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“We have a strong commitment to this county and are making every effort to continue making Duluth and Gwinnett our home,” said Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. The Aurora entertains 50,000 people a year, including 20,000 Gwinnett County students who participate in Learning Library, an educational program that introduces young people to live theatre.

The Aurora#s master season comprises three plays and three musicals a year. “We try to choose plays, both old and new, that we know our audiences will enjoy,” said Rodriguez. Christmas Canteen, an original musical revue commissioned by the Aurora six years ago, has become a holiday tradition. Past musicals include Big River, Bye, Bye Birdie, Oliver! and CLUE: The Musical, which they plan to revive this summer. Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence who also serves as resident musical director, has strong feelings about the vitality of musical theatre as a genre, “Musical theatre is an American art form that we must continue to develop and preserve. How else will we discover the Rodgers and Hammersteins of the future?”

In coming years, look for Musicals by Moonlight at Duluth#s amphitheater, a musical development program, a Spanish language theatre and continued growth in student programming. When asked how Gwinnett could get involved, Rodriguez responded, “If you want to insure our success and keep the arts strong in your community, buy season tickets and consider including a small donation. It#s as simple as that.” To become a subscriber, contact the Aurora at 770-476-7926 or visit their web site for a complete listing of all programs.

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