SANTA AT THE IVORYTON VILLAGE ILLUMINATIONS
Wherever in the state you venture, signs of the Christmas holiday are evident for entertainment events. Get out your calendar and book one or three jingle bell bonanzas of fun.
In Waterbury at Seven Angels Theatre, there's a barrel full of holiday enjoyment beginning with Michelle Gotay as that lovable restauranteur Earlene Babcock. From December 11-27, Earlene's Diner will be serving up a festive menu of comedy, music and mirth as a storm may be raging outside but a warm and toasty welcome is greeting guests inside. Put "Christmas at Earlene's Diner" on your holiday list.
For a little naughty fun, let comic Rob Bartlett help you usher in 2016 at Seven Angels at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Rob and The Bartlettes are sure to make mischief and merriment. For tickets, call 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. Parking is free at 1 Hamilton Park Road, Waterbury.
Hartford TheaterWorks is presenting, for the third year in a row, a little original irreverence for the season. Imagine a bar on Christmas Eve with Ronn Carroll as your sympathetic caretaker ready to listen to the tales of woe from seven of your favorite Christmas characters like Tiny Tim, Clara and the Nutcracker, Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch and Charlie Brown. It's guaranteed you've never seen these classic guys and gals quite like this before. Matt Wilkas and Jenn Harris play all the visitors with spirit and spunk. For tickets, call Hartford TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford at 860-526-7838 or online at www.theaterworkshartford.org.
The village of Ivoryton is aglow with 300,000 lights to bring you without benefit of Rudolph's red nose, to the Ivoryton Playhouse from December 10-20 for a happy holiday hodgepodge of carols and songs in "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Come visit the Evans family as they prepare for the festivities, frantically trying to do so much in so little time. Billed as "a love letter to good old fashioned Christmas fun," this is a lovely way to greet the holidays for the whole family. For tickets, call the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or online at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.
Speaking of Rudolph, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is getting their roof ready for a landing as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" sails into Hartford from December 11-14, with a special sensory friendly performance at 10 a.m.on December13. This holly jolly adventure includes Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster who all help Santa save Christmas. Call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at www.bushnell.org.
Don't let the holidays fly by without taking advantage of some of these wonderfully entertaining shows.