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Holidays at the Nazareth College Arts Center

Published November 12, 2019

It's time to celebrate the holiday season, and the Nazareth College Arts Center presents a series of festive events guaranteed to warm your heart and brighten your spirits!

THE PERFORMANCES (in chronological order)
The world of the beloved "Peanuts" comics comes to life in A Charlie Brown Christmas, a musical based on the classic animated special, presented by the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department in Studio A48 from November 22-24. Directed by Isabella Bertoni and choreographed by Abigail Hazlett with musical direction by Corinne Aquilina, the musical has become an annual holiday tradition for the Theatre and Dance department, with partial proceeds benefiting the Golisano Children's Hospital. Limited tickets remain!

Friday, November 22 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 at 1 p.m.
Studio A48 | Tickets $7

Looking for something festive to do with the family the Saturday after Thanksgiving? Get ready to dance with Angelina Ballerina The Very Merry Holiday Musical, presented by professional touring company Vital Theater, on Saturday, November 30 at 2 p.m. in Callahan Theater. Based on characters from the bestselling book series, Angelina Ballerina The Very Merry Holiday Musical follows the dancing mouse Angelina, along with her mouse friends Alice, Gracie, AZ, Marco, and Angelina's little sister, Polly. By working together, the friends discover the true spirit of the season is not about things you receive, but the holiday cheer you share!

Saturday, November 30 at 2 p.m.
Callahan Theater
Tickets $15-$20

Celebrate a 1940's era Christmas with It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre, on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. in Callahan Theater. Presented by Immediate Theatre Project, a professional touring theatre company, this wildly funny play within a (radio!) play follows a radio station's skeleton crew as they attempt to present It's a Wonderful Life live on-air in the midst of a Christmas Eve blizzard. A four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters and sound effects as the story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls unfolds. The down on his luck Bailey considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve until an angel arrives to remind him how much he is loved. More than 60 years later, the story's message remains as fresh and relevant as ever, and it's the perfect antidote to holiday cynicism!

Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m.
Callahan Theater
Tickets $25-$50
Sponsored in part by St. John's

Take a trip down memory lane with The Marvelous Wonderettes, a musical based on all-female singing groups from the 1950s and 60s, presented by the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department in Studio Theater A48 from December 6-8. Directed by Vinny Capluzzi, senior musical theatre major and choreographed by Cassidy Halpin, senior musical theatre major, with musical direction by Corinne Aquilina. Featuring more than 30 pop songs from that era, this smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! The second act reunites the girls 10 years later, where they learn that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together.

Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m.
Studio Theater A48
Tickets $7
Partial proceeds to benefit Golisano Children's Hospital

The Nazareth College School of Music will present a free program of festive music at the Rose Marie and John Beston Annual Holiday PRISM Concert on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. in Beston Hall in the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center. Following a traditional prism concert format, Nazareth's large and small ensembles will be set up throughout Beston Hall, performing various works one right after the other and without missing a beat. The concert will feature the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Brass Ensemble, a saxophone ensemble, a woodwind ensemble, a violin quartet, a guitar quartet, and a jazz combo.

Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m.
Beston Hall, Glazer Music Performance Center
Free to attend

A Rochester New Year's Eve tradition continues with The Capitol Steps, a Washington D.C.-based comedy troupe that began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers, returning to the Arts Center to present a show based on their 2019 album The Lyin' Kings on Tuesday, December 31 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Callahan Theater. Featuring new parody songs with titles like Tweet It, It's My Party (and I'll Lie if I Want To), and Modern Major Liberal, this adamantly bipartisan comedy troupe takes the latest headlines and turns them into an uproarious evening of satire!

Tuesday, December 31 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Callahan Theater
Tickets $45-$75
Sponsored in part by Margaret R. Colacino

Ticket prices for individual shows are noted above and are available online at, by phone at 585-389-2170, or in person at the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618. Free events do not require advance tickets or reservations.

Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a m.- 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

Thanksgiving week hours
The box office will be closed November 27-29, and will re-open on Saturday, November 30 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tickets always available online at

Christmas/New Year's week hours
The box office will be closed December 23-30, and will re-open on Tuesday, December 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The box office will be closed on Wednesday, January 1. Regular box office hours resume on Thursday, January 2. Tickets always available online at

For More Information

Michelle Shippers | Marketing & Publicity Manager | 585-389-2093 or |


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