Aurora Children’s Playhouse Biggest Holiday Celebration Ever

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Trouble in Toyland

Trouble in Toyland. Photo courtesy of Lee Bryan - That Puppet Guy

Aurora Theatre assembles the best children’s performers in the region, bringing them to Gwinnett County for the series Aurora Children’s Playhouse. This holiday season will the biggest ever at Aurora Children’s Playhouse as it includes the World Premiere of a brand-new holiday puppet show from the highly acclaimed “That Puppet Guy”-Lee Bryan called Trouble in Toyland, a performance that is destined to be a family favorite for generations. Adding to the excitement is none other than Santa! He will make an appearance at the Aurora Theatre before leading children to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse for a holiday memory that will last a lifetime.

Parents are always on the lookout inexpensive activities that are fun for the whole family. That is especially true during the holiday season. In accordance with added ticket demand, Aurora Children’s Playhouse has expanded the schedule during the holidays by offering performances at 10 and 11 a.m. each Saturday in December leading up to Christmas.

Holiday Performances

On December 3, audience favorite Wendy Bennett makes her holiday arrival with Sing Along with Santa. Join Wendy, her lovely voice and big green puppet as they ring in the Christmas season. You’ll hear traditional Christmas music as well as some you may have never heard before, including: “Christmas Time’s A Comin’,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bells,” and the stories “The Mitten and The Shoemaker and The Elves.” Come to see singing, guitar playing, storytelling, sled riding, jingle bell playing and even be a part of the show as there will be lots of opportunity for audience participation.

Back for a 7th straight year with the holiday classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Aurora welcomes Piccadilly Puppets on Saturday, December 10. The story is told from the point of view of a mouse that was actually there and saw what really happened on that very special night. Having entertained generations of families with puppet shows for over 30 years, it’s no surprise they continue to play to sell-out crowds.

WORLD PREMIERE HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW! On December 17, the Aurora Children’s Playhouse holiday finale will be Trouble in Toyland. There’s big trouble at the North Pole this year! A blizzard is on the way, the elves are on strike, and Rudolph has a runny nose! Will Christmas have to be cancelled? Find out in this exciting new holiday offering, by “That Puppet Guy”- Lee Bryan.

Why even Santa, himself, will make an appearance in the Aurora Theatre lobby between the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. performances and then lead families right down Pike Street to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. If you have never seen it at Christmas, you are in for treat. Enjoy self-guided tours of the beautifully decorated courthouse, holiday music in the gazebo and visits with Santa. Plan ahead and come early for a breakfast with Santa before the show. Breakfast with Santa, $8/person. Pre-registration required the Wednesday prior, call 770-822-5450.

Holiday Gift Idea

If you would like to give the gift of theatre to a special child in your life – you can with Playhouse Tix. Aurora Theatre’s Playhouse Tix is a punch card with 10 admissions to be used at any Aurora Children’s Playhouse performance for only $50. With no expiration date, it is a gift that you can give with confidence, and the smile on their face will be the gift you receive each time you attend a performance.

Programming in Aurora Theatre’s 2011-2012 Aurora Children’s Playhouse is possible through generous support from Metro Waterproofing and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. For more information visit www.auroratheatre.com.