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Aurora, Georgia Ensemble, Serenbe unveil 2014-15 season lineups

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

THEATER
Aurora to open with ‘Mary Poppins,’ will remount ‘Les Miz’

Aurora Theatre will remount its all-time biggest hit, “Les Miserables,” along with three other musicals, a drama and a comedy for its 2014-15 season.

The Lawrenceville theater is one of three major outside-the-Perimeter troupes to make season announcements (also detailed here) in recent days. The lineup for its 19th season:

  • July 17-Aug. 31: “Mary Poppins,” the family musical whose Broadway revival finished a six-and-a-half-year run in 2013.
  • Oct. 2-26: “Clybourne Park,” the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama about race and real estate in Chicago.
  • Nov. 20-Dec. 21: “Christmas Canteen 2014,” Aurora’s holiday tradition marks its 19th edition.
  • Jan. 15-March 1, 2015: Encore of “Les Miserables,” which scored five Suzi Bass Awards (Atlanta’s Tonys) in 2013, including best musical.
  • March 26-April 19, 2015: “The Explorers Club,” Neil Benjamin’s madcap comedy set in Victorian England.
  • May 7-31, 2015: “Hands on a Hardbody,” the rockabilly musical set in truck-obsessed Texas.

Aurora performs in downtown Lawrenceville at 128 East Pike St. Season tickets: $95.04-$158.64. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com.

Georgia Ensemble to premiere ‘Homers’
Roswell’s Georgia Ensemble Theatre will mount a five-play season, its 22nd, that includes a world premiere by Atlanta actor Jacob York and a comedy by Lewis Black of “The Daily Show” fame.

  • Sept. 11-28: “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” the musical about good times along the American roadside.
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 16: “The Elephant Man,” Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning drama.
  • Jan. 8-25, 2015: “One Slight Hitch,” Black’s farce about a lavish wedding that turns to havoc.
  • Feb. 26-Mar. 15, 2015: “Homers,” York’s world premiere, about a female Atlanta newspaper sportswriter, loyal to the Braves, Hawks and Falcons, and what happens in her relationship with her biggest fan, her father, when she’s offered a dream job in Los Angeles.
  • April 9-26, 2015: “My Fair Lady,” the Lerner-Loewe musical.

Georgia Ensemble performs at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. Early bird subscription packages are available through May 16, $100-$140. Senior and student discount subscriptions, $85-$100. Flex passes (with limited subscriber privileges), $125 . Prices will rise on May 17. 770-641-1260, www.get.org.

Serenbe’s three-play summer
Serenbe Playhouse’s fifth summer season will include three site-specific stagings in the south Fulton County community of Chattahoochee Hills.

  • May 30-Aug. 2: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a new adaption by Rachel Teagle, featuring original puppets from the Center for Puppetry Arts. Shows presented at 11 am. Friday and Saturday mornings at the Inn at Serenbe’s Animal Farm. $15, $10 children.
  • June 12-29: “Ten Mile Lake” a world premiere from Los Angeles playwright Tira Palmquist about the road to reconciliation between a father and his daughter. Shows at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays at Serenbe’s Grange Lake Dock. $25, $20 students.
  • July 24-Aug. 10: “Oklahoma,” the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays at the Inn at Serenbe’s Hay Barn. $30, $25 students, $15 children.

Subscriptions, $60. 770-463-1110, www.serenbeplayhouse.com.

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