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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film

Directed by Justin AndersonSuzi Recommended
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Ricardo Aponte
Based on the Victor Hugo novel, this epic musical traces the journey of Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer in a cold, cathedral tower as he discovers his inner strength. His guardian, Archdeacon Frollo, seethes as all of Paris readies for the annual Feast of Fools. Frollo becomes obsessed with scouring the Gypsies from the city, even as he lusts after the beautiful dancer Esmeralda. This beloved medieval love story examines, “What makes a monster and what makes a man?” and features a lush score by Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).

A Co-Production with

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Running Time
Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes.
There is one 15-minute intermission.

 Mature Themes and Adult Situations


The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a part of the

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July 20–August 27, 2017

Performances:
Tuesday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $30–$65

Tuesday Discount Matinees on
8/1 and 8/15 at 10:00am
Tickets from $20

Groups of 10+ Call: 678.226.6222 x.116 or Email: groups@auroratheatre.com
Sold out on 7/20, 7/30, 8/5 at 8pm, 8/13, 8/20, /22, 8/23, 8/24 and 8/27!

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LOBBY ART EXHIBIT: The LONA Gallery

The art show is called “Focus on Photography” featuring fine art photography by Artemus Blue, Theresa Bey, and Ileana McCaigue.  All the photos tell a story of life from behind the lens from the photographer’s point of view.

“The Lone Waiter of Peniscola” by Ileana McCaigue

“Jazz Dance” by Artemus Blue



OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION lacazuela_logo
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TACO TUESDAY! 
Free taco samples on Tuesdays from 7:00–8:00pm prior to our Mainstage performance.

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WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY
The popular (and FREE) wine tasting in the lobby before ALL Wednesday evening performances from 7:00–8:00pm.

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THIRSTY THURSDAY
Free wine & craft beer samples on Thursdays from 7:00–8:00pm prior to our MainStage performance.

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Quasimodo

Haden Rider

Haden Rider

Quasimodo

This is Haden’s first production with Aurora/Theatrical Outfit and he could not be more excited to share the stage with such a talented cast and crew. Haden is Co-Founder/Director of the national award winning Play on Players children's theatre in Gainesville, GA and a proud member of The Freddie G Fellowship. Haden holds a BA theatre degree and is an alumni of Brenau University- Gainesville Theatre Alliance '14. Besides performing and directing, Haden is a self-employed vocal teacher/coach. Previous credits include: Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar), Ethan Girard (The Full Monty ), Mary Sunshine (Chicago), Jynx (Forever Plaid), and Link Larkin (Hairspray). Many thanks to the Aurora/Theatrical Outfit team, family, and amazing friends for all their love and support. Break legs, cast & crew- have fun out there. Enjoy the show!

Dom Claude Frollo

David De Vries

David De Vries

Dom Claude Frollo

David de Vries* debuts at Aurora after having won last year’s Suzi Award for directing the critically acclaimed I’m Not Rappaport. He performed with the company of Beauty and the Beast as Lumiere on Broadway, in Canada, and on two National Tours.  He closed the Broadway company in 2007. David also spent 3 years with Wicked in Los Angeles, Chicago and the 2nd National Tour as Dr. Dillamond.  He can be seen in recent feature films like The Founder, The Accountant, Captain America: Civil War and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.  On television, credits include House of Cards, Nashville, Halt and Catch Fire, Killing Reagan, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for HBO. He is an Audie and Odyssey Award winning narrator for his performance in Echo and has voiced over 100, including his Audie nominated performance of Caldecott winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

Esmeralda

Julissa Sabino

Julissa Sabino

Esmeralda

Julissa Sabino* is happy to be home again with her Aurora Theatre family! Previous Atlanta credits: In The Heights (Aurora/Theatrical Outfit); GREASE (Serenbe Playhouse); Rent, The Rocky Horror Show (Actor’s Express); James and the Giant Peach, The Lizard and El Sol (Alliance Theatre); The Toxic Avenger (Horizon Theatre Company), Big Fish (Theatrical Outift); Rocket Boys (The Legacy Theatre) . TV/Film: Tyler Perry's If Loving You Is Wrong (Gina). Julissa previously studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She would like to thank you the patrons, Mami and Jeremiah.

