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We are privileged to live in Houston, TX which is the 4th largest city in the US.  Its theatre district is 2nd to New York City within the US and is known internationally.  And, I have written about its theaters and how to get student matinee tickets or group discounts a few years ago in my blog “Houston Has More to Offer Than You Know.”   Thus, attending performances is a huge part of our homeschooling adventures.  We have attended plays, musicals, Broadway, opera, ballet, pantomimes, and symphonies.  Houston has a very active theatre district and there are even smaller community theaters in the suburbs making it easy for our son to learn about performing arts and appreciating it.

Here is how our son got his 1 year of high school credit:

Theaters visited for performances:

  • Alley Theatre (plays and musicals)
  • Theatre Under the Stars (plays and musicals)
  • Wortham Center (Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera performances)
  • Jones Hall (Houston Symphony)
  • Miller Outdoor Theatre (plays, musicals, and dance troupes)
  • Stages Repertory Theatre (pantomimes, musicals, and plays)
  • Company on Stage (plays)
  • Hobby Center (Broadway performances)
  • Houston Ballet Academy (studio dance performances)
  • AD Players (plays and musicals)
  • Main Street Theater (plays and musicals)
  • Fort Bend Theater (plays)
  • Interactive Theater Company (audience interactive plays)
  • Iao Historic Theater (a play)

Books Used:

  • Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information by Paul Carter
  • Student Performance Study Guides for all Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, and Alley Theatre performances
  • Playbills for all Theatre Under the Stars, Hobby Center, and Alley Theatre performances

Classes & Tours Taken:

  • Stage Lighting, a class at Techland
  • Talk-back sessions with the staff and crew at Alley Theatre after performances
  • Talk-back sessions with the crew at Main Street Theatre after performances
  • Houston Theater District Open House
  • Backstage tour at Company on Stage
  • Tour of Houston PBS studio and stage