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A Christmas Carol

Adapted for Performance
and Directed by Tony Brown

Anthony P. Rodriguez is back for the eleventh year with his mesmerizing solo performance of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Not unlike what Charles Dickens himself did in the 1800’s, Mr. Rodriguez focuses on the classic art of storytelling, using his voice and mannerisms to bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the remarkable ghosts found in the greatest Christmas story of all time.

The exhilarating one-man Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns for a limited 4-week engagement. Nestled in the intimate 80-seat PeachStare Federal Credit Union Studio, the theatre is transformed to make you feel as though Mr. Dickens has personally invited you into his parlor. Although a few amazing theatrical effects have been added, this rendition captures the true spirit of Christmas–the joy of giving. The story is adapted for the stage and directed by Tony Brown. Audiences will remember Mr. Brown from his memorable turns on the Aurora Theatre Stage (Merlin in Camelot, Colonel Mustard in Clue: The Musical).

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November 24–December 23, 2017

Performances:
In repertory with The 12 Dates of Christmas.
Dates and times vary. Click the BUY TICKETS link for detailed information.
Tickets $20–$30

All remaining performances of A Christmas Carol are Sold Out!


MIMOSA MATINEES

Aurora will be serving mimosas before all Saturday and Sunday matinees of Christmas Canteen, A Christmas Carol and The 12 Dates of Christmas. The holidays just got a little more bubbly.


HOLIDATE

The holidays can be a busy time with the kids, friends and visiting family. It can be a tough time of year for couples to keep romance alive. Make time for a Holidate. When you dine with one of Aurora’ official restaurant partners (Dominick’s, Local Republic, Universal Joint, La Cazuela, Oyster Bay Seafood Café & McCray’s Tavern) and bring your dinner receipt to a performance of A Christmas Carol you and your date will receive a complimentary drink coupon! Reserve tickets and snuggle up with your sweetie at Aurora, it’s getting cold outside.


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 The Festival of Trees

To ensure that everyone has a heart-warming holiday season, Aurora Theatre’s Festival of Trees invites patrons to support the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive and local food banks. Read More…

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12 Dates
A Christmas Carol
Christmas Canteen

Canteen - Cast
Canteen - Production
Canteen - Band

Actor/Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder

Anthony P. Rodriguez

Anthony P. Rodriguez

Actor/Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder

ANTHONY P. RODRIGUEZ (Actor/Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder) Aurora Theatre opened in the summer of 1996 and Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence established Aurora Theatre, Inc. as a non-profit organization in 1999. Under their leadership, the theatre grew from 120 season subscribers to the 5100 subscribers Aurora Theatre currently boasts. Aurora’s success led to an ABBY Award nomination in 2002 for Arts Professional of the Year. Mr. Rodriguez’s greatest accomplishment to date was the successful negotiation to relocate Aurora Theatre to downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia where it serves as the cornerstone for their revitalization. This nearly $7.5 million complex houses 2 theatres, rehearsal space and offices and opened in the spring of 2007. Aurora’s accomplishments include: Learning Library, an Educational Theatre Program, Aurora’s Apprenticeship for recent college graduates, Aurora Academy and Conservatory where students learn about theatre from working professionals, Aurora’s Musicals by Moonlight an annual outdoor summer concert, Cabaret and Comedy Series musical and stand-up comedy evenings between mainstage events, and Teatro Aurora, a professional Spanish-language theatre company that was created to highlight Latino cultural heritage and to help build social bridges in our community. Anthony is currently Chair of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, he is the first Latino and Arts leader to serve in that position and is past Chair of Partnership Gwinnett. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, Theatre Communications Group, Duluth Rotary Club, and the national steering committee for the Latino Theatre Commons. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Marist High School, the University of Georgia with a BFA in theatre, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures’ Leadership Institute and Advocacy Institute. Mr. Rodriguez is a Cancer Survivor and has been cancer free for 25 years.