Clopin Trouillefou

Kevin Harry

Kevin Harry

Clopin Trouillefou

Kevin Harry is happy to return to the Aurora Theatre stage. Audiences may remember him as Javert in both productions of Les Miserables. He was most recently seen at Actor's Express, in the critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd, in the title role. He was given the Suzi Bass Award for Best Actor in a Musical, and was previously named Creative Loafing's Best Male Actor. Regional credits include Dreamgirls, Annie, Ragtime, RENT, Murder Ballad, The Rocky Horror Show and Company. When not acting or singing, Kevin is a Recruiter at Turner as well as a headshot/portrait photographer. Much love to my wife Michele, and family for all the love & support.

Phoebus

Lowrey Bown

Lowrey Bown

Phoebus

LOWREY BOWN (Phoebus) is thrilled to be back at the Aurora Theater. He was last seen here at Enjolras in Les Miserables. Thank you to my family and loving wife, Lyndsay. Enjoy the show! Other regional credits include: Company (Robert), A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge), and Edward Foote (Mr. Nevins). Tv Credits: “Vampire Diaries” (CW), “TURN” (AMC), “Too Close To Home” (TLC), “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime), and “Revolution” (NBC)

Ensemble

T’Arica Crawford

T’Arica Crawford

Ensemble

T'Arica Crawford is excited to be back home for the summer! She is graduate of Young Harris College and a proud member of Aurora Theatre's Apprentice Company 2015-2016. Recent credits include: Ghost the Musical (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Christmas Canteen 2015 (Aurora Theatre), Memphis the Musical (Aurora/Theatrical Outfit), Wrapped Up The Musical (State of the Art-Atlanta/The Non-Starving Artists, staged reading). Many thanks to her parents, her granny, and the rest of her family for their love and support. Special thanks to her Aurora family for never letting her be anything but excellent, and the people at Theatrical Outfit for always being gracious. Much love to the cast!

Ensemble

Chase Davidson

Chase Davidson

Ensemble

Chase Davidson (Ensemble/Understudy Quasimodo) is super excited to join such a talented cast . His theatre credits include:  Joseph...Dreamcoat (Simeon) at Atlanta Lyric, A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog) at Synchronicity Theater, The Secret Garden (Collin) at Serenbe Playhouse, Rent (ensemble) at Actor's Express, The Golden Ticket (Marvin Prune) with the Atlanta Opera, and Spring Awakening (Swing, u/s Moritz) 1st National Tour. Chase studied musical theatre at the Boston Conservatory.

Ensemble

Abigail Gabor

Abigail Gabor

Ensemble

Abigail Gabor (Ensemble) is delighted to continue her journey in the Atlanta theatre community with Aurora Theatre. Abigail was last seen onstage in GREASE! at Serenbe Playhouse. She is originally a native of Atlanta, but returned permanently last fall after finishing Rock of Ages in Orlando with TheatreWorks Florida. Abigail received her undergraduate in Theatre from Oklahoma City University and also holds her Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from The University of Georgia. Abigail has worked in entertainment for both The Walt Disney Company and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Many thanks to Becky and the team!

