Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

Based on the book by Mo Willems

When a bus driver takes a break from the route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take the driver’s  place – a pigeon! And you’ve never met one like this before! From the Caldecott Honor award-winning book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping with its innovative mix of songs, silliness, and feathers.

Recommended for Pre-K and older.

LOCATION

MATCH
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Weekend & Holiday Performances:
Ticket Prices: $14 – $24

Tuesday – Friday, March 14 – 17, 2023
at 1:30pm
Saturday, March 18, 2023
at 10:30am & 1:30pm
Open to the Public

At the MATCH for Schools:
School Group Tickets: $8.00 each (discounts for Title I schools)

Tuesday – Friday, March 14 – 17, 2023
at 10:30am

On Tour for Schools:
(separate pricing)

Feb 8 – May 19, 2023

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March 14 at 1:30pm
Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Performance

Audio Described

March 14 at 1:309m
Audio Described Performance
Advance Reservations Required (7 days minimum). Click here to reserve.

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Saturday, March 18 at 1:30pm
ASL Performance

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission.

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Recommended for Pre-Kindergarten and older.
Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater.

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Based on the book by Roald Dahl

After his parents’ tragic death by rhinoceros, James is sent to live with his horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. The contents of a magic bag transform an old peach tree into a portal to an amazing adventure with a host of fantastical creatures on a giant peach!

Recommended for 1st Grade and older.

LOCATION

MATCH
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Weekend & Holiday Performances:
Ticket Prices: $18 – $28

Sundays, April 23 & 30, 2023 at 12:30pm & 3:30pm

Saturdays, May 6 & 13, 2023
at 10:30am & 1:30pm

School Matinees:
School Group Tickets: $8.00 each (discounts for Title I schools)

Mondays – Fridays
April 19 – May 19, 2023
Performances are at 9:30am, 11am & 12:30pm
(No 12:30pm on April 19)

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April 30 at 12:30pm
Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Performance

Audio Described

April 30 at 3:30pm
Audio Described
Advance Reservations Required (7 days minimum). Click here to reserve.

ASL Performance icon

May 6 at 1:30pm
ASL Performance

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining

Running Time: TBD

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Recommended for 1st Grade and older
Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater.

Junie B. Jones: Toothless Wonder

Junie B. Jones: Toothless Wonder

Based on the popular book series by Barbara Park
Adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory

One of Junie B. Jones’s top front teeth is loose, and this is bad news, folks. What if she looks like toothless Uncle Lou? On top of it all, that Meanie Jim has invited everyone in Room Nine to his birthday party on Saturday except Junie B. Delight in another of Junie B’s hilarious adventures with all of her friends – May, Grace and more!

Recommended for Kindergarten and older.


LOCATION

MATCH
3400 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Weekend Performances:
Ticket Prices: $18 – $28

SATURDAYS: June 10, 17, 24 and July 8 & 15, 2023 at 10:30am & 1:30pm

SUNDAY: July 16, 2023 at 12:30pm & 3:30pm

Summer Camp/Homeschool Matinees:
Tickets: $8.00 each

Mondays – Fridays:
June 20 – 30, 2023 and July 10 – 14, 2023
9:30am & 11:30am
(No performances June 19)

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July 17 at 10:30am
Relaxed / Sensory-Friendly Performance

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June 17 at 1:30pm
Audio-described Performance

Audio Described

TBD
ASL Performance

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining

Running Time: TBD

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show at PUBLIC performances.

Recommended for Kindergarten and older.

Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

SEASON ADD-ON
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Regency romance is back with our favorite literary couple and their entertaining relations: Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy! Continuing Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, the below stairs servants at the grand Pemberley estate find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night—Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband, Mr. Wickham! Mrs. Reynolds, the bustling housekeeper, Cassie, the resilient new serving girl, and Brian, the helplessly romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined. But before long, everything reaches a boiling point, festivities spiral into chaos, and the truth comes to light! An utterly delightful holiday tale.

From MST’s 2019 Production:
“The play is delightful, engrossing in a light entertaining way.” —Houston Press “Have you ever gotten a present during the holiday season that when you start to read it, try it on, or begin to play with it, you realize it is just what you wanted? Such a gift is Main Street Theater’s holiday production, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley.” —Houston Chronicle/Conroe Courier

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.

PERFORMANCES

Nov 19 – Dec 18, 2022
Previews: Nov 17 & 18, 2022
No performance Thanksgiving Day, November 24

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $39 – $59

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Directions

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

ON TOUR: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! THE MUSICAL!

