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The Atlanta Fringe Festival Proudly Announces the Lineup for their 2022 Festival
Atlanta-based performing arts festival set to return to live, in-person performances, bringing together 20 artist groups from 10 different states
The Atlanta Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce the lineup for their 9th annual festival, taking place May 16 – 22, 2022 in a return to live, in-person performances after last year’s all-online festival. This year’s festival will feature 20 performing arts groups – dancers, puppeteers, circus artists, storytellers, comedians, and more – putting up live shows across five venues in and around Little Five Points throughout one jam-packed week.
“It was such a great feeling to see so many artists responding positively when we decided to go for it with live performances this year,” says Executive Director Diana Brown. “It’s impossible to talk about without acknowledging the elephant in the room, and we’ll definitely be doing everything we can to keep our performers and audiences safe with strict Covid safety measures and common sense precautions. We love what we do and want to see our community able to get together in a few months, so we’re going to make sure we’re doing to safely.”
The 20 companies from 10 different states that make up this year’s lineup were largely chosen, per festival tradition, via a completely unjuried lottery – literally pulled out of a hat from a pool of dozens of global submissions. The 2022 lineup will feature 11 companies from the Atlanta area with other artists visiting from all across the country, from California to South Carolina. As in years past, the 9th Atlanta Fringe Festival will boast live performances from across the theatrical spectrum, from avant garde puppetry to spoken word poetry, traditional theatre, family-friendly acrobatics, and more. Of the 20 shows featured, 10 will be world-premiere productions.
Festival artists will be eligible for cash prizes for the favorite shows as selected by the audience, staff and a panel of judges from the Atlanta arts community. These include a $500 Critics Panel Choice, a $200 Producer’s Award (chosen by the Fringe staff) and $150 awards for audience picks in the categories of Solo/Small Group and Ensemble Performance.
This year’s festival will take place in traditional and converted performing spaces in Little Five Points and East Atlanta, including 7 Stages, The Marianna at Wrecking Bar Brewpub, and the Neighborhood Church.
Atlanta Fringe’s mission is to create opportunities for self-producing performers to entertain Atlanta with their adventurous content. Part of an international circuit of such festivals, Atlanta Fringe is dedicated to showcasing original, nontraditional work that celebrates diverse artistic expression. Atlanta Fringe is produced by Twinhead Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is supported by the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. It’s also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Learn more at www.atlantafringe.org.
Beckett Meets the Bible in World Premiere at Atlanta Fringe Festival
A new stage adaptation of Ecclesiastes called “Meaningless” is making its world premiere at the Atlanta Fringe Festival. This thought-provoking one-man show has four performances from May 19-21. “Meaningless” tells the story of an old teacher who reveals his hard-learned answers to life’s big questions. From overwork to overindulgence, he’s here to explain the meaningless existence of everything under the sun. Discover why the book of Ecclesiastes has inspired everyone from Shakespeare to Tolstoy to Samuel Beckett.
Ecclesiastes is considered a controversial book by many Jewish and Christian scholars. It contains ideas that sometimes seem at odds with mainstream religious ideas. From wisdom to foolishness, suffering, and pleasure, Ecclesiastes tackles it all. “Meaningless” is performed by Oklahoma City-based actor Rodney Brazil. Whether you are religious or irreligious, you’ll be intrigued by this 2000-year-old meditation on the human experience, performed live in Atlanta for the first time ever.
WHO: Performed by Rodney Brazil
Directed by Emily Etherton
Adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes by Rodney Brazil & Emily Etherton
8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 19
9:30 p.m. Friday, May 20
3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21
9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21
WHERE: Neighborhood Church, Commons Room,1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes
SHOW WEBSITE: https://meaningless.live/
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
BEAUTIFUL — The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony Award® nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and the 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album.
Jun 2 - 12, 2022 Tickets on Sale NOW
Prepare Thyself for Merriment!
April 9th will be here very soon, and the Village of Newcastle is a hub of activity as we prepare a Spring Festival to welcome King Henry VIII and Queen Katherine.
You are invited to join in the festivities and celebrate spring with the finest food, drink, shopping, and entertainment from across the Realm. Rub elbows with peasants and princes, be enchanted by the wondrous treasures in our Artisan Market, and enjoy our comedians, acrobats, magicians and bards as they entertain you. Whatever you seek - Adventure, Fantasy, Amusement - you will find it here!
Lunch Box is an original play written and performed by the high school students of the Asian Student Alliance (ASA), a 501c3 non-profit organization in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.