Ensemble

Steve Hudson

Steve Hudson

Ensemble

Steve Hudson (Ensemble) is delighted to return to both Aurora and Theatrical Outfit, having last worked with these fine companies in Hands on a Hardbody and Light in the Piazza, respectively.  Working with them in this co-production is a special treat.  His most recent stage credits are Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare Tavern and Company at Actor’s Express.  He has also been seen in Romeo and Juliet and Charley’s Aunt at Georgia Ensemble Theatre.  Other favorites are Patsy in The New Electric Ballroom (Aris Theatre), Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (Aurora), Charles Guiteau in Assassins (Fabrefaction Theatre Company), and Schultz in Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre in the Square).  Proverbs 9:10

Ensemble

Jelani Akil Jones

Jelani Akil Jones

Ensemble

Jelani Akil Jones is a proud graduate of Tri-Cities High School of Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program in East Point, Georgia. He studied ballet and theatre at The College Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati . He has performed with several companies both national and international such as the Alliance Theater, Atlanta Opera, True Colors Theater Company, Horizon Theater Company , Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Northern Kentucky Ballet Theatre , Cincinnati Ballet and Axam Dance Theatre Experience . He also is an accomplished choreographer and dancer who has had the privilege of studying dance at the Alvin Ailey School in New York, Atlanta Ballet, Total Dance Theatre, Ballethnic and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. He was one of the featured choreographers for the Atlanta Concert Dance Canvas in 2009 and 2010 under the direction of Angela Harris and Lift 2012 under the direction of Darryl Foster. He has been in several films such as Remember the Titans, Drumline, Stuck on Broke, and I Can Do Bad All By My Self. Thank you to my family for all of their love and support. 1 4 3 Adrienne Nicole you make me better.

Ensemble

Alexandra Karr

Alexandra Karr

Ensemble

Alexandra Karr (Ensemble/Female Swing) - Alexandra is beyond thrilled to be back home at Aurora Theatre and to make her Theatrical Outfit debut! You may have last seen her perform as the understudy in Christmas Canteen at the Aurora. Recent credits include Vamnesia/Porcupine u/s in Cinderella and Fella (Alliance Theatre), Kelly and Liz in Love/Sick (Aurora AppCo Alum Series), performed as Belle/Alice u/s in A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre), and performed as Helena u/s in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Stage Door Players). As part of the 2015 Aurora Apprentice Company, she performed as a dancer in Mary Poppins and as Britt in StinkyKids the Musical. Alexandra would like to thank Aurora and Theatrical Outfit for this opportunity, as well as her friends and family for their constant love and support.

Ensemble

Candy McLellan

Candy McLellan

Ensemble

CANDY MCLELLAN (Ensemble) is a graduate of the University of West Georgia (BA Theatre) and a recent alumnus of Aurora Theatre’s 2016-17 Apprentice Company. Most recent credits include: In the Heights, Singles in Agriculture (understudy), Christmas Canteen, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Sweep and The Bridges of Madison County (understudy), all at Aurora Theatre. At UWG, Candy directed a full-length, devised piece entitled Episodes in Sexuality. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support but especially her parents and number one fans, Sheila and Nathaniel.

Resident Stage Manager

Katie Erin Chambers*

Katie Erin Chambers*

Resident Stage Manager

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.

Ensemble

Matt McCubbin

Matt McCubbin

Ensemble

Matt McCubbin is thrilled to be a part of this amazing co-production with Aurora Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, having watched the Disney animated film approximately 1,237 times as a child. Matt has spent the last 15 months traveling to 14 countries with ArtSpot Educational Theatre performing as the title character in D'Artagnan: Defending the Crown, a show geared to help students around the world learn English. A Roanoke, VA native, Matt has worked at various regional theaters, theme parks, and opera companies throughout Virginia and Georgia. Previous roles include Don Kerr in A Chorus Line (Springer Opera House), Sir Robin in Spamalot (ShowStoppers Productions), Frankie in Plaid Tidings (The Prizery), and the ensembles of A Little Princess (Theatrical Outfit), The Addams Family (OnStage Atlanta), and Children of Eden (Virginia Musical Theatre). Special thanks to the entire Aurora and Outfit families for this opportunity, and to his family for their unending support.

Ensemble

Cansler McGhee

Cansler McGhee

Ensemble

Cansler McGhee is a graduate of Pebblebrook High School. He was a Dance Major and Film/Photography minor at Southern Methodist University and will be continuing his education at Kennesaw State University. He is thrilled to be in his first show with the Aurora Theatre and to have this opportunity to perform with this cast.