On Tour for Schools: Feb 8 – May 19, 2023

Based on the book by Mo Willems

When a bus driver takes a break from the route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place – a pigeon! And you’ve never met one like this before! From the Caldecott Honor award-winning book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping with its innovative mix of songs, silliness, and feathers.

Recommended for Pre-K and older.

Tour Performances

  • Performance Times arranged with each school
  • Performance length is 45 minutes (plus a short Q&A and photo session with the actors after the show)
  • $1,000.00 for a single performance
  • $1,500.00 for back-to-back performances
  • Travel fees are not included in the performance price and are determined based on the location of the venue
  • Audience Limit: 450
  • Technical Requirements

Darwin in Malibu

Darwin in Malibu

Regional Premiere
By Crispin Whittell

 

Now available in-person AND online for streaming!

Malibu, California. One hundred and twenty years after his death, Charles Darwin (‘the Devil’s Chaplain’) is hanging out at a beach house overlooking the Pacific with a girl young enough to be his daughter. His peace is rudely disrupted when his old friend Thomas Huxley (‘the Devil’s Disciple’) washes up on the beach, closely followed by the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce. These three find themselves entangled in an enthralling and thought-provoking comedy about God and science.

“A hoot and a half…Wonderfully entertaining.” —Financial Times (London). “Fiercely intelligent…an exceptionally spry play with big ideas and a big heart. You should see it—not just because it’s there, but because we are here.” —Guardian (London)

PLEASE NOTE:

Patrons will be required to wear masks and show proof of a negative COVID test result (within 48 hours). A vaccination card may be shown in lieu of the test. Photocopies or a photo on your phone of medical records will be accepted.

Our HVAC systems have been upgraded with germicidal UV light purification systems. These systems use photohydroionization technology which is the same technology that is been used in the medical industry to destroy airborne micro-organisms (germs, viruses, and bacteria).

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

PLEASE NOTE: Patrons will be required to wear masks and show their vaccination card or negative COVID test result (within 48 hours) prior to entering the theater. Photo copies or a photo on your phone of medical records will be accepted. Our HVAC systems have been upgraded with germicidal UV light purification systems. These systems use photohydroionization technology which is the same technology that is been used in the medical industry to destroy airborne micro-organisms (germs, viruses, and bacteria).

Previews: Sept 26, 30 and Oct 1

Opening Night: Oct 2, 2021
Playing Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm
though Oct 24, 2021

Tickets: $59 – $35

Open Captioning

Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Part of the Art Logo

Special opportunities for each of the MainStage productions to help you connect with the work at MST in new ways.

 

PART OF THE ART Series Events for Darwin in Malibu

Sept. 7 at 6:45pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of Darwin in Malibu. For who are new to us, this is a Part of the Art Series event where you get to be a fly on the wall for the very first rehearsal, hearing the cast read the play aloud for the first time together. PLEASE NOTE: Masks and proof of vaccination required. We will not be serving drinks at eats at this rehearsal, due to COVID.

October 3: Following the matinee, Dr. John Lienhard, originator of The Engines of Our Ingenuity and Prof. Emeritus of Engineering and of History at the University of Houston, will give a post-show talk followed by an open discussion with the artists and audience.

October 10: Prof. Scott Solomon, evolutionary biologist, Rice University, will give a post-show talk about Charles Darwin, his views on religion, and other aspects of his personal life.

October 17: Following the matinee, join us for a discussion with playwright Crispin Whittell. The discussion will be at the theater but we will Zoom Crispin in, as he is in England!

This production is generously supported in part by:

Guarantor

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Miss Bennet:
Christmas at Pemberley

by Lauren Gunderson
and Margot Melcon

November 20 – December 19, 2021

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Robin Robinson

A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet is set two years after the novel ends and continues the story, this time with nerdy middle-sister Mary as the unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as the dutiful middle sister in the midst of everyone else’s romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love!

Chaney Moore and Lindsay Ehrhardt are back to reprise their roles as Mary Bennet and Anne de Bourgh. They will be joined by an entirely new cast.

To Stream: When you purchase your ticket, you don’t have to choose a date that you want to stream the video. You can watch any time through December 19! You’ll be given a code. Then you’ll sign up for a free Broadway On Demand account and be able to watch Miss Bennet at a time that’s good for you! Specific instructions will also be in your confirmation email once you purchase your tickets!