This educational play portrays the lived experiences of the ASA students. The play is set in 2021, more than 170 years after the first Asians immigrated to the United States, and the same year of the racially motivated shootings at two Atlanta area spas, where 8 people were killed, 6 of whom were Asian American women.
The performance is approximately one hour in length and will be followed by a 45 minute student-led discussion with the audience.
The purpose of the production is to educate non-AAPIs about some of the common experiences of the AAPI community.
By sharing our stories, we hope to grow empathy, collaboration, and harmony in our local and global communities.
RoleCall Indie Film Showcase is thrilled to present a one-night-only table read of BURRYMAN, a feature length script from Atlanta creator D.W. Medoff, featuring an all-star cast of Atlanta talent.
LOGLINE: After the death of his estranged father, a smug, big-city journalist, revives a fued with his high school bully, competing to be the ridiculous mascot in their small town's nearly forgotten parade.
Theodore MacNair is a rising-star journalist engaged to his boss’ uncompassionate daughter Kate for the wrong reasons. When Ted gets a call from his estranged dad (the Burryman) he goes to the hometown he ran away from years ago and brings Kate miserably along...a chance to brag. Frank MacRibh is Ted’s highschool bully living a small life in a small town without any dreams other than to be the next Burryman. Ted and Frank bicker so badly during the Burryman march that Ted’s dad dies of a heart attack. It’s Ted’s dad, but we see Frank deeply grieving...maybe more than Ted. Ted is crushed to see his dad amended his will to leave the Burryman to Frank. Ted intends to be mature about it, but after Frank accidentally pranks Ted during the eulogy, Ted decides to be Burryman to spite Frank, igniting a deep feud filled with decades of resentment. At the heart are sad boys who can’t reconcile their deep, interwoven emotional wounds. Ted and Frank lose who they were before the fighting...all that is left is who will be Burryman. Ted will need to be a better person if he ever wants joy in life regardless who is Burryman.
NOW EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 28, MAY 29, MAY 30
May 30 is Industry Night!
Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick... Boom! This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Tick, Tick... Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.
His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue and, yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles. Everyone will love this endearing and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life's most difficult challenges.
La Vie Boheme!
Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre will present Jonathan Larson's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
1099 Euclid Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
FRI MAY 27, 2022 - 8:30 PM
May 6 - June 12, 2022
“Get ready for a big bruising play of the conflicting ideas and emotions roiling at the center of this debate.” -Mercury News
In turns shocking, humorous and poignant, Roe reflects the fierce debate over Roe vs. Wade through the personal journeys of Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) and Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who argued the landmark case at the Supreme Court. This historically sweeping play cuts through the headlines to reveal the twists and turns in the amazing stories of Norma and Sarah in the years leading up to and following the fateful decision.
Roe "...lets you see the honest passions behind the people that believe in pro-choice and the people that believe in pro-life,”
Atlanta Journal Constitution
READ THE AJC ARTICLE
Our Flipped Show is our fundraising show each season. Taking a playful nudge at the community theatre tradition of casting whoever you have (the show MUST go on!) we have taken a public domain show, and flipped the casting for the roles. This gives our actors an opportunity to play roles they never would have an opportunity to tackle otherwise.
In 2022, we are excited to present you with:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Flipped!
Directed by Becca Parker
Show dates: May 13-22, 2022 in our local Gwinnett Parks
He falls in love with she? She falls in love with they? They all fall in love? Set in the woods outside 1970’s Athens, GA, it’s Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Southern Hospitality. All roles open to all actors. This is our annual “flipped” show, so we encourage actors to audition for roles presenting as playing something other than their everyday gender or genders. This show makes fun of traditional gender “types” using outlandish satire.
RECOMMENDED FOR AUDIENCES AGES 14+
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
Book by Thomas Lennon
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
Choreography by Fatima Robinson
Directed by Kenny Leon
Based on the Paramount motion picture written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod
Produced by special arrangement with Marc Madnick and Michael Cassel Group
Inspired by the beloved film, TRADING PLACES is a hilarious world-premiere musical pitting nature against nurture in a modern-day prince and the pauper story. When the lives of a poor street hustler and a privileged stockbroker are swapped as part of an elaborate bet between wealthy brothers, each is challenged in a way they never imagined. With the help of a charming and unlikely cast of characters, the pawns team up to take their revenge in a comedic and fitting turn that leaves them forever changed for the better. Set in the 80s decade of shoulder pads and big hair, and reimagined through today’s societal lens, audiences will walk out of the theater “looking good, feeling good.” TRADING PLACES is helmed by an exciting creative team including television and film writer Thomas Lennon (Night at the Museum, Reno 911), musical writing team Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (First Date), and Tony Award-winning director, Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play, A Raisin in the Sun).
