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ExxonMobil Discovery Series: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


Jan 28 - Jan 30, 2025

Event Type

Discovery Educational Series, Education Outreach

Ticket Price

This is a non-ticketed event. Performances are provided free of charge to 5th graders and teachers in Houston public schools.
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Performance Hall

Zilkha Hall


One hour

Introducing 5th Graders to the World of the Performing Arts

Arts Partner: Open Dance Project

Open Dance Project’s adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” follows Dorothy as she is swept away from her life on a farm in Kansas to a magical Land of OZ, where she learns about friendship and courage with her rag tag group of friends – Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion. Great for all ages, this humorous and poignant coming-of-age tale features Open Dance Project’s signature athleticism, theatrical antics, aerial silks, acrobatics, and good old fashioned family fun.

With its signature athleticism and humor, Open Dance Project invites young audiences to experience the magic of dance theater through the lens of a familiar narrative that celebrates the creativity and imagination of a young protagonist.

In the 2024-2025 school year, the Hobby Center is excited to present a diverse range of free educational field trips to Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall with the goal of serving 5th grade students in Houston. Through this TEKS-aligned series, 5th grade students are introduced to dance, music and/or theater in ways that are engaging, fun and further their learning and belonging.

Learn More about the Hobby Center’s educational programming and future opportunities for all Houston school districts.

This project is supported in part by an award from the Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Mid-America Arts Alliance.

About Open Dance Project

Open Dance Project (ODP) is an ensemble-based dance theater company dedicated to developing and presenting world-class performances in Houston and serving as a cultural resource through educational and community programming. Since 2015, Open Dance Project’s performance and education programs have been creating memorable, interdisciplinary experiences that break down conventional barriers between artists and audience members to make dance more accessible and meaningful. Collapsing the distance between the subject and the stage through critically acclaimed immersive performances and a commitment to accessibility, ODP’s programs simultaneously demystify dance and make dance matter.

Performance Schedule

  • Audio Description
  • Open Captions
  • ASL

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5th Grade

  • Tue Jan 28, 2025 at 9:30 am
  • Tue Jan 28, 2025 at 11:30 am
  • Wed Jan 29, 2025 at 9:30 am
  • Wed Jan 29, 2025 at 11:30 am
  • Thu Jan 30, 2025 at 9:30 am
  • Thu Jan 30, 2025 at 11:30 am

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