It’s showtime in Austin! That means that it’s time for you and yours to stroll across the 1st Street Bridge, follow those colorful banners, and come and get a little taste—wait, who’re we kidding?—a whole slice of what the Long Center and company have to offer you and the city of Austin at the Long Center Open House. But, best of all, it’s free and open to the public! What are you waiting for?
With all doors open and every space abuzz with activity, there will be something for everyone! Throughout the day you’ll be privy to live performances and montages featuring our Founding Resident and Resident Companies, including samples of symphonic music, opera, Shakespearean theater, dance, Long Center Presents shows, and something special for the kids. In addition, for a more informational look at these companies, be sure to visit the Exhibitor Showcase in the Kodosky Donor Lounge. Take a chance to admire that skyline from the wall of windows before you leave!
For the more energetic, listen for the clang and clamor of swashbuckling exhibitions from Austin Shakespeare and interactive stage combat demonstrations that are not to be missed. Plus, if those activities haven’t sated your curiosity, don’t pass up the chance to see some of the more secretive backstage areas of our halls—including star dressing rooms!—or explore our building for yourself.
Kids are welcome and encouraged to explore the Children’s Zone, including the chance to participate in adult-led activities in percussion, opera, dance, and experiment with movement with their own self-directed creative activities. This includes free snacks for the little ones! For the adults, food and drink will be available for purchase, as well as some special trailer food treats out on the City Terrace.
Don’t pass up the chance to participate in a free Camp Gladiator workout at 12:15, a special sound effects demonstration from the geniuses of The Intergalactic Nemesis at 1:00, free Bollywood dance instruction on Dell Stage at 3:30, and many more surprises to come.
Interested yet? How do the words Grand Prize Giveaway sound? If you RSVP ahead of time for the Long Center Open House, you will be entered to win tickets to every performance of participating Founding Resident and Resident Companies, worth almost $15,000! Here’s a secret—that’s a lot of tickets. The Giveaway will take place at 3pm and you must be present to win, so don’t wimp out early!
So take this opportunity to get a personal and up-close perspective of everything that goes into putting on a show. Austin’s Creative Home urges you to uncover what all of the commotion’s about, experience the work of some of the city’s best creatives, explore our space, and discover just how you Long Center. Be sure to grab a free swag bag before they all run out!