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Palace tour: Backstage, onstage & ... recycling

July 31, 2018

Waterbury’s Palace Theater has a kid-friendly tour on Wednesday, Aug. 15, that will not only entertain parents, too, with views of the backstage magic but teach something about household recycling. Talk about multitasking.

The hour-long, 11 a.m. tour is being specially adapted for children 5 and older to include magic performed by “CJ the Sorcerer,” aka Cyril May, who is the recycling coordinator for the City of Waterbury. The tour will go behind the scenes of the majestic venue and allow a “walk-on” to the historic stage.

The tour will reveal the secret to the world-famous escape trick performed by Harry Houdini, as well as the magic that happens when we recycle. The theater incorporated a recycling program last year as an alternative way of disposing of the thousands of empty cans and bottles at the venue each year.

The recycling project was initiated by Waterbury Arts Magnet School student Viola Flowers, whose father is Dave Flowers, the chief production officer of the theater. The money realized by the recycling effort has allowed the WAMS Junior Honor Society to donate money to a variety of causes. (As for theater goals, the event will offer the opportunity to buy tickets for October’s “The Illusionists Live from Broadway” at a 10 percent discount.)

Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m. $5. 203-346-2000. palacetheaterct.org

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