Community theater is the thing for the next two weekends in Gwinnett.
Four community theater groups - County Seat Players, Lionheart Theatre Company, New London Theatre and Winder-Barrow Community Theatre - will come together for the second annual Gwinnett County Community Theatre Festival, hosted by the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
"It's like a pot-luck dinner, only on stage," said Anthony Rodriguez, executive director of the Aurora.
With a Festival Pass, theater-goers can attend an unlimited number of performances during the event, which spans this weekend and next. Passes are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.
Two awards will be presented during this year's festival. The theater group that sells the highest number of tickets during the two weekend runs will be named Festival Favorite, while one group will be recognized for its poster design.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to participating theater groups.
"Lionheart is very excited to participate in this years festival," said Tanya Carroll, executive director for the Norcross-based community theater. "Last year we were honored to win the award for the largest attendance on the main stage with our show 'Radio TBS.'"
This year, Lionheart Theatre Company will present another comedy, "The Love List," written by Norm Foster, a play that follows two middle-aged men - Leon and Bill - who create a list of attributes to define the perfect woman for Bill. When she appears on his doorstep, her perfection is fleeting, giving way for a comical look at the way men view women.
"Getting Sarah Married" is the final play in the festival and will be presented June 20 and 21 by County Seat Players. The play follows a single lawyer who has no time for romance, but, thanks to an aunt who makes it her mission to find a husband for her niece, sees her uncomplicated single life take a different turn.
Linda Place, executive director of the Gwinnett theater group, described the play as a light-hearted comedy about finding love.
The play will feature County Seat Players' four board members and is directed by high school student Chris Adams, who Place expects to become a very successful director.
"With our show we are introducing our board members to the community and showcasing that we are not just a managing board of directors but also that we are actors, too," Place said, "and that we, CSP, strive to bring quality theater to Gwinnett County and to enlighten and entertain our audience."
8 p.m. today and 1:30 p.m. Saturday - "Twelve Angry Jurors," presented by New London Theatre of Snellville
8 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday - "The Dining Room," presented by the Winder-Barrow Community Theatre
8 p.m. June 19 and 1:30 p.m. June 20 - "The Love List," presented by Lionheart Theatre Company of Norcross
8 p.m. June 20 and 1:30 p.m. June 21 - "Getting Sarah Married," presented by the County Seat Players
As the Gwinnett County Community Theatre Festival brings four theater groups together at one venue, about 15 miles away, Harvest '09 will bring nine plays to one stage.
Presented by Onion Man Productions, Harvest '09 will feature nine 10-minute plays presented consecutively beginning at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Performances will be held at the College Street Playhouse at 10 Britt Ave. in Norcross. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors at the door. For more information, call 404-519-7591 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SideBar: If You Go
· What: Gwinnett County Community Theatre Festival
· When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 21
· Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville
· Cost: Individual ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, while a festival pass including admission to all performances is available for $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students
· For more information: Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com