Ensemble

Chani Maisonet

Chani Maisonet

Ensemble

Chani Maisonet (Florika/Us. Esmeralda) is so excited to work with the Aurora/Theatrical Outfit again! She is a proud Vocal Performance/ Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business alumna of Kennesaw State University. She was recently seen as Nina 2 in Simply Simone at Theatrical Outfit, Alliance Debut in The Dancing Granny (Wind), the Co-Production of In The Heights with Aurora/Theatrical Outfit, and the Atlanta Lyric production of A Chorus Line (Morales). Next, you will see Chani in True Colors production of Holler If You Hear Me, and for Christmas, she is so excited to be performing at The Aurora for their magical Christmas Canteen for the first time! When Chani is not performing, she actively gives back and loves to share her driving passion for her two favorite art forms: working as vocal coach by day and teaching dance by night. 

Ensemble

Matthew Morris

Matthew Morris

Ensemble

Matthew is thrilled to be returning for his 4th production with the Aurora Theatre. He was previously seen in Les Miserables, Hands on a Hardbody, and Memphis. His most recent credit was that of Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. He is honored to be a part of this wonderful cast and crew. Much love to his wife Jenna for her unrelenting support during this run. Romans 13:8-10

Ensemble

Joseph J Pendergrast

Joseph J Pendergrast

Ensemble

Joseph J Pendergrast (Ensemble) is pleased as punch to be back at Theatrical Outfit and The Aurora. Previous credits include In the Heights, Barnum, Camelot, Mary Poppins, The Followers, The Killer, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Cabaret, and Eurydice. Joseph holds a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University.

Ensemble

Stuart Schleuse

Stuart Schleuse

Ensemble

Stuart Schleuse is thrilled to return to the stage at The Aurora Theatre, having previously appeared in Les Misérables  as the Bishop of Digne (2015) and Ensemble (2013) and in Mary Poppins as the Park Keeper and Herr Von Hussler.  Recent roles include Arles Struvie (and 9 other roles) in Greater Tuna with Process Theatre, Freddie Filmore (and 10 other roles) in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Gypsy Theatre, Thomas Jefferson in 1776 at Legacy Theatre, and Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd at Actor’s Express. Previous work includes The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Stage Door Players), La Bohème and over 30 other productions (The Atlanta Opera), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Out of Box Theatre) White Christmas (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Copenhagen (Academy Theatre), and See What I Wanna See (Actor's Express). Many thanks to Justin and Ann-Carol, and all my love to my husband, Jo. Chop.

Ensemble

Benjamin DeWitt Sims

Benjamin DeWitt Sims

Ensemble

Benjamin DeWitt Sims (Ensemble, Clopin u/s) is excited to be back for his third summer at Aurora Theatre. He is an Aurora AppCo 2015-16 graduate. Recent credits in Atlanta include Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre), Strait of Gibraltar, One and Only Ivan (Synchronicity Theatre), In the Heights, Into the Woods, Wit, Christmas Canteen (Aurora Theatre). B.A. Musical Theatre from Young Harris College. Benjamin is ecstatic and grateful for so many opportunities to do what he loves the most and would like to thank family and friends (given and chosen) for their support.

Ensemble

Timothy Tolar

Timothy Tolar

Ensemble

Timothy Tolar is a recent transplant to the Atlanta area from Mobile Alabama and The Gulf Coast. Timothy grew up in southern Mississippi where he received his Bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education from William Carey University and a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Timothy recently sang in Atlanta Opera's production of Silent Night as well as the production of Don Pasquale and Turandot. Apart from his roles at Atlanta Opera, Timothy sang scenes from the operas La Boheme and Roméo and Juliette with Small Opera Company. Timothy also will be singing with Capital City Opera’s Dinner and a Diva program. Timothy has a 4 month old husky named Jamie and loves to be out hiking.

