Make May Magical at the Lawrenceville Arts Center, Home of Aurora Theatre

Comedy, dance, magic and more take the stage this month

Speakeysie News Desk – May 4, 2023

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (May 2, 2023) – May is beginning with a bang as Aurora Theatre presents a bold new lineup of performances. The hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, along with a performance from Dad’s Garage and Aurora Comedy Nights featuring Lace Larrabee will bring the laughs to the LAC, while 24K Magic: A Tribute to Bruno Mars brings the funk. For younger audiences, the Aurora Children’s Playhouse presents the Mago Junior Show full of magic, mimes and more! In the LAC Courtyard, audiences can enjoy a night of salsa under the stars with performances by Club Babalú in their Tributo a la Salsa Venezolana. For AAPI Heritage Month, the LAC presents a movie night featuring the heartfelt drama Minari. Guests are also invited to an unforgettable double-feature dance event presenting the classical ballet, Paquita, followed by the new contemporary ballet, Let’s Go Take a Walk.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m.
Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage
This hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes will leave audiences thinking it’s so wrong, it’s right! It’s the opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor and everything is going awry – actors are tripping over everything (including their lines), there’s a corpse can’t play dead and an unconscious leading lady! Directed by Heidi Cline McKerley, this hilarious comedy of errors is sure to be sidesplitting.

Dad’s Garage
Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $15
Bartow & Leslie Morgan Cabaret
From just down the interstate, Atlanta’s best improv group returns to Lawrenceville! Attendees will experience what Dad’s Garage does best as the troup participates in fast-paced scenes and games made up on the spot using audience suggestions, resulting in a hilarious, off-the-cuff night of comedy. It’s like TV’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?” – but starring the most talented improvisers in Atlanta.
Lace Larrabee
Friday, May 26 – Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m.
Bartow & Leslie Morgan Cabaret
Lace Larrabee is an actor, former beauty queen and America’s Got Talent semi-finalist. Now she’s taking her talent on the road in her stand-up comedy tour. Audiences will recognize Larrabee for her debut comedy album White Trash Cinderella and her hilariously relatable podcast Cheaties. In addition to her many talents, Larrabee is passionate about helping elevate the voices of other women, founding Atlanta’s first and only female stand-up comedy class: Laugh Lab.
24K Magic: A Tribute to Bruno Mars
Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets starting at $25
Bartow & Leslie Morgan Cabaret
Known for his stage performances, retro showmanship, and for performing in a wide range of musical styles, including pop, R&B, funk, soul, reggae, disco and rock, Bruno Mars is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Dynamic performer Russell Alexander II brings the magic of Mars’ music to an intimate venue for an up-close experience with the music, including hits like Uptown Funk, Just The Way You Are (Amazing), Grenade, 24K Magic and more.
Mago Junior Show
Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $7
Metro Waterproofing Main Stage
In a fusion of magic, juggling, mimes and more, the Mago Junior Show is an enchanting display of the wonders of magic! Mago Junior Ascanio is a Venezuelan artist with more than 10 years of experience, previously working as a clown at Circo Magico Rolan. Mago has performed live throughout Atlanta and is a champion of children’s magic.
Club Babalú: Tributo a la Salsa Venezolana
Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Bring Your Own Chair, $20 Standard Seating, $30 Premium Seating
Lawrenceville Arts Center Courtyard
Fan-favorite Club Babalú is back with Hugo Sanchez Atlanta Salsa All-Stars in the LAC Courtyard. Paying tribute to Oscar De Leon, Los Blanco and Dimension Latina, this night under the stars is not to be missed! Attendees can Bring Your Own Chair (BYOC) for a $10 entry fee or opt for standard seating for $20 or premium seating for $30.
Minari Free Movie Night
Saturday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m.
This event is FREE and open to the public
Reservations strongly encouraged
Bartow & Leslie Morgan Cabaret
Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with a Free Movie Night at the Lawrenceville Arts Center!
In this tender, family-oriented drama, a Korean-American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Paquita presented by Avoda Dance Company
Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $25
Metro Waterproofing Main Stage
The classical ballet Paquita tells the story of a young girl who is kidnapped and raised by gypsies after the sudden death of her parents. Following Paquita, the Avoda Dance Company will present a new contemporary ballet, Let’s Go Take a Walk. Guests are invited to see this double-feature dance event choreographed by Riley C. Bryson, Nancy Glasscock and Melinda C. Jacques at the historic Bobby Sikes Theatre.
Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director Ann-Carol Pence and Managing Director Katie Pelkey, now in its 27th Season, Aurora Theatre is resident company and manager of the Lawrenceville Arts Center. Theatrical productions 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 Aurora. Nestled on the historic downtown square, Lawrenceville Arts Center has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Lawrenceville Arts Center (LAC) is a world-class facility with five venues, with the ability to host performances and community events both indoors and outdoors. Aurora Theatre, co-founded by Anthony Rodriguez & Ann-Carol Pence, has garnered numerous accolades that include a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, winner of countless Suzi Bass Awards, Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Places to Work,” Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta” for Best Inclusive Programming, Gwinnett Chamber’s Inaugural Moxie Award for Outstanding Woman-led Organization, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts, and Gwinnett Chamber’s IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.

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