Now in its 17th year, Aurora Theatre’s Christmas Canteen 2012


Christmas Canteen 2011. Photo by Chris Bartelski

Christmas Canteen 2012 is Aurora Theatre’s original annual holiday musical extravaganza. This living Christmas card overflows with nostalgic music that will evoke warm holiday memories. Gwinnett County’s longest running theatrical holiday tradition combines the sentimentality of a television variety special with the high energy of a USO show. For thousands of North Georgians, it’s just not Christmas until they hear their Canteen favorites and this year the show is jam packed with more holiday tunes than ever.

Christmas Canteen 2012 pays tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Services both past and present while Aurora’s Festival of Trees supports both the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive and local food banks. From the whimsically clever to the breathtakingly spectacular, the Festival of Trees decks the halls of Aurora Theatre with over 30 trees decorated by local businesses. All are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite tree with a new unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food to help ensure that everyone has a great holiday season. Generous thanks to the Holtkamp Can Challenge who handles the food drive delivering much needed food to our local food banks.

The stellar Christmas Canteen 2012 cast is led by performer and head writer of the show Brandon O’Dell, now in his ninth year. Returning Aurora veterans, Jevares Myrick (Sweet Charity) and Eric Moore (Suzi Bass Award winner for Godspell) are ready to deliver another season of dynamic performances. Making their Canteen debut are three lovely ladies, all of whom have impressed Aurora Theatre audiences with their luscious voices. They include Courtney Godwin (A Chorus Line), Kathryn Berrong (Chicago, Guys & Dolls and Lucky Stiff) and Taryn Bryant (Sweet Charity). Truly a labor of love, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez directs and Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence brings her award-wining musical direction to the stage. Christmas Canteen is a cup of eggnog for the holiday soul.

Producer Quote

Aurora Theatre Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence when asked what audiences can expect from this year’s Christmas Canteen simply said, “More fun than ever, more Christmas than ever!” She went on to explain, “In a year when our community has helped us with an enormous fundraising campaign, Canteen is the sincerest way Anthony and I can show our deepest appreciation. By supporting us, you have already made our dreams come true.”

Programming in Aurora Theatre’s 2012-2013 Mainstage Season is possible through generous support from Metro Waterproofing and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Christmas Canteen is sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center.

Cast & Crew

Brandon O’Dell                                Ensemble and Writer
Jevares Myrick                                 Ensemble
Eric Moore                                        Ensemble
Courtney Godwin                            Ensemble
Taryn Bryant                                    Ensemble
Kathryn Berrong                              Ensemble

Anthony Rodriguez                         Director
Ann-Carol Pence                              Music Director
Ricardo Aponte                                 Choreographer
Kathryn Pelkey                                 Stage Manager
Britt Hultgren Ramroop                 Production Manager
Bradley Bergeron                            Set and Lighting Design
Alan Yeong                                        Costume Design
Bobby Johnston                               Sound & Video Design
EB Hooyer                                         Props Design & Asst. Stage Manager
James M. Helms                               Technical Director
Daniel Terry                                      Asst. Technical Director
Sarah Thomson                                Scenic Artist

Bullet Points

Christmas Canteen 2012
November 23 to December 23, 2012
Performances are Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30 – $40

*No performance Wednesday, November 28

Wednesday Discount Matinee
December 12 and 19 at 10 a.m.
Tickets $20

Special Preview Performance, Wednesday November 21 at 8 p.m.
Preview Tickets: $10 with Library Card