This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
It's here – it's here! I know, sometimes it seems like a l - o - n - g time from weekend to weekend, but it's here again. I've found three events that will bring some fun into our lives. Two are theater experiences, but they couldn't be more different. One is a professional touring company with a major Broadway sensation, and the other is a Shakespeare-Dr. Seuss amalgamation produced by young theater students. My third selection is the first all-day festival (free!) in Houston's newest park, so check it out.
We all want to relax on the weekend, and that's one goal that METRO can help you reach. Our bus and train operators love to chauffeur you to weekend destinations – let them do that while you sit back and relax. Spend your time chatting with your family and friends on the bus instead of negotiating traffic or hunting for parking. Our Trip Planner is the best source to find out how to get where you're going on METRO, and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to use. To quote Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the places you'll go!"
Event: The Seussification of a Midsummer Night's Dream. This is Main Street Theater's student production, and it sounds pretty wacky to me (that's a good thing). Imagine Shakespeare's magical story as produced by Dr. Seuss, with big furry beasts, balloon swords and dialog in rhyming couplets. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, or at the door with cash or check only. It sounds like wonderful fun for the whole family.
When: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Main Street Theater, 3400 Main St.
Bus – 9 Holman/Gulfton
METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble/HCC Station)
Event: Hamilton: An American Musical. I've heard nothing but rave reviews for this award-winning production. It's based on a biography of Alexander Hamilton, a West Indies immigrant who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and our country's first Treasury Secretary. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway styles. Tickets are expensive, and available online, but you may also find tickets for sold-out shows, or better seats, on TicketNetwork's resale marketplace. There's also a ticket lottery throughout the play's run – see the Hobby Center website for information.
When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.
Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 44 Acres Homes, 85 Antoine/Washington, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, Greenlink Circulator – Orange (Sat.-Sun.)
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)
Event: "Lounge on the Lawn." This is Midtown Park's first all-day event, and you'll find lots of tasty food, live entertainment, and family fun on a 30,000 square-foot lawn. Live performances include the Ensemble Theatre, MET Dance Company, Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Main Street Theater, and more. You'll also enjoy tours of the new park, games and giveaways. And the price is right – it's free, except for purchases from the food trucks. See the website for the schedule of entertainment.
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St.
Bus – 54 Scott, 82 Westheimer
METRORail – Red Line (exit McGowen Station)
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