TUTS Presents CAMELOT and Special Events, Now thru Feb 3


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is producing Lerner and Loewe's four-time Tony Award winning masterpiece Camelot, running tonight, Jan. 22 - Feb. 3 at the Hobby Center for The Performing Arts.

Experience Camelot's "one brief shining moment" as Lerner and Loewe envisioned it. A timeless tale set in a land where honor and chivalry reign, Camelot follows the love triangle of King Arthur, his Queen Guenevere and the young Lancelot. Dazzling and spellbinding with sweeping romance, historic grandeur, and heart-breaking drama, Camelot is the definitive musical theatre fable. The enchanting score includes the hauntingly romantic "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," and the title song.

TUTS will offer special events in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical theatre experience:

"Camelot" Film Screening at Sundance Cinemas: Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m.
Join TUTS for a free screening of the classic movie starring Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero at Sundance Cinemas, located at downtown Houston's Bayou Place. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids Night At TUTS: Wednesday, Jan. 23
TUTS spreads the love of musical theatre to the next generation with Kids Night at TUTS! Any adult who purchases a full price ticket can bring a child under 18 for free to enjoy pre-show activities in the grand lobby followed by the show. Visit TUTS.com/Events to purchase tickets.

OUT@TUTS Post-Show Cast Party: Thursday, Jan. 24
A post-show, cabaret-style event at Artista Restaurant for TUTS' GLBT friends. Visit TUTS.com/OUT for more information.

Camelot Workshop for Students: Friday, Jan. 25 and Feb, 1 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Join the fun and learn the art of stage combat from a trained professional. This workshop is recommended for ages 7 to 12. Visit TUTS.com/Events to take advantage of this workshop.

The King's Feast VIP Package: Sunday, Jan. 27
Sir Alymere is holding a feast for Lords and Ladies who curry favor with King Arthur of Camelot. Live music makers, a court jester and even a trio of saucy serving wenches are part of the festivities. After filling your belly with the best meats, fruits and vegetables the kingdom has to offer, enjoy your VIP seats at the evening's performance of Camelot. Visit TUTS.com/Events to purchase tickets.

Culture + Cuisine: Enjoy dinner and a show with *17 Restaurant, Damian's Cucina Italiana or McCormick & Schmick's. Going to the theatre is a special occasion and nothing is more natural than dinner and a show! Enjoy a sensational 3-course meal followed by an orchestra level seat at the show - all for one low price! To alleviate any stress about parking, a shuttle bus will transport patrons for free from the restaurants to the theatre and then back again after the performance ends. These dinner packages are available in conjunction with all evening performances. To purchase a dinner package, visit TUTS.com/CultureCuisine.

Tickets (starting at only $24) are available on-line at TUTS.com, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. An audio described performance is available Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.; open captioning is available Sunday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Hobby Center is wheelchair accessible. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Group tickets may be purchased by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at groupsales@tuts.com.

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston's acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community engagement programs. Currently TUTS engages more than 200,000 people annually through productions at Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center and at Miller Outdoor Theatre. TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened. Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge and Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres such as Kopit and Yeston's Phantom, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas as well as critically acclaimed re-inventions of classics Cabaret and Les Miserables. Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS has helped bring Bombay Dreams, 9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Curtains and The Color Purple to Broadway and ultimately back to Houston audiences.

In support of TUTS' mission, TUTS' Education & Community Engagement programs provide instruction and stage experience for more than 48,000 Houstonians annually. The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers technique-driven classes for all ability levels and ages, ranging from four to adult. Through The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS provides an accessible and inclusive arts education for individuals of all abilities that will enhance their development into confident, balanced individuals. TUTS Education & Community Engagement provides extended on-site programming as well as off-site programming for children in schools, hospitals and other community-based sites. TUTS' community partnerships include collaborations with the Houston Independent School District and Region IV school districts, the YMCA of Greater Houston, M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Center, Texas Children's Hospital and Shriner's Hospital - Houston, among several other Houston-area organizations. TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.

Visit www.TUTS.com for more information.

Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

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