Ensemble

Kari Twyman

Kari Twyman

Ensemble

Kari is blessed to be back on the Aurora stage! Kari is approaching her final year at Brenau Univeristy to receive a BFA in Musical Theatre. Kari has been recently seen in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance's productions of Beauty and the Beast and Godspell, The Atlanta Lyric's Jesus Christ Superstar, & the last year's co-production with Theatrical Outfit of In The Heights. Kari extends a sincere thank you to the artistic directors, cast and crew for the hard work put into this production. Lastly, a thank you to family and loved ones for all the wonderful support. To God be the glory!

Ensemble

Daisean Garrett

Daisean Garrett

Ensemble

Daisean Garrett  (Acting Apprentice) a recent graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham, where he received his BA in Theatre. He is very thrilled to be a part of the 2017-18 Appco. Daisean has theatre experience in all aspects of the art, from Directing, costume design, set construction, playwriting, etc. He is currently workshopping a series play he’s writing. But Daisean’s truest passion is performance, his most recent credits include King/Conceited Man The Little Prince, Major Magnus The Real Inspector Hound, Mr. Kirby You Can’t Take It with You ... He sends thanks to his loving support system especially his mom!

Ensemble

Chloe Kay

Chloe Kay

Ensemble

Chloe Kay is so honored and excited to be making her Aurora debut as an apprentice. She recently understudied for the Alliance Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. Before that, Chloe graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design where notable credits include The Three Musketeers, She Kills Monsters, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. She can’t wait to continue to work for the Aurora throughout the year and sends all her love to her family in California, and friends near and far.

Ensemble

Sarah Elaine

Sarah Elaine

Ensemble

Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where she received a BA in Theatre and is excited to be apart of the Aurora family. Sarah’s most recent credits include: Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Rosalind in As You Like It, Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre and David Moss in an all female production of Glengarry Glenn Ross. She would like to thank her mother, brother, and sister-in-law for keeping her strong and she would also like to thank Dylan, Dorothy, Caroline, and Hayley for always supporting and believing in her.

Ensemble

Benjamin Strickland

Benjamin Strickland

Ensemble

Benjamin Strickland was born and raised in Auburn Alabama, graduate of Auburn University, and is very excited to start working in the Atlanta Theatre scene as an apprentice of the Aurora Theatre. He loves building and playing with computers about as much as he loves performing, and will probably be entombed with his mouse and keyboard. He would like to thank his mother and father for always supporting his endeavors, and hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Associate Producer / Music Director / Keyboard

Ann-Carol Pence

Ann-Carol Pence

Associate Producer / Music Director / Keyboard

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.

Choreographer

Ricardo Aponte

Ricardo Aponte

Choreographer

RICARDO APONTE (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to the Aurora after choreographing In the Heights last season. Recent work: Jesus Christ Superstar (Atlanta Lyric), The Lizard and El Sol, & James and the Giant Peach (Alliance Theatre), The Dancing Handkerchief (Theatrical Outfit), Rocky Horror, and The Legend of Georgia McBride (Actor's Express), Ghost (GET), 1001 Nights, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (Center for Puppetry Arts) among other productions. Ricardo has also served as Director/Choreographer for Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park, and Six Flags over Georgia. This fall, he'll be Directing/Choreographing Once On This Island at Georgia Ensemble, and World Goes Round at Atlanta Lyric.

Resident Stage Manager

Katie Erin Chambers

Katie Erin Chambers

Resident Stage Manager

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.

Assistant Stage Manager

Caroline Grace Caldwell

Caroline Grace Caldwell

Assistant Stage Manager

CAROLINE GRACE CALDWELL* (Assistant Stage Manager) is a graduate of The University of Georgia and a proud Aurora Apprenticeship Alumni! Previous Aurora credits include In The Heights, Grace for President, Women In Jeopardy!, Christmas Canteen 2016, The Mountaintop, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Bridges of Madison County, and Split In Three. She is very grateful to her Aurora family for keeping her around in the 2017-18 season, to her parents and sisters for their constant support, to her roommates for having the coffee ready in the mornings and the wine ready at night, and to her friends for their constant supply of laughter and hugs.

