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Rialto announces Home for the Holidays

Theater to stage Christmas specials Nov. 25 to Dec. 23

Christmas trees light up the Rialto Square Theatre on Monday Nov. 24, 2014, in downtown Joliet Ill.
Christmas trees light up the Rialto Square Theatre on Monday Nov. 24, 2014, in downtown Joliet Ill.

The Rialto Square Theatre has announced its Home for the Holidays schedule with 15 events, shows and movies.

Home for the Holidays starts
Nov. 25 with “A Very Rialto Christmas,” a family event combining a concert with a reception that will include appearances by Frosty the Snowman and other iconic characters, and runs to Christmas week, including a Dec. 22 performance by The Oak Ridge Boys, who will appear at the Joliet theater on their “Down Home Christmas” tour.

It’s become a Rialto tradition to announce the holiday schedule in August, said Micah McDade, marketing manager for the theater.

“As people plan their holiday outings, we want to be in the forefront of their minds,” McDade said.

Also, several of the shows feature star performers, including Michael Londra of “Riverdance on Broadway” fame and country vocalist Martina McBride.

The schedule is as follows:

• A Very Rialto Christmas on
Nov. 25 includes marquee lighting at 5:20 p.m., reception at 5:30 p.m., and concert at 7 p.m., with a 75-member chorus directed by Nick Thomas.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 9 at $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

• Hospice Lights of Love at 5 p.m. Nov. 27 is a gathering that honors family and friends and includes the Joliet Area Community Hospice Lights of Love tree lighting.

• Teddy Bear Tea at 9:30 a.m. and noon Nov. 29 is a Rialto tradition. Tickets go on sale Aug. 9 at $25 for adults and $22.50 for children 12 and younger.

• Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” will be performed at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets go on sale Aug. 9 at $38.50 and $30.50 for adults and $22.50 for children 12 and younger.

• Holiday Luncheon and Organ Concert at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 includes a catered lunch in the rotunda with performances by local school choirs followed by a performance of holiday carols on the Barton Grand Theatre Pipe Organ in the theater. Tickets go on sale
Aug. 9 at $15.

• CeeLo Green, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, brings his “Holiday Hits Tour” at
7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets go on sale
Aug. 30 at $54.50, $44.50 and $34.50.

• The American Legion Band Concert is 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Performance is free with food donations being requested.

• “Michael Londra’s Celtic Yuletide Christmas in Ireland” at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 features the Irish singer best known as the voice of “Riverdance on Broadway,” accompanied by Irish musicians and the Celtic Fire dancers. Tickets go on sale Aug. 23 at $48.50, $38.50 and $33.50.

• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 puts the TV classic on stage. Tickets go on sale Aug. 16 at $53.50, $43.50 and $33.50.

• “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 will be performed on stage by local radio talent and broadcast live on WJOL-AM. Tickets go on sale Aug. 9 at $10.

• Martina McBride, a Country Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year, performs “The Joy of Christmas” at 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets go on sale Aug. 23 at $92.50, $74.50, $59.50, $44.50.

• The Oak Ridge Boys “Down Home Christmas” performance is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets go on sale Aug. 23 at $73.50, $53.50 and $43.50.

The Rialto also will show three classic holiday movies: “The Polar Express” at 2 p.m. Nov. 30; “Miracle on 34th Street” at 11 a.m. Dec. 14; and “Elf” at 2 p.m. Dec. 23. All tickets are $5.

ComEd is the sponsor for Home for the Holidays. An 18-foot Christmas tree in the Rialto is sponsored by Busey Bank.

Information about Home for the Holidays can be found at RialtoSquare.com/holidays.

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