The Lawrenceville Arts Center, Home of Aurora Theatre, Offers Plentiful Programming this November

Speakeysie News Desk

Gwinnett arts destination gives theatregoers something to be thankful for with comedy nights, cultural events and the return of Christmas Canteen

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (October 31, 2022)– Aurora Theatre is kicking off the holiday season with a line-up of festive, fun events this November. Audiences of all ages will discover afternoons of culture with events that include a concert from fusion band Quarteto Nuevo and a Children’s Playhouse show dedicated to international stories of thankfulness at Happy ThanksTelling: World Folktales of Gratitude. Meanwhile, The Boys Are Back cabaret tribute will bring the best boybands from every era together for one night only. Holly jolly laughs are sure to be had at Aurora Theatre’s beloved holiday revue Christmas Canteen and at comedy nights with Mike Albanese. Contemporary Classics will present a re-telling of The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Gwinnett County Public Library makes a stop at the Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage for its Hooper-Renwick Memorial Author Speaker Series.


Christmas Canteen
Friday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Dec. 23
Tickets start at $40
Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage

Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition returns to the lavish Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage Theatre at the Lawrenceville Arts Center. Each year this stunning revue is an explosion of Christmas magic brimming with songs and comic sketches in a heartwarming yuletide treat that delights all ages. This cup of eggnog for the holiday soul will be the highlight of the festive season! 


Quarteto Nuevo 
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.
Tickets start at $27
Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage

See the international touring sensation at a special matinee concert event! Quarteto Nuevo is a fusion band that merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz music, melding the sounds of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove. The ensemble’s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms that enchant audiences of all ages.

The Boys Are Back  New Date!
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $25
Metro Waterproofing Main Stage

From Independent Artists’ Playhouse & Innovative Theatrics LLC, the creative genius behind recent Aurora favorites Men of Motown and Ladies of the 80s, the hottest boy bands from the ‘60s through today are making a comeback. This cabaret tribute to boy bands will feature the iconic smooth vocals and explosive dance moves audiences expect as local artists perform the biggest hits from The Beatles, The Jackson 5, Boyz II Men, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, BTS and One Direction.


Mike Albanese
Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Bartow & Leslie Morgan Cabaret

Mike Albanese, food-obsessed writer and comedian with Gwinnett roots, returns to perform for his hometown crowd! He is a producer for Atlanta’s famous Red Clay Comedy Festival and can be seen as a recurring character on BET’s hit show The Game, in the 2016 feature film American Dirtbags and on his food-focused YouTube channel EAT MIKE. Mike finds his humor in his internal struggle with health, crippling paranoia and his longing for that perfect girl — with whom he will inevitably blow it.


Happy ThanksTelling: World Folktales of Gratitude
Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $7
Metro Waterproofing Main Stage

Throughout history and in cultures near and far, thankfulness has been a common theme in tales, folklore and legends. Using interactive performances, master storyteller Barry Stewart Mann shares a few of these funny and moving tales that celebrate gratitude. This show is perfect for families looking for children’s activities during the holiday weekend.


The Importance of Being Earnest
Presented by Contemporary Classics
Friday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 6
Tickets: $20
Peach State Federal Union Studio

What starts as a simple meeting between friends becomes one of the most popular stories of all time. Proposals, engagements, arrangements and laughs abound in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners. This production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” turns the focus to the BIPOC artists working on the timeless script.

Hooper Renwick Building Bridges Speaker Series
Presented by Gwinnett County Public Library
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage

The Gwinnett County Public Library exists to provide a place and resources for the community to connect, learn and grow. That mission is at the heart of the Hooper-Renwick Memorial Program Fund and Endowment’s principal program, the annual Hooper-Renwick Memorial Author Speaker Series. The series acts as a primary starting point for ongoing conversations in the community with the hope of creating spaces where experiences are shared and necessary cultural change begins to take hold, increasing the opportunity for systemic and institutional change.


CanTEEN: Holiday Musical Theatre Intensive
Nov. 3 – Dec. 6
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For the first time ever, Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition is looking for teen performers and musicians who wish to take the stage in a “TEEN”-led explosion of Christmas magic! In this musical theatre intensive, students will learn what it takes to put on a heartwarming performance for the holiday soul from former and current “Christmas Canteen” cast members.


Tickets are currently on sale for all November events and may be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 678.226.6222.

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