If ever there was a time for a show about bringing people together, selflessness and doing things for the right reasons, it’s now.
“With everything that’s going on in the world, the time is right for “A Christmas Carol,’” said Anthony Rodriguez, who will star in the one-man show for a 12th straight year at the Aurora Theatre from Friday through Dec. 22. “It’s a show about redemption, about treating your fellow man well and the way you want to be treated. It sets the mood for the holiday season.”
Rodriguez, the Aurora Theatre’s co-founder and producing artistic director, transforms the Lawrenceville venue into Christmas Eve in London in the late 1880s. Rodriguez plays the resentful Ebenezer Scrooge who gets visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future – all played by Rodriguez. He also plays Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley in a performance that he calls “his present to the community.”
Meantime, the Aurora Theatre will also host “Christmas Canteen 2018” — which is currently running through Dec. 23 — as the festive show returns for a 23rd consecutive season. This year, Jimi Kocina and Cecil Washington Jr. host a show that treats the audience to holiday songs, comedy skits, and a few other surprises that made “Christmas Canteen” the county’s longest-running theatrical holiday performance.
“‘Christmas Canteen’ is a special community tradition that we look forward to celebrating every year,” said Rodriguez, who co-directs the show along with Ricardo Aponte. “We are delighted to ring in the holiday season with the 23rd anniversary of this fan-favorite that is sure to leave audiences of all ages feeling merry and bright!”
Chani Maisonet and Christian Magby return to the cast, which welcomes Galen Crawley, Kristin Markiton and Kenny Tran, as well as Aurora Apprentice Company members Briana Young, Peyton McDaniel and Sarah Grace Valleroy, who are all new to the show this year.
Spectators are also urged to enjoy Aurora’s annual Festival of Trees. More than two dozen trees decorated by local businesses will light up Aurora’s lobby, as guests are asked to place new, unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items by their favorite trees. The donations support the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots drive and the county’s food banks.