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Aurora Theatre to host free play day for kids

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Not every child in the community is financially able to attend summer camps, workshops or acting classes. To help give those kids additional arts enrichment, the Aurora Theatre Academy is hosting a free play day Saturday.

"As Director of Education, I'm always asking myself, 'How can we give back more to the community?" Jaclyn Hofmann of the Aurora said. "So, after a discussion with Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence about giving back to a community which has done so much for us, we've come up with a 'free play day' for those students whose families simply cannot afford it."

What does the day entail? An all-day acting workshop and lunch, which is run on 100 percent volunteerism. All teaching artists, teaching assistants and administrators will be donating their time in order "to reach out to children who aren't usually afforded the opportunity to participate in the arts," according to Hofmann.

Throughout the day, students will be introduced to improvisation, Shakespeare and acting techniques through games and exercises.

Space is limited for grades K-12, so those interested need to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be evaluated based on financial need, a short essay question and the order the applications are received.

To apply, visit www.auroratheatre.com/education/free-play-day.

The day runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, email Hofmann at jaclyn@auroratheatre.com or call 678-226-6226.