By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Aurora Theatre celebrates the season with Christmas Canteen 2015, November 19-December 20

Annual holiday revue rejoices in 20th anniversary for all ages

LAWERENCEVILLE, Ga. – ‘Tis the season for festive cheer and everyone’s favorite tuneful holiday obsession, as Aurora Theatre’s Christmas Canteen 2015 ushers in the sounds of the season for its 20th anniversary, November 19-December 20.

Home to Gwinnett County’s longest running theatrical, holiday tradition, this winter wonderland spectacular will commemorate two decades of Aurora Theatre and Christmas Canteen. Including laugh-out-loud comedy and jubilant musical numbers, this high-energy spirited revue promises to be a delightful outing for all!

Canteen monitors 190“Christmas Canteen has been a vital part of our organization since its inception two decades ago,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Producing Artistic Director. “As we celebrate the anniversary of this magical show, we proudly continue this tradition for our patrons, who continue to share this wonderful holiday extravaganza with us!”

Directed by Rodriguez, the jolly variety show features writer Brandon O’Dell along with veteran actors Jen MacQueen, Travis Smith, Brian Walker, Diany Rodriguez and Lyndsay Ricketson Brown; choreography is by Jen MacQueen. The talented design team of Alan Yeong (costumes), Julie Allardice Ray (set), Daniel Pope (sound and projections), Ryan Bradburn (props) and Mary Parker (lights) ensures the production’s visual appeal, while musical direction is led by Ann-Carol Pence and the canteen band comprised of Mark Biering (percussion), Greg Armijo (bass) and Jim Stallings (guitar). Members of Aurora’s 2016 Apprentice Company will also be featured on stage with T’Arica Crawford and Benjamin Sims, as well as in the band with Skyler Brown (guitar). 

On Saturday, December 19, Aurora will offer an Autism and Sensory-Friendly Performance of Christmas Canteen 2015 at 2:30 p.m., designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or those with sensory issues.  While the show will be performed as written, adjustments will be made to alleviate any overly loud sounds, jarring noise and intense lighting in order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for audiences! 

Adding to the yuletide joy is Aurora’s annual Festival of Trees, supporting the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive and Gwinnet’s local food banks. More than 25 trees decorated by local businesses will illuminate the theatre for visitors to enjoy. All guests are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite tree by placing a new, unwrapped toy and a non-perishable food item underneath it. All of the gifts will be donated to the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots and the food items will go toward the Holtkamp Can Challenge to be delivered to local food banks. 

Recommended for all ages, Christmas Canteen 2015 is presented November 19-December 20. Tickets range from $30-$65 with discount matinees on Wednesday, December 9 and 16 at 10 a.m. starting at $20. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.auroratheatre.com or by calling the box office at 678-226-6222. 

Regular show times are as follows:
·         Wednesday- Saturday: 8 p.m.
·         Saturday & Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

*There will be no performances on Wednesday, November 25 or Thursday, November 26 in honor of Thanksgiving.

Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, now in its 20th Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 600 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series and the GGC Harvel Lab Series, are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand‑up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Del Sol. Aurora Theatre is a world‑class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include winner of Seven 2013 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2013” and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts.