston Grand Opera's Faust, Houston Ballet's Jubilee of Dance in December and Da Camera's presentation of Cecile McLorin Salvant, who I heard at the Lincoln Center. Her voice is amazing and her song selection is very playful,” says McNiel.

The 23rd annual TransCanada Theater District Open House takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 28. Admission is free. Call 713-658-8938 or see

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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