COVID Safety Protocols:
Audience members will be encouraged to wear masks while in the Coca-Cola Stage.
Learn more about our COVID Safety Policies.
PREVIEWS START MAY 25, OPENING NIGHT JUNE 4
Celebrate Pride with the Alliance!
June 2, 6:30pm
(Performance at 7:30pm)
$40 package includes reception, one drink ticket, and a ticket to TRADING PLACES.
May 6-22, 2022
By John Patrick
Directed by Marla Krohn
A hilarious play dealing with the very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town.
by Robert O'Hara
MAY 14- JUNE 12 2022
Gut-busting, in-your-face comedy!
PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT O'HARA
DIRECTOR MARTIN DAMIEN WILKINS
Join Sutter as he propels through a kaleidoscopic odyssey through his childhood home, church, dive bars, seedy motels – and one riotously funny phone conversation about very inappropriate baby names. One of the most acclaimed satirical comedies in decades, Bootycandy is an audacious series of subversive vignettes that explore what it means to grow up gay and black in America.
SEARING AND SENSATIONALLY FUNNY
New York Times
ALL THE MORE POWERFUL FOR BEING SO FEARLESSLY UNPREDICTABLE
.Los Angeles Times
EXPLOSIVE. INSANELY ENTERTAINING AND COMPLETELY ENGAGING.
New York Magazine
Meet Our Cast ...
Blind Renewal is closing soon!
We are finalizing the details on a thrilling new season.
Trust us, you will love them!
Renew TODAY and get the best possible price before the season is revealed. Blind renewal ends on Opening night of Bootycandy (May 14th).
WE ARE ADDING A BONUS SHOW!
We have an exciting summer musical to reveal soon. Secure your blind renewal now and take advantage of all six shows for the price of five!
Fridays with Freddie
Our AE subscribers have the added perk of attending our Fridays with Freddie event!
Join Freddie on Friday, May 20th at 1p.m. to get an inside look at Season 35 at Actor's Express. The new season and website will launch Monday, May 16th. Join us for lunch and a first look at our exciting new season!
Lunch will be provided and the event will be held in our theatre.
Subscribers, Please RSVP to Natalie@actorsexpress.com
Out Of Hand Theater Premieres “CALF” for ‘Shows In Homes’ Series One-act play examining mass incarceration is produced in partnership with Georgia Justice Project
Atlanta, GA – “CALF” presented by Out of Hand Theater in partnership with the Georgia Justice Project, will premiere April 21, 2022 as part of the company’s ‘Shows In Homes’ programming. The one-act play will run from April 21 – May 22 in private homes around Metro Atlanta. Each performance includes a cocktail party and follow-up conversation with a representative from the Georgia Justice Project. Tickets are available online (www.outofhandtheater.com/tickets).
Written by Atlanta-native playwright Leviticus Jelks and starring Marlon Burnley, “CALF” is 70 fierce minutes in which Burnley plays 7 characters bringing to life the story of Bull Willis. Just released after 10 years in prison, Bull is trying to find a job, a place to live, and connect with the son he never met. The play examines the question How would you like to be identified for your whole life by the one worst thing you've ever done?
“We are excited partner with the Georgia Justice Project on this powerful show around such an important issue, and to once again engage live in-home audiences in our critical work,” said Ariel Fristoe, Artistic Director of Out of Hand Theater. “Shows in Homes is one of the ways that Out of Hand combines art, information and conversations to advance social justice.”
Shows in Homes productions bring one-act plays to 40 to 50 living rooms across Metro Atlanta, pairing social justice themed theater and conversations with experts and activists. For “CALF”, Out of Hand partnered with Georgia Justice Project to engage a discussion about mass incarceration, obstacles facing people released from prison, and their work on these issues. This show marks a return to Out of Hand’s in-person programming which halted during the shutdown.
*Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination is required for attendance.
Out Of Hand Theater
Winner of The New York Times Best Theater of 2020, Out of Hand works at the intersection of art, social justice, and civic engagement. The theater company sparks conversations to build a better world by using the tools of theater to support and enhance the work of community partners. Out of Hand Theater has four areas of programming; Equitable Dinners, Shows in Homes, Education, and Community Collaborations. To learn more about our programs, please visit our website.
Georgia Justice Project
Georgia Justice Project (GJP) strengthens our community by demonstrating a better way to represent and support individuals in the criminal justice system and reduce barriers to reentry. GJP promotes innovative change through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, education, and coalition building. Visit https://www.gjp.org/ to learn more.
