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Holidays Center Stage! More Of CT’s Best Holiday Theatre

December 12, 2011 9:00 AM

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Swan Lake (credit: Palace Theater)

Swan Lake (credit: Palace Theater)

By Joanne Greco Rochman

As soon as December appears on the calendars of Connecticut theaters, you know that someone at some theater is going to utter those famous words “Bah humbug!” However, even old Ebenezer would be pleased as holiday punch with the theatrical offerings happening during this holiday season.  You may have already checked out some of our picks for holiday shows last month, but there are more festive productions to see. Below are more recommendations.
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A Christmas Carol (credit: T. Charles Erickson)

Hartford Stage
50 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 527-5151
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Michael Wilson’s  “ Christmas Carol,” adapted from the Charles Dickens work does have Scrooge uttering his famous outburst. This colorful production has the subtitle of “A Ghost Story of Christmas” so expect some frightening sights. Children under 5 are not permitted. However, if you’re over five, then enjoy the music, dance, laugher and plenty of thrills. The special effects in this production are the kind that you will remember forever.  This Equity (actors’ union) production plays through December 30.

Box office: 860-527-5151

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Swan Lake (credit: Palace Theater)

The Palace Theater
100 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT
(203) 346-2000
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Just entering this gorgeous palatial theater is a holiday treat.  One of the most beautiful theaters in Connecticut, it has a full schedule of holiday entertainment geared for the whole family.  The Woodbury Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition on Dec. 17. This is followed by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s “Swan Lake” on December 21.  Keeping the excitement of the holidays alive after the wrapping paper has been ripped off is a performance by the Shen Yun Performing Arts, December 26 – 30. This production is inspired by the spirit of ancient China and brings a bygone culture alive again through classical Chinese dance and music. Box office: (203) 755-4700.

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Pinkalicious (credit: Seven Angels Theatre)

Seven Angels Theatre
1 Plank Road
Waterbury, CT
(203) 757-4676
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Children love the holidays, so what could be more delicious than “Pinkalicious” in December.  This is an especially happy time for Seven Angels because this is the first 2011-2012 season for their Theatre for Young Audiences. “Pinkalicious is a very popular children’s book series with meaningful lessons.  Pinkalicious just can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. No matter what anyone tells her, she just won’t stop eating them. And then the unthinkable happens, she catches Pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. Boys and girls will love this event. Check with the theater for December dates.   Box office: (203) 757-4676

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review,  a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications.
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