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LIVE at Miller Outdoor Theatre to Celebrate its 100th Year Anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day

Exploring the history of this Houston gem and how it plans to celebrate its centennial.

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For the full hour, we're live on-location at Miller Outdoor Theatre to discuss this crown jewel of Houston located in Hermann Park, as 2023 marks its 100th Anniversary. Plus, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with guests who keep Irish music and dance alive.

First, we speak with Ryan Kelly, lead singer of the Irish group and stage show Celtic Thunder. He discusses his musical journey as a performer, his passion for music, as well as the projects he's currently working on.

Then, we're joined by Chelsea Hoy and Francisco Lemus, of Trinity Irish Dance Company. Hoy explains how their innovative, dynamic company elevates traditional Irish dance and incorporates a message of female empowerment. Lemus shares his personal story of seeing Irish dance first on YouTube and then traveling 3 hours to the nearest class in Mexico. He became the first Mexican to place in the top five of the U.S. National Championships.

The Trinity Irish Dance Company will be performing at 8pm, March 17, 2023, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This will be a free performance, no tickets required.

We are then joined by Cissy Segall Davis, Managing Director for Miller Outdoor Theatre, who explains how they offer live music, dance, theatre, and more, free for the public. She also shares details of the upcoming events for the theatre's 100-year celebration, including eight months of exceptional programming.

Also, University of Houston history professor, Dr. Debbie Harwell, discusses the history of Miller Outdoor Theatre from what was going on in Houston when it started, how it's famous hill was built, and how it survived through the pandemic.

For more information on the upcoming events for Miller Outdoor Theatre's 100-year celebration, click here. For general information about Miller Outdoor Theatre, click here.

 

Guests:

Ryan Kelly

Chelsea Hoy

Francisco Lemus

Cissy Segall Davis

  • Managing Director, Miller Outdoor Theatre

Dr. Debbie Harwell

  • Editor, Houston History Magazine
  • Instructional Assistant Professor in History and Honors, University of Houston

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