Theatre Under the Stars

The River has provided an accessible, affordable arts education for students with disabilities and their siblings for over 25 years. Arts engagement activities in the classroom offer students the opportunity to expand their imaginations, express themselves creatively, and boost their confidence.

Our dynamic curriculum is led by teaching artists with expertise in their artistic discipline and experience working with students of all abilities. Teaching assistants and volunteers support students in the classroom. A licensed nurse is present during on site courses and camps throughout the year.

Courses take place on Saturdays at the City of Houston’s accessible parks facility, the Metropolitan Multiservice Center @ 1475 West Gray, between Dunlavy & Waugh, 77019.

Fall 2023 is inspired by musicals created by theater writing duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Spring 2024’s focus is musical theatre powerhouse Alan Menken. This season offers an exciting array of courses and is sure to be the best one yet!

the river spring COURSes

Spring semester: JANUARY 6 – MARCH 9, 2024

All classes will meet on Saturdays and run for ten consecutive weeks.

TIMEAGES 6-12AGES 13-18AGES 19-25AGES 25+
9:00- 9:45AMMusicArtDanceEnsemble *New Course*
9:45-10:30AMActingDanceEnsemble *New Course*Art
10:30-11:15AMDanceEnsemble *New Course*ActingMusic
11:15AM- 12:00PMArtActingMusicDance


Spring Early Registration: $165 per student/course and $180 per student/course after December 11th

spring 2024 semester theme: the music of alan menken


Menken Musicals: Students practice the building blocks of acting, staging, & the rehearsal process inspired by musicals composed by Alan Menken.


Mixed Media: Students create original works of art through the exploration and blending of different materials and mediums.


Jazz: Students explore rhythm, isolated movement, and use of their body through dance combinations.


Voice: Students discover how to use their voice to sing as part of a choir.

ensemble *new course offering*

Improv & Storytelling: Students collaborate to tap into their imaginations in the creation and sharing of stories.


All River courses may either be paid in full at the time of registration or placed on a payment plan. If utilizing the plan, please make sure to choose this option on the payment screen when registering.

Spring Payment Schedule
Date of initial registration: One-third payment
January 22, 2024: One-third payment
February 20, 2024: One-third payment

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TUTS Subscribers save 10% off tuition when enrolling their student at The River. Just register your student using the same TUTS account that holds your subscription and your discount will automatically be applied when you reach the cart.*

*May not be combined with any other savings.

The River has a no refund policy. Every minute of each class is essential, on-time and full-session attendance is mandatory. If a student needs to be withdrawn, contact the TUTS Education office at 713.558.8801 for options. Upon registration a confirmation email will be sent to you letting you know important class details.