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Aurora Theatre to present children's shows

Children’s performer Wendy Bennett will present her show “Cinderella” at the Aurora on April 5. (Special Photo)

Children’s performer Wendy Bennett will present her show “Cinderella” at the Aurora on April 5. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Springtime at the Aurora Theatre means a trio of performances for kids and families to enjoy.

Aurora Children’s Playhouse is exploring fairy tales throughout the month of March and into April with three different performers.

Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” returns to the Aurora on March 22 with his puppet show “The Princess and the Pea, Y’all.” Poking a little Southern-fried fun at the classic Hans Christian Andersen story with costumed hand puppets, the show is a one-of-a-kind adaptation filled with slapstick comedy and witty wordplay.

On March 29, Aurora Children’s Playhouse welcomes back Sean Driscoll, creator of “The Story Ship,” for another performance with animation, magic, music and more in “Pirate Goodie & The Magic Chest.” In the show, Pirate Goodie Twoshoes and his parrot Pete take the audience on an amazing undersea adventure. Goodie can’t remember how to open his magic chest full of treasure, so he calls upon the audience and his animated friends to help. The show includes a giant video screen with colorful animations and puppets.

Driscoll will be followed by Wendy Bennett, who returns to the Aurora on April 5 with her show “Cinderella.” Not your average fairy tale, Bennett puts her own spin on the beloved story with puppets, costumes, props and plenty of audience participation.

Aurora Children’s Playhouse features the region’s top children’s performers, including puppeteers, magicians, storytellers, jugglers and musicians with shows intended for children to have their first theatrical experiences. At about 45 minutes in length, perfect for young attention spans, these shows are fun for the whole family. Performances are held at 10 a.m. select Saturday mornings. All tickets are $7, and reservations are recommended. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.