Tap Dogs, NUTCRACKER, LOOPED and More Play The Bushnell's 2012-13 Holiday Season

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The holidays will be here before you know it and The Bushnell is the place to celebrate the season!

Once again, The Bushnell is participating as a Toys for Tots drop location. Receptacles are located in The Bushnell’s Box Office Lobby during regular business hours (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday, on performance days only, beginning at 12 noon) and in the theater lobby area during performances through December 14th where patrons can drop off new, unwrapped toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children throughout the state of Connecticut.

The holiday spirit continues to shine brightly with a full range of festive holiday programming and more to celebrate the season! The 2012-2013 season is sponsored by Farmington Bank.

Breakfast with Santa
December 1-2, 2012
Autorino Great Hall
Part of the Robinson & Cole Family Series

Gather your family for an unforgettable morning at The Bushnell. Take a photo with Santa and visit with Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy breakfast, storytelling, carolers, crafts and more. Christmas lists accepted!

Available Seatings: December 1st at 8:00 a.m. and December 2nd at 9:00 a.m. Reservations required.

Children $21.00; Adults $23.00

Lite 100.5 WRCH presents Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night
December 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

Two-time Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman uses his engaging stage presence, blended seamlessly with the mood and music, to make powerful emotional connections with his many fans. His live performances strike the perfect balance between emotional, musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and audience interaction.

Tickets start at $35.00

The Temptations and The Four Tops
December 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall
Part of the Bank of America Showcase Series

For more than 45 years, The Temptations and The Four Tops have been essential components of the Motown machine. The Temptations were born in Detroit in the early sixties and recorded hits like “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “Beauty Is only Skin Deep.” The Four Tops, also from Detroit, scored hits with "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," and "Reach Out I'll Be There."

Tickets start at $35.00

Tap Dogs
December 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

Tap Dogs is set on a construction site in the steel work's town of Newcastle, just north of Sydney, Australia. There are 8 members of the TAP DOGS team: 6 dancers and 2 musicians, who combine their skills to create one incredible live theatrical performance. Performing against all challenges – whether in water, upside-down or jumping through scaffolding, the TAP DOGS move to the groove of their own beat as the team works together to bring the steel-works alive!

Tickets start at $25.00

The Nutmeg Ballet’s Nutcracker
December 8 & 9, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Belding Theater
Part of the Robinson & Cole Family Series

The Nutmeg Ballet's Nutcracker returns to The Bushnell’s Robinson and Cole Family Series. Enjoy yourself this yuletide season as you travel with young Clara to the enchanted Land of Sweets. Delighting audiences young and old, this holiday favorite brings to life toy soldiers and dueling mice, princesses and sugarplums – a delicious treat for the child in all of us performed by one of the most respected classical ballet conservatory in America.

Find out more about Nutmeg’s Nutcracker:

Tickets start at $23.00

Travelers Chorale Holiday Concert: Musical Moods of the Holidays
December 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

The 90 plus member Travelers Chorale (TC) sings a mixture of classical, contemporary and festive holiday music with piano accompaniment and soloists. This concert also features the Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble, which will perform selected pieces in addition to accompanying the Chorale. At spring and holiday concerts each year, the TC teams with our generous Bushnell audiences to collect thousands of pounds of non-perishable food in support local food banks. You are invited to support this long-standing Chorale tradition in lieu of paid admittance. TC concerts are inspirational performing arts events perfectly suited to become a semi-annual family tradition. For more information, visit us at

Free event with suggested non-perishable food donation.

First Night of Funny
December 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

This New Years Eve say goodbye to 2012 with a hilarious night of laughter that everyone will enjoy, but that won't break the bank! The First Night of Funny showcases comedians Ross Bennett, Richie Byrne, Patty Rosborough and Johnny Rizzo, each with a unique and hilarious perspective on the world. With talent from Comedy Central, NBC's Last Comic Standing and The Tonight Show, this show provides non-stop laughter. Couple that with a ticket price of only $20 in advance, and a show that ends by 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and you can't miss this last chance to laugh!

Advance tickets: $20.00


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