“Main Street Theater’s ‘Christmas at Pemberley’ is a sublime gift…From the paintings on the wall of the Pemberley library, to the questions that emerge from the play itself (‘Can one live a large life in mind alone?’, Mary asks), to the comic references to Pride and Prejudice that delight at every turn, this show is a holiday gift.” Houston Chronicle

Bennet is back on stage in the flesh, and it’s been revivified, botoxed, and lightened….such easy wit and gliding gait….The actors are having more fun….We’re having more fun, too….The cast meshes well and creates a lovely fairy-tale atmosphere. Austen is well served all round.” Houston Press

“For the third time Chaney Moore will take on the role of Mary Bennet, the overlooked Bennet sister brought to life in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley about to go back on stage at Main Street Theater — and she’s happy to do so.” Houston Press interview with Chaney Moore

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Previews: Nov 18 & 19, 2021

Opening Night: Nov 20, 2021
Playing Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm
though Dec 19, 2021

Tickets: $59 – $35

Open Captioning

Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining

Running Time: 2 Hours and 20 minutes including a 15 minute intermission

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Main Street Theater BIPOC Fellowship Program

 Main Street Theater BIPOC Fellowship Program

Main Street Theater’s Fellowship Program is a paid artistic leadership development program for early-career BIPOC individuals. Applicants will submit a resume and portfolio and three candidates will be selected in April of 2022. The selected fellows will be assigned to a production either with the MainStage or Theater for Youth programs in their area of interest (Directing, Design, or Stage Management) while being given access to additional professional development opportunities within the Main Street Theater organization.

In addition, Fellows will participate in cohort meetings led by Main Street Theater’s Artistic Inclusion and Community Engagement Director. As part of the Fellowship cohort, participants will receive hands-on experience and mentorship from accomplished Houston-based theater professionals. Through this program, Fellows will develop important leadership skills and build a network for their future work.

Houston Chronicle feature on the Fellowship

Houston Arts Journal feature on the Fellowship

Application Information & Important Dates

Application Deadline | April 15, 2022
Candidate Interviews | April 15-10, 2022
Fellowship Date Range | May 2022-September 2022

See full application below.

Eligibility

  • Identifies as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color
  • Resides in Houston or the surrounding area
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Applicant’s experience must indicate their intention to pursue a professional career in theater
  • Applicants can be college students

Compensation

  • $1,000 stipend is provided to each Fellow

Benefits 

  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • Complimentary tickets to Main Street Theater productions
  • Mentorship opportunities at Main Street Theater and in the Houston theatre community

For more information, please contact Sloane Teagle, Artistic Inclusion and Community Engagement Director, at steagle@mainstreettheater.com

Apply:

Mother of the Maid

Mother of the Maid

Regional Premiere
By Jane Anderson

Now playing in person and online through February 27, 2022

In this riveting new play, Jane Anderson reimagines Joan of Arc’s epic tale through the eyes of her mother. Isabelle Arc is a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing woman. Her headstrong daughter, on the other hand, communes with Saint Catherine, wears men’s clothing, and prepares to lead the French army into battle. Motherhood in the fifteenth century isn’t easy! Isabelle closely follows the baffling yet awe-inspiring journey of her curious, extraordinary daughter. Isabelle remains steadfast in her love and presence for daughter to the end, facing her own fears and doubts about her own faith along the way.

PLEASE NOTE: Upon arrival at the theater, MainStage patrons are required to show proof of a negative COVID test result (within 48 hours). A vaccination card may be shown in lieu of the test. Photocopies or a photo on your phone of medical records will be accepted.

Masks are also required for MainStage audience members. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

To Stream: When you purchase your tickets, you don’t have to choose a date that you want to stream the video. You can watch any time between now and February 27!

You’ll be given a code that you will apply as your “promo code” once you create your free Broadway On Demand account. You’ll be able to watch Mother of the Maid at a time that’s good for you between now and February 27! Specific instructions will be in your confirmation email once you purchase your tickets.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Previews: Jan 30 and Feb 3 & 4, 2022

Opening Night: Feb 5, 2022
Playing Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm
though Feb 27, 2022

Tickets: $59 – $35

Open Captioning

Sunday, Feb. 6 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining

Running Time: 2 Hours including a 15 minute intermission

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Part of the Art Logo

Special opportunities for each of the MainStage productions to help you connect with the work at MST in new ways.

 

PART OF THE ART Series Events for Mother of the Maid

February 13, 2022: Following the matinee, joins us for a post-show talk and discussion:
Joan of Arc: Her History, Her Story in Contemporary Media, and Her Legacy as a Female Warrior
with Joan of Arc expert Professor Bonnie Wheeler, English Department, Southern Methodist University, and multimedia medievalism expert Prof. Lorraine Kochanske Stock, English Department, University of Houston

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