APRIL CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

By Bernadette Verzosa

 

What are April Days made of?

Baseballs, and bluebonnets, and bunny-rabbits' tails.

That's what April Days are made of.

 

What are April Nights made of?

Shakespeare, Rapunzel on Ice, and everything nice.

That's what April Nights are made of.


 

April 2012 brings a range of performances for Houston families from The Houston Symphony, The Houston Grand Opera's Opera To Go, Main Street Theater, A.D. Players, Company OnStage, even the Reliant Center. If you prefer a month-at-a-glance format, rather than this chronological listing, check the CULTURE CALENDAR section. The CULTURE CALENDAR also has events for the months ahead.  

 

APRIL 6: HOUSTON ASTROS OPENING DAY

Minute Maid Park, 713-259-8000

Opening Day Street Fest starts at 11:30 a.m.

Game versus the Colorado Rockies starts at 6:05 p.m. 

Before the game, fans can enjoy live music and food, as well as have pep rallies with Astros players and personnel at the Opening Day Street Fest on Crawford Street. Minute Maid Park will open at 4 p.m. A special pregame ceremony will feature a military flyover, a 50th anniversary ceremony with Astros legends. The National Anthem will be performed by country music star Clay Walker.  

 

APRIL 7: WASTE MANAGEMENT EARTH DAY HOUSTON

Discovery Green, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend this annual Earth Day celebration. Interactive activities focus on environmental education including sustainability, healthy living and wildlife. Families can enjoy live entertainment and games while learning about preserving, conserving and enhancing the Earth.    

 

APRIL 7 & 14: RAPUNZEL & THE FROG PRINCE

Company Onstage, 713-726-1219 – Saturdays, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. An imaginative twist of combining two Brothers Grimm fairy tales: Rapunzel with her long hair that she drops down out a tower window, and The Frog Prince who undergoes a magical transformation.    

 

APRIL 8: EASTER SUNDAY

 

APRIL 11–APRIL 15: DISNEY ON ICE presents DARE TO DREAM
Reliant Stadium. Various times – see Culture Calendar.

World-class skaters allow families to relive memorable adventures from the Disney classics Cinderella, Tangled and The Princess and the Frog. Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana are the stars this contemporary ice skating spectacular. The trio is joined by all the other favorite princesses in the grand finale, that's being called the ultimate Disney Princess event.   

 

April 13-15: 34th ANNUAL BARGAIN BOOK SALE

George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 832-393-1313

Presented by The Friends of the Houston Public Library. More than 60,000 books for sale, most are $2 or less. The inventory includes children's books, cookbooks, graphic novels and reference books.

 

APRIL 15: BAYOU BEND & RIENZI FAMILY DAY: A SYMPHONY OF SOUNDS

Bayou Bend, 713-639-7750

Free admission & complimentary shuttles between the two museums.

Families can enjoy live music while learning about a variety of musical traditions. Children can create their own instruments. Light snacks are provided.

 

APRIL 17-MAY 25: CINDERELLA

Grace Theater, A.D. PLAYERS, 2710 W. Alabama, 713-526-2721  

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

The performance is about one hour long. This is the classic tale of Cinderella, the beautiful and kind girl, who must deal with her evil stepmother and stepsisters, to get to the ball. Of course, the plot unfolds with her fairy godmother, the glass slipper and the prince.    

 

APRIL 20-22: SHAKESPEARE ON THE GREEN

Discovery Green, 713-400-7336

Various times – check Culture Calendar.

A family-friendly production of Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented by The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance.   

 

APRIL 21 & 28: SUPERFUDGE

Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd, 713-524-6706

A musical adapted from the book by Judy Blume. 4-year-old Fudge and his 11-year-old brother, Peter, are bracing for big changes. Their family is moving, and their mom is pregnant so they're expecting a new sibling. The show captures humor with the sibling antics and family adjustments that go on during times of transition. Recommended for Kindergarten and up. No children under 3, including sleeping babies, are admitted in theater.

  

APRIL 22: EARTH DAY

 

APRIL 24 & 25: GOLDILOCKS

Miller Outdoor Theater, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.-Noon,  

A modern twist with Goldilocks breaking into the Bear family home to use their computer, and speak to an on-line friend. The bilingual performance touched on dangers of the Internet, bullies and respect for people and their property. Produced by Express Children's Theater.

 

APRIL 28: HOUSTON SYMPHONY: PERFECT PITCH: MUSIC OF BASEBALL 
Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Street, 713-227-3974  
Two shows: 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Performance length: 55 minutes. Jones Hall. Houston Astros' announcer Milo Hamilton narrates Casey at the Bat. Hamilton has announced that he is retiring after the Astros' 2012 season. The song list includes the American classics Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Casey at the Bat, the Theme from Batman, and of course, The Star-Spangled Banner. In addition to the concert, children can enjoy an instrument petting zoo and crafts stations. They will be able to touch and try out musical instruments including a trumpet, trombone, flute, violin and percussion instruments. Kids can also make baseball theme crafts. To enjoy the lobby activities, families attending the 10 a.m. show can arrive 45 minutes early. Those attending the 11:30 show can plan on staying directly after the concert.    

 

APRIL 30-MAY 4: THE CLEVER WIFE - A CHINESE FOLKTALE

Miller Outdoor Theater, 281-373-3386, 11 a.m.  

Produced by Houston Grand Opera Opera to Go! A woman - a young wife, is the heroine in this world premiere opera based on an ancient Chinese folktale. She rescues her husband from a Magistrate with her quick thinking and wisdom. "Opera to Go! is a perfect introduction to opera for audiences of all ages," says Kade Smith, Houston Grand Opera Director of Opera To Go.





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