Shakespeare Festival, Summer Symphony Nights among performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre in July; SEE FULL LIST

Here’s what you need to know

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HOUSTONMiller Outdoor Theatre announced its performance schedule for July.

The free events in Hermann Park are listed below. Miller Outdoor Theatre is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

What you need to know before you go:

Information provided by Miller Outdoor Theatre

  • Tickets & Seating policies and procedures may change, be sure to check the Miller website for the latest news here.
  • All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free.
  • There are two types of seating at Miller Outdoor Theatre: Covered Seating and Hillside Seating. Both are free, but covered seating does require an assigned ticket.
  • You can get your free tickets online beginning at 10 a.m., one day prior to the performance date until noon on the day of the performance here
  • Hillside seating is not ticketed. Just bring a blanket or a lawn chair, a picnic, and enjoy the show
  • Those with disabilities needing assistance with seating and those who do not have access to the internet or a printer, or do not have a smart phone, call 832-487-7123 for help with tickets.
  • Remember, the seating capacity or other policies could change at any time during the season based on City of Houston and CDC guidelines. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com will have the latest information, so please check frequently.

The July performance schedule:

Summer Symphony Nights: Produced by The Houston Symphony

July 1, 2 and 8, 9 at 8:30 p.m.

A Houston summer tradition, these fun-filled, family-friendly evenings showcase outstanding local, national, and international soloists and conductors alongside the outstanding musicians that make up your orchestra.

For more than 80 years, concertgoers of all ages and backgrounds have experienced the beauty of music through classical masterpieces and popular selections.

July 2 performance at 8:30 p.m.is LIVE on stage only and will not be livestreamed.

July 2 performance will include:

*Lina Gonzales-Granados, conductor *Gabriel Martins, cello

C. SIMON Fate Now Conquers SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 – FARRENC Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36

July 8 performance at 8:30 p.m. is LIVE on stage only and will not be livestreamed.

July 8 performance will include:

Christopher Rountree, conductor *Michelle Cann, piano

C. SHAW/C. ROUNTREE Valencia PRICE Piano Concerto in One Movement – W. G. STILL Darker America STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Suite (1919)

July 9 performance at 8:30 p.m. is LIVE on stage only and will not be livestreamed.

July 9 performance will include:

Yue Bao, conductor

MENDELSSOHN HENSEL Overture in C major PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony, Op. 25 – MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, in A major, Op. 90, Italian

Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival For Children

“Rhyme & Reason A Celebration of Black History”: Produced by Express Children’s Theatre

July 12 at 11 a.m.

This is a non-ticketed performance. Seating in the Covered Seating Area is first come, first-served. This performance will not be livestreamed.

Music, dance and performance poetry presenting Black History from ancient Africa to today. Featuring poetry by two Houston Poet Laureates: Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean and Deborah DEEP Mouton

”Let’s Make A Play Together”: Produced by Express Children’s Theatre

July 13 at 11 a.m.

This is a non-ticketed performance. Seating in the Covered Seating Area is first come, first-served. This performance will not be livestreamed.

Taking suggestions from kids in the audience, the Express Improv Players will create a spontaneous 45-minute children’s musical, complete with costumes, props and spur-of-the-moment songs! Designed to help children experience the power of collaboration and creativity.

“Fish Tales – The World Is Your Oyster: A Virtual Performance”: Produced by Express Children’s Theatre

July 14 at 11 a.m.

This is an online performance only! You can choose to watch it on our website here, on our YouTube Channel here, or Facebook here!

Adaptations of classic legends mix with original stories in these five tales from around the world that use actors, puppets, film and music to dramatize for children the possibilities that exist in all areas of their lives, for improvement, advancement and for coping with the unexpected.

”Aztec Princess: A Virtual Performance”: Produced by Express Children’s Theatre

July 15 at 11 a.m.

This is an online performance only! You can choose to watch it on our website here, on our YouTube Channel here, or Facebook here!

Join the Aztec Princess as she tells two classic Mexican fables about making good choices, while teaching English and Spanish vocabulary along the way. Fun for all ages and sparkling with educational values and social/emotional skills.

”Vertigo: One. One & One” presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre

July 16 at 8:30 p.m.

We’re LIVE on stage and online! You can choose to watch it on our website here, our YouTube Channel here, or Facebook here!

“One. One & One” is a stunning piece by Artistic Director Noa Wertheim that revolves around the individual’s inner need to be whole.

Set to a powerful original score by Avi Belleli and performed on a dirt-covered stage, the work is also a sensory experience as the shifting dirt — with its smell and dust — transports us to a country bound by the desert. Through compelling solos, duos and ensemble sections, the cast of 9 powerful dancers explores the individual’s desire to feel complete, while recognizing the spiritual need for community and connection to the natural world.

“One & One” was created in celebration of “Vertigo”’s 25-anniversary, and its recent engagement at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York was just nominated for a Bessie Award.

Houston Shakespeare Festival produced by University of Houston, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts

Houston Shakespeare Festival uses Shakespeare’s works to draw together our diverse community to explore our common humanity. It debuted in 1975 when Dr. Sidney Berger, then-director of the School of Theatre at the University of Houston, met with UH administrators and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board to enlist support for a two-­production season of Shakespeare’s works to be played in repertory on Miller Theatre’s bill. Berger and UH theater professor Cecil Pickett went on to direct a pair of plays each summer, performing free to the public at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in this unique collaboration between a city and a university.

Houston Shakespeare Festival: King Lear produced by University of Houston

“As Flies To Wanton Boys Are We To The Gods-They Kill Us for Their Sport.”

King Lear, in dividing his estate, disowns the wrong child. Family loyalty, betrayal, and madness set the stage for “King Lear”—the first Houston Shakespeare Festival production of this enthralling masterpiece in over 20 years. Director Stephanie Shine (As You Like It) leads a powerful ensemble in Shakespeare’s epic opus, with Jack Young in the title role.

July 28 at 8:15 p.m.

July 30 at 8:15 p.m.

August 1, at 8:15 p.m.

August 3, at 8:15 p.m.

August 5, at 8:15 p.m.

Houston Shakespeare Festival: Cymbeline produced by University of Houston

“I Am Glad I Was Up So Late, For That’s The Reason I Was Up So Early.”

Shakespeare’s dark fairytale romance, “Cymbeline,” tells the tale of a hopeful princess Imogen and her banished secret husband, plus her wicked stepmother, her goofball step-brother, and her powerful father, King Cymbeline. They make a harrowing journey through secret plots, forbidden love, mistaken identity, vile poisons, and treachery. Laura Frye, who shined as Rosalind in “As You Like It,” returns to Houston to take on Imogen’s adventure.

July 29 at 8:15 p.m.

August 2 at 8:15 p.m.

August 4, at 8:15 p.m.

August 6, at 8:15 p.m.

August 6, at 8:15 p.m.

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About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team in 2019. When she’s not hard at work in the KPRC 2 newsroom, you can find Bri drinking away her hard earned wages at JuiceLand, running around Hermann Park, listening to crime podcasts or ransacking the magazine stand at Barnes & Noble.