Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Aurora Theatre Academy Announces 2015 Summer Camp Sessions!

Aurora Theatre Academy’s extensive array of Summer Camps for 2015 are right around the corner. Enrollment is now open for a coveted spot.

Aurora Theatre Director of Education, Jaclyn Hofmann, has put together an incredible team of teaching professionals, most of whom you will recognize from professional theatrical productions around Atlanta or from the screen anywhere from Georgia Lottery commercials to HBO.

This summer, Aurora Theatre Academy will prepare students of all skill levels to perform like professionals.  Located on the square in downtown Lawrenceville, all classes will culminate in a showcase in Aurora’s exquisite facility.  Aurora will also offer students both financial need and talent-based scholarship opportunities. 

Summer Camp Open House: Wednesday, April 29 from 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Come meet some of our Camp Staff, take a tour of the theatre and participate in theatre games as an intro to the fun we have all summer long! Light refreshments and snacks provided. Talent Scholarship Auditions for The Little Mermaid Jr will take place during Open House. For an appointment, please email

Aurora Academy Summer Camp One Day Sale: Wednesday, April 29

Receive $25 off any Summer Camp Programs! Purchase tickets online at or by calling the Box Office at 678.226. Aurora’s one-time New Student Registration Fee of $25 still applies for first-time registrants of Aurora Theatre Academy. *Offer may not be used on previously purchased camp registrations or in conjunction with scholarship offers. Other restrictions may apply

Aurora Academy Summer Programs: Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals

Aurora Academy is the best summer theatre program for young people in Northeast Georgia. What distinguishes Aurora Theatre Academy from other summer drama camps is that the instructors are working professionals with years of real-world professional experience. Each session culminates in a performance on the same stages where the professionals perform. In addition to receiving training on how to be a winner onstage, students build confidence and communication and life skills that will be a valuable part of their bright futures.

Summer Musical for Grades 3-12
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Music by Alan Menken
Book by Doug Wright

Aurora Theatre Academy will journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr, based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker; written and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Students will attend three weeks of classes in acting, singing and dancing, as well as rehearse and perform Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr at the end of the session. Students will be taught and directed by some of Atlanta’s finest professional musical theatre actors. Students will perform on the Aurora Mainstage on Friday, June 26 at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 27 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase for the general public.

Camp Aurora for Students Grades 1-5

Camp Aurora gives students the opportunity to spend a week at Aurora Theatre where they can learn what it takes to put on a performance. This production class will provide students with valuable stage experience, all while encouraging teamwork and collaboration with peers. The experience instills a sense of self-confidence in the students. In these half-day sessions, students will be active participants in creating portions of the sets, costumes and props for these exciting, whirlwind productions presented to family and friends.

Aurora Academy Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students

The Acting Edge camp explores the craft of acting through various styles: Stanislavski, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Improvisation and more. Sessions will culminate in a showcase performance in Aurora’s Studio for friends and family. Whether your teen is a seasoned performer or beginner, they will benefit from the real-world experience of our teaching staff.

Guerrilla Theatre Camp breaks the boundaries of the stage and brings theatre to students in fun and exciting ways. Learn many of the styles that shatter the convention of the fourth wall from Commedia dell’Arte to Improv Comedy and even Flash Mobs! You would have to be “bananas” to miss out on Guerrilla Theatre.

Through the continued support of Scott Hudgens Family Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Suwanee and other generous groups, Aurora Theatre Academy is able to offer more than $15,000 for students to have the valuable experience of honing their craft with seasoned professionals. For more information or to request a scholarship application, email

SUMMER MUSICAL (Grades 3-12)
The Little Mermaid Jr – June 8-26
Monday–Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (two Saturday Shows on June 27)
Three-week, full-day session
Cost: $600

June 1–5 and July 6–10
9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Cost:  $200 per half-day session.

ACTING EDGE CAMP (Grades 6-12)
July 6–17: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Two-week, full-day sessions
Cost: $500

June 1–5 and July 13–17
10:30 a.m. –4 p.m.
One-week, full-day sessions
Cost: $300

There is a $25 first-time student application fee. Pre-booking guarantees a spot in one of the classes. We are limiting enrollment in each class to 15 students. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required.