Tour Actor

Cory Phelps

Cory Phelps

Tour Actor

CORY PHELPS is an actor, director, teaching artist, and arts administrator. He is a proud graduate of Aurora's AppCo17. His Aurora credits include: Singles in Agriculture (Joel u/s), Grace for President (Anthony/Mr. Waller), and now returning for his second consecutive year, the one-man version of A Christmas Carol tour. Other acting credits include: Othello (Iago) at The Warehouse Theatre, currently Frosty! (Paddy) at Marietta's Theatre in the Square, and upcoming Love's Labour's Lost (Longaville) at the Shakespeare Tavern. Cory is on staff at Georgia Ensemble Theatre & Conservatory working as a Teaching Associate. He is represented by JTA Talent. Thank you to Aurora for continuing to be an artistic home. Happy Holidays! Education: Western Carolina University, BFA Acting. Website: www.coryphelps.com

Associate Producer/Co-Founder

Ann-Carol Pence

Ann-Carol Pence

Associate Producer/Co-Founder

ANN-CAROL PENCE (Associate Producer/Co-Founder) arranged the music for Aurora’s first Christmas Canteen in 1996 and was hired full-time in September of 1998 as Resident Musical Director. An education major at James Madison University, she used her background to develop Learning Library (or L2). As a musician, she created Aurora’s Musicals by Moonlight, and Aurora’s New Musical Initiative. She has performed as pianist and/or music director both nationally (Goodspeed Opera House, Pasadena Playhouse, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Kennedy Center) and locally (The Alliance, Theatrical Outfit, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, The Horizon). As a proud citizen of Gwinnett, Ann-Carol is most proud of Aurora Theatre winning the 26 AURORA THEATRE Gwinnett’s Only Professional Theatre first ever Pinnacle Award for Large Non-Profit. This goes well with her 4 Suzi Awards for Outstanding Music Direction for Mary Poppins and Les Misérables, Aurora’s world premiere of Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale, and A Catered Affair and her multiple nominations for In the Heights, Memphis, A Year with Frog & Toad, Annie Get Your Gun, Godspell, Singin’ in the Rain and A Chorus Line. She is a participant in the 2016 Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute and member of the “Best Class Ever!”

Associate Artistic Director

Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson

Associate Artistic Director

JUSTIN ANDERSON (Associate Artistic Director) has served as Aurora Theatre's Associate Artistic Director since 2014. His directorial work has earned him both popular and critical praise, along with Seven Suzi Bass Award Nominations for Best Direction (Winner for Boublil and Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES at Aurora Theatre in 2013). He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia where he directs and teaches courses in acting and musical theatre. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Campbell University and an M.A. in Theatre Studies from Regent University, with additional course study at Rutgers. For a complete list of directing credits and for information about upcoming projects, please visit the website below.

Director

Tony Brown

Tony Brown

Director

TONY BROWN (Adapter/Director, A CHRISTMAS CAROL) is honored to be a part of this annual Aurora holiday tradition. A member of Aurora’s Summer Concert Series (The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Wizard of Oz), he has appeared on Aurora's mainstage as Merlin in Camelot, as well as the Interlocutor in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Colonel Mustard in Clue: The Musical. He also directed the Suzi nominated Over the River and Through the Woods. Tony is a senior company member in his 26th consecutive season with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Directing: A Christmas Carol (in its 14th year), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, A Man for All Seasons, Our Town, Cymbeline, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest and King Lear. Acting credits exceed 3,200 performances, and having completed Shakespeare’s canon. Favorite roles: King John of France in Edward III, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Bellomy in The Fantasticks, Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and every role Shakespeare wrote for Sir John Falstaff (Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and The Merry Wives of Windsor). He’s also acted for Georgia Ensemble Theatre and acted and directed for Art Within. He wishes to thank the good people of Gwinnett for placing this theatre at the heart of its social and cultural life, and Tony Rodriguez for this glorious 11 year partnership. Love to Sharon, Bradshaw and Nola. Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da Gloriam!