The Robert Mello Studio Presents
April 30 - May 22 Fri - Sun
In Keith Bunin's critically acclaimed play, three struggling artists swindle an art collector while exploring a complex labyrinth of love, friendship, sex, and intimacy.
This is a production of The Robert Mello Studio Lab. The RMS Lab's mission is to provide professional-level theatrical performance opportunities to students at The Robert Mello Studio and inspire actors to pursue and appreciate live theatrical performances.
Cast: Adam Khan, Isabella Minter, Joseph Yang, and Jillian Walzer.
PLEASE NOTE: THE CAST ON MAY 13, 14, AND 15 IS OUR SECOND CAST: Jake Mercer, Khidhar McKenzie, Koko Chalfant, and Shelby Warren.
***WARNING*** THIS PLAY CONTAINS NUDITY AND SEXUAL CONTENT.
Shakespeare in the Ponce
COMEDY OF ERRORS
May 5th - May 28th
Thursday - Saturday 7p
Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. This all female cast will take you through the twists and turns of the story of two sets of twins separated at birth.
Television star Andrew Rally is about to start rehearsals to play Hamlet—and he is terrified. Unsure of himself, worried about his career, Andrew doesn’t know what to do. In the midst of his confusion, he is visited by the ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore. Barrymore explains that all actors who take on the role are visited and mentored by their predecessors, and that he cannot leave Andrew until he takes the stage as Hamlet. Andrew’s girlfriend wants him to be a romantic hero of the stage, his friend wants him to accept a lucrative new TV gig, and Barrymore wants him to accept his own great theatrical mantle. As Andrew grows under Barrymore’s larger-than-life wing, he is forced to confront the ultimate question: who he wants to be, or not to be.
THE COLOR PURPLE
May 6-22, 2022 THU - SUN
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray
Book by Marsha Norman
Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and on the Warner Brothers/Amblin Entertainment motion picture
This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. It premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005, where it was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The London off-West End production moved to Broadway in 2015, winning the Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical.
This production contains adult themes. It is recommended for mature audiences.
THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE LIVE IN THE BYERS THEATRE AT THE SANDY SPRINGS PERFORMING
Subscriptions Now Available for the 2022 - 2023 Season
ANYTHING GOES (September 9 - September 25, 2022)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter.
Original Book by P.G Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse.
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
It's delightful, delicious and de-lovely! Music, dance, laughter and romance collide in this hilarious shipboard romp, recently updated for contemporary audiences, and presented to great acclaim on Broadway and in London’s West End. When evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney sets sail on the SS American, she encounters old friends and an unexpected love interest in the form of a wealthy Englishman. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good oldfashioned blackmail, Reno and her friends set out to make it a memorable journey for all aboard.
IN THE HEIGHTS (October 21 - November 6, 2022)
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
From the Tony®, Pulitzer® and Grammy® award-winning creator of HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (March 10 - March 26, 2023)
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle.
Music by John Du Prez.
“Lovingly ripped off” from the classic 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and of their search for the elusive Holy Grail. Assisted in their journey by the glamorous Lady of the Lake, the knights sing and dance their way through medieval England, where they encounter cows, chorus girls, a killer rabbit, and assorted French people.
CATS (May 5 - May 21, 2023)
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.
Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award Recipient Baayork Lee, audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical, which includes one of the most treasured songs in musical theatre — "Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. This all-singing, all-dancing musical spectacular has been translated into 16 languages, seen by more than 73 million people worldwide, and is still one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history. Producers Circle Members can begin renewing their memberships and subscriptions immediately.
Current subscribers can renew their subscriptions May 10 - June 6, 2022. New subscriptions will be available to the public beginning June 21, 2022. Complete details can be found at www.CitySpringsTheatre.com or by calling 404-477-4365.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Kelly Criss, Peyton Johnson & Vinnie Mascola (Photo by Daniel Parvis)
The lecherous Sir John Falstaff sets his sights on the wives of Windsor, leading to a side splitting evening filled with mischief, schemes, a buck (laundry) basket, a forest full of fairies and one giant pair of horns.
MAY 7 - MAY 29 THU - SUN
GUEST COMPANY EVENT: THE WAKE / A NEW PLAY WITH OLD IRISH SONGS (SUNDAY EVENINGS ONLY)
Performances Sundays evenings May 15, 22 at 7:30pm only.
Food and drinks available from 6:15pm-7:20pm
By Vynnie Meli
Additional Music by Scott DePoy
With Lyrics by Vynnie Meli
Directed by Mira Hirsch
Memories are the breadcrumbs we leave along the way for our friends and family to remember us by. And Finn O'Conner has left plenty. His old cronies gather one last time to raise a glass to their friend and to the sorry shape he left them in. Nobody has more fun at a wake than the Irish. The illustrious cast plays traditional Irish songs you know and love and some untraditional ones you'll cozy up to. It'll be a lively evening - on the stage and in the audience. You don't have to wear your Sunday best, but a thick skin might come in handy.