To register for the summer theatre sessions, visit  or call the Box Office at 678.226.6222. For more information on the programs, visit

Aurora Theatre · 128 East Pike Street · PO Box 2014 · Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046


Now in its 19th Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 600 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series and the GGC Harvel Lab Series, are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre; Teatro Del Sol. Aurora Theatre is a world class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include winner of Seven 2013 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2013” and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts.

Aurora Theatre, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and is a member of Atlanta Performs, Theatre Communications Group, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Commerce Club, Suwanee Business Alliance and Duluth Merchants Association.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Center for Puppetry Arts to Present Sensory-Friendly Programs!

Sensory-Friendly Programming for patrons with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

This special afternoon will allow guests to experience a sensory-friendly performance of Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show, as well as a sensory-friendly Museum visit and Create-A-Puppet workshop.

Spinning twangy tunes and tales taller than a 10-gallon hat, Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show honors American heroes Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Pecos Bill, and Hekeke of the Miwok tribe. Click here for more information and a trailer.

Several alterations will be employed to create a comfortable setting for guests, such as a pre-show demo, lights on (but dimmed) inside the theater, consistent sound levels and lower volume of the show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby and permission for guests to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages to enjoy during the performance.

The sensory-friendly adjustments in the Museum will include additional staff, brighter lighting, and “touch tables” for a more hands-on experience. In the workshop, there will be less sensory stimulation and teaching artists have been trained on how to best interact with guests to ensure a great experience.

Tickets include the sensory-friendly performance, Museum entry, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop where visitors can make their own friendly Babe the Blue Ox hand puppet to take home.

WHEN:     Sunday, May 3, 2015
  • 12–2:30 p.m. – Sensory-friendly Museum experiences and Create-A-Puppet workshops
  • 1 p.m. – Sensory-friendly performance of Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show
WHERE:   Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Tickets for patrons ages 2 and older are $9.25 (Members) and $16.50 (Nonmembers). BUY TICKETS ONLINE OR CALL 404-873-3391.

For more information, call 404-873-3391 or visit

Sam's Club - Groupon Offer!

*Click here to purchase this Groupon deal.

There is an excellent deal on Groupon today for Sam's Club Membership.  Here are the details.  It is much like the Costco one that was offered last year:

  • $45 for a Sam's Plus Membership package ($145 value)
  • Includes one-year PLUS membership ($100 value)
  • Complimentary membership card for spouse or other household member
  • $20 gift card
  • **FREE** rotisserie chicken ($5 value, good through 7/27/15)
  • **FREE** container Italian Rose Fresh Salsa ($10 value, good through 7/27/15)
  • **FREE** gourmet cupcakes ($8 value, good through 7/27/15)
*Offer is good for new Sam's Club Members only.  Not valid for those with a current membership or those who were Sam’s Club members less than 6 months prior to April 21, 2015.  Offer valid for U.S. Sam’s Clubs only; not valid in Puerto Rico locations.

As you can see, by the time you add in all the **FREEBIES,** you are back to paying $0 for your new Sam's Club membership!  GREAT deal!

Don't let this one pass you by!

Onions - Healthy Offer of the Week!

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This week's Healthy Offer of the Week is 20% off onions!  You can visit the SavingStar website to add this coupon to your account.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

New Printables!

$5.00 off any PUR FAUCET MOUNT product
$4.00 off any multi-pack PUR FAUCET MOUNT product
$0.75 off any TWO Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bars
$0.75 off two Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative
$1.25 off any one BEAR NAKED Granola or Bars
$2.00 off ONE (1) IAMS Dry Dog Food
$0.75 off ONE Tampax Pocket Pearl Product
$1.00 off Any Two (2) Tai Pei Single Serve Entrees
$1.00 off (1) Jose Ole Snack 16 oz or larger
$1.50 off Any One (1) Tai Pei Appetizer 16-24 oz
$1.00 off two Delimex Frozen Taquito products
$0.50 off ONE Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Cereal
$7.00 off Non-Drowsy Claritin Allergy Product
$0.50 off any Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap
$5.00 off Philips Sonicare brush head multi-pack
$10.00 off Philips Sonicare 2 Series or 3 Series
$15.00 off Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ or Platinum
$2.00 off Philips Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush
$1.00 off Softsoap brand Body Wash
$1.00 off any TWO (2) DOLE Jarred Fruit
$0.75 off any ONE (1) Altoids Arctic tin 1.2oz
$0.75 off ONE (1) Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum 3-pack
$3.00 off two Coppertone sunscreen products