Director - Tour

Katie Erin Chambers*

Katie Erin Chambers*

Director - Tour

KATIE ERIN CHAMBERS* (Resident Stage Manager) is excited to be entering her 5th season with Aurora Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, a member of Actor’s Equity, and a proud alumna of Aurora's 2013-14 Apprentice Company. She has previously stage managed in Atlanta for Horizon Theatre Company, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre and Habima Theatre. She has also served as coordinator for the New South Young Playwrights’ Festival, production manager for the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival, and coordinator for the Atlanta Unified Auditions.

Stage Manager

Anna Lee

Anna Lee

Stage Manager

ANNA LEE (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies and is thrilled to be working with the Aurora, having most recently stage managed Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up. Stage Management credits: A Man of No Importance (KSU), Youth Players and Junior Players (Alliance Theater Education), Fish Eye (Aurora AppCo Alumni Series), and Julius Caesar and Antigone (Impulse Repertory Co.). Upcoming: Feathers and Teeth (KSU, Sound Designer). Big thanks to her parents, David, all of the Katies she knows, and the audience for supporting live theater. annalee.me 

 

School Talkback Facilitator/ Tour SM

Russell E. Alexander II

Russell E. Alexander II

School Talkback Facilitator/ Tour SM

RUSSELL E. ALEXANDER II (A CHRISTMAS CAROL School Talkback Facilitator) is thrilled to be a member of Aurora Theatre's AppCo18 having recently appeared in Goosebumps: The Musical. He's a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in Theatre Performance. UAB credits include: Bat Boy: The Musical (Bat Boy), Avenue Q (Nicky), & Stupid F***ing Bird (Con), for which he received the national award for “Best Actor in a Mainstage” from the Kennedy Center. Professional credits include: The Wiz (Scarecrow) at Birmingham’s Red Mountain Theatre, A Chorus Line (Richie) at Ohio’s Huron Playhouse, & Occupants (La Chi Chi) at the Kennedy Center’s 2016 National Playwright’s Workshop.

Scenic Designers

Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay

Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay

Scenic Designers

ISABEL AND MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY'S** (Set Designers) work can be seen on stages around Atlanta as well as on several regional stages. Kenny Leon’s True Colors: Between Riverside and Crazy, Proof, American Buffalo, Exit Strategy, Smart People, Two Trains Running, Detroit 67, Spunk. Other favorite recent Atlanta credits include The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness As Told By An African American Man Who Also Happened To Be Black (Alliance Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors, Appropriate and Murder Ballad (Actors Express), Freed Spirits, The Toxic Avenger, and Detroit (Horizon theatre), I’m not Rapport, Wit, and Clybourne Park (Aurora Theatre) and R. Buckminster Fuller and the History and Mystery of the Universe, and Big Fish (Theatrical Outfit). Isabel and Moriah are the recipients of seven Suzi Bass Awards, Resident Scenic Designers at Horizon Theatre, Artistic Associates at Theatrical Outfit, and members of IATSE, United Scenic Artists 829.

Lighting Designer/Assistant Technical Director

Dylan Whitfield

Dylan Whitfield

Lighting Designer/Assistant Technical Director

DYLAN WHITFIELD (Master Electrician) is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Theatre. While at UGA, he was the Master Electrician and only undergraduate Lighting Designer of the Department of Theatre for 2 years. He was also the Technical Director of the nation’s oldest student ran theatre group; The Thalian Blackfriars. More recently, Dylan has freelanced in Atlanta designing lights and working as a set and stage electrician for various venues and companies including, The Classic Center in Athens, Six Flags Over Georgia, and ON Services. He would like to thank Lauren Robinson for this opportunity, and Sarah Stratton for her continued love and support.

