Houston is known for being the world’s energy capital, but few people know that Houston is considered one of the top cities in America for theater productions. It’s time to get over any misconceptions and experience what people often travel thousands of miles to see.
There are a few excuses people come up with to convince themselves that heading out for a night with Houston’s theater scene isn’t worth it.
“The theatres are too far away”
Houston has four main theatres: Alley Theatre, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Wortham Theatre Center and the Hobby Center for Performing Arts. All of them are within 7 miles of UH (yes, I checked each one on Google Maps). Many of them are also accessible by taking the Metro, so getting to the theater should be no issue.
“I am not interested in whatever plays they are showing”
Many people who don’t even know what shows are playing in Houston’s various theatrical companies.
The Hobby Center is showing the winter classic, “A Christmas Story” from Dec. 8 to Dec. 20. The Alley Theatre is presenting the comedic, “Elf”-like production, “The SantaLand Diaries,” from Dec. 4 – Dec. 31. And the Wortham Theatre will be showcasing “The Nutcracker” for the last time in Houston from Nov. 27 to Dec. 27.
Besides these larger productions, there are numerous smaller shows around the Houston area tailored to different age groups and audiences.
“I’m just a college student, and I don’t have that type of money to go to the theatre”
Although going to the theater may be more expensive than borrowing someone else’s Netflix account, the experience is simply more memorable. Besides this, going to the theatre is not as expensive as many may think. A representative from the Alley Theatre said that discounted tickets are available for any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for $16 for designated performances in designated sections. The theater companies realize that not everyone can afford box seats to a Broadway production in Times Square, so they’ve made a way for even the common college student to enjoy the show.
An even cheaper option would be to head over to the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Located in Hermann Park near Houston’s museum district, this open-air theatre has plenty of free live shows that would make for a fun evening out. Bring a blanket and grab some food on your way there for a picnic and a show.