$5.00 off any PUR FAUCET MOUNT product$4.00 off any multi-pack PUR FAUCET MOUNT product$0.75 off any TWO Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bars$0.75 off two Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative$1.25 off any one BEAR NAKED Granola or Bars$2.00 off ONE (1) IAMS Dry Dog Food$0.75 off ONE Tampax Pocket Pearl Product$1.00 off Any Two (2) Tai Pei Single Serve Entrees$1.00 off (1) Jose Ole Snack 16 oz or larger$1.50 off Any One (1) Tai Pei Appetizer 16-24 oz$1.00 off two Delimex Frozen Taquito products$0.50 off ONE Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Cereal$7.00 off Non-Drowsy Claritin Allergy Product$0.50 off any Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap$5.00 off Philips Sonicare brush head multi-pack$10.00 off Philips Sonicare 2 Series or 3 Series$15.00 off Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ or Platinum$2.00 off Philips Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush$1.00 off Softsoap brand Body Wash$1.00 off any TWO (2) DOLE Jarred Fruit$0.75 off any ONE (1) Altoids Arctic tin 1.2oz$0.75 off ONE (1) Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum 3-pack$3.00 off two Coppertone sunscreen products

Pike Nurseries to Give Away TWO MILLION Lady Bugs This Weekend!

Spring is in full swing, and gardens everywhere are buzzing with more than just bright flowers and beautiful blooms.

Many beneficial bugs have returned to the landscape as well to help keep plants healthy and strong. To celebrate these “good” bugs, Pike Nurseries is hosting its annual Ladybug Weekend on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at all store locations!

During this event, the garden center will give away 2 million ladybugs (one free 150-count packet per purchase) to arm customers with a little ladybug luck to keep gardens healthy this season.

As part of Ladybug Weekend, Pike Nurseries is also hosting complimentary Beneficial Bugs customer classes on Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. and Sunday April 26 at 10 a.m. at all Pike Nurseries store locations.

Guests will learn why certain bugs – including ladybugs, praying mantis, hoverflies, and more – act as a form of organic pest control and are actually beneficial to the garden. 

WHAT:          Ladybug Weekend at Pike Nurseries  
                        Garden Center to give away 2 million ladybugs during weekend event*
*150-count ladybug packets limited to one per purchase

WHEN:          Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26
Beneficial Bugs Class: Saturday, April 25, 9am; Sunday, April 26, 10am

WHERE:       All Pike Nurseries locations
                                    Please visit for local store information.

COST:            Ladybug Weekend and Beneficial Bugs classes are FREE to attend.


Concerts in the Garden Expands to Gainesville!

Concerts in the Garden
Popular Series Expands
to New Gainesville Site!
Concerts in the Garden returns this summer, bigger than ever with performances slated for not only the Atlanta Botanical Garden but also the new Gainesville garden as well.
The 13th annual outdoor series features 10 great acts – seven on the Great Lawn at the Midtown garden and three at the new Ivester Amphitheater at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, which opens May 2. The 2015 lineup includes:
  • Saturday, June 20:  Josh Turner
  • Thursday, July 23:  Smashmouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic
  • Friday, July 24:  The Beach Boys
  • Friday, August 7:  Colbie Caillat
  • Friday, August 21:  John Hiatt and The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio
  • Saturday, August 22:  Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E. Solo
  • Friday, August 28:  The Mavericks & Los Lobos
  • Saturday, June 13:  Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
  • Saturday, July 11:  The Temptations
  • Friday, July 17:  Scotty McCreery
Discount tickets go on sale April 24 to Garden members, and tickets go on sale to the general public on May 1, both through and at Garden Admissions. For updates and details, visit
Gates open at 7 p.m., and shows begin at 8 p.m. (except for July 23 show, at 7:30 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m.). Seating is general admission, and ticketholders are welcome to bring blankets or low-rise chairs.