Best Shows To See At The Miller Outdoor Theatre

June 11, 2012 6:00 AM

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Come on out to the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park this summer for some great free performances!

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Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(281) 823-9103
milleroutdoortheatre.com

See a list of events here.

Nestled inside Houston’s Hermann Park is a treasure of free entertainment at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. With covered seating and a lush, grassy hill for picnicking while you enjoy the show, there is always something fun going on. Even the covered, ticketed seating is free – just show up to the theater’s box office the morning of the show and pick up your passes. There is a limit of four tickets per person and all attendees need to be over the age of 16. However, once the tickets are in hand, you’re ready to go for the evening. With a wide array of performances offered, Miller Outdoor Theatre has something for everyone. Get a look at some of the best shows this summer.

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Star-Spangled Salute
July 4, 2012
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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Join the Houston Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski for an evening of patriotic songs to celebrate Independence Day. Be sure you stay at least until they play the “1812 Overture.” It will be punctuated by fire from real cannons. The whole evening will be topped off by a fireworks display over the lake provided by the City of Houston.

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Street Beat!
July 7, 2012
8:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
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When you’re not in the dance studio but could us a good beat, where do you turn? In Street Beat, the dancers move to music created by trash cans and poles, anything and everything that can make a good sound. This production of urban choreography will showcase modern street dancing and high-energy movement.

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Yankee Doodle Dandy
July 17-22, 2012
8:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
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Presented by Theatre Under the Stars, this lighthearted family musical follows George M. Cohan, one of the first greats of American musical theater, as he works his way up through the industry on Broadway. Set as a tale told by Cohan’s long-time stage manager’s memories, the show is full of famous Broadway hits, such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Over There” and the show’s title song, “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” There will be singing and dancing and laughter, and everyone will leave with a smile.

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Classic Bogart Movies: Casablanca
July 24, 2012
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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As part of the “Classic Bogart Movies” series this summer, “Casablanca” will be shown on the big screen once more. This classic film, co-starring Ingrid Bergman, takes place in the early years of WWII and has become an American icon over the years. Even if it’s not one of your favorites, who can say no to looking at Humphrey Bogart for a couple of hours? There is no ticketed seating for this performance.

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Houston Shakespeare Festival
August 3-12, 2012
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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Each summer, the University of Houston and many area actors come together to produce the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Held over two weekends, the festival always produces two very different productions – often a comedy and a tragedy – to the acclaim of Houston audiences. The festival began in 1975 and has been running strong ever since. This summer’s shows are “Hamlet” and “The Comedy of Errors.” Some material may not be appropriate for young children.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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