Brand Secures Title Sponsorship of Aurora Theatre Signature Series

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Expanding its commitment to enriching our community, Aurora Theatre in partnership with BrandBank and BrandMortgage proudly announces the title sponsorship of the 2013-14 Mainstage Season to be named the Brand Signature Series. As Aurora Theatre continues to lead the way in professional entertainment in Gwinnett County and Metro Atlanta, the company has planned an exceptional 18th Season offering its biggest Broadway musical to date, Les Misérables.

Aurora Theatre is one of the first local professional companies in the nation to be granted the rights to produce Les Misérables, the most epic musical in history. The production will run July 25 to September 8, 2013, leading off a season of original musicals and riveting plays.  Aurora’s ability to license blockbuster Broadway productions like Les Misérables, A Catered Affair (in 2010) and its ability to produce world premiere works like Clyde ‘N Bonnie: A Folktale created by world renowned talent such as Hunter Foster, is remarkable considering the recent shuttering of long time theatre operations throughout the metropolitan area.

At over a century of service, Brand is focused on revitalizing and growing the communities they serve. Brand has been an ardent supporter of Aurora Theatre since the company expanded to its current home on the square in downtown Lawrenceville in 2007. The Brand Signature Series at Aurora Theatre will consist of six productions including the season opener Les Misérables and Gwinnett’s longest running theatrical holiday tradition, Christmas Canteen, now in its eighteenth year. The series will include the Star Wars-themed comedy All Childish Things, the uplifting Broadway play Lombardi, the exciting new musical The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown and the uproarious sequel to the Aurora’s 2010 hit Boeing-Boeing, Mark Camelotti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner.

BrandBank Senior Vice President Margaret E. Whieldon on the partnership with Aurora Theatre, “BrandBank and BrandMortgage are proud supporters of the arts and pleased to present the Brand Signature Series with the Aurora Theatre. The high quality plays, directing, acting, and production are a valuable cultural addition to Gwinnett County.”

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez explains why Brand is such a good fit with Aurora, “Brand represents the same kind of deep family connection and community tradition that makes Gwinnett great. That is the same foundation on which Aurora Theatre is built. Brand’s commitment as title sponsors goes beyond simply supporting the arts. Brand’s presence unequivocally makes the case that the arts are important to maintaining a dynamic, prosperous community. Additionally, it is a testament to Aurora Theatre’s strength as a regional arts presence. Our 18th season is all about creating an ARTS Revolution and Brand is helping us kick that off with a bang!”

Aurora Theatre will continue to expand their other highly popular entertainment series:

  • The Harvel Lab Series, sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College — a selection of five great shows to be performed in the intimate 90-seat Studio Theatre
  • Learning Library — weekday main stage performances for elementary school field trips in October, January and February
  • Aurora Comedy Nights — club comedy shows
  • Swing Nights at the Aurora — concerts featuring live music and big bands
  • Aurora Children’s Playhouse — featuring the region’s top children’s performers
  • Lawrenceville, GA Ghost Tours — one of the area’s favorite tourist attractions

Packed into the calendar year will be a host of other opportunities to celebrate with Aurora Theatre including, author events, wine tastings, the Aurora Theatre Charity Golf Tournament and the Aurora Theatre Awards Gala.

Brand Signature Series
Aurora Theatre’s 18th Season

Les Misérables
Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
July 25 to September 8, 2013

Hunted relentlessly by police inspector Javert for breaking parole, Jean Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young, orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air, Valjean has no choice but to sacrifice everything to protect those he loves. Experience this epic musical like never before, in the intimacy of the Aurora where audiences will feel like part of the revolution. Join the Arts Revolution!

All Childish Things
By Joseph Zettelmaier
October 3 to 27, 2013

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… actually Cincinnati, in his mom’s basement, Dave and his friends are planning a risky maneuver that will deliver them from the Darth Vader-like clutches of life’s dark side. As lifelong Star Wars enthusiasts, Dave’s plan involves stealing a stash of coveted collectables. Against Jabba-sized odds, their plan is so crazy, it just might work. This new comedy is more fun than a barrel of Wookies!

Christmas Canteen 2013
An Aurora Original
November 29 to December 22, 2013

Gwinnett’s longest running theatrical holiday tradition, Christmas Canteen returns for our 18th season. This nostalgic musical revue is a Winter Wonderland that just keeps getting better. With the awe‑inspiring Festival of Trees, we guarantee to show you What Christmas Means to Us.

Lombardi
By Eric Simonson
Based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered—A Life of Vince Lombardi” written by David Maraniss
January 16 to February 9, 2014

Although football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Vince Lombardi–his inspirations, his passions and his ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible. Diligent young reporter Michael McCormick takes us inside the legend’s personal life and the true life of this stoic icon. Featuring Bart Hansard as Coach Lombardi.

The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown
Book and Lyrics by Kait Kerrigan
Music by Brian Lowdermilk
March 13 to April 13, 2014

Sam is a girl who has what every teenager wants: brains, a boyfriend, functional parents and an acceptance letter to the college of her choice. Yet, she sits in her car with her bags packed and can’t turn the key in the ignition. At a crossroads, Samantha must come to terms with her parents’ expectations, her first love, and a lost friendship before she can start the car, drive away and find Freedom!

Don’t Dress for Dinner
By Marc Camoletti
May 1 to 25, 2014

Don’t Dress for Dinner is the uproarious sequel to Aurora’s 2010 hit Boeing-Boeing. Bernard concocts a romantic rendezvous with his mistress with an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But Bernard’s wife decides on a surprise tryst of her own. With a gourmet cook and a randy mistress both named Suzy, a wacky collision course of hidden identities and outrageous infidelities ensues.

Season tickets start as low as $72
For more information visit: www.auroratheatre.com