Producing Artistic Director

Anthony P. Rodriguez

Anthony P. Rodriguez

Producing Artistic Director

ANTHONY P. RODRIGUEZ (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.

Set Designer

Shannon Robert

Shannon Robert

Set Designer

SHANNON ROBERT (Set Designer) serves on the design faculty at Clemson University, and is a proud member of USA 829. She received the M.F.A. in scene design from Florida State University and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre Conservatory in 1991. Shannon was director of theatre and head of design at William Carey University and serves as a member of the Hollins University M.F.A. Playwriting Faculty (in the area of design). She served KCACTF as Region IV design chair, regional vice chair, and on national design committees. Shannon served on the board of directors and executive committee of SETC. She managed the paint/craft departments of The Spoon Group Productions in NJ/NY, and fabricated props/paint- ed for the Broadway productions of The Grinch, Grease, Xanadu, Legally Blonde, Inherit the Wind, The Pirate Queen, Coram Boy, The Color Purple, Jersey Boys, Spamalot, and Hairspray. With Technical Theatre Solutions, she painted for the national tours of Cinderella, In The Heights, and Mamma Mia. She has designed for Cincinnati Shakespeare, Salt Lake City Acting Company, The Tennessee Williams Festival (Provincetown), Actor’s Express, Mill Mountain Theatre, Brian Clowdus Experiences, New Stage Theatre, Auburn University, Texas Tech University Theatre, Middle Tennessee State University Theatre, Southern Arena Theatre, University of Southern Mississippi, The Peace Center (Gala) and the University of West Georgia. Shannon was the Associate Artistic Director and Scene Designer in Residence for The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC. She received 2014 and 2016 Suzi Bass Awards for best set design for a musical for Mary Poppins and In the Heights.

Lighting Designer

María Cristina Fusté

María Cristina Fusté

Lighting Designer

MARÍA CRISTINA FUSTÉ (Lighting Designer) has a career in lighting design with credits in New York, her native Puerto Rico, major cities in the U.S., Bolivia, Colombia, México, and the Dominican Republic. She is also the founder and artistic director of BOUNDLESS Theatre Company, a designer-led theater company that produces theater in NY and PR. www.boundlesstheatre.org

Recent credits: ABIGAIL/1702 (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, MA/IRNE Award nomination for Best Lighting Design 2016), In the Heights (Aurora Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta GA. Suzi Bass Award and Broadway World Award for Outstanding Lighting Design on a Musical/ 2016) Prospect by Octavio Solis, directed by Elena Araoz (BOUNDLESS theatre company, NYC), Mariela in the Desert and Real Women Have Curves (Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville GA). Opera: Tosca (October 2017), Bluebeard’s Castle, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale and L’Elisir d’Amore all produced by Ópera de Puerto Rico. Zarzuela Cecilia Valdés at Teatro Colón at Bogotá, Colombia (September 2017). She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico, and an MFA in Lighting Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Board Programmer

Mike Morin

Mike Morin

Board Programmer

MIKE MORIN (Board Programmer) is a lighting designer based out of Atlanta. Off- Broadway design credits include Here I Sit Broken Hearted: A Bathroom Odyssey as well as Alcestis Ascending, which also performed in Havana, Cuba. He recently designed lights for Jacksonville State Opera Theatre’s production of The Phantom of The Opera. Other favorite design credits include Urinetown, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Celles d’en Haut. He holds his MFA in Lighting Design and Technical Production from The University of Alabama. Following his return to the Atlanta area he has worked extensively with Berry College as a guest lighting de- signer. Currently he serves as the Technical Director and Resident Designer at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs.

Costume Designer

Alan Yeong

Alan Yeong

Costume Designer

ALAN YEONG (Costume Designer) is honored to be part of Aurora's second Victor Hugo inspired musical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Alan 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). Thank you to all of the costume assistant and costume shop staff-- Suzanne, Nan, Cathleen, and Katie -- for taking on this massive production needs. Also a special thank you to Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit for believing in my work. 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.

