Speakeysie News Desk – April 8, 2023
April line-up includes a downpour of concerts, cultural events and children’s programming
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Spring has officially sprung, and Aurora Theatre invites the community to join in for a month filled with fun! Children’s Playhouse shows include The Princess and the Pea, Y’all and Digger’s Dino Show. Brenda Nicole Moorer and the Sistas of Soul are set to bring the house down with concerts this month, while comedian David Perdue is sure to have audiences in stitches. Teatro Aurora has a busy month ahead with an outdoor extravaganza in honor of Día de los Niños y Niñas and a comedy show, Comedia: Ni De Aquí, Ni de Allá. Aurora Academy will give families a preview of what’s to come this summer at the Summer Camp Open House & One-Day Sale. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical also continues through the first week of April.
LAWRENCEVILLE ARTS CENTER LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
Brenda Nicole Moorer
Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
Bartow & Leslie Morgan Cabaret Brenda Nicole Moorer and her trio will bring an evening of smooth jazz to the intimate Bartow & Leslie Morgan Cabaret. Mixing her love of traditional jazz standards with original, improvised compositions, she has become a storyteller who experiments with musical boundaries, exploring everything from jazz to traditional folk, striving for authentic voice and expression in a melting pot of sound. Jazz FM’s Jeff Osbourne calls Brenda Nicole Moorer “a great vocalist who’s equally well-balanced between jazz and soul.”Sistas of Soul
NEW DATE: Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $25
Metro Waterproofing Main StageThese “Sistas of Soul” shaped the music industry and recorded some of the most memorable music of all time. Join Aurora Theatre for a look back at the greats: Etta, Gladys, Patti, Roberta, The Voice, The Queen of Soul and so many more. Hop on that Midnight Train to Georgia and bring a New Attitude and Respect for these legends. Our powerhouse vocalists will take this One Moment in Time to be Killing You Softly with these songs.
TEATRO AURORATeatro Aurora & El Consulado de México Presents: Día de los Niños y Niñas
Sunday, April 30 at noon
This event is FREE
LAC Courtyard StageThis free event will be open to all as a celebration of Día de los Niños y Niñas, a holiday dedicated to childhood. In collaboration with the Mexican Consulate, the afternoon will feature workshops, entertainment, food, and many more surprises for families to enjoy together in the LAC Courtyard.Comedia: Ni De
Aquí, Ni de Allá
Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.
Bartow & Leslie Morgan CabaretAfter two years in the making, Aurora Theatre is proud to present Comedia: Ni De Aquí, Ni de Allá. This stand-up comedy show is performed entirely in Spanish, bringing the best Latino comedians from around Georgia, with each one representing a part of the diverse cultures that found in the Lawrenceville community and across the nation. ¡Te esperamos!
AURORA COMEDY NIGHTS
Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
Bartow & Leslie Morgan CabaretNot the US senator—but comedian and Atlanta native David Perdue has found nearly as much fame. Audiences will recognize him for appearances on Comedy Central, FuseTV, EPIX, and Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, as well as his role co-hosting sports-comedy podcast Forth and Ten and the political-comedy podcast The Confused Caucus. David was also selected for a 2022 Climate Comedy Cohort created and directed by Generation180, as well as the Center for Media and Social Impact’s Good Laugh Initiative.
AURORA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE
The Princess and The Pea, Y’all
Saturday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Metro Waterproofing Main StageThis witty, one-of-a-kind adaptation by That Puppet Guy uses beautifully costumed hand puppets and live vocal characterizations to poke a little Southern-fried fun at the classic story of a kingdom in search of a “real” princess. Twenty mattresses later, everyone in the kingdom learns not to “judge a book by its cover” and it’s “happily ever after, y’all.”
Digger’s Dino Show
Saturday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m.
Metro Waterproofing Main StageThe Story Ship productions returns with a science-based immersive adventure complete with original music, animation, magic, puppetry, and storytelling. The story follows Paleontologist Diggery Digger as unleashes the DinoSauroScope 3000—aka DINA—, taking the audience back in time to interact with dinosaurs. But when he uses DINA on a large dinosaur egg, dinosaurs in museums around the world start to come alive! Families are invited to come along for a rocking dino adventure as they help Diggery save the human race.
Summer Camp Open House & One-Day Sale
Monday, April 17
Open House from 4:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.Families can experience what Aurora Theatre Academy has to offer at this special open house event featuring tours of the Lawrenceville Arts Center and class samples with Aurora actors and teaching artists. Performance based summer camps being offered in 2023 include Finding Nemo Jr. and Mean Girls Jr.
LAWRENCEVILLE ARTS CENTER FEATURED RENTALART/MOTION presented by Chattanooga Ballet
Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
Metro Waterproofing MainstageChattanooga Ballet (CHA Ballet) is the only professional ballet company in Chattanooga, operating with the mission to “serve through the power of dance.” As part of that mission, CHA Ballet aims to provide communities with more opportunities to see professional dance performances. The company performs a varied repertoire from nationally recognized choreographers with works ranging from classical to contemporary and modern. Made up of dancers with exceptional ballet technique and inspiring artistry, CHA Ballet will provide an unforgettable evening on its ART/Motion Tour.
Les Misérables School Edition
Presented by the School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett
April 20 – 22
Thursday – Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $15
Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage One of the world’s most iconic and longest-running musicals, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who spends a lifetime seeking redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and the aftermath of the French Revolution, this timeless story of intertwined destinies reveals the power of compassion and the quiet evil of indifference to human suffering. This sung-through piece is performed by a cast of exceptional young artists. School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett is a rigorous theatre training program that serves students from all over Gwinnett County. They have tackled this masterpiece with excellence and poise, telling a beautifully haunting story that is sure to captivate audiences. Support local arts and join them for a night of truly thrilling theatre!
Presented by OHO Productions
Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $45
Metro Waterproofing Main StageAakash Gupta, winner of Amazon Prime Comicstaan Season 2, is one of the top comedic voices of his generation, having achieved success online and on the stage. His extremely popular stand-up videos have been viewed over 190 million times and trended heavily on social media. With more than 500 sold-out stand-up gigs under his belt, there is little doubt Aakash will have audiences in stitches with his witty, relatable humor on the international leg of his show.
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, April 9
Tickets start at $21
Metro Waterproofing Main StageThe electrifying “Queen of Disco” shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. A 5-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend, Donna Summer is known for mega-hits like Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, and No More Tears (Enough Is Enough). Less well-known is what it took to get there. In this jukebox musical, audiences discover the story of Donna Summer risking it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.
TICKETS Tickets for all April events may be purchased online at my.lvilleartscenter.com or by calling the Box Office at 678.226.6222.