Technical Theatre Apprentice

Cody Evins

Cody Evins

Technical Theatre Apprentice

CODY EVINS (Technical Theatre Apprentice), originally from Franklin, Tennessee, is a recent graduate of Furman University where he received a degree in Theatre Arts. In addition to his work with the Furman Theatre Department, he spent three years with the Furman Pauper Players, a student-run musical theatre troupe, and served as the president of that group in his final year. Recently he has worked as a stage manager and a scene shop assistant at Centre Stage South Carolina and as a props apprentice at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC.

Costume Designer

Alan Yeong

Alan Yeong

Costume Designer

ALAN YEONG is lucky to be collaborating with an amazing production design team and acting company. Alan is a Professor of Costume Design at The University of West Georgia during the day, occasionally freelancing with metro Atlanta theatre companies for the past 17 years. He recently was honored with 2016 Broadway World Atlanta Regional Best Professional Costume Design for a Musical for Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse). Several Suzi Bass Award nominations-- Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse), Les Miserables (Aurora Theatre), The Little Foxes (Theatre-in-the-Square). Special thanks to all of his friends, colleagues, students, and University of West Georgia Theatre Arts Department for allowing him to continually be part of the vibrant metro Atlanta theatre community. Come visit, alanyeong.com

Production Manager

Daniel Pope

Daniel Pope

Production Manager

DANIEL POPE (Production Manager) is proud to be joining the great team at Aurora Theatre as Production Manager. Daniel has been a sound designer and engineer in the Atlanta area for the past seven years. He's had the pleasure of designing sound for the Aurora Theatre on many occasions on shows such as: Into the Woods, Christmas Canteen, Sweep, and most recently The Bridges of Madison County. Additionally, he's worked on countless other productions in the Atlanta theatre community including: Evita and A Streetcar Named Desire as Sound Designer and Production Manager at Serenbe Playhouse. Daniel received a Bachelors in Marketing with a specialization in sales and a minor in Music from The University of West Georgia in 2010.

Technical Director

Andrew O’Neal

Andrew O’Neal

Technical Director

ANDREW O'NEAL (Technical Director) is excited to start his first season with Aurora Theatre. Previously, Andrew came to Georgia from Virginia where he worked at Radford University as the Assistant Technical Director. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2014 with his MFA in technical production.

Scenic Painter

Sarah Thomson

Sarah Thomson

Scenic Painter

SARAH THOMSON (Scenic Painter) loves to paint and has been gracing the sets of Aurora Theatre for the last 11 seasons. A resident of Johns Creek, she brings her talents and her crew of Jack and Dylan to support her in her endeavors. Sarah designed and painted sets for many years while her daughter danced with Susan Chambers Theatre Dance. In a previous life, she was the scenic artist for Casa Mañana Theatre, Casa on the Square, Fort Worth Ballet, Dallas Shakespeare in the Park, Dallas Summer Musicals and Six Flags. She has worked with Southwest Studios and Stageworks where she served as scenic artist. Children of a Lesser God also featured Sarah’s original artwork. She is accompanied by her man of the North, Ian.

Company Manager

Katie Pelkey

Katie Pelkey

Company Manager

KATIE PELKEY (Company Manager) is celebrating ten seasons with Aurora! In 2013 Katie transitioned to the role of Company Manager, having previously served as Resident Stage Manager. She also created the highly-successful Stage Management Apprentice Company program that operates simultaneously with Aurora’s Acting Apprentice Company program. For five seasons she worked as Aurora’s Educational Resources Associate developing educational curriculum for teachers to use in conjunction with Aurora’s TYA Learning Library offerings. And for over a decade Katie served as Production Stage Manager for New Plays for Young Audiences, a prestigious TYA summer staged reading series based at New York University. She received her BA in Educational Theatre from New York University with a minor in Dramatic Literature. Many thanks to Michael and Maxwell for their love and support!

Spanish Script Translator

Louis R. Hernandez

Louis R. Hernandez

Spanish Script Translator