The Process Theatre and OnStage Atlanta are proud to present the Atlanta premiere of A VERY SORDID WEDDING by Del Shores, directed by The Process Theatre's Artistic Director DeWayne Morgan.
Running May 6-May 29
at OnStage Atlanta
Homos, Or Everyone in America
By Jordan Seavey
“Love is love” – but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, Homos, or Everyone in America is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart.
DATES: May 5 - 21, 2022
Pete the Cat
Apr 5-May 29
PUPPET SHOWS | AGES 4-12 | CENTER
Based on the award-winning book series by Kim and James Dean
Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines
A groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. Inspired by the NYTimes bestseller series, the production invites audiences to the “Pete the Cat Club.” Stories included are: Pete the Cat: Rock On Mom and Dad, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, Pete the Cat’s Big Lunch, SCUBA-Cat, The New Guy, Valentine’s Day is Cool, Robo-Pete, and Bedtime Blues. Pete the Cat features rod puppets, projected animations, original music and interactive elements, such as singing along with The Wheels on the Bus and helping Pete solve a math problem. The cast includes veteran performers at the Center for Puppetry Arts and Puppeteer/Composer Dolph Amick, who wrote the original music.
Reduced-priced preview performances are available on April 5.
Our goal is for people to leave the theater saying, “I just saw Pete the Cat. Alive-right there in front of me! – Jon Ludwig, Artistic Director
Themes: Emotions, celebrating differences, friendship, music
Puppetry Styles: Rod
Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ : Pete the Cat Hand Puppet
Your Center ticket includes the performance, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.™
Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Pete the Cat Rod Puppet
Spring and Summer at Aurora Children’s Playhouse
Aurora Theatre assembles the best children’s performers in the region, bringing them to Gwinnett County in order to give parents and their children a chance to experience their artistry in our amazing facility in downtown Lawrenceville.
We feature puppeteers, magicians, storytellers, jugglers and musicians as a part of this series intended for youngsters to have their first theatrical experiences. At about 45 minutes in length, perfect for the young attention span, these lively performances are fun for the whole family.
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS updated 8/19/2021
A mask is required for everyone ages 2 and over.
All people inside the building are required to wear a mask at all times.
Seating will be reduced to half-capacity for all Aurora Children’s Playhouse performances.
Audiences will be asked to socially distance in the theatre.
There will be no food or drink allowed in the theatre and no concessions will be sold.
Anyone exhibiting any signs of a coronavirus, including but not limited to cough, fatigue, headache, excessive sneezing or elevated temperature, are asked to stay home.
Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
Advanced cleaning procedures have been adopted.
HVAC Upgrades including the addition of 20 ionization units and outside air intake was increased on the 17 existing RTU’s to provide cleaner, fresher air.
We believe that maintaining the health and safety of our community, including our staff, artists and patrons, shouldn’t be a matter of debate or political preference. To that end, we ask everyone in our community to respect these policies.
Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and patience.
The Situation is fluid. Please check back for updates.
Jun 8, 2022
Enjoy a high-energy adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream using puppets, live music, and silly props to bring the story to life for even the youngest of theatergoers. At about forty-five minutes in length, this hilarious show is sure to ignite the imagination of children as they experience Shakespeare’s magic.
Jun 15, 2022
An exciting exploration of electricity and heat for the entire family. Watch the Big Thinkers experiment with a 50,000 volt Tesla coil and enjoy hands-on demonstrations of a hair-raising electrostatic generator, an indoor lightning strike and an experiment with levitation using static electricity. Full of audience participation, this action-packed show combines learning and fun to help answer kids’ burning scientific questions while entertaining them with shocking experiments.
Squeeze the Clown
Jun 22, 2022
Squeeze the Clown takes his audience on a wonderful trip of clown music, clown magic, and clown imagination. Inspired by Motown era soul music, Buster Keaton, and the circus, Squeeze expands our perception of what is possible. Audiences will be mesmerized and filled with Joy from the antics of Squeeze the Clown.
Blacktop Playground: Improv Comedy for Kids
Jun 29, 2022
What happens when a T-Rex tries to fly an airplane? If you skip dessert, does your cupcake cry because it misses you? Using quick wit and imagination, Blacktop instantly creates funny scenes using suggestions from the crowd, and when those suggestions come from kids, you get a hilariously creative comedy show with tons of audience interaction.