Aurora Theatre Presents Big River at Prelude to the 4th: Concert and Fireworks


Aurora Theatre returns for the sixth year for Lawrenceville’s Prelude to the 4th Concert with the musical adaptation of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, Big River will begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 3 on the grounds of the historic courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville. Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming and bring to life your favorite characters from the novel. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Following the concert is a brief fireworks display, accompanied by the Aurora Theatre orchestra playing the patriotic anthem Stars and Stripes Forever in a moving tribute on the eve of our country’s Independence Day.

Aurora Theatre will be led in concert by Associate Producer and Resident Musical Director Ann-Carol Pence with a full orchestra. The cast features: Andy Meeks as Huck Finn, Eric Moore as Jim and Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez will portray a carpetbagger and con man simply known as The King. Freddie Ashley, Actor’s Express Artistic Director, will direct a cast of some of Atlanta’s top musical theater talents. Bring the whole family for a picnic dinner and a show. The lawn seating begins at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Reserve a table for the best view and a chance to order exclusive catering packages from local restaurants.

For more information or to reserve a table contact Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association at 678-226-2639 or

Big River
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Tuesday, July 3
Lawn seating begins at 5:30 p.m.
Performance at 7:30 p.m.
Admission Free
Reserved Table for 6 in prime location: $125 – Includes table rental with 6 chairs and linens
Reserve by phone: 678-226-2639