Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville announces 2021-2022 season

A rendering of the new Aurora Theatre auditorium in the Lawrenceville Arts Center

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A rendering of the new Aurora Theatre auditorium in the Lawrenceville Arts Center

The four-show line-up will be performed in the city’s new $35 million arts center.

The Aurora Theatre has announced its 2021-2022 season line up, one that’s a particular milestone for the company.

This will be the first season the company will perform in its new home in the new $35 million, 59,500-square-foot Lawrenceville Arts Center. The theater moved to Lawrenceville in 2007, in a partnership with the city, into an old 1904 Methodist Church building that had been renovated and expanded just to house the Aurora. It became a draw bringing in about 80,000 people a year. Plans to expand it once again soon followed. Now the theater will open in November in its new 500-seat auditorium in the arts center, with its popular holiday variety show, “Christmas Canteen.”

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Aurora Theatre's new $31 million theater complex in downtown Lawrenceville is under construction Monday, March 8, 2021. The theatre's co-founders Ann-Carol Pence, left, and Anthony Rodriguez, right, tour the area above the smaller second theater, the cabaret space, which has folding glass walls opening the space to the outdoor courtyard and available as a rented venue. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Aurora Theatre's new $31 million theater complex in downtown Lawrenceville is under construction Monday, March 8, 2021.  The theatre's co-founders Ann-Carol Pence, left, and Anthony Rodriguez, right, tour the area above the smaller second theater, the cabaret space, which has folding glass walls opening the space to the outdoor courtyard and available as a rented venue. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

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Aurora Theatre's new $31 million theater complex in downtown Lawrenceville is under construction Monday, March 8, 2021. The theatre's co-founders Ann-Carol Pence, left, and Anthony Rodriguez, right, tour the area above the smaller second theater, the cabaret space, which has folding glass walls opening the space to the outdoor courtyard and available as a rented venue. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

“This new facility, with its variety of stages, has excited not only Ann-Carol (Pence) and me, but the entire Aurora Board, our staff and the artists we are bringing on board,” Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre co-founder, president and CEO said in a statement. “We will be able to increase our education department. We will be able to create unique private events. We will be able to expand the relationship we have created with this community.”

With multiple stages, orchestra pit, costume shop, and other facilities, the theater fulfills a long-time dream of Rodriguez, co-founder and associate producer Pence, and city administrators of making Lawrenceville a viable home for arts in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. As smaller theaters around the metro have shuttered or had to make dire cuts to survive, the Aurora has thrived.

“This season will inspire our loyal patrons and will entice new audiences,” said Pence in a statement.

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Maria Bilbao and Max J. Cervantes play Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Aurora Theatre’s “On Your Feet.” Photo credit: Casey Gardner

Maria Bilbao and Max J. Cervantes play Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Aurora Theatre’s “On Your Feet.” Photo credit: Casey Gardner

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Maria Bilbao and Max J. Cervantes play Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Aurora Theatre’s “On Your Feet.” Photo credit: Casey Gardner

Here’s the season line-up:

“Christmas Canteen,” Nov. 26-Dec. 23

The Aurora’s holiday mainstay revue returns with music, sketches and sing-alongs.

“Feeding Beatrice: A Gothic Tale”

Jan. 20-Feb.6

A thriller touted as combining the terror of “Get Out” and suspense of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” this play by Kirsten Greenidge reveals what happens when a mysterious houseguest takes up residence in a couple’s home.

“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

March 10-April 3

A new take on the fairytale that made fairy godmothers popular and gave stepsisters a bad name, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane.

“Swindlers”

May 19-June 5

A world premiere by Chris Anthony Ferrer. Two bungling burglars hit a Miami mansion and get way more than they bargained for. At least they try to get away.


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Lawrenceville Arts Center, 157 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville, auroratheatre.com.