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Waiting in line is boring. Drag show lighting up screens outside Bushnell looks to change that

A digital performance of the drag show  “Sky Casper’s Queens”  is newly in rotation on digital screens on the exterior of the Bushnell in Hartford.
Ray Hardman
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Connecticut Public
A digital performance of the drag show “Sky Casper’s Queens” is newly in rotation on digital screens on the exterior of the Bushnell in Hartford.
A digital performance of the drag show  “Sky Casper’s Queens”  is newly in rotation on digital screens on the exterior of the Bushnell in Hartford.
Ray Hardman
/
Connecticut Public

Waiting in line to see a live show is rarelyr a memorable experience. The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford is hoping to change that.

It's giving its patrons a little pre-show entertainment in the form of life-sized video screens outside the venue. On nights the Bushnell has an event, those video screens come to life, showing a series of five-minute performances by local acts that play on a loop.

It’s called the “Local Arts Stage.”

In rotation last month was a performance by “Sky Casper’s Queens.” It was an original show intended specifically for the Bushnell video screens.

On a chilly night last month, I went out to the Bushnell to check out the video screens, and talked with Ryan Glista and Carolyn Paine, the co-producers of the drag show. I also got reaction from patrons as they went into the theater, and put together this audio postcard.

Ray Hardman is Connecticut Public’s Arts and Culture Reporter. He is the host of CPTV’s Emmy-nominated original series Where Art Thou? Listeners to Connecticut Public Radio may know Ray as the local voice of Morning Edition, and later of All Things Considered.

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