Thursday, December 10, 2015

Connecticut Holiday Offerings

Here are just a few of the holiday highlights being offered this season.....


THE BUSHNELL

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. Fifty years later, the long-running TV special comes to life, live on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, featuring the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters.  Rudolph and his beloved friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas this holiday season.  The production plays The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall Dec. 11 – 14.

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town.  He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas.  Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

Performances are Friday at 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 10 am, 1 om and 4 pm; Monday at 10 am. Ticket prices start at $16: www.bushnell.org860-987-5900. The Sunday, December 13 10:00 a.m. show is a sensory-friendly performance.

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create an arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.  Slight adjustments to the production are made and accommodations for this performance will include:
  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds;
  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance;
  • A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience;
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater lobby spaces, staffed with autism specialists;
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
  • Limited crowds and visitors at The Bushnell during the day and timing of the performance; and
  • Bushnell staff and volunteers are trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs.
Use the code SENSORY15 when purchasing tickets for the sensory-friendly performance of Rudolph

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is so faithful to the original show that it practically transports audience members into the television special.  The songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set designs, costumes and characters are brought to stage.  The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.


THE KATE
Event: Four Freshmen Snowfall Christmas
Full of Christmas Cheer with The Four Freshmen., who perform with the same unmistakable sound of the original group – a vocal harmony like no other. They have strongly influenced many groups over the years including Take Six, Manhattan Transfer and the Beach Boys. As the 22nd incarnation of the one and only Four Freshmen, their longevity proves they are doing it right!
Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price: $50
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 877-503-1286
Website: ww.thekate.org
Event: Eileen Ivers’ Joyful Christmas
Eileen Ivers captures the spirit and magic of the season in her heartwarming Christmas holiday show. The program of American and Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites, arranged with Eileen's unique style, are centered around the true meaning of Christmas. Eileen and the band joyfully perform diverse music from gospel-style "Go Tell It On The Mountain", to Gaelic classic "Don Oiche Ud i mBeithil" (One Night in Bethlehem), to a jigified version of Bach's "Jesu Joy", to the hornpipe that evolved into today's "Deck the Halls...", to a very unique "The Little Drummer Boy" performed on the traditional bodhran goat skinned drum... A concert for the whole family.
Date: Saturday, December 19
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Price: $48
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 877-503-1286
Website: ww.thekate.org


Event: Cappella Cantorum: Messiah Sing
Participate in the sounds of the season with a Kate holiday tradition. Open to all who want to sing-along, the Messiah Sing combines Cappella Cantorum’s professional soloists with a chorus of talented volunteers. Sit in the back and listen or sit down front and participate. Singers should arrive at 3:30 for section seating and rehearsal. Sit in the back and listen.
Date: Sunday, December 20
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Price: $10
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 877-503-1286
Website: ww.thekate.org


THE PALACE
Ladies looking for a fun and festive break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season need to look no further than the Palace Theater’s presentation of the new must-see holiday stage show ‘TWAS A GIRLS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the musical comedy are $45 and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at www.palacetheaterct.org, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St. in Waterbury.

The latest brainchild from the producers of the box office smash Girls Night: The Musical, this all-new Christmas sequel features the same five characters that audiences across the globe have come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip and let their hair down during the craziest time of the year: the holidays.

‘TWAS GIRLS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will feature the same touching and hilarious writing by Louise Roche that has entertained audiences worldwide, in addition to classic Christmas songs and contemporary hits that will have the audience singing and dancing along. The musical is guaranteed to resonate with anyone who has survived the holiday season, from long visits with in-laws to overcrowded malls.

As a special holiday promotion, the Palace Theater and ‘TWAS GIRLS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS are partnering with Make-A-Wish ® Connecticut and iHeartMedia to help make the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses come true. From now until the night of the show, customers and patrons are encouraged to stop by the Palace’s Box Office lobby to fill out a “Letter to Santa” and drop it inside the theater’s red mailbox display. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate one dollar to the Make-A-Wish ® Foundation.

For more information on the Palace Theater’s presentation of ‘TWAS GIRLS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, which is sponsored in part by Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Adam Broderick Salon and Spa, and Elizabeth Ricard, visit www.palacetheaterct.org.

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