Assistant Costume Designer

Suzanne Holtkamp

Suzanne Holtkamp

Assistant Costume Designer

SUZANNE HOLTKAMP (Assistant Costume Designer) wants to thank the wonderful cast and crew that has made this production so much fun. Working with Alan is always an incredible treat and wonderfully amusing! A Suzi Bass nominated designer, Suzanne’s most recent work has included Much Ado About Nothing with Georgia Gwinnett College, The Wiz (Aurora Theatre Academy), Guys and Dolls (St. John Bosco Academy) and Aurora’s Christmas Canteen 2016. When not costuming for theatre, Suzanne can be found in her “costume bunker” creating professional tutus and ballroom dance dresses. Suzanne is married to her first husband, Matthew, enjoys being crazy with her two daughters, Margaret and Annabelle and yes, still has one pretty-cute mutt and 19 chickens.

Wardrobe

Emily Grace Blackstone

Emily Grace Blackstone

Wardrobe

EMILY GRACE BLACKSTONE (Wardrobe) is delighted to work her first production with the Aurora Theater. She has worked previously in Atlanta at the Alliance Theater and in Washington, DC at Arena Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre and Signature Theater. She thanks her family for all of their support.

Properties Designer

Ryan Bradburn

Ryan Bradburn

Properties Designer

RYAN BRADBURN (Properties Designer) is excited to be back home at Aurora! Recent theatrical work includes Aurora's Into the Woods, Synchronicity's Mr. Popper's Penguins and Greenville Little Theatre's Hairspray. Ryan's recent advertising campaigns have been "The Steve Harvey Show" and FOX's "Sleepy Hollow." Ryan would like to thank Justin, AC, Anthony, Shannon, production staff and crew at the Aurora for their love and support!

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.

Fight Choreographer

Drew Reeves

Drew Reeves

Fight Choreographer

DREW REEVES (Fight Choreographer) is an Associate Producer and Fight Director at the Shakespeare Tavern. His Previous Tavern credits include: The Three Parts of Henry VI, Merry Wives, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, As You Like It, The Rivals, The Tempest, History Extravaganza, Othello. The total list would fill this page, and date back to 1993. He also teaches and does fight choreography all around Atlanta.

2nd Assistant Stage Manager

Valerie Medoff

Valerie Medoff

2nd Assistant Stage Manager

VALERIE MEDOFF (2nd Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be joining the cast and crew of Hunchback for her first production as Aurora Theatre’s Stage Management Apprentice. Valerie grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and recently graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Theatre and Communication. Valerie’s favorite credits include Spark (SM), The Waiting Room (SM), Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years (ASM), and The Music Man (ASM). She would like to thank Aurora for this amazing opportunity and to her family and friends for their endless support.

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!

Master Electrician

Dylan Whitfield

Dylan Whitfield

Master Electrician

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.

Associate Technical Director

Lauren Robinson

Lauren Robinson

Associate Technical Director

LAUREN ROBINSON (Associate Technical Director) is a graduate of Kennesaw State University. While at KSU, she worked as a carpenter, master electrician, and technical director for the KSU theatre department. Professionally, she has worked as a carpenter and electrician for Aurora Theatre, Actor’s Express, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Horizon Theatre, 7 Stages, and Dad’s Garage. She also works as a spotlight operator for Aurora Theatre, the Cobb Energy Center and Theatre in the Park at Piedmont Park. Lauren is excited to be working with Aurora in a career that she loves.

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.

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.

Band
Music Director/Keyboard Ann-Carol Pence
Percussion Mark Biering
Percussion Cover Sam Owens
Violin 1 Felix Farrar
Viola Scott Hague
Cello Miro Gomez
Trumpet Paul Garrett
French Horn David McCurley
Trombone Derrick Jackson
Trombone Tim Johnson