This month's backstage tour of the Palace Theatre offers patrons that have signed up a special treat...seeing the Palace decorated for the holidays. The tour will take place Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. and will explore nine decades of on stage history and backstage mystique.
Built in 1920 and recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, the Palace Theater is known for its grand architectural design. Designed in a Renaissance Revival style, the building features an eclectic mix of Greek, Roman, Arabic and Federal motifs along with marble staircases, gilded domed ceilings, cut glass chandeliers and intricate plaster relief details that make the Palace one of the most striking performing arts spaces in the state.
Patrons attending the December tour will see the onstage winter wonderland where families participating in the Palace's "Family Fun Day" will be skating on the stage. For an additional $12, attendees can stay after the tour and take part in the afternoon's family friendly activities, which include holiday crafts, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cupcake decorating, story time, live entertainment, and the day's main event of skating on the stage.
Each Palace Theater tour is approximately 90 minutes, kid-friendly, and led by a team of engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater's rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. In addition to exploring the theater, Poli Club and lobby spaces, patrons will also have the opportunity to visit the star dressing rooms and view the venue's backstage murals that were painted and signed by past performers and Broadway touring companies.
The guided walking tour covers five floors of history and architecture, including grand staircases from the 1920's. While elevator access is available, guests with walking disabilities or health concerns are asked to inform the Box Office ahead of time, so that the tour guides can make the proper accommodations, or offer a modified program featuring a 30-minute tour of the main floor and a 60-minute visual presentation.
Due to the tours' increasing popularity, reservations are required in advance. Each tour is $5.00 per person and single tickets for individuals or groups of 10 or less can be purchased online at
www.palacetheaterct.org. Larger groups are asked to contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000 to book their reservations.
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